Mint Images presents a collection of over 4,000 RM images that meet with the growing demand for imagery concerning the environment, sustainability and issues of health and wellbeing.

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This collection includes many images from the leading wildlife photographer FRANS LANTING, who has been has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time. He has covered wildlife in all its forms, and his images of the world’s great natural beauty, ecological hot spots, global coverage of stunning landscapes and dramatic images of great intensity and variety have stunned the world.


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Most of us have experienced those last few chaotic weeks of the educational term, and cramming for exams or having all-nighters writing the magical last paragraph on a thesis is a strong memory for many of us. Now with summer looming in the Northern hemisphere, students are finishing their year of studies, and many will be rewarded with a degree or diploma in a formal ceremony.

Whether it be for students finishing their schooling or professionals who have expanded their foundations, these moments of celebration are an important way to acknowledge the hard work done, the achievements made, the human ability to absorb information and utilize it to create positive changes in our own lives and in the lives of others. What we learn and what we teach can truly have a positive, active and immediate effect that spreads beyond the classroom and out into our wider world.

With students stepping out to meet the world with mind prepared and skills tuned, the images we have chosen for this lightbox celebrate the positive attitude and empowering spirit that education rewards us with.

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We're pleased to announce that stock agent PhotoAsia Picture Library has launched a brand new website design incorporating much awaited ecommerce from THP.

"This implementation of the ecommerce is in line with our primary objective to always cater to the needs of the clients who are frequently faced with pressing deadlines and the urgency to be able to order their selected images at all hours. Now that the shopping cart is activated we hope we can generate sales while we sleep." -  Doreen Lau

When PhotoAsia first started in 1992, it was known as Picture Library. In August 2009, it changed its name to PhotoAsia Picture Library. Following the name change PhotoAsia now specializes in the marketing of images of Asia, Asian and Malay lifestyles with an emphasis on the multi-racial culture & their colourful diversity. Over the past 20 years PhotoAsia has earned a reputation for marketing the best quality images with the most creative interpretations of popular scenes which will live up to their tagline that POWERFUL PICTURES SPEAK!

 

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Phanie is a press agency based in France since 1991. Their collection of over 28,000 RM images specialises in high quality health and medicine images.

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The close relationships Phanie photographers have with health professionals enable them to take accurate and diverse images covering health related topics and lifestyle themes, such as Cystic Fibrosis, rehabilitation for disabled people, obesity, and developments in scientific research and technology, as well as healthy living lifestyle images.


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If you don’t know the answer to the above question, you aren’t alone.  In today’s potpourri of “users,” amateurs, and professional photographers, many people shoot, submit, and upload photos, and then see an RF, RM, or LBRF appear on the photo. But what are they?  Rights Managed (RM), Royalty Free (RF), and Low Budget Royalty Free (LBRF) are license types. What’s the “best” license?  We will talk about the three license types during the next few weeks.  If you understand the licenses, you can direct your product, the photo, for greater success.

Let´s start with RM

Did you know Rights Managed (RM) photographs are licensed for a specific use in a concrete geographical area and for a set amount of time?  There is a control of the use of the image, and that’s why they are called rights managed.

Why Clients ♥ RM…

Clients choose RM for the great variety of subjects available, including specialized subjects such as medicine, technology, and science.  In RM, these specialized subjects are usually documented thoroughly. 

RM prices are negotiable and adjust for the scope of a project.  “Negotiable” in these days means that a client can ask for a lot… And sometimes get it.

RM allows a client to purchase exclusive rights for the use of an image, important for an advertiser who wants to stand out from the competition.


Why Clients don’t ♥ RM…

Images with a wide distribution, multiple uses, or exclusivity can be expensive.

Clients have to renew the image license to continue using the image after the initial term is up.  This entails a certain administrative effort.

Many RM images have no model or property release so they can’t be safely used for advertising uses.  What a pity!


What photographers should know about RM.

  1. Standout creative or original images can be valued accordingly in RM.  This is for photographers who create images rather than merely describe places.

  2. If you have nonexclusive images in multiple stock agencies, make sure that you can block an image fast when an agency mentions 10 grand for an exclusive possibility…  Also be sure that your agency can get in contact with you.  If you are off shooting in the Congo, an assistant or trusted other should be checking your business email.

  3. Photographs of specialized subjects will probably find more potential buyers and the chance of a well-paid exclusive sale in RM. Clients look for well described images, with complete, accurate captions so you should be knowledgeable about the material that you submit and provide all relevant information. 

  4. If you have unreleased images of people, artwork, protected buildings, or copyrighted/trademarked material, RM is the safest place to distribute those images because your agency will help screen out improper uses, can quickly remove the image from market, and can produce the sales history if needed.  However, please note, some images aren’t even safe in RM!  See more legal info.

  5. If it is at all possible, you should always get a model release signed.  Even you travel photographers!  Here you can find a simple pocket release for street photos and our standard model release.  Use the standard release when possible.


Here are some images which represent the spirit of RM.  Stay tuned to get up close and personal with the Lovely RF in the coming weeks…


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