Royalty Free Image Library - £50 per image sold!!

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  1. 1LeeDenton

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    Hi all,

    Was just flicking through this month's Digital Photo magazine, and noticed an advert for www.britishimages.co.uk, which is:

    "...a brand new on-line, royalty free image library created to feature a wide range of high quality digital photography with a distinctly 'British' feel.

    If you can provide shots of the right quality, size (min 10mb) and content, we will include them free of charge on our world-wide web site. You will get over 50% of the sale fee everytime one is purchased - for example, a high res image will sell for £99.99 and you recieve £50. And remember, your images could sell time and time again.

    It couldn't be easier - just log on, register, and start uploading, but remember images must have a distinctly 'British feel', be it people or places, technology or transport, business or beauty - it must be British"

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    I've registered, and you have to submit an initial 3 images meeting the above crtiteria to be 'assessed' before you can be given full licence to post as many images as you want. I'm going to be selecting, processing and submitting my best 3 over the coming days...

    Going by some of the images on the website, they aren't particularly choosy who they provide full access to, as there are some distinctly average shots on there....in my opinion of course. I've seen countless better images on these forums.

    Anyway, thought I'd give y'all the heads up on this one :thumbsup:
     
  2. allymac123

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    Sounds interesting and a hell of a lot more lucrative than fotolia or similar.

    I take it they're wanting TIFF's?
     
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    Found that confusing too

    We require you to upload hi-resolution jpeg images with pixel dimensions of at least 2400 pixels along the longest length which roughly equates to an image size (not jpeg file size) of around 10Mb.

    And I'm still confused :rotfl: what size is it then?
     
  4. allymac123

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    hhhm. Maybe the mean MP (megapixels)?

    The few words I've searched have given pretty woefull results tbh. I wonder what the differnce between this and other stocksites are?
     
  5. 1LeeDenton

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    I think (and I could be wrong) that they mean the image size (by pixels) is 10mb or more....I opened up one of my good cornfield shots for example, and it was something like 3588 along the longest edge, and was therefore 28mb in size.

    I think :confused:.....possibly :smashin:

    @allymac: I must have seen 20+ of your images that I reckon would sell on this site. And yes, it does seem to be more lucrative than fotolia etc (payment is made via cheque to registered address, apparently).
     
  6. AceAceBaby

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    RAW files from my 30D are around 8mb. Should I upscale them in Photoshop or go back to a 400D- maybe a D40x? :D
     
  7. allymac123

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    Nah the resolution from the 30D is more than good enough.

    I think we just need to ignore that bit about the 10mb really.

    As long as they are high quality jpeg's at over 3000px on the longest edge they will be all that's needed I think.
     
  8. 1LeeDenton

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    Thanks for the clarification ally - so, has anyone else registered then??
     
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    Just to clear this up - The 10MB TIFF they want equates to a pixel resolution of around 2400 x 1460 in it's completely uncompressed form. In terms of MP's it's about 3.5 - much less than any of the cameras any of us are likely to be using.

    3000 along the longest edge is roughly the output of the D40, D50 so anything from these cameras and the 350D, 400D, D80, etc etc will be perfect for their needs.

    Might be worth a go :thumbsup:
     
  10. 1LeeDenton

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    I think you and allymac have explained the image size thing quite well Liquid....and I also think its definitely worth a go.....even I feel quite confident of getting something sold on here, never mind the likes of stevegreen, Liquid101, tobers, allymac, Vulkan, weaviemx5 (and all the other high level contributors on here - apologies for missing anyone obvious)...
     
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    Who decides on the fee for the photo?
     
  12. 1LeeDenton

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    My understanding is its a fixed rate: £50 for any hi res pics that sell, and £20 for any lo res pics (IIRC).
     
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    I've registered this afternoon and they ask that you upload 3 images for their 'judges' to appraise. If they are happy with your image quality/subject then you are free to upload as many images as you like. You basically just tag your image with multiple keywords (like the other stock photo sites) and give each image a comment. As someone else said, the site has a flat rate of £99 for a high res image and £39 for a low res so the photographer gets £50 and £20 respectively.

    I'm not sure how popular the site is (seeing as nobody appears to have heard of it until now!) but seeing as it's free to register I figure it's worth a go.

    ps. The site text is wrong, it should definitely say 10mp (by pixel dimensions) and not 10mb! And thanks to AFC Lee for grouping me in with the other brilliant photographers he mentioned :thumbsup:

    Cheers
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    I've had a look at this site a few times while searching for images - so far the results have been less than impressive. Hopefully though if more and more people start adding to the library the quality (and choice) will improve.

    I probably spend a few thousand a year on images so if you guys start adding your work you might get a few quid off me (and owe me a beer in return I reckon :D)
     
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    Here we go look - our first potential customer, and we've only noticed the site this afternoon. Like other people have said, this stock site seems to need an injection of real quality images, therefore assuming the buyers are there, then it can't be long before some of the.....more experienced photographers on here have made a nice £50 sale.
     
  16. allymac123

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    Has anyone found anywhere to see the most downloaded images? I'd be interested to see what kind of photo sells the best. ie landscape, people, arty...
     
  17. 1LeeDenton

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    Good idea....I would imagine the landscapes to be a popular choice....will see what I can find and report back.
     
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    In your experience, what would you normally pay for an image, on average?
     
  19. 1LeeDenton

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    Good question, and a great opportunity for me to take it off topic for a brief moment, and for my 1000th post (and seat on the Senior Member table hopefully) say:

    A big thanks to everyone on the AV Forums (moderators and users) for making a very enjoyable and informative community. I've made many a 'friend' in a number of the sections on these forums, including Photography, LCD TVs and XBox 360, and learned quite a bit at the same time as well.

    Keep up the good work one and all, and here's to the next 1,000 posts (as long my employers don't ban the site, as there's a few of us here that use it pretty much every day).

    Right, back on topic now :thumbsup:
     
  20. Liquid101

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    Sorry - but you're wrong and the website is correct. It's 10MB, Not MP.
     
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    Depends on client, budget and the want/need for exclusivity etc etc.

    Some are happy with $1, low res shots from iStock and Fotolia others go for £800(av.) ones from Getty. Then you have your several-thousand-pound, massively-hi-res, drum-scanned images...or you can organise a shoot for a few grand a day and get a library of exclusive shots. It's all down to what people want to spend and you can't really put an average price on that.

    One thing that's certain though is that the budget stock libraries have come on immensely over the last few years. Places like iStock used to be littered with below average shots but now the quality is much, much higher. Getting good, cheap images is a lot easier than it used to be.
     
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    Please excuse my ignorance but what does ‘royalty free’ actually mean?
     
  23. allymac123

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    It means it can be used time and time again and on different things ie. website and leaflet. It can be used on more than one thing at once.

    At least that's my understanding of it.
     
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    Hi Liquid. I'm not sure how the site do their maths;

    "We require you to upload hi-resolution jpeg images with pixel dimensions of at least 2400 pixels along the longest length which roughly equates to an image size (not jpeg file size) of around 10Mb"

    Either way, so long as the longest edge is at least 2400 pixels long, they're happy!

    I've just done a quick search and opened up the first image to see its' properties;

    Filename: 004629.jpg
    Category: Places

    Dimensions: 2944 x 3857 pixels
    File Size: 2.31 Mb
    Image Size: 32 Mb ???


    The file size is correct (seeing as even my largest RAW file from the 400D is only about 10mb) but I don't know what they mean exactly by "Image Size"

    Oh well, I'll wait and see if they accept my 3 images. :)

    Cheers
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    It's just the uncompressed size by the looks of it, try saving an image with those dimensions as an uncompressed tiff or bmp and it will be around 32mb
     
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    What he said :smashin:
     
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    Good spot Lee. It has to be better than the 30/- I've racked up in Fotothingy.
     
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    If it's 10MP, that buggers it up for 30D users then :thumbsdow ??? - unless we upscale to hit that figure, but that would affect IQ would it not?

    Gary
     
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    Its the uncompressed file size.

    open a jpg in photoshop and it'll be 10 * the file size in memory (PSD whilst working I assume, rather than jpg's 8bit). Tiff saves basicaly whats in memory out.
     
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    Anyone submitted their images and been approved to upload as many images as you want yet??
     

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