There’s a lot of confusion online about what Royalty Free is and how it applies to stock photography, so I thought I should explain the term in plain English.First, I understand where is this coming from: when you put Royalty next to Free, some people may think that royalties don’t need to be paid since they’re free, right? Well, not exactly:Royalty-Free is a term used mostly in creative and IT industries, which basically means you don’t have to pay for each use of copyrighted material... continue reading
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The new iPhone 2018 is here! Actually all three of them: the 5.8 inch iPhone Xs, the 6.5 inch iPhone Xs Max and the cheaper Iphone XR.We know you don’t care that much about the new Golden color, because you’re going to use it with a black or grey anti-shock phone case anyway, or about the most durable glass ever, because you’ll put a protection glass on it at those prices. Water and dust resistance may be good to have, but we’re not talking about DSLR powerhorses here, they’re still mobile... continue reading
I was walking around Christ Church Cathedral in a warm Sunday morning when I heard someone whispering in my ear: “Don’t take me photo! Hahaha!”. The guy who sneaked behind me to make that joke was a small, well dressed, 60 years old fellow who looked like he had seen a lot in his life. He was probably the head of the gang, as the young up-and-coming soldier next to him was just about 25 and had no less than 7 fresh cuts on his face. Definitely not from shaving. The other three massive guys around... continue reading
Stock photography has long been regarded as commercial-oriented content, intended for ads and all sort of advertising related materials. And it’s true, most of the buyers are using stock images in commercial purposes, meaning that, in order to comply with the laws, there are a number of limitations to what you can and what you can’t sell as stock. However, creativity and limitations don’t go really well together. Yes, you should avoid copyrighted elements and have a model release for each visible... continue reading
They say the best travel photos are those you take in your own city. I’ve been around Europe a lot lately and I find this to be completely true.The reason for this is that you can visit plenty of new places and shoot beautiful photos of them, but you are still constrained by time, weather and knowledge. You will never get to know a city in a few days like locals do. It takes months, maybe years to go deep into every street and see the city from different angles and decide which is the best one and... continue reading
The concept of stock photography is beautiful, in its essence: taking pictures for passion, without clients' request, and trying to sell them afterwards to those who might be interested in purchasing them for various uses. It sure has variations, depending on each photographer and the market as a whole, but the basic concept is beautiful and, in a way, pure: passion first, business second.I have always dreamed about taking only the photos I want, without ever having to worry about the money.... continue reading
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone! Oh, you don’t know? It may be September, but in stock photography world, it’s Christmas already. Let me explain.We all know that uploading seasonal photos can provide a nice, recurring, steady income if done right. Right? Well, probably the most important part of doing it right is timing.Two things to consider regarding timing: 1. (For photographers) time needed to get noticed and 2. (For buyers) time needed for clients who notice... continue reading
I’ve been involved in photography, in one way or another, most of my adult life. As we’re celebrating World Photography Day on August 19, I took a minute to review our relationship and remember how much joy it brought into my life.I love photography because it brought me my first job, as a photojournalist for a local daily newspaper in my hometown, Galati. I was 22 at the time, and photography made me see the small, poor industrial city with new eyes. Where most people didn’t see anything... continue reading
This article is not about supermarkets. It’s about stock photography and how to sell more images. But first, a few words about supermarkets: A century old business modelThe concept of supermarket, in its various forms, appeared about a hundred years ago. It generally consists in a self-service grocery store, where shelves are stocked at night, so the customers can choose the goods by themselves the following day, add them to a cart and pay for them at the exit. Seems familiar?The... continue reading
A friend of mine, who works in cost reduction, told me once that the easiest way to reduce costs is to shut off the lights when you leave the office. It’s that simple. At the end of the day, if you work in an office building and nobody else needs the lights on, just shut them off. Don’t wait for the cleaner to do it, don’t leave it to an administrator, just push that button yourself. You save money for your company but, more important, you save energy. By saving energy, you help save... continue reading
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