Many photographers are still adamantly opposed to producing Royalty Free stock. It's time to re-think that position. This story outlines reasons why most stock photographers should be looking to produce at least some RF, if they want to advance their careers in stock.
Klaus Tiedge is a German photographer, living in Capetown, South Africa, who started producing RM stock images of people, lifestyle and beauty subjects about 8 years ago. Two-and-a-half years ago he began shooting RF for ImageSource. This story outlines his experiences.
Most companies that produce RF are trying to maximize the number of marketing outlets for their images. Comstock, on the other hand, appears to be alone in focusing on promoting brand and not making its images available through other sites. I asked Henry Scanlon to outline the logic for that position.
In preparing Story 543 on Royalty Free, I asked companies that produce RF several questions. The response from Henry Scanlon at Comstock was insightful and much more than I had asked for, or expected. Henry is always entertaining and this article provides important perspectives that are worth considering.
I'm frequently asked, ''What's in demand? What sells?'' This story tries to answer that question by examining the subject matter of 2747 RF discs that are produced by 11 RF companies. It provides breakdowns of the various subject categories that over 200,000 RF images fall into.
On March 5, 2003 in the U.S. District Court in Miami a jury awarded Jerry Greenberg the maximum allowed by law of $100,000 per infringement for four infringements ($400,000) in the damages portion of his case against National Geographic Society for the unauthorized use of his images in the CD-ROM entitled ''108 Years of National Geographic on CD-ROM.'' The 8-person jury also found that the infringement was ''willful,'' which usually adds legal fees to the damages award.
This story contains short items on: Legal Action On Payment Problems, Zefa Opens Production Office In New York, Ad Sales May Drop During War, Losing Our History, Bridgeman Launches New Site, and Small Business Trends.
This issue contains stories on: 2003 Survey Results, Veer Adds Mananged Rights, Getty Reports 2002 Profit, Alamy Sales Commissions, Specialization, Liquidlibrary.com, Grey Worldwide Demands, Botanica Brand Launched, Court Decison On Lost Images, Textbook Statistics, Image State 2002 Results, Workbookstock Sales Up, Digital Caputre and more.