The photo-library operates on normal stock photography terms, which is a revenue split of 50/50 between the library and the photographer.
How it works
You submit photos for consideration (see below for instructions). Any photo accepted is added to the library as a low-res image like the example above. I will deal with all pricing enquiries, based on NUJ rates for editorial (as an indication, a typical price for a 1/4-page photo in a car magazine is £85) and commercial rates for advertising (these are a lot higher). When a buyer wants a photograph, I will text you to advise that a request has arrived and email you the filename. You send the hi-res file to me, sized & sharpened as required, and I pass onto the buyer, together with a usage licence and invoice. When I'm paid, I'll ask you for an invoice for your 50% and will pay you as soon as I receive this.
What are the requirements for inclusion?
There is one technical requirement, and one business requirement. The technical requirement is that all photos are 6MP+ and taken with an SLR (film or digital). Although some pocketcams are high-resolution, the lenses and sensor sizes are not good enough for commercial usage. The business requirement is that you will generally be able to supply the hi-res file within 24 hours of an emailed request (on a weekday).
Why no watermarks?
Buyers will sometimes try to buy direct, especially if they think it's an amateur who will let it go for a credit or for a price significantly below the going rate. Watermarks aren't needed to protect small low-res images from use in print as they would print at about 1.6 inches in the longest dimension. :-)
How do I submit photos?
First, do NOT email photos to me! Let me repeat that: do NOT email photos to me. Also, don't email photos to me. Please do the following instead:
- Create an image 500 pixels in the longest dimension
- Save as Photoshop level 7 or 8 (approx 100k filesize)
- No branding or watermarking
- All lower-case filenames
- Your full name at the front of the filename (eg. joebloggs-taxi-2011)
Upload these pics to a website and then email me the link to the page, together with your mobile phone number. Preferably, lay the photos out on a single webpage, so I don't have to click on thumbnails to view them.
Anything I select, I'll add to the page and let you know.
Oh, and did I mention do NOT email photos to me? ;)