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What is a stock photography agency?

Stock photography is pre-existing photography, as opposed to commissioned or assignment photography which is created on demand for a client. In most cases, the photographers themselves incur all the cost of producing stock photography. To recoup these expenses they license the rights for use of the images. They can do this directly to clients or through a stock photography agency. In general, licensing pictures for a commercial use is a very complicated, difficult and time-consuming process, therefore, many professional photographers choose to have stock photography agencies represent and market their pictures on their behalf. Stock photography agencies take fair commissions for their service from the sale of the pictures. Such relationships allow photographers to concentrate on what they are good at, photographing. The copyright, or ownership, of the image remains with the photographer.

Once I pay for a picture do I own the copyright of the picture?

No. You only purchase the specific rights agreed to and stated in our invoices. The copyright always remains with the photographer. It would be a good practice to always erase any downloaded pictures from us after each use. For more information about the copyright, go to the U.S. Copyright Office.

Do I have to credit the photographer and the agency for use of the picture?

Yes, you must by law. Unless the copyright notice requirement is specifically waived, a printed use of our pictures must be accompanied by a copyright notice as follows:

© Photographer’s Name/

If the copyright notice is omitted or miscredited we will have to charge an additional fee depending upon the price negotiated. A waiver of this requirement is usually only authorized for advertising uses, and a higher fee is charged.

Is there any research fee?

Not any more. It became unnecessary for us to charge a research fee since we have the searchable online stock photo library and a speedy digital high resolution file delivery system.

How can I make payment for the picture use?

All payments must be made by: 1) A check drawn on a U.S. bank; 2) A wire transfer, client is responsible for all banking fees - they are not to be deducted from the total amount due to; 3) A money order in U.S. dollars; 4) A check drawn on a bank outside the USA (please add $20.00 U.S. surcharge to cover bank charges); or 5) Credit cards through PayPal (a small surcharge will be added).

Do you take credit cards?

Yes, we do. Please go to our online payment page.
Caribbean Reef Shark Swimming Over Coral Reef
Caribbean Reef Shark, Carcharhinus perezi, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean. Picture #: 009702