Images - Style and Composition
Image Technical Requirements
Model/Property Releases, Copyright
Commission on Photo Sales
Sales and Image Usage
Creating an account with PhotoAbility offers you several advantages:
We use PayPal as our primary payment gateway. We offer both the regular checkout and PayPal express.
We have over 7000 images in our collection and are continually adding new series. If you can't seem to find what you are looking for please email us at email@example.com and we will be delighted to help you find an image to meet your needs. We can also arrange client specific photoshoots.
We offer a variety of images sizes for our collection. We do retain on file the original supplied files for all of our images. We can supply any size and resolution up to the maximum size of the original image. We can also interpolate files to larger sizes to meet you needs (subject to the quality of original file and the final size and quality required)
If you a registered account holder you will have an option to "return to merchant" from the PayPal purchase screen. You will be redirected back to your "My Account" screen. Refresh the page to bring up the latest purchase and select the download button against the order. For orders containing multiple images, all of the images are contained within the single download file.
For "Guest" purchases, on completion of payment an invoice will automatically be emailed to you containing the download link for your purchase. For purchases containing multiple images a single download zip file is supplied.
Images - Style and Composition
All contributions should represent real life situations and represent models in a setting where they are enjoying lifestyle, travel or leisure activities. Pictures should be taken with quality photographic equipment and have good composition and clarity. All images should showcase the activity or setting, and not just the subject. This site is dedicated to the authentic promotion of people with a disability and all models used must be a model with the actual disability depicted. We have developed a Photo Composition Guide that not only shows the type of image we are after but also includes some helpful composition tips.
If not, then it will be like every other model used primarily by advertisers and media. We are about inclusivity and we need to portray that in the photos.
Image Technical Requirements
Full sized images are the images in their original size from the camera or scanner. Size determines what the image can be used for and ultimately the price the image can command. As a general rule images used in print media ie: magazines, brochures or advertisements need to be 8 mega pixels or above. Images used for web or thumbnail images on brochures can be less. Images less than 3 mega pixel are generally not usable. The smallest size of image we will accept is an image of 1024 pixels on its longest side. In addition to image size there is also image quality. Compressed formats such as jpeg lose quality with higher compression settings. The best images are those that are taken with the highest quality setting. Jpeg images lose quality with every edit so original images, as saved from the camera are the best to submit to us.
Image size is the physical dimensions of a digital picture. It is measured in pixels in width and height, for example, 2048 by 1536. Often size is referred to in mega pixels (million pixels) which is obtained by multiplying the length by the width and dividing by 1 million. In our example the image would be 3.15 mega pixels.
The minimum size for PhotoAbility is 1024 by 768 or .8 megapixels.
Image size is determined by the camera settings. You should always have you camera set to the highest image quality or largest file size. These settings vary by camera make and model but are often referred to as SHQ (Super High Quality) SF (Super Fine) or as a number with an â€śMâ€ť after it. (You should select the highest number â€śMâ€ť)
Once an image is taken its size cannot be increased as the number of pixels is the limiting factor. If we reject an image because it is too small check to see if the original image is the same size.
Our preferred file format is jpeg at the highest quality setting possible. We can also accept png files and uncompressed TIFF files. Most camera RAW files are also acceptable. Files we would prefer not to have are GIF files as they can be over processed and of web quality only and windows BMP files.
Illustrations should be forwarded as a vector file either adobe Illustrator, Quark or pdf. If illustrations have been rasterized the file should be no less than 3200 pixels on the shortest side.
In certain circumstances images from mobile devices can yield images of commercial quality. The minimum requirement is from mobile devices that have an 8 megapixel camera or greater. Due to the small sensor size low light performance of most of these devices is not satisfactory for commercial use. Images taken outside during daylight will produce the best images for commercial use.
When downloading images connect the device to your computer and use the file transfer or download software native to your mobile device. Images submitted to the cloud, social media, or emailed are compressed to a too higher level to be used commercially. Please always submit the native file size directly from the device.
We have two ways to upload images:
Model/Property Releases, Copyright
All photos uploaded are done by the owner of the copyright, be it the photographer who has a model release, or the model who has a photographer release. We are not uploading images on our own, and all images have the expressed consent of the copyright owner.
As a general rule copyright of all photographic images rest with the person who took the image. Releases can apply in 3 ways.
Remember also that the essence of a commercial photograph is its salablility. Having a property clearly identified in a picture or, for that matter, any brand name or logo on bags apparel or wheelchairs, limits the size of the market for the photo.
Every image has electronically stored data within the file called IPTC Metadata. That data records the file number, camera, make and model, exposure settings, description, author details etc. Some of data is automatically recorded by the camera and some can be added by image processing software. You can place any data into the metadata fields but you should be aware that keywords, description and the copyright string will be published in the image page. In the absence of your own data we will add keywords, a copyright string and description to the images before they are loaded onto the system to protect your intellectual property and to ensure maximum exposure to the search engines and to enable our systems search function.
No they need not be exclusive to PhotoAbility. You can submit photos that you already have on social media sites like Facebook. Those sites are for sharing your images amongst family and friends and cannot be used by companies for advertising, promotion or marketing purposes. If you have your images on anther Stock Image Library for sale you can still submit them to PhotoAbility, however, non exclusive images will only be added as Royalty Free stock as we cannot guarantee the sales history to potential clients. For more info on royalty free vs rights managed clickÂ hereÂ
Absolutely! We want photographers to be involved and increase the number of creative and editorial images we have on our site. Please start by completing the Model Casting request under â€śAdditional Servicesâ€ť and we will contact you as soon as possible to begin discussions on how we can work together.
Commission on Photo Sales
Here is a simple illustration that we developed to help people understand how a stock gallery operates.
Due to the highly specialized and unique, limited subject matter of our photographs, as well as the rarity in finding authentic subjects for these disability related shots, you will notice our pricing will reflect a slightly higher rate than the norm for lower tier micro stock photo sites.
Our base commission rate is 30%. All of our commissions are paid on the gross sale price.
PhotoAbility absorbs the investment costs and risks of well over $100,000 to develop and run a Stock Photo library and provide the opportunity for ourÂ photographers and models to sell photos and earn a great commission. The images do not sell themselves, there is ongoing marketing and promotion costs as well spread across a small portfolio of quality and unique images. There is also sales transfer fees and merchant fees of 6% on each sale. We are paying equal to or more than our competitors (see below).Â Successful models and photographers will earn 45%. We reward those who keep their portfolios up to date with new and fresh images that sell. Our libraryâ€™s images are priced to reflect the effort and value of producing commercial quality images. Our Images sell from $20 for a web based image up to $3,200 for Rights managed high resolution photos. We are not competing with what is called â€śmicrostockâ€ť galleries who sell millions of photos as low as 20 for $5.Â Therefore, even our lowest base commission earnÂ more than the highest commission micro stock gallery. Our minimum commission is $2.40 per image.
Competitor Summary (on NET sales.Â We pay on Gross sales with NO hidden fees)
Once a photo is purchased, your account is credited with the commission with the sale. At the end of the month you will be paid via PayPal. A minimum commission balance of $10.00 applies.
You will be able to sign in and see sales reports on your account. Sign in under â€śphotographer log inâ€ť on right side menu. From your control panel you can select sales reports.
If I win a photo shoot via the contest, any pictures from the shoot if used on the site pays a 10% commission to me as a model. Yet, if I submit my own photo, or upload a photo I have taken as a photographer, I would earn 30%. Why the difference in commission?
We have to compensate the photographer for taking the pictures for the photo shoot, and there is additional time and expense incurred in us setting up the shoot, that needs to be compensated for.
While we are live from March2012, we have been in Pre Launch development phase of procuring images for library.Â Our official Industry launch is scheduled for Sept 2013 in which we will be investing in Public Relations and Marketing activities to drive sales.Â Until then we are seeking to seed our photo library with as many quality photos representing our mission as we can. Our mission: More inclusive representation of persons with disabilities in media and advertising. We will be actively marketing our site in as many avenues as possible, including trade shows, web and print based media, public relations and advertising. You can assist us by sharing your photo and our site within your social networks as well.
Sales and Image Usage
Only registered users can purchase pictures on our site. You will receive a sales report on all your photo sales. Our photos are priced for commercial and professional use. There is no â€śfree Imagesâ€ť downloading off this site. The only exception to this is what is called a â€ścomp imageâ€ť with a watermark, which can be downloaded, and which is the industry standard that agencies use in design and publication mock ups. If a noncommercial entity or person wanted to spend the money and buy a photo for personal use, there is no way we can prevent that. Models, actresses, public figures and personalities accept that their photos are in the public domain. We can, however issue legal cease and desist orders to anyone who uses our photos in a public way that we feel is objectionable or not within the rights provided for use by the license.
In both licence types we can track who has purchased the images. With RF that is all we know but we do not know to what use the image will be put. With Rights Managed images it is a one time use so for every use we know who has purchased it and what specific application and geographical region the image will be used for.
Photos uploaded to PhotoAbility are watermarked for licensee protection, are priced at high end of market (minimum $20 -$3,200 per image), and are intended for use in a COMMERCIAL Modeling Photo Stock Library. We are using latest pricing models, the most advanced image protection and tracing technology, and all photos are licensed for use and cannot be â€śaltered or used to create obscene, offensive or illegal products or servicesâ€ť. Small comp Images (printed to a maximum of 2â€ť x 1.5â€ť and watermarked) are available to be downloaded for test use for comp rough cut evaluation materials and may not be distributed outside company or to the public, may not be placed in any online or electronic distribution system and may not be distributed or made available for use or distribution. Comping images can only be downloaded by registered users and IP addresses of all downloads are recorded. All violations will be enforced through the Digital media Copyright Act (DMCA) process. See license terms and conditions "i.e. contract for sale.Â http://www.photoability.com.au/licence.html.Â Â These terms must be acknowledged by contributors prior to upload onto the site.
Success for the Library and our contributors is to have our images being used in mainstream publications. Brochures, company websites, newspaper catalogues, resort websites, tourism bureau websites, Tourist office information boards, magazines, annual reports etc. worldwide. Images will be in the public domain; this is not a private gallery. The images are watermarked, but only to protect the sale, and thus your commission, not to prevent the images from being used in public. You must appreciate that once an image is sold and purchased by a client or advertising agency that image will be in the public domain in a non-watermarked state.
If you are uncomfortable being a commercial model, do not participate in this project. Images uploaded to site are not to be the type of private personal Facebook images, but commercial images for sale and re-use that will represent people with disabilities. Those who want to model and make a commercial return from modeling should contribute to our library.
Photos sold by PhotoAbility are sold subject to our license conditions. The majority of our images are available for instant download once the license fee is paid. Under our RF license the use is unrestricted and we do not keep track of the industry buying the photo. Under our RM license the image use is restricted to the specific applications that were purchased, that includes industry type, specific application (ie press, brochures, web, etc.) and the duration of time the license was purchased for. Under the instant purchase licenses no pre-approval is available.
For unique, high resolution, professional images we do offer a restricted license. The images are not available for instant purchase and no price is shown on the image display. These images are only available by quotation for a specific use. This is available where you want to control the final use of the image. Conditions apply to acceptance of images under this type of license.
High resolution comping images are available on request to registered users.
When a customer buys a photo on our site, he is granted a license to use the photo by the owner.
OWNERSHIP AND LIMITS OF USE
Royalty-free (RF) images are available for unlimited use, in accordance with the license agreement, for a one-time fee. You are able to use the image immediately after purchasing a license and you never have to worry about renewing the license. Licenses for royalty-free images are non-exclusive.
Images that are marked as â€śeditorial use onlyâ€ť are ones that have not been released for commercial use and may not have the legal releases from everyone identifiable in the photo.The images may be used for articles blogs, presentations and news stories but may not be used to promote or sell a commercial product or service.
Our customers are advertising agencies, direct marketing and graphic design agencies, corporations, publishers and media companies, small to medium- sized businesses, as well as consumers.
The stock photo industry is valued at 1.8billion dollars a year (2010), In 2004 62% of designers used stock photos and graphics, according to recent surveys that figure has risen to well of 90%.
Many agencies and businesses around the world do not have theÂ timeÂ orÂ resourcesÂ to take their own qualityÂ photographs for their media and advertising activities, whether a local press release, publicationÂ or massive advertising campaign.Â That is whereÂ a Stock Image Library and your photosÂ come into play.Â A photo library has a large selection of images to cater for a variety of situations and needs and avoids the expense and time of custom photo shoots.Â
We maintainÂ relationships with many marketing agencies working in print and web marketing services.Â We also cater to a wide variety of publications and trade specific industries that are on the look out for fresh stock.
The prices obtained for our images varies on the licence type and the usage.
This is a question we are often asked as there seems to be an expectation that work that involves individuals with disabilities (except medical product sales) would necessarily be a charitable enterprise. PhotoAbility is not a nonprofit or â€ścharitableâ€ť organization and are selling images with the expectation that we will grow and be a successful and profitable enterprise for our founders, investors and photo contributors. If we are a success, it will be because people see the value of the service we provide and recognize the growing economic significance of the Inclusive Tourism, lifestyle and Leisure markets. Our customers who make a strategic decision to use our imagery, will see a competitive advantage by choosing to embrace people with a disability as customers.
We believe the images sold in our library will enhance a commercial offering and therefore both our models and photographers are entitled to a commercial return for the effort involved in producing a high quality stock image. We do not ask those involved in our project to give their time and resources for free because our images happen to depict individuals with disabilities. Nor do we expect our customers who purchase and utilize our photos, to do so because it is charitable, but because it makes business sense.
We also do not ask our photo contributors to donate or sell their images at a reduced rate as we believe in the fundamental equality of people with a disability. We believe that every model and the photographers who take their pictures are entitled to a fair and equivalent reward for their effort. We do however, for the purpose of assisting advocacy and nonprofit organizations, have a discount built into rights managed image pricing for such groups who wish to utilize our images in their work or campaigns.
On a side note, our co-founder happens to be a person with a disability who wants to run a successful business and in doing so help others like her earn money through their work via this site. We have and will continue to hire people with disabilities for many of the functions of this site, from web design, to proof reading, to sales. As a "for profit company", we have pledged to give 10% of our profits to organizations that support the cause of disability rights, empowerment and inclusion. All photo submiters can also designate any non-profit of THEIR choice to receive proceeds from sales. So no, our business model is not charitable, it is an entrepreneurial one that chooses to give back and help make a world that is open and inclusive to all abilities.
For exclusive shoots and internet use, our policy is to always use a watermark images prior to sharing because:
PhotoAbility is a registered Trading Name and Registered Trade Mark of TravAbility Pty Ltd ACN 141 642 515 , based in Melbourne Australia.