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FAQ

WHAT IS STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY?

Stock photographs are images that have been taken by photographers or are images from historical or other archives that are licensed for use in various media such as advertising, books, brochures, magazines, TV, multi-media, etc. The images are owned by the copyright holder. The Image Works acts as the licensing agent and distributor to make images in its collection available for usage.

ARE THESE PHOTOS "RIGHTS PROTECTED" OR "ROYALTY FREE?"

All of the images in our archive are rights managed. That means that when an image is licensed it can be used only for the specific usage covered in the license agreement. Any usage other than those conveyed in the written license agreement must be negotiated and paid for to avoid copyright violation.

EDITORIAL AND COMMERCIAL STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Restrictions may apply to how an image may be used. The Image Works has both editorial and commercial stock photography in its archive. Editorial images are used to "educate and inform" they are not used to endorse or sell a product or service. Images that are appropriate for editorial use may not be appropriate for commercial usage. This is a complex area. Please contact us if you have questions about the appropriateness of an image usage.

AS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY, HOW CAN YOU COMPETE WITH THE GOLIATH STOCK AGENCIES?

Actually it is pretty easy. In fact, as they get bigger and bigger, it gets even easier to compete. Our object has never been to become the big box store of the Stock Photo industry. We have never felt that we need to be "everything to everybody." In fact we are very pleased to be able to carefully focus on the area that we do best and where we have the most experience; namely editorial stock photography. Our entire philosophy is based on addressing the needs of editorial picture buyers. We have a very healthy commercial division as well for advertising clients who need editorial imagery. We have invested heavily in technology and have created a streamlined and efficient digital workflow that makes The Image Works very competitive both in content and pricing when compared to the goliaths out there. The Image Works was founded in 1983. That gives us more than 30 years experience responding to the needs of stock photo buyers.

Most of us are familiar with going to a big box store believing that they had the best selection and the best deal only to find that what is available is a rather limited selection that basically addresses the average person's general needs. Ask for something a little bit different and you're told, "It does not exist." At The Image Works, it exists.

YOU HAVE ACCESS TO VAST ANALOG FILES, HOW DOES THAT WORK?

Our years of experience working with editorial imagery have taught us that picture buyers' needs are often very exacting and precise. Sure, it would be very easy to pick out the top 10% of our archive, scan it and get rid of the rest the way that other stock agency giants have done. In fact, from a strictly bottom line approach, that makes sense. Our object is, and always has been, to provide the best and most comprehensive selection of images we can to our clients. Limiting our selection to only those images that have proven sales potential would be a disservice to the diverse needs of our clients and an insult to the hard working photographers who confide their work to us.

WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

All images in our archive are Rights Managed. We do not have Royalty Free images. The licensing fee to use an image depends on how the image will be used. We will need specific information about how you intend to use an image in order to quote you the most advantageous price.

How will the image(s) be used; advertising, magazine editorial, textbook, trade book, brochure, video, ebook, etc?
What is the intended print / unit run?
What size will the image be used?
Will it be used inside or on the cover?
Will it be distributed in the US, North America, the World, etc.?
Will there be any secondary uses for the image such as on a web site or as a poster?
Will the publication be in more than one language?

CAN I REQUEST CUSTOM RESEARCH?

Our research staff are highly trained and specialized experts. They are available to help you find even the most exacting and obscure image. In addition to our online archive we have access to over 45 million images through our international network of affiliate agencies.

There are a number of ways to request custom research and a lightbox: - Email your request or spec list to info@picturesarena.com
- Fax your request or spec list to: +91-7988505431


- Call to speak with one of our research specialists +91-7988505431


- Fill out our online request form

When requesting research it is helpful if you can provide as many details and as much information as possible. For example, "Mothers and daughters" is very broad and general; however, "A mother and her teenage daughter talking" is more specific. Also, please let us know your specific deadline.

CAN I ORDER A PRINT FOR MY OWN PERSONAL USE?

For most images in our online archive, the answer is yes. But, there are specific limitations and conditions. These prints are for personal display only and may not be copied or reproduced in any way nor may they be used in trade shows or for any commercial or business purpose. Check here for more information about ordering a decorative print.

 

BUYING IMAGES

 

1 - Searching For An Image

Search our collection by entering keywords into the search bar, or visit the main catalog page. 

Having trouble finding something? Perhaps we can help. We are well connected with our suppliers and can often help work on a commission basis or find something on spec. Contact Us for more details.

2 - How Does Pricing Work?

The price of an image will depend on what licence type you’re buying and what you’re using the image for. The prices are displayed on each image.

  • If you’re buying an RF image the price will depend on what file size you need.
  • If you’re buying an RM image the price will depend on what you’re using the image for. Select your usage requirements and the price will be automatically calculated.

 

3 - How Do I Buy?

You can do it all online! 

You will first need to complete the Registration Form as a Buyer. Search for the image you need, add to cart and proceed through the checkout. There is no credit or subscription purchasing, you only pay for what you need.

Payment is currently accepted by Paypal (you can also pay using your credit card via Paypal secure gateway).

4 - License Types

There are two different types of license - Rights Managed (RM) and Royalty Free (RF). 

RM stands for Rights Managed – With this license you only pay for what you’re using the image for. Rights managed licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.

RF stands for Royalty Free – This is the most flexible option and the most straight forward. You pay a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on how you use image, how many times you use it or how long you use it for. You can use the image across multiple projects, forever. 

5 - In case you want another format of Image?

Contact Us.

6 - Where Can I View the License Agreements?

These are available to view here.

7 - Something We Haven't Answered?

Contact Us

8 - What is a Release?

Model and property releases ensure that the people and owners of property in the image or video gave permission for the image or video to be used for commercial purposes. You'll find the Release status listed in the asset details.

To report a newsworthy event or illustrate a matter of general public interestThis is Editorial use -You're Good to Go!

 

To help sell a product, raise money, or promote a company, goods or servicesThis is Commercial use -Does the image contain identifiable people, buildings, products, logos or works of art? if yes then Contact Us in case no, then you're Good to Go!

 

SELLING IMAGES

 

1 - How Do I Sell My Images?

Firstly, you need to complete the Registration Form as a Seller.
Once you are registered on the site, you may log in and upload your images for a quality assessment, where our staff will examine examples of your work to determine suitability for the site.

You will be notified within 2 weeks of our decision; if approved, you can start uploading straight away!

2 - How Can I Improve My Chances of Making A Sale?

Ensure that you use as many quality and relevant keywords and descriptions as possible.

3 - How Do I Upload Model Releases?

It is highly recommended that you upload Model Releases for every recognisable person within an image.

Once you are logged in, in your profile on the left you will see a link titles 'Models'. Here you can upload Releases. Once uploaded you can attribute them accordingly to individual photos in your catalog. They can be uploaded as rtf, jpg, pdf

4 - What License Type Should I Use?

There are two different types of license - Rights Managed (RM) and Royalty Free (RF). 

RM stands for Rights Managed – With this license the Buyer only pays for what they are using the image for. Rights managed licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.

RF stands for Royalty Free – This is the most flexible option and the most straight forward. The Buyer pays a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on how they use image, how many times they use it or how long they use it for. They can use the image across multiple projects, forever. 

The easiest and most straightforward License type to use is Royalty Free, but it's worth noting that RF images cannot be granted any exclusivity.

5 - What/When Do I Get Paid?

picturesarena pays 50% of every sale to the image contributor.

You will be paid for every month that your account has at least Rs. 3000 in cleared funds. Currently picturesarena is using Paypal only to make payments. 

6 - Where Can I View the Contributor Contracts?

These are available to view here.

7 - Something We Haven't Answered?

Contact Us