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What is Stock Photography?

What Marine Themes offers

What we do with your images

What it costs you

What we need from you

Submissions

Film submissions

What subjects are needed?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Marine Themes runs the worlds largest web based stock image library dealing with all aspects of marine wildlife. If you have commercial quality images that are relevant to our photographic niche we encourage you to consider submitting your work to us. We accept images from professional and amateur photographers from all countries, no minimum number of images, no ongoing submissions needed.

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What is Stock Photography?

A stock photograph is one where the right to use the image is sold to another person or company for a specific and stated purpose. The original photograph is never sold so that the rights for a particular image can be purchased many times for a wide array of uses. For example, a photograph of a leaping dolphin may appear in a brochure for a dolphin watch tour boat, an advertisement for an environmentally aware corporation, on the packaging of a product or in an educational book. All are distinctly different products but all use the one image with the rights granted and fee paid for each use being different. Many more future sales are possible as the original photograph is not sold but is kept, like stock in a warehouse, ready for the next order.

A stock library is where stock images are stored, catalogued and then submitted to clients. A stock library receives requests for images, compiles a suitable selection to fill the client’s brief, negotiates the fee for use, invoices the client and collects the negotiated fees. They also monitor unauthorised use of images and pursue the collection of subsequent fees and fines through the courts.

In fulfilling the above a stock library also acts as an agent to the photographers whose work makes up the library files. Photographers are paid a percentage of the net amount collected from each successful sale.

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What Marine Themes Offers

Unlike many stock libraries, Marine Themes offers a 50/50 split on all sales. We do not use sub agents so you always get a clean 50% split. There are no fees to include your images with Marine Themes. This includes images mounted in the web database catalogue, CD-ROM catalogue, any printed catalogues and is also free of all administrative costs. Just a straight no frills 50% split on all net sales.

This used to be the standard rate for all stock libraries but now many are requesting 55-60% or more of the sales fee and also charge additional fees for inclusion in web, CD or paper catalogues so that the real split is effectively much higher in their favour. Many libraries also pass on your images to other libraries (sub agents) who may even pass them on to others, each taking a cut of any sale as it is passed back to you so that you, the photographer, often end up with a small fraction of the net sale. Marine Themes does not use sub agents so your images are only supplied directly to paying clients.

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What We Do With Your Images

Images selected are colour corrected and optimised for use on a printing press. These “master scans” are then later sized to the exact dimensions required for client use. Images of high resolution files are delivered via the internet. The printer operator then adjusts our files slightly to suit their unique printing calibrations then the images are printed.

The master scans are also reduced in size and resolution for use in the web database and CD-ROM catalogues.

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What It Costs You

Nothing. Zip. Zero. If you send files via post or courier you do have to pay for that but our services costs you nothing.

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What We Need From You

We need RAW files from your digital camera (i.e. Canon CRW or CR2, Nikon NEF, Olympus ORF, etc.). No jpeg files, no 8 bit TIFF files.


Raw files must be a minimum of 6 megapixel files, 8-14+ megapixels preferred. We will accept 4-5 megapixel files in some circumstances if the subject is rare or unusual.

A RAW file is a digital record of the data collected from your camera's sensor. You cannot turn an image in another format into a RAW file. All cameras use RAW files, though some cheaper cameras do not give you the option to save the RAW capture. Check your camera's manual to see how you can save the RAW image data.

We also need caption details for each and every image. These can be added to each RAW file. The information is saved in a sidecar file with an .xmp extension. You need to include the .xmp file with the RAW file so that we can transfer the information into our database. You can also supply caption information in an Excel file. Please contact us to receive a basic Excel template.

Each image needs to have a caption including the common and scientific name of the subject (if applicable), a brief description of any behaviour or other factors that are shown and location where the image was taken. Photographs that are not of animal species (i.e. scenics, people, boats, etc) should provide a brief description of the scene or other relevant information.

The RAW files can be delivered via a file transfer service such as Pando, Dropbox or similar. If you prefer you can burn the files to either a DVD disc or a CD burnt in a cross platform format such as ISO 9660. Your CD burner will have that option available in its software.

Scans of 35mm transparencies made on 35 mm film scanners (such as Nikon Coolpix, Polaroid SprintScan, etc.) or flatbed scanners are not acceptable as they, despite the manufacturers claims, are unable to produce the detail and file size needed for commercial use.

Before sending any images please read the submission guidelines below.

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Submissions

A submission is where you provide us with images for us to consider for inclusion in the Marine Themes web database. Only images appropriate for our specialisation and of suitable commercial quality will be accepted.

For your very first submission, please send by email a broad cross section of your work. Around 20 images should be enough. Make the files 600-700 pixels wide on the longest side at 72 dpi. Save as jpegs at a medium setting (level 5 or 6). We can then evaluate your work and send you further instructions along with a copy of our standard contract.

For subsequent submissions, use a file transfer service such as Pando, Dropbox or similar. You can burn the files to DVD disc if that is your preference (we will not return discs sent to us). Include full capiton details in the .xmp sidecare files or in an Excel file as outlined in the "What We Need From You" section above.

All photographs which include recognisable people or private property must be accompanied with a model or property release. Sample property and model releases will be supplied on request to photographers who hold a signed contract with Marine Themes.

If you have images that are digital constructions or manipulations please indicate in your captions that they are such. We certainly accept constructed or manipulated images but we do need to know that they are adjusted images for our filing system. Obviously such images will not be in RAW format but we will still need any RAW files from which your construction was made. Please include those in your submission. Such files must be made in 16 bit RGB mode and provided as such in TIFF or PSD format. Please inlcude any layers you used in the process. Please, no 8 bit files or jpegs.

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Film/Transparency/Slide Submissions

We no longer accept slides/transparencies or colour negatives for scanning. However, if you have a rare or unusual subject, please contact us as we will provide high resolution scanning for such images.

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If you have any questions check the "Frequently Asked Questions" section or go to the "What subjects are needed?" section for information on what sorts of images are required and how to photograph them. Please also feel free to contact us directly by email, phone, fax or mail.

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What is Stock Photography?

What Marine Themes offers

What we do with your images

What it costs you

What we need from you

Submissions

Film submissions

What subjects are needed?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Contact Details:

Marine Themes Pty Ltd
marinethemes.com
info@marinethemes.com
142 Keon Street
Thornbury Victoria
Australia 3071

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