How To License (Obtain Permission To Use) A Photo

If you are not familiar with image licensing, this page provides useful information.


We license images for any use, including advertising, corporate, promotional, editorial illustration in magazines and books, web, media, presentations, decor, and retail products. You are responsible for how images are used and whether other permissions may be needed.

Free Research

We represent only our own images so we know our collection well. We can let you know if we have the stock images you are requesting within seconds, and then suggest quickly the right images, as well as provide extensive information.

High Quality Digital Files

Almost all our stock photos are available as high resolution digital files of at least 3520x2344 pixels and up to 4896x3264 pixels (8-16 mega pixels).

Free Electronic Delivery

Digital files can generally be made available by download within a couple of hours. Unless specified otherwise, stock images are transmitted in Adobe RGB, saved as high quality (Adobe Lightroom 80%) jpeg. We can also FTP directly to your prepress house.


Our image licenses are right-managed so that each image has limited exposure. Each license is issued for a specific use only. On request we will inform you whether an image has been licensed before, and if so, how many times. More detailed use history is also available upon request, and exclusivity is possible. All stock photos are registered with the US Copyright Office. None appear in royalty-free collections.


In general, we charge one-time licensing fees which depend on the actual usage. The broader the rights granted, the higher the fees (it is fair that a small business brochure costs less than a national advertising campaign). This is why it is important that you provide detailed information about your intended use. We match the price of other right-managed providers. Discounts are given for multiple image uses. No transaction will be conducted below the minimal licensing fee of $150. We do not grant free commercial licenses solely in exchange for credits or links.


Licensing contracts can be paid by major credit cards through paypal or by wire transfer. We accept purchase orders and checks from account holders, net 45 days.

Licensing Terms

We have very simple terms: click here to view them all. Not all images can be licensed.

For more complex requests, please contact us by email or phone. Provide as much detail as you can about the intended use of the image(s), including in particular size, placement, circulation, territory of use.

We reserve the right to make future changes to these guidelines.
By using any of our images you thereby consent to these guidelines and any future changes.

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