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Forgive me if this topic has been covered before, but I've searched the forum and haven't been able to find much on the subject and I'm still slightly confused by it. Mainly I'm curious if selling my images as royalty free will increase sales? I have the majority of mine listed as rights managed and having over 14,000 in my collection I feel like I should be making more sales than I am. I see that a lot of people with fewer images are making more sales. I know that a lot of things can factor into this, I'm just trying to determine if part of it is that mine are rights managed?  

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Hi Gina i am interested in the  RF Verses  RM licence as well...I can't give an opinion as i am all RM, and i notice like others that RM has been licensed like RF these days..Some photographers have a   50 /50 ratio of both RF and RM....I'm sure some more experienced sellers can add their take on it.....some will say it depends on your subject matter...Mmm  

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If I look back at all my licenses here, about 5/8ths are rights managed, but if I just go back the past two years, it's split half and half, so the percentage of royalty free images being licensed has gone up slightly, but that may be because I made several images, especially editorial images that had not been licensed before, RF, so the percent of RF images in my portfolio went up. Not a great difference between 5/8ths being RM over the past 12 years and 1/2 being RM over the past 2 years, given that the number of RF in my portfolio increased in that time...then again, I still have more RM than RF images and if they are being licensed at the same rate, maybe RF has an advantage? I don't think I can really reach a solid conclusion but these are my observations for what it's worth. Alamy tells us clients prefer RF, but they license many RM images as though they are RF, so not sure  the fact that your images are all RM is holding you back. 

 

You have lots of nice images . I know Alamy has pushed us to make more images RF and I imagine it's easier for clients, but if they are RM, clients who want images that aren't on all the micros know they worn't have to worry about that, if they worry about such things....

 

So, take it all with a grain of salt. I have RM images that are licensed here again and again, I don't think it really hurts you at all. 

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I have as many images as you and the majority are RM. I tend only to make the nature ones RF as there are so many of the same subject. However I get a decent number of stock (as opposed to news) sales so I’m not sure it makes much difference. Whether the difference is more to do with being based in the USA or the UK... I don’t know.

 

There are so many factors that can make a difference to sales that it’s impossible to say if one makes a difference. Subject matter, keywording, photo quality etc and I suspect these factors are more important than whether an image is RF or RM.

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I have been wondering about this as well. I decided to go RM as when I joined Alamy a few months back I already had some images RF with another agency, so I thought I'd do things differently with Alamy. Have left the other agency now and just selling through Alamy, and unsure whether to stick with RM only. Still too early for me with just one sale to have much idea yet what is best. But it does seem from peoples' comments that it may not make a significant difference, and there are many other factors at play. If I were to trial some as RF, I think I'd go for some of the more generic or commonly seen images, as Sally above mentions with her nature shots.

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8 hours ago, Gina Kelly said:

Forgive me if this topic has been covered before, but I've searched the forum and haven't been able to find much on the subject and I'm still slightly confused by it. Mainly I'm curious if selling my images as royalty free will increase sales? I have the majority of mine listed as rights managed and having over 14,000 in my collection I feel like I should be making more sales than I am. I see that a lot of people with fewer images are making more sales. I know that a lot of things can factor into this, I'm just trying to determine if part of it is that mine are rights managed?  

 

A benefit of RM is that Alamy provides additional data on the sale. This is useful for

  a) filing a DACs claim (if you make your own claim)

  b) identifying and pursuing image infringements (which can be quite lucrative)

Mark

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Alamy describe RM and RF as follows

 

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There are two image license types you can choose from:

  • RM stands for Rights Managed. With this license, the customer only pays for what they’re using the image for. Rights Managed licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.
  • RF stands for Royalty Free. Customers pay a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on how they use it, or how long they use it for. RF images can be used across multiple projects, forever.

 

All my images  are listed as RF

 

All my sales show "Royalty Free" as the licence......

 

But the details vary - and to me they look like they are sold as Rights Managed?

 

This looks like a Royalty free sale

 

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86 MB
4480 x 6720 pixels 
2 MB compressed
All media, worldwide, in perpetuity, including in-context promos.

 

But this looks like its sold as if it was Rights Managed (and the fee reflects the use!)

(Newspaper use in the Guardian)

 

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7 MB
1260 x 1890 pixels 
One use in a single editorial article used within web versions of titles from the same group. Digital usage includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article. Country: United Kingdom 

 

So - I don't think listing them as RF stops them being sold as RM.....

 

Jools

 

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