do I know that my work will be given equal promotion when a client makes
Your work is given equal promotion because the client has access to all
of the images in our files, including yours, at all times. It is understandable
that a person may be worried about some agents promoting their own personal
work ahead of their contracted photographers or give preferential treatment
to big name or big selling photographers. With
some agents that definitely is a problem.
a traditional agency dealing with transparencies you have absolutely no
control over which images are submitted to clients. However with the Marine
Themes system every image in our digital files is placed in the web database
where absolutely every photographers work without question has an equal
opportunity to be seen and selected by the client. It is impossible to
have a system more fair than that. Images on the web database are displayed
according to a predetermined selection made by the client or, when viewed
without any specific searches, according to our system of arranging images
based on species and orientation of the subject. No cheating, no stacking,
no preferences, no bull. Just good honest exposure for your images.
do I need to sign a contract with you?
Primarily it is to protect yourself. A reputable stock library should
always consider that their prime objective is to care for their photographers
as any agent (such as an estate agent, an insurance broker, lawyer, etc.)
second objective is to care for the clients needs as the clients are the
ones that purchase the rights to the images and therefore allow the agent
to fulfil their prime objective. A contract, agreed upon by both the photographer
and the agent, should clearly state and protect this relationship. By
signing the contract the agent is then able to negotiate fees for the
photographer as their legal representative and thereby protect and defend
the photographers rights.
do I need to supply originals for selected images?
Just a few short years ago most libraries supplied 35 mm duplicate slides
to prospective clients. In today's world the quality of such dupes is
fast becoming unacceptable, especially in the important and more profitable
area of advertising. However with wildlife photography it is usually the
case that when photographing animals only one definitive image is captured,
and that at great cost and effort. To submit that to a client who may
then damage, lose or destroy the original is unacceptable, even if they
were to pay some sort of compensation.
The perfect compromise is to supply them with a digital file or scan off
the original. After all, that is exactly what the client needs to reproduce
the image via a traditional printing press. The original transparency
or slide is the means by which that digital file is produced. The client
then gets the digital file they need at the highest possible quality without
the risk that they, their courier, printer or designer will be held accountable
for damage to valuable originals.
saves them the cost of the scan and, much more importantly, the time needed
to send the photograph out to have a scan made.
advantage is that instead of a photograph being bundled in at a commercial
film house with 20 or more other images for a generic colour correction
and zero spotting or fine tuning they receive a scan that has been custom
tuned, cleaned and optimised for perfect reproduction. Since you keep
the originals in your files at all times there is zero risk for all concerned
but with the highest possible quality result.
Remember also that you do not necessarily have to supply originals. You
can supply commercially produced drum scans but they must be of an acceptably
high quality. If you feel that you would prefer to go this way then please
feel free to email us for specific suggestions and specifications regarding
drum scans. Due to the high cost of drum scans (ours are free, another
reason to supply originals) we suggest that you supply two or three scans
initially to have us check the quality prior to scanning large batches.
long will you keep my originals?
For as little time as possible. To be realistic it does take time to make
high quality scans. However once the raw scan is made the cleaning and
optimising can be done without the original present. Therefore, depending
on how many images are accepted, we would intend to have originals returned
either same day (for just a few images) or within a week (for large submissions).
many images can I submit?
From 1 to 1 million, the sky is the limit. Most other stock agents want
a minimum of 250 top quality originals to start a contract and then want
at least 2, usually 4, submissions of similar work each year. However
we realise that not everyone has the ability or desire to work full time
as a wildlife photographer but that the passion, enthusiasm and dedication
of many individuals produces commercially viable images. So if you have
just one great image (or a million) then go ahead, submit your shots.
If we feel that some of your images are not usable we can tell you why
and provide you with suggestions as to how to improve your photography.
photographers will receive regular wants lists and suggestions
for additional images based on your last submission. Submissions should
be sent to our offices suitably packaged as noted
in the Photographers Info.
criteria do you set for images?
Every photograph accepted into our files must be perfectly exposed, focused
and composed. In short it must be of a high enough technical standard
to be used by any and all of our commercial clients. However of even more
importance is the content. A technically perfect image that is boring
is totally useless. It must, at the least, be descriptive and, at best,
communicate a strong message or emotion. Also keep in mind that deliberate
breaking the rules in regard to exposure, focus and composition
sometimes produces images that are just what the client wants, so go ahead
I Need To Supply Model Releases?
Yes. If your image has an identifiable person as part of your image or
if it features a persons identifiable property then a model or property
release must be provided. These forms should be included with your submissions.
Please email us if you need
model/property release forms.
do you prefer transparencies (slides) instead of negative film?
are preferred because the entire printing world is set up to utilise transparency
film. Scanners and printing presses are optimised to use the colour palette
and contrast properties of transparencies. Colour negative film is intended
for a different purpose, namely to produce colour prints, so that the
film base and the colour information is rendered in a different way. Yes,
you can reproduce from negative film but, despite the assurance of some
experts, the results are definitely better from a transparency.
However, a photograph of a rare animal or unusual event is better on negative
film than no film at all.
if I want to terminate my contract?
No problem. Give us notice in writing (by signed letter, not email) and
your images will be deleted from our files in the next web update. Unlike
most other agencies you keep your originals so there is zero delay in
slide returns, zero damage, zero lost slides and no unwanted stickers
or labels to remove from slide mounts. Many photographers have had absolute
nightmares with requests for returned slides, some having to wait many
months, even years for returns or losing entire collections. Please note
that while you will always own your original photographs as well as the
copyright to those photographs and any scans supplied by yourself, the
scans made by Marine Themes will remain the property of Marine Themes
and, unless other arrangements are made, will be destroyed on termination
of your contract.
I have to give you exclusive world wide rights to my images?
No. You set the terms. However if you do give us exclusive world wide
rights you will have a much broader potential use for your images.
is on you. If you supply images that you want displayed in our web database
you automatically promote them to any person in any country with an internet
connection. So if you have given others rights to your images that are
in the Marine Themes database (whether a client or another agent) you
need to make sure that those rights given to them are non exclusive.
or another agent of yours grants exclusive rights for one of your images
that is in the Marine Themes database you need to let us know immediately
so that we can restrict sales of that particular photograph.
have my own web site/library/stock agent(s) so why should I join Marine
Because the more exposure your shots have the more money you will make.
stock industry the fact is that providing one agent (whether that be yourself
or another stock agent) with all of your images means that the only people
who will buy your images are clients of that agent. Humans are creatures
of habit and, without being insulting, are inherently lazy. If one agent
has supplied all the images for a project then that client will tend to
ask that agent again to provide all the images for their next project.
So you can have two agents in one city with the same specialisation's
but with two almost unique client bases. Having your work with both agents
potentially doubles your income. Lets face it, with Marine Themes you
not only get world-wide exposure for your work but you get to keep the
originals with zero cost to you. There is no down side to the Marine Themes
soon and how often will I get paid?
You get paid when we get paid. No waiting. No restrictive quarterly payments.
No ganging up and paying you once a year. No phone calls needed on your
part asking when will I be paid for that sale you made a year ago.
How soon you start making money is another matter. Sales are based purely
on the demands of the marketplace. To be honest there is no absolute answer
to this part of the question and anyone saying otherwise is being less
than truthful. What is true is that you will definitely have fewer sales
if you do not have your images with Marine Themes because less exposure
of your work means fewer sales.
traditional stock libraries delays in submissions, cataloguing, distribution
and collection of funds meant that at least 12 months was needed to get
any sort of return. With the Marine Themes system we can have your work
out in the marketplace within a few days.
dictates your first payment is the marketplace. If you have a photograph
whose subject can be found on every Royalty Free collection or in every
stock agency on the planet then you may never get a return. On the other
hand a high quality image that is in demand may produce a return within
a few weeks or months. In the past some images have even been sold before
they have been added to the database. However to be realistic most images
will take longer to sell.
Fees charged to clients will be based on a fair and reasonable rate. However
unique or rare images or those that have very high costs involved in obtaining
them will be quoted at an appropriately higher rate. Marine Themes will
not undersell or provide cut rate fees as this not only damages the industry
but is not fair for you, the photographer.
If you have any further questions please feel free to email
or contact us.
Themes Pty Ltd
142 Keon Street
Ph (61-3) 9480 4451
Fax (61-3) 9480 4452