Firstly we looked into the importance of becoming familiar with stock libraies, as a way to potentially gain more income and to gain an understanding of how stock libraries operate.
There are many different stock libraies out there, but the big three to be aware of are Alamy, Getty and Istock photo. These companies act as an agency which complile a large library of images covering almost every aspect of life and photography imaginable. The larger the agencies library the better, as bussinesses will come to the large libraires to browse for royalty free images to purchase and use, the company could wish to use your image for anything, from a presentation to an advertising campaign. You as the photographer still have full control and ownership over your image though, the buyer is simply purchasing a licence to use your image.
When you upload an image to one of these image libaries you will usually be given the choice to choose whether or not you’d like your image to be listed as royalty free or rights managed. Images that are listed as rights managed usually cost the person wishing to buy a licence more money and there will usually be a set of restrictions for certain usages put into place by the photographer. This means that a rights managed image will usually only be picked out by a buyer if it is ana absolutley must have image. Royalty free images can be purchased by anyone and can be used without restriction. Royalty free images are therefore, where possible usually bought over rights managed images.
The copyright of an image belongs to the person who fired the shutter causing the action of a photograph to be created, it doesn’t matter if you own the equiptment that the photograph was taken on, you must have fired the shutter taking the image to claim ownership of it. That said, contracts and employment to certain companies can change this. For example, if you work for a governement department such as the Ministry of Defence, any images you take for the MoD will become Crown Copyright, another example could be if you sign a contract saying that you will hand copyright over to the client at the end of a shoot. These types of contract are best avoided, unless you’re looking for a quick payout, as owner ship over an image will usually allow you to make more from it in the long run. It is still important that you ensure your images are linked back to you in as many forms as possible however as a system of identifcation called the orphan works is now in place. You can make your files more uniuqe to yourself by giving them unuiqe filing codes, meta data and by adding your name into the copyright section. It’s important to do this as if your image cannot be tracked back to you after the seven stages of identification, the body wanting to use your image, may do, without your consent.
This weeks task was to take a series of 10 images from the online stock libary Alamy, and to then resize the images to 10 x 15cm, remove the watermark and to then add a 3cm white box on the bottom of the image to which insert 10 key words as metadata. We’ll no go through a step by step process on how to do this below, and then display the other nine completed images.
1. Firstly, we open up photoshop and select the image we wish to work on, then we open the file and prepare to begin work. Before begining work however, we ensure that the correct boxes are showing in our workspace, Information, History and Levels.
2. Next, we proceed to crop our image to a ratio of 2-3