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Its not too often that I get to see how my stock photos get used, but the folks at Doll Costuming Magazine were nice enough to send me a few copies...

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sbgrl
Feb. 10th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
That's so cool! That almost makes me want to give stock photography a go. Grg, I part of me thinks it would be a good idea, while the rest is screaming no, run away!
blaneyphoto
Feb. 10th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think the stock photo debate all depends upon a few factors. If you have a bunch of good photos sitting on your hard drive that would otherwise never see the light of day, then why not? right? Also, since its not a huge money maker, you need to be able to do it without investing too much time, money or effort. I shoot things in my immediate environment and things I would have shot anyway - travel photos, for example. I'd never waste time hiring models or renting a space - you'd never (probably) make your money back.

Having said all that, stock photography has paid for a bunch of new gear this year, so I'm happy!
sbgrl
Feb. 18th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't expect to make a living off of it but some extra money to buy equipment is nothing to complain about.

My big question is though, is if I submit an image to a stock photo place, do I then lose all right to my image or to I retain them and can still do as I please including selling prints of them?
blaneyphoto
Feb. 19th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
I can't imagine that there would be any loss of rights - but every agency operates differently, and contracts/agreements vary. You could easily shop around for something you felt comfortable with.

I retain all my copyrights and can sell prints without restriction. There are a few minor limitations, but nothing I'm bothered by. My contract does specifically forbid giving away work - prints or digital files. Not a problem though, since I don't do that!


sbgrl
Feb. 24th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
Very cool. Thanks for the help! I was really worried about losing the rights to my images.
craftydesigns
Feb. 11th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
That is *sew* cool. ;)

So iStockphoto is really legit? I have been looking into online stock photography and iStockphoto was one of them. My opinion was and maybe still is the same as your first commenter. Any tips you could offer for someone considering this?
blaneyphoto
Feb. 11th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I think my reply to SBGRL pretty much covered it, but the bottom line is, I'm very happy with getting a regular check for doing almost nothing! I'd encourage anyone interested to try it out, and although I'm exclusively an iStock photographer, there are others out there which appeal to different people for various reasons.

There's plenty of debate regarding royalty free stock - and its certainly not one I'd like to take on here! All I'll say is that for the average person, the big guns like Getty and Corbis are out of the question - for talent or equipment reasons - or both. Where then do those people sell their work? Places like iStock.

If you do a search of the Dpreview forums for istockphoto, you'll turn up a couple extensive debates - no, arguements, about the validity of iStock and the RF stock market in general. If nothing else, you'll see a range of opinions!

But as I said before, I really enjoy that regular check...
craftydesigns
Feb. 12th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for responding, I appreciate the info.
feni
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
hey, are you going to take some photos on 'The Gates' in Central Park?
blaneyphoto
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
the gates...
Its really odd that you should ask.... I just packed my camera bag and put on my shoes to head into the city to do just that!! Check my LJ this evening to see the results of my trip!
feni
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: the gates...
I've been dying to go and take some photos. unfortunately, have to work all weekends in Feb. I'm so glad you're going. Yup, will check the results later :-)
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