October 19, 2007, Newsletter Issue #34: Research Before You Join a Stock Photography Website

Tip of the Week

You may be anxious to get your photos online and to start generating income from a hobby or business you love. But you should investigate thoroughly before you sign on with a stock photography website. As with other types of sites, some are legitimate and others are not. It's best to first research the online stock photography market and then investigate each individual site on which you list your photos. Here are some things to ask:

*Who will own the rights to the photo you list for sale?

*How does the site attract the right buyers, i.e. individuals and agencies who are creating advertising material and need stock photos?

*What policies are in place on the site? Do they clearly spell out the responsibilities of the stock photo owner, buyer and representative?

*What fees will you likely generate from each photo? How are they paid? What type of sales history does the site have?

*How long has the site been in business? Do they answer your questions in a timely and efficient manner.

By spending a few minutes investigating a site before you sign on to sell your photos, you could save  time later on trying to untangle agreements that do not serve you.

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