Thread: My Photo for Business Card?
05-15-2008, 04:41 PM #1
My Photo for Business Card?
I have taken some photos of my brother, who is farrier, while he is doing his work. I am very pleased with them, and I have a number of wonderful comments on my flickr account.
However, I have just recieved a polite email from a fellow Flickr user (not currently a contact) asking if they could use my photo for thier clients business card. Ofcourse I have no problem with it being used, however I am not sure if i need to release it "under license" or I should charge for it in some way, and of so, how much?. I dont have a photography website etc, but i do have paypal. here is the photo they are talking about;
So i suppose my questions are (sorry, but im an engineer.. so this bit is nessasary):
1 - Do i need to release it under license? How do i do this?
2 - Should I charge for it? And if so, what is the going rate?
3 - Should I ask for approval of the design when it is complete?
Thanks in advance for your response.
(looking back, number 3 sounds a bit snotty... maybe i should start wearing a purple cravate!)
05-15-2008, 06:04 PM #2dPS Forum Member
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- Lewis & Clark County, Montana
This is a question I would love to have answered.
I am surprised by the number of people who have contacted me regarding photographs on my Flickr account. Interestingly, every one of the images someone wants to use is an image I wasn't particularly impressed with... (Images of New York or New Jersey)
I ask people what they want - a one time license, an unlimited license, to buy the copyright? If what they propose is reasonable for me, then that is the terms I let them use the photograph. If you don't like the terms, then negotiate from there.
I think creative control to the degree you list in #3 is unreasonable. Most buyers just want the image and they will do with it as they want.
Personally, I am not interested in photography as an income source. If I started doing that, I would have to start shooting what others wanted and not what I wanted. I can't make this a vocation, because I like it too much as an avocation...
Although, after all is said and done, I appreciate seeing my photographs used...Doc Holliday
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05-15-2008, 08:35 PM #3
I like the photo. I think the issue of business cards can be a pretty good little niche if done right. I once new a software developer that was kind of a hot shot specialist, and he had baseball style cards, that were actually his business card. Obviously, instead of a picture of himself in a baseball uniform, the photograph was a different setting, but on the back, instead of a player history with stats, it was a resume in a similar style. It was very inventive. I've never seen another business card like it.
I kept that card for years, but eventually, I had it in my briefcase to show someone at work, and my car got stolen. I got the car back, but the briefcase and its contents I didn't get back. So I don't have that card anymore, but I sure wish I had it just for kicks.