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  1. How long does it take before my pictures are sold?
  2. What are the chances that my photos will sell?
  3. When my photos are sold, do I receive a photo credit?
  4. Do I call your offices to find out if any of my pictures have sold?
  5. How do you pay photographers living outside of North America?
  6. Will I know who ends up buying my image(s) and what they paid for them?
  7. How is the money from picture sales split up with the photographer?
  8. How much can a photographer earn submitting images to your agency?
  9. How do I know I will receive my royalty checks after a picture of mine is sold?
  10. How often are royalty checks mailed out?
  11. Do you offer direct deposit into my bank account?
  12. Is a statement mailed out to me if none of my pictures were sold the previous month?
  13. Do you guarantee that any or all my images will sell?
  14. What should I do if my pictures are not selling?

Q: 1. How long does it take before my pictures are sold?

A: Some pictures are sold within 1-3 weeks from the time they are placed on the worldwide market while others may take months or longer. It really all depends on what picture buying clients are looking for at that time. We will send you an e-mail the same hour one of your images is in the process of being sold.

Q: 2. What are the chances that my photos will sell?

A: This is a difficult question to answer since we have not seen your pictures yet. We ask that you browse through some of the samples that appear on our web site and submit images similar to what we have on display. We only make money when pictures are sold; therefore, it is important that we sell as many images as we can through our network of sales offices worldwide. We will do our absolute best to promote and sell your images through our network of affiliates.

Q: 3. When my photos are sold, do I receive a photo credit?

A: This depends on the client and where the photo will be used. Sometimes a photo credit is used and sometimes it is not. For example, as per our regulations, magazines, newspapers and/or all print media must print a photo credit. If your photo is used on a billboard, advertisement, product or tabloid type paper, then generally, no photo credit is given. Usually, your name will be next to the name of the agency that sold your picture.

Q: 4. Do I call your offices to find out if any of my pictures have sold?

A: No. Our call center representatives do not have access to your sales files. We will send you a 'Picture Release Form' by e-mail the same hour one of your images is in the process of being sold. Once you reply to this e-mail with 'Agree', we will release the image to the purchasing client and send you your 50% royalty commission check on the 10th of the following month.

Q: 5. How do you pay photographers living outside of North America?

A: All photographers living outside of North America will be paid by international money order in US funds. This form of payment is cashable in any country worldwide.

Q: 6. Will I know who ends up buying my image(s) and what they paid for them?

A: Yes, all the relative information will be included on the 'Picture Release Form' that is e-mailed to you each and every time we are in the process of selling any of your images.

Q: 7. How is the money from picture sales split up with the photographer?

A: When an image is sold, 50% is paid to the photographer, 25% goes to the distributor who referred the photographer to Picture Stock and 25% is split between Picture Stock and the selling agency. If a photographer is not referred to Picture Stock by a distributor, then 50% is split between Picture Stock and the selling agency and the photographer earns the other 50%. This would be considered a house account.

Q: 8. How much can a photographer earn submitting images to your agency?

A: Every photographer's earnings will be different depending on the quality of his or her work, the number of images on file with our agency, as well as the variety of picture subjects submitted. These are very big factors in determining picture sales.

The more work a client sees from any one photographer and begins to recognize his or her work and name, the more the photographer will earn. Some photographers have very high reputations and are well known by stock agencies, clients and fellow photographers.

Photographers can earn anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousands per month selling their stock photography through the Picture Stock worldwide network.

The minimum charge our agencies sell stock photos for is $300.00. Pictures can sell for as high as $2,500.00 or more depending on how and where the image will be used. You will always receive 50% of the final selling price.

Q: 9. How do I know I will receive my royalty checks after a picture of mine is sold?

A: When one of your pictures is in the process of being sold, we will send you a 'Picture Release Form' by e-mail. If you agree to the terms and price, we will release your picture. This will ensure that you know exactly where each and every one of your pictures is being used. Your royalty check and statement will then be sent to you on the 10th of the following month.

We have been in business since January 1997 and have a proven track record for paying out all royalty checks on time without fail. Picture Stock is a reputable debt free agency that has been built upon a solid record of credibility, reliability and integrity.

Q: 10. How often are royalty checks mailed out?

A: Royalty checks and statements are mailed out on the 10th of each month for the previous month's picture sales. If the 10th of the month lands on a weekend or holiday, the checks are then mailed out on the following business day. All royalty checks are mailed out by regular air mail in US funds. Photographers living in any country outside North America will receive an international money order in US funds which can be cashed anywhere worldwide.

Q: 11. Do you offer direct deposit into my bank account?

A: We do not offer direct deposit into your bank account. All payments are mailed out by check or international money order for customers living outside North America.

Q: 12. Is a statement mailed out to me if none of my pictures were sold the previous month?

A: To cut down on printing, processing and mailing costs, we only mail out royalty checks/money orders and statements to those photographers who have had at least one picture sold in the previous month.

Q: 13. Do you guarantee that any or all my images will sell?

A: We are very honest and upfront with all our photographers and cannot guarantee that your images will sell. Any agency that states otherwise is not being truthful with you. Photo Editors at each agency will carefully go through your pictures and select the images they feel are marketable and will suit their clientele. Once your images are on the market, our affiliated agencies will present your work to interested clients who will have the final say in which image(s) they wish to purchase. We have no control over which pictures will sell and therefore cannot guarantee that any of your images will be sold. With this in mind, it is very important that you send us a variety of your best images since this will increase your chances of having your images sold.

Q: 14. What should I do if my pictures are not selling?

A: If you feel you sent in your best work and a reasonable amount of images (300+) and none have sold in a three year time frame, this would be a clear indication that clients are simply not interested in your work for whatever reason. We will try to work with you, however, if sales lack, we ask that you stop submitting material to us since it would only be costing us both time and money. Your images may be great, but they may not be great STOCK photos.

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