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Joseph R. Ward
 

Selling Photographs


I was contacted by a man who saw my photographs on a website. he provides publications with travel photos and stories. He has offerred $25 dollars a photograph. Before I sell any photographs, what do I need to do to protect each image from being stolen. Do they need to be copyrighted? Is it possible to do that online? I just want to protect my files! thx.


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6/9/2007 11:07:36 AM

 
Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004
  Joseph,

The first way to keep them from being stolen is to do a Google search for "Stock Photography Pricing Calculator." Find out what type of publication, how many copies are published, and the size they intend to use i.e. full page, half page, spot. Then go to the calculater and see what prices it comes up with. These numbers are based on contributing photographers and what they have charged for similar requests. Sounds to me as though 25.00 is too cheap.

"Do they need to be copyrighted?"

Yes.

"Is it possible to do that online?"

Go to the following link. It will give you all the info on how to register your photos.

http://www.copyright.gov/register/visual.html


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6/9/2007 11:27:14 AM

 
Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004
  Joseph,

You also need to have any agreement you enter into with this guy in writing.


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6/9/2007 11:38:11 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  "Sounds to me as though 25.00 is too cheap."

Understatement.
For fun you ought to ask him how much he gets per photo.


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6/9/2007 12:09:09 PM

 
Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004
  LOL Greg. I like the use of coloring.


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6/9/2007 12:56:16 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Right Greg. And if you think he'd give an honest answer, I've got this bridge in Brooklyn, NY I want to sell...cheap.

I've decided I'm on the wrong end of the business. Just imagine if you will, a business that lets you pay someone $25 bucks for something that you have an order for, and from that buyer get paid 100's, if not thousands of dollars depending of course, on the demand, the press run, the usage rights bought and sold, secondary usage rights, ad infinitim. I luff dis countree !!!

Forget about protecting your files Joseph. If you're dabbling, give the work away for photo credit. If you're serious about this and protecting your rights as an artist, as are the other pros around here, then it strikes me that you're waaaay behind the learning curve. While there's nothing wrong with your question, you need to be self-taught by reading up on the rules that apply to this business rather than simply asking about them through a couple of one-liners.

The copyright site that Todd noted isn't hard to find, there's a wealth of information there and NO you can't register your images on line and if you don't register them in a timely manner after you reduce them to a tangible means of reproduction, then you can't file suit for infringement and they remain only partially right protected in the U.S.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Take it light.
M.


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6/10/2007 10:09:19 AM

 
Joseph R. Ward   thx. I Appreciate your words mark. im just starting out and need to do more legwork.

joe


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6/10/2007 11:31:04 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Glad you understand what I was saying Joe. When you're just starting out in any business, I guess, particularly this one, you gotta be careful with your pricing from the outset. Failing to do so could result in your being taken advantage of repeatedly by those who may chose to prey on someone's inexperience.

Do some key phrase or word searches here. There's a ton of threads on pricing, association membership, starting up businesses, stock photo pay, ad infinitim.
Take it light.
Mark


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6/10/2007 12:08:47 PM

 
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