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.

CLICK HERE to see the lightbox of graduation photos


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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!

 

Like to know more about the THP? click here!


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artlist Inc., founded in 2002, is a Japanese company specializing in animal photos, with a collection of more than 10,000 RM photos of over 70 breeds of adorable dogs and cats. Their main philosophy is "To bring fun and happiness to the world," which they achieve by carefully selecting their models based on Japan Kennel Club standards and photographing them with a professional animal cameraman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With breeding types carefully documented in the caption & keywords, and incredibly cute photos, this collection is a complete delight. Like to see more? Click here!


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Caia Image RF is a varied collection that ranges from Business content shot in Granada & Venice, Lifestyle from New York & Los Angeles right through to cutting edge sporting imagery such as Triathlon and Formula One. Caia means "rejoice" and is brewed from a secret blend of top end production, creativity and contemporary style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see more? click here!

With over 4,000 images now available on the agefotostock website and our THP platform, and another 6,000+ images forecast for 2013, we're thrilled to be offering some of the best royalty free imagery available to the creative industry today.


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Royalty Free (RF) is a license type which allows buyers to pay a fixed price for an image and have unlimited usage.  The name refers to the freedom from additional royalties for different uses, territories, renewals, etc.  Some years ago, the young starlet RF burst into stock photography with shocking fixed prices and CD offers.  The new license was a great success, especially in advertising, so everyone started producing RF, and competing to sell it… But with time, a younger, more economical starlet appeared on the scene, and the original RF´s allure started to fade.  RF has also especially suffered the decline of the advertising industry during the crisis.  Although her future might not appear too bright, RF is clinging on with every last red painted nail.


Why clients ♥ RF…

RF is a no-hassle option which saves clients from administrative work.

The fixed price can be very attractive for images that are needed for multiple uses or high visibility.

Most RF is model and property-released, so clients can use it for almost anything.

RF images are often created for the advertising/design industry, so they generally communicate clear concepts and clean compositions/backgrounds that can be easily used by a designer.


Why clients don’t ♥ RF…

The fixed price of RF with little to no room for negotiation is too high for some clients.

The price no longer seems like such a good deal if compared to similar imagery available in Low Budget Royalty Free.

A client can’t purchase exclusivity of an image and doesn’t know whether the same image has been or will be used by a competitor.

Often, RF has many generic takes on the same concept, and there is little variety of specialized subjects available.


What photographers should know about RF.

  1. RF is the ideal spot for your clean, conceptual images which can be easily used to illustrate advertising and business needs in positive ways

  2. Look at the newest ads, brochures, and websites around you to see what those needs are.

  3. The advertising and design industry continues to demand luminous images with significant areas of negative/copy space.  You should make images which communicate a concept, and also provide a space to incorporate text into the image.

  4. There is a normal expectation from clients that RF images are completely released and free of third party rights.  You should never send images of recognizable people to RF if you don’t have the signed releases. 

  5. You should also be extremely careful with other subjects that are not free of third party rights, such as very well-known landmarks, famous buildings and monuments taken in countries like the US or France, or artwork taken inside of museums, as there is no such thing as “editorial use” in RF.

  6. In the case of a legal dispute, it is much more difficult for your agency to withdraw RF images from the market, and to be able to track exactly how they were used.  This puts you at greater risk if a legal problem develops.  As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe in RM than sorry in RF!


Despite the challenges, the curtain hasn’t fallen on RF yet. Here are some representative images which remind us why.  Join us in part 3 to meet the “younger, more economical starlet” LBRF.


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