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Definitions of Terms Used in The Stock Photography

photographyAre you confused by the terms used in the Stock Photography Business? You aren’t the only one. These terms are unique to the Stock Photos Biz and this article will help clarify the definitions of some of the terms they use, for example…royalty free images, rights managed images, flat rate images, copyrighted images, etc.

So you are a small business person or web designer and you want to purchase some stock photography for your website. Great. Stock Photography is a wonderful way to improve the emotional impact of your site. But there are a few terms unique to the stock photography business that you should know.

Royalty Free Images – you’ll see this term often. What it means is that you pay a one time fee for an image and you can use it for as many times as you want for as long as you wish. It is a great way to get inexpensive photos. Now if you are concerned that your competitor would or could use the same image as you, photographers and agencies can continue to sell the image after you purchase it, then Design Training:

Rights Managed Images – this one is next term you’ll see. This means that you pay a fee for the image based on how, where, how long, and how many people will see the image. This one will cost you a lot more in most cases. This is worth it if you do not want your competitor using the same image for the same purpose. Usually the Stock Photography agency or photographer also agree not to sell the image to others in your field for the time that you are using the image. So you can see why this option protects your use of the image but you’ll also pay much more for this protection.

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March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Design Training, Stock Photography, Web Design | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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