Buying Images Online
February 27, 2013 § 7 Comments
Inside this body of mine thumps the heart of a nice person, a fire-blazing rebellious streak, and a nightmarish fear of getting arrested and/or sued. You may imagine that this mixture causes some serious internal strife.
In terms of social media, my moral compass comes up against my bad girl need to steal images for the sake of art, sharing and communication more often than I care to admit. It’s hard to write about fashion and celebrity and award shows when the images are copy written and owned by big companies with lots of money.
But it’s wrong to steal and I know it.
The other night my moral rightness sent me clicking over to Getty Images who do all of the brilliant images for (basically) every Earthly event you see pictures of.
Just for kicks I registered at Getty, and searched Editorial Academy Award Arrivals, of which there were over 4,000 photo images.
I input Anne Hathaway to find out the cost of one image/angle of the infamous Prada. Under pricing, the least expensive option for mobile and web usage for a 3 month limited period was $49.00.
This was for one image. One angle. For only 3 months.
My Dress Mess post, which I’m re-working so that it can be linked directly to Getty’s pictures, focuses on 6 dresses that needed some work. That post, like all of my posts, written purely for my readers (for no compensation), would have cost me a whopping $300.00, had I purchased them legally for use.
So what is a rebellious, yet chicken-shit-scared-to-be-sued-girl to do when she wants to spread the good word, but is unable to without going into deep debt.
When you’re up against companies like Huffington Post, People Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and the rest of the biggies, is there any way to get your message across without breaking the rules?
Of course you can take your own photos, and I do. Any other thoughts? Especially when you write about editorial issues or world events where photos are owned by companies like Getty Images?
BTW I tried to find a free image from off of Getty to tie into this post, but even the images listed as free were not. The cheapest free image I could find listed for $15.00.