April 25, 2018

A to Z of Design: U is for usage

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A to Z of Design: U is for usage

Icon by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project

Image usage rights are generally available in royalty-free or rights-managed options.

Rights-managed (RM) images are basically “rented” from the image owner, so they are limited by things such as duration of use, type of use (i.e. editorial, print, online), geographic location, or number of impressions.

Royalty-free (RF) images allow (nearly) unlimited use, in any application for as long as you like, based on the terms of the license agreement.

There are also now multiple online sources for free stock images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means they can be used anywhere without attribution required.

But always check the licensing information on the website for any photo or illustration you purchase or download before using them.

And most importantly, just because you find an image online doesn’t mean you can use it! Research the image first to see if a license or attribution is required.

See this website for more information about image usage rights.

See all of the A to Z of Design posts here.

October 22, 2014

Feeling stock photo research overload? Try this…

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Anyone who has researched stock photography knows that it can be really time-consuming—not to mention, mind-numbing. Here are a few expert tips to make the search go smoother and faster:

  1. stock photo - orange orchids

    iStock #2734373

    Know what you’re looking for: make sure you specify if you are looking for royalty-free or rights-managed* BEFORE you find that perfect image

  2. Start specific: instead of “family”, search “mother and daughter”
  3. Specify a wide age range: age specifications can vary based on photographer or website—use a somewhat wide range (and be prepared to be shocked by what is considered “elderly”)
  4. Pair them up: when searching people photos, pair it with an activity (biking, reading, canoeing) or place (park, lake, mountains) to narrow the choices
  5. Go with what’s popular: checking the “Most Popular” box usually gets you the best images first
  6. Step away from the computer: when you start to feel stock photo overload, stop and clear your head. Or close the search window and start from scratch.

*Royalty-free (RF) = you pay once for unlimited usage (subject to the stock house’s agreement). Rights-managed (RM) = you pay based on specific usage rights (timeframe, usage types, number of pieces printed). Rights-managed images are a good choice if an original or exclusive image is needed.

Need stock photo website suggestions? Shoot me an email!

October 22, 2012

Dream of seeing your photography in Chronicle Books? Two ways to make it happen.

Images © Chronicle Books (top) and © Janine Vangool, UPPERCASE magazine (bottom)

If you’re like me and regularly fantasize about having your work published by Chronicle Books, here are two opportunities that might make this a reality.

This is happening – Instagram book

Chronicle Books and Instagram are teaming up on a new book featuring Instagram users’ photos.

The assignment: send your favorite Instagram that captures a fleeting moment that made your day.

“This is Happening” page with submission details and entry form.

Typewriter Notecards

Janine Vangool, editor of the lovely UPPERCASE magazine is designing/curating a set of notecards featuring vintage typewriters, also to be published by Chronicle Books (spring 2014).

She is seeking Polaroid or lo-fi/retro-inspired photographs of vintage typewriters, taken by UPPERCASE readers.

Submission details can be found on the UPPERCASE website.

Good luck!

April 14, 2009

Picturehouse Chicago 2009 on Thu, Apr 16

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If you research or buy stock photography, you don’t want to miss this free event. Picturehouse Chicago takes place Thursday at the River East Art Center in Chicago and will feature 40+ stock photo agencies. Register and see who will be exhibiting here.