[COMM] I will buy or licence your digital images

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Jason, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    I am starting a web site in the UK offering large format printing services
    to consumers - primarily it will consist of stock images bought from online
    store as well as allowing customers to upload their own images to be

    As an extension, however, I would also like to be able to offer images which
    are unique to my site and cant be bought elsewhere which is where this
    request comes from. I am looking for photographers (amateur and
    professional) who are interested in either selling the complete rights to
    some of their images or getting a licence fee from each sale. The main areas
    I am interested in is abstracts, natural history, landscapes, skylines and
    possibly sports but this list is not exhaustive - I am in the market for
    anything really but I see the above as being the ones with most demand for
    poster prints etc. The only stipulation I make is that the images must be
    well shot and lit (obviously!), must be digital and must be at least at 5MP
    quality (but preferably higher) so I can print it at least A3 size without
    losing quality. Although the store is in the UK I am looking for
    photographers from all over the world.

    As this is a new start business I genuinely dont know how much I am willing
    to pay for images - I would like to be able to develop ongoing relationships
    with a number of photographers and am open to negotiations. If you are
    interested but feel you cant trust me yet then Im happy to buy the first
    batch of images outright and then talk about licencing future images and I
    genuinely think thats going to be a better way of you making some money!
    Please be aware you will have to sign a contract for every single image
    before getting paid so please make sure the image is YOURS and you have the
    right to be selling it before getting in touch!

    Anyone who is seriously interested please drop me an email with some sample
    pics (please watermark the pics and RESIZE them down to say 640x480 for
    emailing) and an idea of prices if you have a view on their worth and we can
    talk some more. The site is due to launch in mid November so this is
    something I am keen to move on quite quickly and I have cash waiting for the
    right photographers and pictures.


    Jason, Oct 8, 2005
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  2. If you have any ideas of the types of imagery you are interested in, in
    terms of subjects or styles, then this might help people know whether
    they have anything suitable.
    Simon Waldman, Oct 8, 2005
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  3. Jason

    Jason Guest

    It does say Simon although I do tend to waffle a bit once I get going - I
    have quoted the main sections below to answer this specific question!


    Jason, Oct 8, 2005
  4. I'm interested, and have emailed Jason but I wondered if those who have
    experience of selling their images could give some advice about what's a
    fair sum both for selling rights outright, and for licensing. It's
    refreshing on this ng to see someone who wants images they're prepared to
    pay for, eh?
    Janie Thomson, Oct 8, 2005
  5. Jason

    R D S Guest

    Eh? What? Do they mean us?

    I hope I, personally, have redeemed myself. I recently paid for some images
    and sent free spectacles to everybody who asked.

    R D S, Oct 8, 2005
  6. Damn... now I'm wishing I'd asked :)

    No, I didn't mean you, btw. It's something that comes up frequently here.
    There's always someone who thinks the time and effort photographers put into
    learning and practicing their craft should be given away for free to make
    someone else money. If it was that easy they'd do it themselves, wouldn't
    Janie Thomson, Oct 8, 2005
  7. Jason

    Geoff Berrow Guest

    He did that. Very nice they are too.
    Geoff Berrow, Oct 8, 2005
  8. Rick,

    I have just bought some specs off you as a result of your earlier

    Which of the images on your website did you pay for? I confess I gave
    up and left the choice to you due to my strong prescription. I thought
    that the thumbnails were OK but the full size pics left something to
    wish for.
    Henry Springer, Oct 8, 2005
  9. Jason

    R D S Guest

    I paid for the ones which have been taken front on.
    such as...
    I am more than happy with these. The others are pics I nabbed from the
    manufacturers website.
    I picked you a nice pair, the lenses are in and they should go in the post
    on Monday.

    Many thanks,

    R D S, Oct 8, 2005
  10. Anyone? I've had a look at the NUJ page, but it doesn't seem to cover this
    specific type of transaction. There are a number of my images Jason is
    interested in using, several I'd be happy to let him have use of (either
    exclusive or non exclusive) for a year (or some other defined period) for a
    fixed upfront fee, and some I'd prefer a fee on a per-sale basis. We could
    both do with some guidance on fair rates so neither of us gets ripped off
    (though I accept there will always be an element of risk in this type of
    Janie Thomson, Oct 9, 2005

  11. I've spoken with Jason about the costing and licensing issues involved with
    this business and he now has to make some costing calculations before
    finalising pricing policy. He really wants to ensure his dealings with tog's
    are fully legal, fair and equitable. I'm sure he'll be in touch as soon as
    this is done with an offer or two.
    His Web programming talents are excellent BTW: The site looks great and is
    very functional: Makes many of his online competitors look pretty lacklustre
    in comparison
    Simon Stanmore, Oct 9, 2005
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