Sell your holiday snaps

2012-01-09 08:28

Berlin - A flood of digital pictures is taken globally every second. Some have strong personal meaning. Many others have commercial potential.

It's easier than ever for hobby photographers to try to make some cash from their snapshots, even if it's just a small honorarium. But it's not as easy as just snapping a picture. Different agencies have different standards and each knows exactly what it wants.

The practice of linking hobbyists with professional agencies is known as microstocking. These internet agencies, where pictures are offered for sale, let shutterbugs get a small sum - sometimes just a few cents, but usually a few euros. And there are cases where the money is a lot better.

One of the biggest movers in the business is the Canadian picture agency iStockphoto, which has belonged to Getty Images since 2006, itself one of the world's biggest photo agencies. "The original idea was very simple," said Sven Ole Schubert, an iStockphoto manager based in Berlin.

"Professional, amateur and hobby photographers are given a global platform to offer up their work."

Clients are usually small and mid-sized companies, bloggers, non-governmental organisations, clubs or educational associations. The basic fee for non-exclusive pictures is about 15% of the sale price. Depending on the deal, this might rise to 45%, said Schubert.

Fotolia, a New York-based agency, has a database with more than 14 million photos. "Fotolia is good for people who want some money as recognition for their photographic skills and publication of their work in the media, and not just virtual confirmation in social networks or communities," said marketing manager Murat Erimel.

Similar agencies

At Fotolia, the commission for non-exclusive pictures is between 20% and 46% of the price: With exclusive deals, it falls between 35% and 63%.

There are countless other similar agencies, like Dreamstime, Aboutpixel, PantherMedia, Zoonar or Crestock.

"Basically, it's important to read the participation instructions thoroughly and check who keeps the copyright," advised Constanze Clauss of the German Photo Industry Association.

There are two basic legal models for such networks, according to German legal website rechtambild.de. In the first, agencies are just middlemen between a copyright holder and the purchaser who agree upon terms of use.

In the second, the photographer hands over most rights to the agency. The kind of model is key if legal questions about the picture arise.

Photographers can set their own price for their pictures on websites like www.fotocommunity.com, where they display it as one of the millions of pictures fighting for attention. Membership of these exchanges is generally free but there may be a fee for additional functions like offering pictures for sale.

- SAPA
Read more on:    internet  |  e-commerce  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Area Manager - Retail

Western Cape
Evolve Personnel
R20 000 - R25 000 Per Month

Accountant - Cape Town

Western Cape
Quantum Recruitment

Restaurant Manager

Western Cape
SET Recruitment Consultants
R20 000 - R30 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Durbanville

Houses R 2 400 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 900 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.