As titled, who determines or how do you determine to classify the image as Rights Manages (RM) or Royalty Free (RF).
Are there cases where images are "switched" from either to the other?
Normally the photographer determines it.
Normally if you know an image is conceptually strong and has the potential to be sold many times, you should opt for RM for long-term gain. Most of the editorial shots are RM.
And again normally FR image is more run-of-the-mill stuffs and its shelf life will trail off after the initial years of sales. It used to that photographers put their lesser quality stuffs as RF. However increasingly the quality of high-end RF is as good if not better than RM images.
Some of the top earning photographers are shooting RF primarily. Averagely you'll get a better price for an image if you mark it as RF. Most will ask for model release or property release for RF images as the rights are not controlled as much as RM.
Once you mark an image as RF you should not switch it to RM as few would let you do it. And you should not submit similar photos to RM too.
Basically whether to go for RM or RF is a commercial decision.
Last edited by Sion; 2nd July 2007 at 08:36 PM.
Last edited by Sion; 2nd July 2007 at 09:40 PM.
For your protection (legal), photos of models/recognizble people should be RM, just in case they change their mind and want you to stop using their photos (even if they signed a release), then with RF you have no control whether someone will continue using that person's photo.
if you are sure that only you have that image then make it RM
if that image can be duplicated easily then RF
as the client will nt pay for easily duplicated images
and will pay $$$ if they want your image no matter what
Just wondering, which stock photo site do you guys usually post your photos for sale.