|Name of Client/Publication?||Type of client||Circulation (only if applicable)||Location of client? Country?||What were you paid? (Please include what currency you were paid in : $, £, €)||In what year did this happen?||What kind of work?||Type?||Photographer's copyright||Number of pages? Size of usage?||Expenses?||Transport, Mileage covered? Mileage rate?||Is there anything you would like to add?||Speed of Payment||Further notes about payment?|
|919||Magazine||6 times a year||United States||75||2013||Assignment work||Portrait, interiors, exteriors, product.||Joint copyright but for personal use only.||50 pages, 15 images total||Not covered||5 most important features not payed.||1 month||Several times payment delayed.|
|50000||Magazine||Montreal||250 per image||2013||Assignment work||Cover||I did not loss the rights||cover||Not covered||They offered me 250 in the beginning I took three different shoots and they paid me 450 dollars because they liked the three different shoots. I am really happy.||2 weeks or less|
|4Skiers / Johnsons Media Ltd.||Magazine||Italy||60.00/1 image||2013||Stock sale||Action Image||Photographer retains copyright||Double page spread||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Numerous emails sent after initial 30 days, didn't get response for weeks|
|A/R Magazine||Magazine||France||31 $ per image||2010, 2011, 2012||Assignment work||photo essay (travel)||No problem||21-23 pages full story||Covered||Always press trips. Transport and general expenses covered but not by the mag, but by a client (a travel agency)||They never pay for photographers expenses, they always bring photographers on press trip (paid by clients who are travel agents or destination tourism offices). |
If by chance it's not a press trip they wouldn't pay for the photographer expenses.
|Up to 3 months||I was fired after complaining, in a very diplomatic and polite way, of being paid a little to late after the publishing (3 months later)|
|Abaca Press||News Agency - wire service||France||0.50€ per image||2014||news editorial picture||protest||Photog retains copyright||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Active Interest Media||Magazine||USA||Cover: 700$. DPS: 400$. Full Page: 250$||2011||Stock sale||Outdoor activity||Stock sale||Not covered||Good editors, but huge issues with late payment, often more than 6 months late, sometimes up to 18 months after publication.|
Active Interest Media owns Climbing and Backpacker magazine, among others.
|Over 1 year||Late payment|
|Actual Day Wedding Highlight Cinematography||Event||Malaysia||RM 3900 / ~ USD 1200||2012 - 2013||Assignment work - Wedding||Actual Day Wedding coverage||Copyrights transferred to client for non commercial reproduction.||Not covered||Transport & Accommodation allowance||1 week||1 week|
|Adobe||Corporation||California, USA||$1,000||2014||Assignment work||Content creation||Loss of rights.||30 images||Not covered||Everything was swift until I delivered images. Still waiting on payment. Have e-mailed my contact a few times. ||Over 1 year||Still waiting...|
|AFP||News Agency - wire service||Indonesia||150.000 Rupiah/ $15 per image||2010||Assignment work||hard news||no agreement||Not covered||1 month|
|AFP||News Agency - wire service||Indonesia||15 usd per image||2010||Assignment work||News||no agreement||Not covered||1 month|
|Air Berlin Magazine / Lorenzspringer Media, GmbH, Munich||Magazine||Germany||500€ day rate / 500€ for cover image||Dec. 2012||Assignment work||Photo Essay||Photographer Maintained full copyright, Licensed as follows. |
1-time print, 3-month web use.
|6 images total||Not covered||Next assignment, payment up front before submittal of images.||Up to 3 months||Very hard time collecting payment. It was over 3-months before I got paid.|
|AirBnB||Holiday let agency||USA||£45 per half day||2014||Assignment work||Interiors||Photos/ copyright owned by client||12+ edited images||Covered||Mileage only expense covered.||Very particular about quality. Not a happy relationship.||1 month|
|Airbnb||Website||World wide||Dependant||£55||2014||Assignment work||Interiors||Copy rights are owned by Airbnb, photographer has right to use any images for portfolio||Covered||Transport mileage||Fee is per job. This has previously been stated as "a half day rate" it's not. On average it take about 30mins on location for min 12 photos.||2-4 weeks|
|Al Jazeera English||Website||Washington, D.C.||$350 day rate||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay||joint-copyright||Not covered||Nothing covered||Wired the money to me, which meant I had a wire fee pull out of my $350. I complained to them and fought for it over a couple of months and was never able to be reimbursed for that lost fee. Wasn't given another option of payment.|
Ended up being $320 I brought in, minus my own expenses of being camped out at a violent breaking news event. Not the best. Not the worst.
It's my understanding that Al Jazeera America has much better rates and payment.
|Up to 3 months|
|Alameda Magazine||Magazine||Alameda, CA USA||$75 per event - Snap Shots||2014||Event||Social Events||non-exclusive use, print mag. surprising, they don't reuse for website or social media.||1 pg, 3-4 images from each event||Not covered||n/a||Up to 3 months|
|Alternative Press Magazine||Magazine||Cleveland, Ohio USA||$150-400||Since 2010||Assignment work||Reportage of live music and lifestyle images||Photographer retains all copyright||Varied, multiple full||Not covered||No additional expenses covered.||Tickets, credentials, etc provided.||30 days||30 days|
|Altia Systems||Corporation||Website Only||USA||$1,200||2014||Assignment work||Lifestyle Portraits, Group Portraits||Loss of Image rights||Not covered||Do not work for this client. Would not pay the quoted price. I had to settle on 50% of original quote. No time to take to court. I was VERY close to cancelling contract, with no images/no payment. VERY cheap, and disorganized. I received approvals on set, but by a secretary. Wanted a reshoot at no additional cost and 6+ hours of retouching at no cost. Stay far far away.||Up to 3 months||Disputes|
|American Lawyer Magazine||Magazine||NYC||1000||2012||Assignment work||multiple images covering event||one time print and associated web. Separate reprint table with set (but transparent) prices.||5 images 5 pages||Not covered||added voluntarily by client||budget was not great but everything was fair and transparent.||1 month|
|Anadolu Agency||News Agency - wire service||Turkey (US Rates)||$200 per day||2014||Assignment work||News Coverage||Work-for-hire so all images while on assignment owned by them.||Covered||Airfare, hotel, rental car, and food all paid for.||1 month|
|Angies List Magazine||Magazine||USA||$300 per shoot. Had 5 different shoots in 2 days||2013||Assignment work||Portraits, General Journalism Type Coverage||Photog keeps copyright but gives Angies List first run rights.||Not covered||1 month|
|AOL/Patch||Newspaper||United States||$50 for multimedia news article with photo essay||2012||Video / Multimedia||News photo essay||Loss of all rights of photos and any future royalties.||Unlimited.||Not covered||None.||Patch relies heavily on salaried local editors to run their neighborhood news sites. Local editors have a small budget to pay freelance journalists and photographers to supplement their reporting. Freelancers are paid a rate of $25-$50 per article, regardless of additional media such as photo/video. All rights to images and photos/videos are relinquished for eternity to AOL.||2 weeks or less|
|Associated Press||Mexico||$100 day rate (2+ images)||2012||Assignment work||Breaking News||Exclusive rights to published photograph.||1 image used||Not covered||For Latin America they are paying a 'day rate' of $50. If they use more than 1 photography they will pay $100 for the day.|
|Associated Press Brussels||News Agency - wire service||worldwide||Brussels||between 50 and 100 USD per photo||2012||One Photo of daily news||portrait or still of news||Don't know||?||Not covered||no||They have a very good Photo Editor (female) that can buy your photo of a news that they are not covering. Good experience.||1 month||good client|
|Association of Business Executives||Magazine||5-10k||UK||£600||2013||Assignment work||Half day location shoot to capture 4-5 portraits plus incidentals||Photog retains copyright and grants clients one time print and web usage for 18 months||4 cover shots + incidentals.||Covered||All covered.||1 month|
|Audrey Magazine||Magazine||3 months (Quarterly)||Gardena, CA||$600 Total||2011||Assignment work||Cover Story||Full rights to photos thankfully||10 plus Table of Contents & Cover||Covered||Expenses are barely covered. If it's a celebrity cover shoot, half the expenses need to go to the stylist to get good fashion, food, studio space. Photo assistant sometimes get paid $100, hair and makeup don't get paid, and retouching is always free.||2-4 weeks after publication date which is more than 3 months after filing an invoice|
|Australian Gourmet Traveller||Magazine||Australia||A$2000||2013||Assignment work||Travel feature||Bauer Media asks for copyright outright, forever. It is a very short contract because of this.||8||Not covered||1 month|
|automotive-related magazine||Magazine||13-15k||Poland||30$ per page||2012-present||any type of photos - assignment, event coverage, own ideas if editor approves||editorials for stories/events, commercial-like for car reviews||photographer has all rights after publishing, but it would be not welcome if we tried to sell the pics anywhere else||usually at least 2 pages per article||Not covered||usually not, sometimes done in company or press cars||sorry that I cannot name the magazine. there are two people working exclusively as photogs, but journalists sometimes take pictures too (they get paid the same amount)||varies, between 1 - 3 months||not everyone is equal|
|Barron's||Magazine||USA||500||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright, 90 day embargo||1 image full page||Covered||Mileage and tolls||$150 post production plus assistant||1 month|
|Bauer Media Books||Publisher / Book||Australia||1125 per day||2013||Assignment work||Food photography for cookbook||Client owns copyright forever, photographers have to sign a contract or no deal. No expenses covered, day rate has to include studio and kitchen. Files often required to be retouched and transferred to client at end of shooting day. If client is unhappy with images reshoots are requested at expense of creative team.||6-10 shots per day||Not covered||No expenses covered||Unattractive terms but reasonably fast payer.||1 month|
|BBC||Website||UK||£400||2014||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay / multimedia piece||Keep all rights, though once it's been here might be tricky to get elsewhere.||4 minutes or 15-25 pictures||Not covered||All along were straight up about the payment and usage, if it was for a gallery of your own work not a bad rate.||2 weeks or less||flat rate far as I know, had to split it with audio producer so barely covered expenses, but was made on spec.|
|BILD-Zeitung||Newspaper||3.200.000||Germany||195 Euro Day / 60 Euro per photo||2013||Assignment work||press||no loss, but right to publish online too||Covered||mileage 0.30 Euro per Kilometer||overtime will be paid extra, exclusive photos may double or triple the price||1 month|
|Bleacher Report||Website||5 million views a month||United States||$200/assignment||2014||Assignment work||portraits||Complete loss of copyright.... sent me a onerous contract AFTER I shoot three portrait assignments in one morning totaling $600. The contract even mentioned I would have to make "publicity appearances" for BleacherReport.com if they wanted me to. |
I refused to sign the contract and they decided NOT to use my photos. I did NOT get paid anything for my time.
I found out later that they offered this particular job to someone else before me at a lower rate, but they declined.
|Bleacher Report||Website||San Francisco||$500, 3 subjects. 1 headshot per subject.||2011||Assignment work||Portrait||Joint Copyright||Covered||2 weeks or less|
|blogTO.com||Website||Canada||15||2012||Assignment work||Images to accompany blog article||n/a||Not covered||1 month|
|Bloomberg News||News Agency - wire service||USA||400/ DAY plus mileage||2013||Assignment work||Journalism||Your images go into the Bloomberg newswire archive and are then sold to Getty. Getty gives no reciprocal payment. So you get your 400 and that's it. Nothing more.||Covered||Expenses could be covered if negotiated ahead of time. Mileage only covered without negotiation.||The selling of the images to Getty, and getting no stock fees is a fairly new deal. As a photographer we had no say so or negotiating rights.||1 month|
|Blue Ant Media/AUXTV||Website/iPad Mag||unkown||Canada||$15.00/show||2011-present||Assignment work||Live Concert Photography||It was retained. There are now negotiations happening, for a certain amount of exclusivity for the publication||Not covered||Generally 10-15 photos are posted to the website, and 1 from each set is chosen to go in the monthly iPad magazine. All photographers are credited and are linked to personal sites. Payment is professional and prompt. It'd just be nice if it covered my parking costs. They do pay more for article assignments and festivals.||1 month||They don't pay a lot, but in a city that is saturated with blog-togs and ppeople willing to shoot for free, it's nice to get anything for this type of work.|
|Bon Appetit||Magazine||New York, USA||$500/day||2012 & 2013||Assignment work||Still life food||Print & web editorial use in US and worldwide (foreign Conde Nast publications may license photos for an additional fee - from $50-$200 per image). 90 day exclusivity period - and photographer may not take substantially similar photos for another commercial client during 90 day period.||4-5 pages, 6 recipes total (8-10 shots)||Covered||Transport and mileage covered if necessary - equipment rental covered but minimal.||1 month|
|Bon Appetit||Magazine||USA||$1500 flat rate||2013||Assignment work||photos to accompany an article on restaurants||Mag/Publisher has exclusive for 90 days from on-sale date. After which, photog can do whatever with them. Other usage within that time can be negotiated.||3 pages||Covered||Only pre-approved expenses covered. I did not put in for any.||This was a reshoot, though I am not sure what happened with original photographer or his images.||Submitted a week ago, so still early.|
|Borsen newspaper||Newspaper||Copenhague||275||2012||Assignment work||portraits||One of the photo editor bad attitude don't reply emails. Another one is very professional.||2||Not covered||no||try to don't work with them depending which editor.||Up to 3 months||no good|
|Bournemouth News & Picture Service||News Agency - wire service||web||UK||100 GBP||2012||image syndication||animal/wildlife photo||copyright remains with the photographer, but the agency puts their logo on images anyway||1 webpage + small picture in a newspaper||Not covered||n/a||Bournemouth News & Picture Service that probably are part of Solent News have highly unprofessional and ignorant staff members. Very bad story that came with pictures on Daily Mail. The reporter basically randomly copy-pastes quotes from an email "interview," mixing up facts, giving wrong names for animals presented on images. The images that got published were printed, scanned, and then uploaded online in horrible quality, which produced a lot of negative comments towards me (the photographer). |
Overall, around 10 pictures were published in Daily Mail, and a few in newspapers. With a split of 50/50 (which is way below average), that should have given more than 100 GBP. I received payment about 9 month after publication. If not for weekly (!) reminders for the duration of this period (I am good at managing my email client and creating automatic reminders for myself), they would have "forgotten" about the deal for sure. The excuse were quite typical for every news agency: 1) spam filtered 2) a few months-long vacation (probably whole agency staff at the same time) 3) "we though we paid you a long time ago" (answer came up not a single time) 4) just absence of reply - the most common one.
What I learned from this experience: news agencies are perhaps not a good idea for animal/wildlife photography; you need very good negotiation skills and be very specific and insistent; you have to ask exact quotes to know what each individual publication earns and double check if that's correct before you let them publish; you have to be very insistent about checking the story before it's published and refuse to work with the agency if they are not willing to cooperate on this step; and, lastly, make sure they know at least basics about image processing and printing. Negotiating things after publication is pointless - there will be a lot of excuses about "not our fault."
I risked with another new agency (that looked way more respectable and I recognized a few photographers I know who published with them) for the second time and generally regret it.
|Broadsheet Media||Australia||$30 per profile/feature||2012||Assignment work||Interiors, Food and Portrait - could be all or one||Photographer does not retain copyright to images. Broadsheet Media therefore own rights, and have option to license these images to third parties. In the event of this happening photographer receives 30%||12-15 images||Not covered||Transport and mileage not covered||First and last time.||approx 1 month||approx 1 month|
|Bronx Times Reporter||Newspaper||The Bronx, New York. USA||$25 per assignment, They expect 5 to 6 images Payment is made only if an image is used.||2013||Assignment work||Portraits, Event coverage||Can't sell image to anyone else.||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Have to file a bill with tear sheets|
|Brooklyn Paper||Newspaper||100000||Brooklyn, NY||$35/shoot||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||1-3 images||Not covered||No mileage||Up to 3 months|
|Browngirl Productions||Entertainment/ Photography||USA||USA $50_150 per hr||2014||Commercial Photography/ Drummer||Head shots & Product||Joint Copyright||4 images||Not covered||Transport. ..car rental.||As for musicians rate, $125 -$350 per gig or track of recording session.||2 weeks or less|
|Camerimage Festival||Movie festival||Poland||0||2009-2012||Event||Reportage||Photographer can sell photos, festival does with photos what they want.||Not covered||None||Immediate|
|Canada Wide Media||Magazine||Canada||$400||2013||Assignment work||building exteriors for Award magazine||The photographer retains copyright, but they have very broad usage of your images. From their contract photographers must sign:|
You hereby grant all usage rights of the Work to Canada Wide Media on an exclusive basis commencing on the date of first publication of the Work – in any medium or format – by
Canada Wide Media. This period of exclusivity will range from 30 days for weekly and monthly publications, and 90 days for semi-annuals. During that period, you will not publish or make available the Work – in any format or medium. When that period expires, such usage rights shall be non-exclusive and you may exploit the Work as you wish.
All usage rights of the Work per this Agreement include:
1. the right of first publication of the Work and the ongoing right to publish the Work within its original editorial context, in any format or platform used by the specific
publication for which the Work was originally commissioned;
2. the right to publish the Work in any promotion of the specific publication and/or its brand [i.e. cover thumbnails; ratecards], in any format or medium;
3. where the Work is commissioned by Canada Wide Media for use by the Westworld network, the right to assign or sub-license any of the rights relating to the Work
that we are granted under this agreement to the Canadian Auto Association Clubs;
4. where the Work is commissioned for use in publications owned by Canada Wide Media, the right to publish the Work within its original editorial context, in any format or platform, including (i) in Canada Wide Media print publications, (ii)
on Canada Wide Media websites (iii) on Canada Wide Media mobile and digital applications, and/or (iv) in e-mails or electronic newsletters sent by or on behalf
of Canada Wide Media.
|not mentioned||Covered||Canada Wide Media will pay pre-approved expenses for which you provide original documentation upon receipt.||Here are the more oppressive terms and conditions from their contract photographers must sign to work for them:|
"you will cooperate with us if any complaints, claims or litigation from third parties arise regarding the Work."
"this agreement supersedes all prior Agreements between us, written or oral, relating to the Work. If this Agreement conflicts with any invoice issued by you"
"Canada Wide Media cannot not process payment for your Work without this signed Agreement on file. Should your invoice(s) conflict with this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement will prevail."
Based on the above terms and conditions I did not take the job.
|I did not take the job|
|Canadian Press||Wire Service||Canada||$150 for 3 hour assignment||2014||Assignment work||News photography||Copyright wasn't discussed, but I do believe they retain copyright. I believe if you freelance with them regularly you have to sign a freelance agreement and it's covered in there.||Covered||Mileage covered .54 cents per kilometer as well as parking fees, if any.||I didn't take the job as it was VERY short notice and I was busy. Three hour assignment time also included the time required to file your images.||Not sure on speed of payment - haven't work for them in many years|
|CATERS News Agency||News Agency - wire service||UK||$ 0.00||2013||Stock sale||photo essay||No loss of copyrights or exclusivity.||Not covered||I licensed 3 photos through this agency, nothing too expensive, totalling £ 308.00. It has been 6 months now and I haven't received any payment yet. Beware.||Not paid|
|Caters News Agency||News Agency - wire service||Great Britain||£50 for series of 12||2014||Stock sale||Aerial Landscapes||Photographer retains rights, 6-month exclusivity||Not covered||N/A||Hey, they paid, so good job. Operated under Mercury Press & Media.||Up to 3 months||Finally paid me after 3 months of prodding emails.|
|Charleston Magazine||Magazine||Monthly||South Carolina, USA||$200||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Loss of all rights. Payment after 120 days from the publication of the shoot. Due dates for publication due a month prior. No discussion of Copyright.||Any/All||Not covered||Nothing is covered.||Magazine Sold by Gulfstream Communication. Told that image rights are fully released from photographer to Magazine under no negotiation. Payment of 120 days after turn in of images was told a week after I turned in my images. They can use and resell my images as much as they would like. I won't be doing this again. I was given one week to produce, shoot, make contact with talent, scout a location and "needed" to turn in my images right away. |
This was a very dumb move on my part and I won't be making this mistake again.
|Up to 3 months|
|Chicago Real Estate Company||Corporation||United States||$35/image||2014||Assignment work||Exteriors/Interiors||joint-copyright||NA||Covered||NA||Up to 3 months|
|Chicago Tribune||Newspaper||Chicago||125||2012||Assignment work||Portrait, Photojournalism||Copyright grab for published image(s) - don't send them anything you want to keep your rights for.||Not covered||Griped about covering parking fees. Mileage, nothing else generally.||Work for hire contract. Not good.||~45-60 days but it's been awhile since I worked for them.||~45-60 days but it's been awhile since I worked for them.|
|Chicago Tribune||Newspaper||Chicago, I:, USA||$125 per assignment||2012||Assignment work||Daily newspaper assignments||Loss of rights of photo(s) used and submitted. All other photos are under a 60-day embargo.||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Chicago Tribune||Newspaper||chicago||1250||2013||Assignment work||photo essay||One time use only||2 pages||Covered||did in you heels about one time use and they will cave||1 month|
|Christian Science Monitor||Magazine||75000||Boston, USA||$600 flat||2013||Assignment work||photo spread||non-exclusive, perpetual||2 full pages||Not covered||No mileage - flat rate||Great communication, great input. Won't negotiate on expenses or mileage for photo spread, but it's a fair rate.||1 month||A little confusion about forms delayed payment - might have been quicker|
|Chronicle of Higher Education||Newspaper||?||USA||$700||2011-13||Assignment work||Usually portrait, sometimes documentary.||Publication can reuse the photo for full copyright term only in the original published context.||usually 1 or 2 images||Covered||$0.51 per mile|
$700 day rate is $550 for shoot + $150 for post-production and delivery.
|Always a great client to work for.||1 month|
|Chronicle of Higher Education||Newspaper||64000||USA||$550||2014||Assignment work||Photojournalism||Unsure||Covered||$.56/mile||Received $550 for the day rate, $150 for processing.|
Were great to work for. Had thorough communication and everything was very seamless. Would gladly work for again.
|Citiscope||Website||USA||usd250, day rate.||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay||Photographer keeps copyright.||About 15 images used.||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|City Of Melbourne, Tourism Department||Local Government||Australia||NA||2013||Assignment work||Hero shots/Portraits to advertise city||All copyright relinquished to client||25 images||Covered||A job came up recently to shoot 25 'hero' images for the City of Melbourne. It was the subject of discussion between some photographers and myself.|
The client had set a fixed budget of $50,000. They wanted the photographer to produce the job, and shoot on locations around the city, including some at dusk and dawn, for light. They also required several talent, different ethnic backgrounds. Usage local and worldwide, no loadings for talent or photographer.
Also in the mix, the budget had to include a stylist, and hair and makeup artist.
We considered that the budget would probably not cover the model/talent fees.
The shoot could run to 20 days plus. Given that i pay my assistant $300 per day, the assistant alone would be due $6,000 on a 20 day shoot.
One highly experienced pro shooter I discussed the scope of the job with, before I mentioned the budget, said $250,000. He has been in the biz for 40 years.
|City Style and Living||Magazine||Calgary||0||2014||Assignment work||Travel||Keep copyright||Not covered||Nothing covered||So I told them I cannot afford to for free.||No payment at all||They contacted me to work with them, but do not want to pay anything. Want it all for free.|
|Clash||UK||$0||2006-2013||Assignment work||Portrait, live, photo essays||Print and online use for eternity.|
Obviously I told them where to go!
|Various||Not covered||None||They're pretty disrespectful to contributors in general. And they get what they pay for.||They don't||They don't|
|clear channel||communications/media/radio||website gallery||USA||$75-$100 per assignment||currently||Event||event coverage||shared copyright||20-30 images online gallery||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|CNN||Website||Atlanta USA||$800 day rate and meal expenses. $200 extra if images are used on TV||2013||Assignment work||News Coverage||CNN keeps exclusive rights for 6 months.||Covered||Great client to work with!||1 month|
|CNN Mexico||Website||Mexico||150 MXN (11 USD) per image / 800 MXN (60 USD) per photo gallery||2013||Assignment work||picture||Grupo Expansion owns copyright 'perpetually'. Photographer cannot re-sell his/her own work again. Bound to accept terms in contract to get paid||Not covered||There is no security to freelancers in dangerous situations in Mexico. Even work done under risk situations is paid the same way.|
Paid after repetitive insistence (4 months)
|Up to 3 months||Expenses covered after tortous negotiations, previously not considered by CNN Mexico.|
|CNN Online||Website||USA||$250 slideshow 10 images||2014||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||No sales, photographer retains copyright||Not covered||Easy to deal with, small budget for the sort of story offered.|
Have worked with them before, rates for single photographs vary between $25/pic to $75/pic
|2 weeks or less|
|CNN Photos (Blog)||Website||Atlanta||600||2012||License Personal project for Blog||project excerpt||30 day exclusive||16 images online||Not covered||n/a - they were running work previously produced that they did not commission||One of the better deals - paid ok to feature work online. Wasn't happy about the 30 day exclusive but I understand and I decided to take it. I know some major media blogs don't pay the photographers.||Up to 3 months|
|Cole Publishing||Magazine||United States||$400 per shoot||2014||Assignment work||Portraits, and employee working photos||Cole Publishing buys the right to print. Photographer retains copyright.||About 30 images: cover and inside spreads on several pages||Covered||Mileage covered, and other expenses would have to be approved and negotiated.||Cole Publishing owns several trade publications that run the gamut of oil and gas exploration, municipal wastewater, septic installers etc.||2 weeks or less||Prompt and reliable|
|Cole Publishing||Magazine||USA||400 for photos, about 30-40 per assignment, $200 for video||2014||Video / Multimedia||Portrait, documentary photos, video interview, documentary video||Photographer's retain copyrights to photos, though language in Cole's contract is a bit confusing.||Covered||Mileage rate is national rate, I believe $.55. Tolls have also been covered. Cole has also offered to increase the assignment rate when I've had to drive over 2 hours to an assignment.||Just updating the previous Cole entry to include video rate of $200.||2 weeks or less|
|Conde Nast Traveler||Magazine||807, 160||USA||$350 a page. Some make $500.||2013||Assignment work||Travel||You keep ©. However they can re-use images. Sometimes they will pay you other times not.||8-10 pages for a feature.||Covered||Yes. Pays all agreed upon expenses.||Rates are very low. Has not changed in years and they are getting worse. Have heard of people getting quoted a certain page rate and then they run longer stories and they dont pay you for the extra pages but instead just on the image usage. They also can insist that you do not work for any other travel magazine if you shoot for them. Can make extra money selling to foreign editions. Watch the contract and cross out lines that dont let you sell images as stock.||Up to 1 year||Will give you a small advance for expenses. Never enough so you need to front $ for job. They are late on payments and often need to re-submit invoices again and again.|
|Corporate Private||Corporation||unlimited||Canada||500 day||2010||Event||Event Candids||I own the rights always.||Covered||Covered||Immediate|
|Corporate Private||Corporation||Paris||1200 €/Day||2013||Assignment work||Event coverage||Loss of rights||Covered||1 month|
|Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau||Non Profit Tourism Bureau||Texas, USA||$1800 / day||2015||Assignment work||Advertising Photo Series||Work for Hire|
Photographer retains artistic and self promotion rights
|Covered||Multiple day project chasing talent and food throughout city with film crew shooting advertising images guerrilla style.||1 month|
|Cosmopolitan Australia||Magazine||December 2013||Australia||280 / image||2013||Stock sale||Fashion Feature||I retain all rights, they get a license for 1 time print use||full page||Not covered||60 days|
|Culturemap.com - Houston||Website||USA||$75||2012||Assignment work||photo essay||no contract||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Daily mail||Newspaper||Uk||£150/£175||2012||Assignment work||2 separate portraits||Newspaper retain full rights||Website but never printed, story got dropped||Not covered||Daily mail, 2 images requested on 2 occasions, never used images as both stories dropped||Up to 3 months|
|Daily Mail||Newspaper||United Kingdom||£160||2013||Stolen facebook photo||Sport / Dance||Violated by stealing my photo. (c) retained||1||Not covered||Stolen my photo and made me jump through some hoops to receive compensation.||1 month|
|Daily Mail Female||Newspaper||GB||€ 400||2015||Assignment work||Billionaire's life||No loss of rights||32 images for Web-page||Covered||Transport covered||2 weeks or less|
|Daily Mail Online||Website||UK/US||$300.00 Day Rate||2013||Assignment work||Photo Essay and Portrait||Daily Mail retains all rights to images, can use in portfolio.||Online||Covered||US federal mileage rate covered.||Last minute phone calls for assignments, often the same day with 1-2 hours of notice, tabloid style reporting required with ethical considerations for photojournalists.||Up to 1 year||Took 6 months to pay, had to charge a late fee and have attorney send nastygram|
|Daily Telegraph||Newspaper||UK||250 £ Day rate||2013||Assignment work||Anything||Photographer retains copyright after a 90-day embargo.|
Telegraph has an automatic license to sell the photos and if they do, give the photographer 50% of the sale.
|As much as they want||Covered||Mileage probably covered, didn't happen to me so far.||1 month|
|Dazed & Confused Magazine||Magazine||UK||£75 - £100 per assignment||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Not discussed||1 page||Not covered||Sometimes can push for extra to cover film and developing costs, but usually not.||Up to 3 months|
|De Standaard||Newspaper||Belgium||$1,900||2012||Reprint of a feature||Portfolio||No loss of right||4||Not covered||The only way to get some $ out of the Belgian market||Up to 3 months|
|De Standaard||Newspaper||Belgium||998$ total||2013||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Copyright mentioned||2 pages/ 4 photographs||Not covered||1 month|
|De Standaard||Magazine||Belgium||2591$ total||2013||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Copyrights mentioned||8 pages/ 10 photographs||Not covered||1 month|
|De Tijd||Newspaper||Belgium||$330||2014||Reprint of a feature||Portrait for cover story||Retained full rights.||1, full front page||Not covered||They bought the image via a friend who wrote an article for them||Up to 3 months||The photo editor was upset when I reminded that we had agreed to 250 eur over the phone, instead of 200 eur. Required a copy of my passport, Kurdish residence visa, many other details.|
|Decline Magazine||Magazine||Magazine, USA, CA||Cover fee $320||2011||Submission||Event coverage||Non exclusive. Same image ran with Pivot Bikes ($300)||1||Not covered||No||Check, within 2 weeks post print.||Check, within 2 weeks post print.|
|DePaul Magazine||Magazine||Illinois||$800 - negotiable||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Photog retains copyright.||1||Covered||1 month|
|Derby Uni ICEGs Conference||University Research||WorldWide Publication||UK||£6.30 PH||2014||Event||Conference shoot (event)||photographer retains all rights||Not covered||As a university they should be paying for the value of the service however they seem to take the opportunity to pay slave labour prices. Overall waste of time. Would do again if completely strapped for cash.||Up to 3 months|
|Di Design||Magazine||China||$0||2014||Stock sale||Photo Essay||Di Design requested numerous full size tiff files to be used in print for free, including captions and a short essay. Ridiculous.||Not covered||Never|
|Diakrit underpaying Real Estate photographers||Corporation||Sweden/Denmark/Norway||50 euro per case||2014||Real Estate||Real Estate, houses, apartments etc||No rights.||Not covered||Rarely||Diakrit is a lowpaying Real Estate photography operation running in Sweden/Denmark and Norway.|
They will charge Real Estate agents and homeowners a fair price of around 200 euros per case.
The photographer however will only receive 50 euros out of that.
The photographer has to run as an independent company(so they don't have to pay absence of leave and so on).
The photographer needs to have high end only photographic equipment(full frame body, top of the line lenses, speedlites etc). Must bring all equipment for free.
The photographer must own a car and make it available for free, mileage are in general not covered. Only in certain rare cases.
The salary of 50 euros is what a employed photographer(without bringing car and equipment) and normal benefits would be paid in these countries. So this is an extreme case of underpaying photographers!
They are well known in the photographic community for this way of doing business.
|Up to 3 months|
|Dime Magazine||Magazine||New York, USA||Was supposed to be paid $500. Never was.||2012||Assignment work||Cover story and portraits.||Not sure what you're asking. I own the images.||Cover story, 5 images.||Not covered||Never paid.||I've shot multiple stories for dime and never had a problem getting paid. For whatever reason, they still haven't paid me for the last job I did. There's been zero response to my countless inquiries.||Still not paid.|
|Direct matin||Newspaper||France||Zero||2013||Stock sale||Concert||Not discussed||Not covered||Nothing covered||They sent me an email asking me to send them a HD pic of a concert, not mentioning any kind of payment. I called back to ask for their payment policy and they told me "What are you talking about? we never pay for any picture"|
End of discussion...
|Discovery Canada||TV documentary||Canada||$1000 for two photos||2010||Video / Multimedia||Wildlife||Licensed to include in documentary. Copyright retained.||Not covered||1 month|
|Distinctly Montana Magazine||Magazine||Montana, USA||$35/image||2013||Stock sale||Landscape/Nature||One time use rights purchased only 1/2 to 1/4 page.||1/4 to 1/2 page||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Takes a long time to get paid.|
|Distro||Ipad Magazine||100000||US||250||2012||Stock sale||Portrait||Photographer retained rights||1||Not covered||I was relatively impressed, particularly as it was ipad only. They found my image through my site and contacted me directly.||1 month|
|Dolce and Gabbana (Event in NYC)||design house||USA||300||2014||Event||Candids||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Donnely Pub Group||Corporation||Vancouver, Canada||$100 event rate||2014||Assignment work||Event photography||Right to use, distribute, print, and use in advertising||100 photos||Not covered||50% off food & drinks (staff discount) at the event||Up to 3 months|
|Easy Living||Magazine||UK||£500 per 1 page||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||1 page||Not covered||1 month|
|Eat With||Company||NYC, USA||1,000 $||2014||Event||Photos||I kept all the rights.||Delivery of 3 photos||Covered||There were no expenses.||I was in charge of taking pictures during the diner organised by Eat With. The diner took place in Paris. At the same time I was one of the guests, so I could fully enjoy the diner as well. I delivered 3 images that I had to post on Instagram later on.||1 month|
|El Pais||Newspaper||thousands per day||Spain||portrait and news||2012||Assignment work||photo news||no loss of rights but not good control for the next payments.Photo editors not good and never reply emails.||1 photo on page||Not covered||no||Don't work with them and if they call you for assignment fix very well the payments. El Pais have digital and paper editions and prices per photo is really low, 60, 90 euros depending of where is published and they use the same photo to publish on both paper and digital but ONLY they will pay by one.||1 month||very bad prices per photo|
|Elegant Mag||Magazine||USA||0||2013||fashion||Photos series||they reserve the right to edit and retouch your photos||Not covered||none||A magazine that wants everything for free and doesn't pay it's photographers. On their website they say they won't even provide free print copies if you're in their magazine "to save the environment" PLEASE! I wish desperate photographers would stop submitting to fake magazines like this.||none|
|Elite Daily||News Agency - wire service||online||NY||0||2014||Stock sale||fine art photography||They steal your work, remove the infringement and refuse to pay a licensing fee.||1 page, medium web size.||Not covered||NEVER|
|ELLE||Magazine||NL||500 Euro's||2012/2013||Assignment work||Stilllife (products and illustrational)||National usage for 1 year for ELLE. Only to be sold within that year to Hearst owned magazines for re-print. 150 euro's per page re-use.||1 DPS||Covered||No transport||1 month|
|Elle||Website||USA||$25 a shot||2013||Assignment work||Photo Essay||Elle.com has a 45 day exclusive right to work then it's shared||20+ images featured slide show||Not covered||Nothing||Up to 3 months|
|Elle China||Magazine||China||250 €||2013||Assignment work||Portrait, Reportage||never got to the point of discussing copyrights||2||Not covered||no||turned down the assignment. 250€ is the flat rate fee incl. all expenses||n/a|
|Elle UK||Magazine||United Kingdom||£350||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Magazine owns the copyright for the first three months since publication||1 Page||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|embrocation magazine||Magazine||USA||$0||2012||Stock sale||photo essay||You retain copyright and right to use with no delay.||3||Not covered||No expenses||Embrocation asked to use 6 photos of mine. Magazine is high gloss small circulation cycling magazine. They do not pay, only promise exposure and future paying work. Typical work for free and you will benefit from it. No deal.||Did not agree to deal|
|Enable Magazine Financial Times Deutschland||Magazine||100 000||Germany||100 Euro per image||2011||Stock sale||photo essay||Copyright retained by photographer||5||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Payment process was complicated and tax was withheld without permission. I don't live in Germany and am not part of their tax system. I have no way of getting that back via a tax return.|
|Enable Magazine Financial Times Deutschland||Magazine||100 000||Germany||100 Euro per image||2011||Stock sale||photo essay||Copyright retained by photographer||5||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Payment process was complicated and tax was withheld without permission. I don't live in Germany and am not part of their tax system. I have no way of getting that back via a tax return.|
|ENORM||Magazine||Germany, Hamburg||€ 300.-||2013||Assignment work||portrait, reportage||just for the magazin, eclusive for 3 months after print.||2 pages||Covered||€ 0,30/km||1 month|
|Essentiel Mag||Magazine||25 000 ex Print||Clermont-Ferrand - France||Depend||2014||Assignment work||Packshot & Fashion||500€ for 15 Fashion Photos in Studio|
90 Packshot for a publicity in the Magazine
All the copyright were in capital letter except mine.
They forget my publicity so i worked for free.
Now we are in 2015 and they don't payed me, so i took the commercial court in January 2015 to be paid.
So I loss all the money for rent a studio.
|More of 30||Not covered||Be Carefoul||Not paid||You can forget|
|Exame and Exame PME||Magazine||200||Brazil||Per shoot ranges from U$ 240,00 to U$ 350,00||2012 - 2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographers retains copyright. Usage is specified in contracts sent by them.||Varies from 1 to 3 images, 1 to 2 pages||Not covered||They hire photographers within close range, so this is considered but often ends up ignored.||Pro: easy to work with. Dynamic and supportive editors.|
Con: photographer is not required to think or apply his view or style, and often just needs to reproduce previous visual references sent by the editors.
|1 month||Payment process is a little complicated but everything is done as specified previously, honoring schedules and processes.|
|FAB magazine||Magazine||UK||Nothing||2010||Assignment work||Editorial Fashion||No loss of copyright||6 pages||Not covered||Not covered||They don't pay their photographers but they want complete set of RAW files. You are not allowed to publish the images anywhere else (including blogs) except on your site||no payment|
|Fakt||Newspaper||Poland||First photo from coverage: 31- 47$, next: 16, small headphoto: 6,3 ; Opening photo: 31$ and up||2013||Reprint of a feature||Not covered||0,25$ per km||1 month|
|Feast||Magazine||Australia||$ 1500 per day||2012||Assignment work||documentary/ food /portraits||not sure||up to 12 pages, multiple images||Not covered||daily rate is supposed to cover everything||2 weeks or less||very fast, often before images are published|
|Feature Shoot||Website||USA||0||2014||Instagram Take Over||Instagram Take Over||Joint||Not covered||No||Feature shoot "hires" photographers to take over their instagram feed for three days at a time. Not only do they pay $0, but they do not allow you to use old, already published photographs. You are required to shoot new, fresh material during your takeover and are not paid one cent. But you get full credit :)||No pay|
|Fet X Magazine||Magazine||Unknown||UK/ Germany||Costs covered||2013||Assignment work||Fashion Editorial||Happy for Photographer to retain copyright||6 images||Covered||As publisher is German some language issues/misunderstandings. Did pair up with great clothing company. ||Awaiting|
|Financial Times weekend Magazine||Magazine||London, UK||£250 day rate||2013||Assignment work||photo essay||photographer retained rights||varies, usually 3-4||Covered||0.45p per mil or train ticket||if expenses are high upfront deposits are occasionally available.||Up to 3 months|
|Financial Times weekend Magazine||Magazine||London, UK||£150||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||photographer retained rights||1||Covered||45p per mile or train ticket||Up to 3 months|
|First For Women||Magazine||400000||USA||$700||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Single use in a print and web issue of the magazine||1 page||Not covered||No expenses covered||Location portrait||1 month||I have to pay foreign currency transaction costs|
|FLAUNT||Magazine||Monthly||USA||$0||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Not discussed||1||Not covered||No.||Quote from magazine representative, "We actually do not pay any of our photographers and don't have budgets for most of our shoots (sometimes on cover shoots we have a little, but even then, not really)."||None||Lack of budget discussed after photos were delivered.|
|FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO||Brazil||U$ 230.00||2011||Assignment work||Portrait||work by hire||1 page||Not covered||15 days||15 days|
|FOOD FANATICS MAGAZINE||Magazine||135000||USA||$1400 day rate||2014||Assignment work||Travel Food Story||no copyright discussion.||10 images||Covered||coverage for taxi's||job cancelled two weeks before shoot because magazine was having financial difficulties. However, they paid a 40% kill fee for the entire estimate. Just took several months to pay.||Up to 3 months|
|FOOD FANATICS MAGAZINE||Magazine||135000||USA||$1400 day rate||2014||Assignment work||Travel Food Story||no copyright discussion.||10 images||Covered||coverage for taxi's||job cancelled two weeks before shoot because magazine was having financial difficulties. However, they paid a 40% kill fee for the entire estimate. Just took several months to pay.||Up to 3 months|
|foodandwine.com||Publisher / Book||USA||$50||2010||Stock sale||Photo Essay||In addition to possible publication on FoodandWine.com, American Express Publishing (and its affiliates and licensees) may reproduce, distribute, display and publish the images taken in and via webpages, websites and other publications, products and services that contain, exhibit, or are branded with the name or logo of the Magazine or Website, and use the Photographs for the promotion of the foregoing The reason are rights are so broad is because sometimes our slideshows are syndicated by one of our partners (Yahoo!, MSN.com, etc.),||1||Not covered||They would not negociate upping the fee for such wide distribution or inclusion in magizines||Terms not discussed||Poor communication.|
|Forbes||Magazine||NYC||800 + 250 digital + 200 assistant + mileage||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||One time use in magazine. Embargo||Covered||Mileage covered.. International - given estimate which was approved||Half day portrait assignment for magazine. No cover use. Lighting included||1-2months||1-2months|
|Foreign Policy||Magazine||USA||$2000 Double Page||2013||Reprint of a feature||Portfolio||No loss of right||2||Not covered||Very respectful relation, very knowledgable picture editor standing on the photographer's side||Up to 3 months|
|Fort Worth Star-Telegram||Newspaper||Texas||$50/per assignment||2006||Assignment work||all||no contract||Not covered||no||2 weeks or less|
|Fox Restaurant Concepts||Corporation||United States||$2500 + $400 for every large reprint||2014||Stock sale||Portrait||Retained full copyright.||Not covered||Fox Restaurant Concepts (creates and manages boutique-style restaurants) paid to license one photograph of mine to print as a mural on one of their restaurant's walls and for use online/promoting. Immediate payment after I Dropboxed my images to them. Wonderful company.||Immediate||Wire transfer|
|Frankie Magazine||Magazine||60000||Australia||AUD$150 per page||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Frankie Magazine||Magazine||60000||Australia||AUD$150 per page||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|French sex shop||Corporation||hundreds of thousands in specialized magazines||France||2,800 €||2014||Assignment work||advertising/fashion||Client gets exclusive right for one year for a pre-planned media planning, then relinquish them to photographer and keep non-exclusive rights for few more years.||14||Covered||Client covered meals, gave free perks.||2 days shooting. 10-15hr editing. Lots of prep work.|
They have money but find it hard to get "good" photographers to work for them, given their image.
|2 weeks or less|
|FutureNet Publications - PC Gamer Magazine||Website||USA||300||2014||Video / Multimedia||Photo Essay||Trade show slide show|
- Exclusivity on select prints for a year
- no other loss of rights
|1 article / 31 images||Not covered||Up to 3 months||Publication is normally Net30 but main contact quit publication. I ended up working with their accounting department to receive payment|
|Futurespace Magazine||Was a blog, now an iPad magazine||UK||£100 a shoot||2011||Assignment work||Photo essay||Photographer keeps copyright||Not covered||Has never paid me||Owner Nick Carr has a history of not paying people - designers, writers and photographers. Even the bailiffs haven't been able to get the money|
|Gaël / Feeling||Magazine||170000||Belgium||250||2012||Assignment work||portrait||joint-copy||1 page||Not covered||0||Up to 3 months|
|GateHouse Media||Newspaper||New England (suburban weeklies)||$60 per shoot||2014||Assignment work||local news assignment||No selling to competing media for 7 days(?). |
Photographer owns photos.
|Not covered||No expenses covered||2 weeks or less|
|Gazeta Wyborcza||Newspaper||daily newspaper||Poland||26$/day for full-time work, 19$/day for cooperator with own bussines, plus 1-3/month additional orders = 47$ each||2013||Assignment work||illustrations for articles||Loss of property rights to photos||Not covered||1km = 0,275$ only outside the workplace||In 2012 we lost joint-copyrights in agency and earnings fell by 40%||1 month|
|General Motors||Corporation||Unites States||$800 half-day||2014||Assignment work||Interior and exterior of assembly plant||Licensed for Editorial, Social Media and Press Releases. GM is granted a 30-day exclusive. All rights remain with the photographer.||Not covered||After 60 days and no payment I contacted them only to find out they wanted a W9. They knew all along, that terms were 60 days, with referral to my attorney for non-payment, but waited until I reached out for the late payment to tell me they wanted a W9. Very unprofessional.||60 days, but....|
|GENTE||Magazine||300000||Italy||105 €||2014||Assignment work||Food photo with recipe||Photographer has the copyright.||5 images total||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|GEO Magazine Germany||Magazine||500000||Germany||370 EURO||2015||Assignment work||Photo essay||Usage for one time publication in magazine||several pages||Covered||mileage: 30 cent per km|
after 200km: 15 cent per km
|20% digital handling fee on top of the day rate.||1 month|
|GEO Saison||Magazine||Germany||€ 305||2013||Stock sale||Photo from a Carnival||One time usage, all copyright kept, credited.||1 page DPS||Not covered||Not applicable||Excellent.||1 month|
|Get Lost||Magazine||20000||Australia||$600||2014||Assignment work||Written Story + Photos||Copyright remains with photographer.||5 pages, 6 images (1 DPS, 1 full page, 4 insets)||Covered||Travel expenses not covered directly by magazine, but by travel tour operator.||The flat rate of AUD$600 includes a 1500 word story and all use of photos.||Up to 3 months||AUD$600 flat rate for story and images|
|get lost magazine||Magazine||Australia||300 AUD||2013||Stock sale||Stock||Photographer own the copyright||1 image double spread||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Getty Images||News Agency - wire service||Asia Pacific||Day rate||2013||Assignment work||News, Entertainment & Sport||Getty lmages grants you the right to use the photographs created under their agreement for personal and self promotional use, such as personal web sites, portfolio use, books concerning your works, exhibitions, prints, lectures and similar non- commercial uses.||Covered||They cover transport, mileage (US$0.50 per kilometer) and other reasonable expenses||Shift rate - US$340|
1 shift = 8 hours
1.5 shifts = up to 12
2 shifts = 12 or more
|Getty Images Global Assignment||News Agency - wire service||Worldwide/London||350 euros||2012||Assignment work||portraits||Getty Images contributors agreement||no info||Covered||yes only local||a bit confuse when you hava to fill out the expenses using a own system of Getty Images.||1 month||good client|
|GlobalPost||Website||Boston USA||$500 for picture essay, $500 for 800 word story||2012||Assignment work||Journalism||retain copyright||Not covered||$500 rate applies for war zones, half otherwise||4 weeks||4 weeks|
|GO Magazine||Magazine||2000000||USA||$1,500||2013||Assignment work||Cover, inside cover and essay||Photographer keeps rights, 90 day emborgo||Cover||Not covered||Air and hotel are arranged by client.||Pleasant to work with. Client requires 6-9 semi-finished covers to consider. Assignment includes inside front cover and story images. Usually takes 2-3 long days on location.||Up to 3 months|
|Golf Digest||Magazine||USA||$750 day rate||2013||Assignment work||Portrait, reportage||Photographer owns copyright; magazine gets 120-day rights embargo and one-time usage for print/iPad editions.||Covered||Generous expenses including anything needed - magazine books much of it upfront with own money (air travel, hotels, car rental).||Up to 3 months||Additional fees allowed for motion|
|GolfWorld/Conde Naste||Magazine||USA||$1000/story plus exp.||2014||Assignment work||photo essay||Standard embargo Conde Naste contract||8 pages, 9 images||Covered||$.75/mile||great client all in all, no complaints||1 month|
|Good Morning America||national television news and variety program||NYC, USA||$0||2014||Video / Multimedia||unspecified number of still photos documenting art festival||Wanted worldwide all-media reassignable rights in perpetuity||not specified, more than one||Not covered||They offered nothing||This was a blatant attempt at total photographer exploitation, and they knew it. Weasels.||after I said that I would license specific images for specific time frames, they stopped calling|
|Gothamist.com||Website||New York, NY, USA||$125 per assignment||2013||Assignment work||Photojournalism||1-2 week embargo.||20-30 images per assignment||Not covered||Not covered.||2 weeks or less||Very timely.|
|Gov Doc Prep||Firm||United States||$25 dollar inital rate. $94 if some papers are signed||2014||Assignment work||Photos of their client's location and some employees||Complete loss||Not covered||None||I was contacted by a woman named Jessica who claimed to have gotten my information from a name I did not recognize. Never directly named her firm but her email address was from a support email signed to 'Govdocuprep'. The assignment was to photograph a location at one of their client's businesses, a little over an hour from my house. |
This is what they said in their initial email with regards to what they need done/payment: "The base pay for this is onsite job $25, which includes you taking as many digital photos as you can onsite for one hour, having the questionnaire verified and signed by our client, and sending both back to me.
To earn $94 we would like you to have them fill out the survey while you are taking pictures. There are 42 questions on the questionnaire, we pay $1 per answered question. There are 9 additional items that we would like you to collect while you are on location, we pay $3 for each of those that you can collect onsite. There is an earning potential of $94 per location, but at minimum we guarantee $25 with the photos and signed document."
Though I am still a newbie/finishing college whilst taking on sporadic commissions, this is clearly completely ridiculous. I turned down this assignment. But before doing so I tried sending them what I thought was a reasonable rate for the job, along with a question regarding copyright. They responded by saying that they had already contacted their client and booked me for this shoot for 'x' day and asked if I could take on another shoot that same day, for the same rate. They didn't even acknowledge my question.
Some people/companies are really shitty. Just say no.
|I did not take this job||To earn a 'full' $94 was entirely dependent on a signed piece of paper|
|Grand Strand Magazine||Magazine||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA||$100||2012||Stock sale||Panorama Photo||Exclusive Use||1 image, 2 page spread||Not covered||I am contacted 1-2 times a month asking to use a photo in exchange for "including your name with the photograph." They offer no payment, they want exclusive rights, and they ask repeatedly. |
I will respond by saying my photography is available for licensing, at which point they drop all communication. I sold them one photo for $100. Their policy is to pay six months after publication. It has only been three, so I don't know if they will pay yet.
An intern once responded to my email to say the policy of the magazine was to use free photos in order to "keep costs of publishing the magazine to a minimum." They charge $4.75 per issue, printed monthly.
|Graphic designers||Publisher / Book||Estonia||50€ / hour||2013||Assignment work||Architectural exteriors||joint-copyright||~100 pictures||Not covered||covered||~100 photos of ~15 houses, 2,5 days of shooting and 1 of post-processing (lower fee).||2 weeks or less||x|
|Grazia France||Magazine||France||€ 300||2014||Stock sale||Portrait of famous writer||No loss of rights||1||Covered||6 months||I had to go through hell and high water to get my country's tax authorities to confirm that I pay tax in my country and live here, and not in France.Then I had to wait for the French authorities to accept this. I thought the EU was supposed to make life easy!|
|Guardian weekend mag||Magazine||800||UK||800 Pounds||2013||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Copyright is saved||3 spreads, 8 images||Not covered||Up to 3 months||They forgot to transfer the payment and did it only after 2x reminds, 2months later, with excuses.|
|Guardian Weekend Magazine||Newspaper||UK||£275/story (2-4 images)||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||License for current issue, internet version and thumbnail sizes referring to the article in future issues. No exclusivity, photographer retains full copyright.||Covered||.45p/mile||Good client, they just give me the story and I get full creative license.||2 weeks or less|
|Halation Magazine LLC||Magazine||Quarterly||USA||Copy of the Magazine||2015||Theme Based Submissions||Black and White||Photographers Retain All Rights.||Not covered||This is a new Black and White Magazine, started in January of 2015. Reading more into the Mission of this magazine they publish photographers. Helping work be seen all over the world.|
I have not had any issues and was published in the Summer 2015 Issue. I received my copy through the mail. Very well put together. With some very big names in photography being published.
They state directly from their website "Halation Magazine helps promote the photographer. In a world driven by greed, our publication stands ahead by putting the photographer first. HM is Subscription and Sponsor supported. What money we make is put into the next print, not our pockets."
|2 -3 weeks after Issue Prints||New Black and White Magazine|
|Hector Magazine||Magazine||UK||300 £||2012||Assignment work||portrait, reportage||Nothing signed||6 pages, 4 images||Not covered||No||Professional in communication||6 months|
|Heimat Werbeagentur||Advertising Agency||Germany||100,- € / day||2012||Assignment work||Advertising, People||Loss of copyright||Several billboards, nationwide||Not covered||Nothing||Up to 3 months|
|Helsingin Sanomat||Newspaper||about 350 000||Finland||4x day rate of 585 € plus expenses||2013||Assignment work||Reportage||Photographer keeps copyright, Newspaper retains usage right in perpetuity.||6 pages 6-7 images||Covered||All expenses covered||Good, no-nonsense client.||1 month||Regular reliable payment.|
|High Life Magazine, British Airways||Magazine||320000||United Kingdom||$170 - official page rate||2013||Stock sale||Lifestyle||Not talked about||1 image||Covered||Up to 3 months|
|Hollywood Reporter||Magazine||USA||500$ plus 500$ expenses for a portrait||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Retained the copyrite||1-2 images||Covered||Great spot-on photoeditors||Up to 3 months|
|Honolulu Magazine||Magazine||35000||Hawaii, USA||$1000 day rate||2012||Assignment work||Fashion editorial||Photographer maintains copyright.||7 pages 7 images total||Covered||Mileage not covered, parking fee covered.||1 month|
|Honolulu Shops Magazine||Magazine||Hawaii, USA||$1200 day rate||2012||Assignment work||Fashion editorial||Photographer maintains copyright||Cover + 9 pages, 7 images||Not covered||Mileage not covered, parking covered.||1 month|
|Huffington Post||Website||USA||0||2012||Assignment work||Photo essay||Offered to publish one of my stories for 0$|
"you'd get great exposure" "We never pay for contributions"
|Huffington Post||Website||USA||$27||2013||Stock sale||Various||No loss of copyright||Not covered||This is for stock sales through Alamy. Huff Post uses tons of stock pictures, pays promptly, but gives credit only to the agency. Photographer gets 50% through Alamy.||1 month|
|Hyundai||Corporation||Australia||$300 AUD for 6 Hours work, not including editing time.||2015||Event||Corporate Event||Weren't clear/no contracts||Not covered||1 month|
|i-D online||Magazine||UK||£0||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Keep rights||Not covered||Contacted me to shoot some "street style" portraits for a section on their website. When I asked for the budget they said they didn't have a budget for online content.||no payment|
|Ice cream salon||Retail||Netherlands||€150 per image||2013||Assignment work||Commercial photo||Joint copyright||300dpi||Covered||20 km||2 weeks or less|
|ICON Sports Media Inc||News Agency - wire service||USA||0||2014||Event||Sports||Photographer keeps copyright, agency markets images exclusively for up to 7 years. You get 50% of sales commission.||Not covered||Over 1 year|
|Imbibe Magazine||Magazine||60k?||USA||1800||2012||Assignment work||editorial feature||all rights retained, no embargo||feature, 5 pages 8 images (range from 1/4 page to full spread||Not covered||additional $300 in expenses||like most food/drink mags it's pay-on-publication. Which sucks if you shoot 6-12 months in advance! But that's the standard.|
NB the photo editor I worked with has since left the magazine.
|Up to 3 months|
|In Style UK||Magazine||United Kingdom||£250||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright.||Not covered||The shoot was cancelled.|
|INC. Magazine||Magazine||USA||600USD + expenses||2013 -||Assignment work||Editorial Portrait||Rights Embargo to INC for, I can't remember I think 90 days.|
Whatever it is it's reasonable.
|Covered||Cover all expenses (225 assistant, light rental, mileage, lunch, post production etc)||They're not the quickest to pay but everything else considered they are one of the better magazines to work for. Good editors, good subjects much of the time, the rates work and they're good people to deal with. You'll probably be happy with how it looks in print as well.||Up to 3 months|
|Indie Magazine||Magazine||Austria||0||2012||Assignment work||Portrait assignment||Kept the copyright||4 pages||Not covered||no||no feedback, poor communication; never received a copy of the mag||n/a|
|Inked||Magazine||144000||USA||$200, 2 images in magazine and online||2013||Assignment work||Staff portrait at tattoo shop, and "shop girl" shot||Web and print use. Photographer retains copyright. Credit and link-backs on web site.||2 images, two pages||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Inside Out||Magazine||Australia||$1,200||2012||Commissioned merchandise story||Still life in studio||not sure about copyright, but can't on-sell a commissioned shoot||6 pages and a number of images||Not covered||Easy to work with and quick payment||1 month|
|Institute Magazine||Magazine||UK||Photographers are required to pay them||2012||Editorial submission||Fashion Editorial||No loss of copyright||6 images||Not covered||Not covered||Institute magazine liked my editorial and agreed to publish it, but then decided that I should pay them for the 'privilege' of featuring the images. Fashion magazines exist purely based on imagery and editorial content, which allows them to sell advertising and is how they make money - so to charge photographers for their imagery is a farce.||no payment||Magazine charges for editorial submissions|
|Institute Magazine||Magazine||n/a||USA||-135||2012||Submission||Fashion||exclusive to magazine||4 pages||Not covered||0||The magazine runs on submission fees. At first glance it looks like any other publication, however you would be wrong. If you'd like to see your images in the Institute Magazine you have to pay £90 for them to feature them online only.|
I didn't bother asking for further details.
|InStyle Mexico||Magazine||65000||Mexico||us$566 per article||2013||Assignment work||portrait + architectural / interiors||loss of rights - Time Inc contract||5 pages||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Intimate Events||Corporation||Vancouver, BC||$100 event rate||2014||Assignment work||Event photography||Right to use, print, and distribute photos||100 photos||Not covered||Prompt and professional||2 weeks or less|
|Irish Independent||Newspaper||Ireland||180 Euro / Assignment||2012||Assignment work||portrait or reportage||A bit nebulous, but no rights-grab contract. Photographer maintains rights.|
Newspaper has first publication rights, anywhere/way in paper and on Irish Independent Web site, as well as right to re-publish in paper/paper's Web site.
|Not covered||Editors expect most legwork to be done by stringer if outside Ireland.||Varies substantially.||payment by wire transfer.|
|Irish Independent Weekend||weekend supplement||Ireland||200 euro per job (half day)||2011||Assignment work||feature shoot||Photographer retains copyright, but newspaper re-uses as they see fit||2 pages||Not covered||None offered||over 3 months|
|Irish Times||Newspaper||daily 100000||Ireland||25$ per image||2011||Assignment work||photo essay||copyright with photographer||4 pictures over full spread||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|IT corp. (huge multinational) Sillicon Valley based (USA)||Corporation||Unlimited worldwide||California USA||1250 USD per assignment||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Company keeps unlimited right to use photographs in any way.|
I can sell rights to imagebanks, magazines.
I can use photographs.
|3 images total + postprocess||Not covered||I paid MUA, postprocess||2 weeks or less|
|Jetstar airlines||Corporation||Asia||600singapore dollars||2012||Assignment work||Editorial work||None||6||Not covered||Not covered||1 month|
|JEZEBEL Modern Luxury||Magazine||Atlanta, GA, United States||Does Not Pay (Image Credit Only)||2013||Stock sale||Landscape||Authorship credit in magazine.||Not covered||Hi XXXXX - I'm in need of an awesome Atlanta summer photo, and came across your set of Fourth of July photos on Flickr. Could we possibly get one of them in high-res to run in our May issue? I need it ASAP if you'll agree - we are going to print this afternoon.|
Months earlier from a different editor:
I'm Caroline, associate editor for JEZEBEL magazine and The Atlantan here at Modern Luxury (modernluxury.com/jezebel). I'm reaching out because we're interested in featuring some of your shots from the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon in our November issue. Would you be able to provide us with hi-res versions of the following pics? We would provide credit of course.
|Kaiser Permanente||Website||USA||$100 per headshot||2011 - present (every 1 - 2 months)||Assignment work||Portrait (headshots)||Loss of rights||Not covered||$100 per employee. 1 Headshot per employee. Minimum 10 employees. Average 20 employees per sitting (4 hours window). |
I've quoted other locations other than the one I normally shoot at, with the same quote, and all other locations have found other photographers for a cheaper.
|kaleidoscope||Magazine||italy||250 €||2012||Assignment work||photo shoot||not specified||Not covered||I know several people who share the same problem with Kaleidoscope guys. they don't pay.||not paid yet|
|Kaleidoscope Press||Magazine||Italy||350||2012||Assignment work||Photo Essay||retain full rights||5||Not covered||no||Over 1 year||the magazine has still not payed|
|KERRANG! Magazine||Magazine||UK||200||2009||Photo licensing||Photo||Photographer retains copyright. Licensing limited to one use, any other use requires additional licensing agreement.||1/4 page||Not covered||No hassle and easy to work with. Sent copies of issue.||1 month||wire transfer|
|KERRANG! Magazine||Magazine||UK||200||2009||Photo licensing||Photo||Photographer retains copyright. Licensing limited to one use, any other use requires additional licensing agreement.||1/4 page||Not covered||No hassle and easy to work with. Sent copies of issue.||1 month||wire transfer|
|L'Express||Magazine||4865000||France||€200, 1 image||2014||Stock sale||Photo essay||Rights to publish only||1/8 p.||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|La Mode||Web Magazine||Poland||Zero||2014||Event||Event coverage||They wanted me to waive off the copyright, which I refused and offered them a licence to use the images instead whilst retaining full copyright.||64||Not covered||I have approached the magazine looking to establish a relationship with them in order to get more of my work published. The leading editor told me they do not pay for the images. And that they want the photographers to give them copyright for the images.|
I refused to give away the copyright and offered a licence instead, which went down well. They have asked me to do press coverage of a fashion show of one of the leading designers in the country, and I agreed to do that as I needed more good runway images in my portfolio. But I also asked them to send me a sample of their contract. They have sent me a contract they have signed with somebody else to cover another show as a sample and the contract clearly stated that the photographer has been paid around $1100 for the job and the copyright.
I negotiated usage rights for them instead of waiving off the copyright but agreed to photograph the event for free in order to improve my portfolio of runway images. In general, they are nice, but nice doesn't pay the bills, so it's not going to be a lasting relationship.
|La Nacion||Newspaper||Costa Rica||$36 per day||2013||Assignment work||Photojournalism||Loos of rights to photos.||Covered||The nice thing about working with La Nacion is that they have chauffeurs and they're pretty good about covering basic expenses.||2 weeks||2 weeks|
|La nación Costa Rica||Newspaper||50000||Costa Rica||$27||2013||Assignment work||photojournalism||The copyright is for the newspaper||Not covered||Transportation included||1 month|
|La Nación Costa rica||Newspaper||50000||costa Rica||26$ per day 3 asaingmets||2013||Assignment work||photojournalism||Loss of rights to photos||3 assignments||Not covered||Transportation inclueded||1 month|
|La Presse||Newspaper||Canada||$1200 for three days.||2014||Assignment work||Photo Essay over three days||Retained all rights, after 1 month hold on images.||Printed 8-9 pages worth of images over a three week period, published several images online.||Covered||All expenses covered by the paper.||Lovely publication, lovely people. Canadians are wonderful people.||2 weeks or less||Paid cash in hand by their writer.|
|La Razón||Newspaper||109166 - daily||Spain||60 €||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Joint-copyright.||Not covered||Portrait shoot in a Kurdish controlled province in Syria in the company of a staff reporter. After publication the editorial team agreed to pay 60 Euro only, and advised the finance department to proceed with payment.|
Despite the ridiculous low amount the finance department does not reply to any of my emails and shows no intention of payment, even if under legal threat.
A publication to avoid at any times!
|Client shows no intent to pay||Client closed communication lines and shows no intention to pay|
|LA Weekly pays 75. for 50 pictures||Newspaper||usa||roughly 1.10 per image||2014||pitched photo essay||event photo essay||photographer keeps copyright||Not covered||no||editor can be difficult||2 weeks or less|
|Lacoste||Company||France||3,000 €||2014||Event||Photo run||I kept the rights.||Up to 7 photos||Covered||No expenses.||I was one of the team leaders during a photo run organized by Lacoste and in charge of coordinating the shooting. Photos were being posted on Instagram.||Up to 3 months|
|Ladies' Home Journal||Magazine||USA||They proposed "a lot of clicks to my great work"||2013||Stock sale||Landscapes||"The only form of compensation we can offer is publishing your name (and/or link if the page format permits) in the magazine. We reach 10 million women every month, so hopefully we can drive plenty of clicks to your great work." (sic)||Not covered||I refused the "offer" and answered:|
unfortunately I can't eat "clicks" and I can assume you'll get a salary at the end of the month for your work as Assistant Editor and not "clicks", so please be serious and think that also photography is a job as your, when you contact photographers."
More information about my thoughts about that:
|Ladygunn||Magazine||?||USA||0||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright. 'No budget' for photography though.||Not sure. Never saw a copy of the magazine.||Not covered||Had great communication leading up to shoot, during the shoot, and shortly after (until they got photos). I asked for a copy of the magazine/PDF and contacted multiple e-mail addresses trying to get someone to respond to me. Never heard from them again.||No payment|
|Land of Nod (part of Crate & Barrel)||Corporation||United States||$600 per image for 3 images, $1800 total||2014||Stock sale||Landscapes||Full copyright retained of photographs.||Not covered||No travel expenses covered (they asked me to go out and shoot for them) but I charged them an extra $50 editing fee for one image and was paid without any question.||These images were made into 100 12"x12" prints for each photograph and sold in the company's decor section. Great communication, prompt payment, nice people to deal with. A good experience overall!||2 weeks or less||Wire transfer|
|Le Figaro||Newspaper||France||150 €||2014||Stock sale||Concert||I keep all the rights, no embargo.||1 picture, Used once on 1/4 page||Not covered||Up to 3 months||2 monthes (I had to send them a letter around 7 weeks and no paiment)|
|Le Monde||Magazine||France||Day rate 250 Euros||2013||Assignment work||Feature story||embargo until after publication, no joint copyright||Covered||Yes||Up to 3 months||x|
|Le monde 2||Magazine||France||290||2013||Stock sale||food||no rights-embargo.|
An other french newspaper bought the same picture few month before
|1photo||Not covered||-||Up to 3 months|
|Le Parisien Magazine||Magazine||France||300 €||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||use of the picture for one print and website.||1 page, size of picture depends||Covered||1 month|
|Libération||Newspaper||France||550 €||2011||2 pages||Different||My copyright.||13 photos on 2 pages||Not covered||Nothing !||1 month|
|Lighting technician for Advertising shoot||Pharma ADV.||n/a||NYC.||$2400.00 / day||2012||Lighting TEch.||Advertising||none||n/a||Covered||cab fare paid by client.||Hired to do the lighting for a Pharmaceutical Advertising shoot. Did 1 day of pre-light for 8 hours, created 6 different lighting setups for the photographer and client to choose from. Their assistants handled the 2 days of shooting.|
Invoiced and received $2400.00 two days before the job.
So when someone tells you there is no money in the budget you now know for sure that they are lying.
|in advance of shoot date.|
|Look Book||Magazine||200||Greece||50 images, 20$ per image= 1000$||2013||Assignment work||Fashion photography||Print & internet rights for 6 months.||Not covered||80 miles||Up to 3 months|
|Lufthansa||Magazine||around 100,000||Germany||€450 per day (4 days) plus €150 digital rights||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay||Single usage, 6 month embargo after publication, very fair terms.||6 pages||Covered||All included and arranged by magazine||Excellent to work with, German fairness and efficiency, one of the best rates for an inflight I believe. They arranged the travel and all other factors, leaving me to just concentrate on shooting. Look forward to the next one.||1 month||Faultless|
|Lufthansa airline Executive magazine||Magazine||180000||Germany?||700 Euro||-||Stock sale||Cityscape||No loss of copyright||1 DPS||Not covered||N/A||1 month||All was done via E-mail and international fund transfer in a very quick and efficient manner|
|Lyve||Corporation||San Francisco||$2,200 day rate||2014||Assignment work||Portrait / Green Screen||Joint Copyright||6 images||Not covered||Should have tested quote a bit more. Agreed to original quote of $2,200 immediately. Good, responsive client. Hired 3rd party retoucher at $150/hour (6 hours) without hesitation.||1 month|
|MADE||Corporation||U.K.||£80||2015||Assignment work||Interiors||unknown||20 images||Not covered||"Travel reimbursed", whatever this may mean.||Detailed shot list and requirements. Photographer is also expected to do post-production. Photography, travel and post work together would amount to a full day's work.|
Due to the "payment" offered, I did not take the job. Offers like these make stacking supermarket shelves look like a career.
|Maintal Tagesanzeiger||Germany||10€ per Image||2009||Assignment work||reportage||right of usage||Not covered||1 month|
|Maisons D'Auvergne||Magazine||25 000 ex Print||Clermont-Ferrand - France||depend||2014||Assignment work||Packshot and House Reporting||500€ for 130 Packshots|
150€ for 1 House Report
Put another copyright of mine for all the photos and don't want to pay me for all the work ! I took the Commercial Court in January 2015.
So I loss all the money for rent a studio.
|More of 30||Not covered||It was in my city so it was good.||Be Careful||don't want to pay me||Don't reply|
|Manitou||Corporation||France||535 € per assignment||2015||Assignment work||large group photogrpahy||joint-copyright||Covered||1 month|
|Marc Anthony Productions||Singer/Celebrity||New York City||0||2012||Concert photography||N/a||Relinquish rights to all photos||Covered||All transportation and lodging covered. Photography equipment used belonged to the company||Traveled in many cities across the US, South America, and Latin America||N/a||Given $50 per diem per day|
|Marc Rogoff||Website||United Kingdom||£1200 day||2013||Fashion look book||Fashion||Non exclusive 1 year license||Covered||1 month|
|Margarita||News Agency - wire service||websites||São Paulo, Brazil||R$ 14/USD 8 per image||2011||Stock sale||culture image||a picture that a made from a theather presentation, that a famous drag queen was there.||1||Not covered||is a website that works with sports image, so, is hard to sell culture images.||did not received until now|
|Marie Claire||Magazine||China||200,00-||2011||Assignment work||Portrait||n/a||1||Not covered||Nothing covered||Was hired through an agency for a commissioned shoot for Marie Claire China.|
Just like the other submission about the same client, already in the spreadsheet, I had to shoot 20 different portrait options and had to pay $50,- for the stylist.
Not sure if payment delay was the agency's fault or the magazine's fault.
|Over 1 year||Only paid after being reminded for 8 months about it|
|Marie Claire (China)||Magazine||China||none, I declined ;-)||2012||Assignment work||portrait||no info||Not covered||flat rate of $ 250,-||MC would need 20 (!) different portrait options, then choose 1-2 images to publish. The flat fee for photography would be $250 USD.|
20 portrait options, that's close to a full days work. Nice rate for China perhaps, but not for a European photog like me.
Oh, and they also wanted me to arrange for a makeup artist who'd get USD100,- flat. LOL, well not really.
|Marks & Spencer Magazine||Magazine||London/UK||£300||2014||Assignment work||Portrait & photo essay||Loss of all rights, open end for client to sell images on. |
Turned the work down. . . . obviously
|Not covered||No mileage, all inclusive||This is the work and these are the clients who are taking the bricks out of the walls that hold up the entire assignment fed marketplace. |
Low rates, no expenses, loss of copyright= zero creativity
|never took the job|
|Mashable||Website||United States||$450 per photo story||2015||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Photographer retains copyright.||1||Not covered||Not applicable||1 month|
|Matador network (travel magazine)||Magazine||USA||60||2013||Article with pictures||photo essay||Photographer retains copyright||15 images total||Not covered||Standard payment is $20 or $25, depending on article type and length, payable via PayPal. ($40-$60 may be offered in special circumstances; please note this is determined on a case-by-case basis.) They are currently on a twice-monthly payment schedule, so you will see payment 2-4 weeks after your article is published.||1 month|
|Mens Health||Magazine||UK||£300 image||2012||Assignment work||Still life||90 days exclusivity. Rodale allowed to use digitally thereafter.||1||Covered||1 month||Good accounts people.|
|Mercy Corps||NGO||USA||Day rate $600||2014||Assignment work||Documentary||Loss of rights to photos||Covered||good|
|Metro||Newspaper||Netherlands||€ 120 - 70||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||joint-copyright||2 image / 1 image||Not covered||Not covered||1 month||x|
|Metroland Media Group||Newspaper||Canada||Day rate 200$ CDN||2014||Assignment work||Sports, feature, news||7 day embargo, Freelancer retains Copyright||Covered||2 weeks or less|
|mini truckin magazine||Magazine||usa||$175||2011||Assignment work||photo, and wrote article||not sure exactly||4 pages||Not covered||not covered||also submitted two more articles that are going on 2 years to run for one and a year for the other but have not got a response abck since november||Up to 1 year||was told $300 but got paid $175|
|Mladinska knjiga||Publisher / Book||Slovenia||0 €||2013||Stock sale||portrait||Never got that far||Not covered||I've been asked to give the pic for free. Basically they got the picture somewhere and contacted me if I'm OK with them using the pic without me being paid. I said no and asked for a compensation, after which I got the standard reply "we'll call you back and let you know" - never happened.||never|
|Momentum World Wide||PR / Media Relations company||United States||$500||2014||Event||photos of VIP and guests||Joint-copyright.||Not covered||Had to remind them that payment was due on the 30th day and the paid by credit card over the phone.||1 month|
|Monash University Sport||University||Melbourne, Australia||0||2013||Assignment work||Sport coverage and admin work||Keep rights||All usage, unlimited||Not covered||http://www.scribd.com/doc/130305268/Photography-Intern-JD-1-pdf|
Work required - 100hrs for free.
Plan and organise photography coverage of all TeamMONASH
Develop the Monash Sport image library through promotional photography shoots.
Work on the creation, implementation and execution of promotional photo shoots includingsourcing models, props for product placement and attire.
Post-production of works including editing, compressing, organising and uploading of photos.
Publish finished works via Monash Sport social media channels.
Updating existing Monash Sport photo displays at various locations.
Event day leadership and management of support photography staff.
Undertake a modest amount of administrative work as required.
Complete minimum 100 hours over a 5 month period
|Monocle Magazine||Magazine||United Kingdom||£300 day rate, £150 for the retoucher.||2013||Assignment work||Photo essay||8 months exclusive rights for the magazine.||2 pages. 13 images total.||Covered||£300 for the photographer. £150 for the retoucher.||1 month|
|Monster Energy||Corporation||USA||$1000 Day Rate + approved expenses (mileage, food, hotel, etc.)||2013||Assignment work||Event Coverage||Joint-Copyright||Online Only||Covered||Drove||1 month||On time every time.|
|n/a||Bridal Studios||n/a||Singapore||S$250||2010 - 2013||Wedding||Wedding||No formal contracts for 99% of cases.||n/a||Not covered||Does not apply for a small country like Singapore.||The average rate is approx. S$250 but rates between S$200 - S$350 are possible. Typical Chinese weddings in Singapore run from early morning till noon (approx. 6 hours) & 4 hours during dinner reception. This rate may not apply to freelance photographers & wedding photojournalists who have direct contact with the wedding couple. At the same time there are middlemen who sub-contract these work and earn a cut.||Varies depending on the bridal shop..|
|Narratively||Website||USA||$150||2014||Half day||Photo essay||No sales, photographer retains copyrights||Not covered||Difficult communication with the photo editor, particularly when they have such tight budget (a budget of US$100 was their initial offer).||1 month|
|Narratively||Website||NYC, USA||75||2013||Assignment work||Photo Essay||Joint rights||Online, 2048 pixels||Not covered||Mileage covered on negotiation (terrible)||Not shooting for them anymore, had to negotiate for mileage, Narratively never paid mileage after multiple requests. Lesson learned the hard way. $75.00 day rate is lower than minimum wage, you can make more working a day as a Wal Mart greeter in California.||Up to 1 year||Agreed to cover mileage expense, only paid day rate|
|NatGeo Books||Book||50,000 press run||Washington DC||100||2012||Stock sale||Stock photo||World Rights to publisher. No loss of rights for photog||1/4 page||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|National Geographic / Cengage||Publisher / Book||325000||USA||$325 to be featured as a Unit Opener in a High School Textbook||2013||Stock sale||Wedding Detail Photo||N/A||Not covered||N/A||I haven't been paid yet. I was just notified they were going to use it.|
|National Geographic Traveler - Dutch/Belgian ed.||Magazine||50||Netherlands||$400/image||2012||Stock sale||landscape||non-exclusive RM license issued to client||Cover||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|National Geographic Traveller UK||Magazine||approx 25000||UK||£50 per image upto max £500||2014||Stock sale||Sell sets to them and also done assignments but the rate is the same regardless||Retain copyright after 3 months embargo||6 pages, 8-12 pictures per time||Not covered||Decent if you're selling them pics, but tricky if it's an assigned piece, unless it's a cheap country or you already live there.||Quite a reg for me at the moment, been useful for selling sets already produced, also re-sold different pics from a job previously assigned by them a year later.||1 month||sometimes late but within 2-3 months with some cajouling|
|National Geographic US - National Parks Book||Publisher / Book||USA||$100 USD||2011||Stock sale||Landscape||All rights reserved||1/4 page||Not covered||I had to chase them to pay me $100 for a photograph they found on flickr and wanted the high-res version of to print in one of their books. Not sure on the actual circulation of the publication but it was pretty wide. I quoted them the price based on a calculation I did if I were selling it on Getty Images but gave them a "break" just to ensure I got the sale.||Up to 3 months|
|NATT&DAG||Newspaper||150000||Norway||$170 per assignment||2013||Assignment work||Same rate for any assignment||Photographers keeps copyright. The newspaper can use the image freely, for anything, everywhere - for eternity.||Not covered||Nothing covered.||1 month|
|Nederlands Dagblad||Newspaper||Netherlands||€. 5,54||2013||News||Newsphoto||Copyright By Photographer.||Not covered||1 month|
|Nederlands Dagblad||Newspaper||NETHERLANDS||€. 5,54||2013||Event||News||Copyright by photographer||Not covered||This is te site of the newspaper http://www.nd.nl/||Up to 3 months||Its Real|
|NEON||Magazine||300'000||Germany||350,00 € Day Rate, 150,00 € Digital for medium format or 80,00 € for smaller format; 30,00 € per High Res File||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Exclusive for month of publication. No explicit agreement.||1||Covered||0,30 €/km||Publisher Gruner & Jahr does not reimburse eating expenses.||1 month|
|NEON||Magazine||Germany||0||2014||Stock sale||Travel photo||not even mentioned||1 page||Not covered||Nothing||They mailed me if they could print my picture in their magazine as advertisement for one of their external websites. I uploaded it on their website (which only gives them the right to use it online)|
I asked for their budget and if I'll be credited at all.
I did not get an answer to that mail - they printed it without further notice.
On asking why they used my image without specific permission and no pay (not even really crediting me) they said it'd only be adversiting them not me
|NEON||Magazine||Germany||0||2014||Stock sale||Travel Photo||not even mentioned||1 page||Not covered||Nothing||They mailed me if they could print my picture in their magazine as advertisement for one of their external websites. I uploaded it on their website (which only gives them the right to use it online)|
I asked for their budget and if I'll be credited at all.
I did not get an answer to that mail - they printed it without further notice.
On asking why they used my image without specific permission and no pay (not even really crediting me) they said it'd only be adversiting them not me
|Neon (German)||Magazine||Germany||350,- €/day plus 80,-€||2012||Assignment work||lifestyle||?||Covered||Meals not covered.||?|
|Nesnadny & Schwartz||Graphic Design||Cleveland, OH||3500.00 per day||Past 10 years||Corporate||Portrait||Client demanded all film and refused to return any of it. After many phone conversations would only provide scanned images at 72dpi resolution.||Covered||Client refused to pay for assistant(s). And film and processing.||Mark Schwartz is a fat, arrogant ass. And not worth the aggravation he caused us. He cancelled shots without consulting us. Sent a minion to the shoots who was clueless and who demanded we work faster. And finally Schwartz reduced the contracts total Creative Fee after both parties agreed and signed to the terms. And after the job was completed. And refused to pay unless we agreed to the new terms. |
Lesson learned: Never sign a contract unless you are willing to legally enforce it's terms.
|Neue Zürcher Zeitung||Newspaper||150000||Switzerland||$146 (Single Image||2012||Stock sale||Single news photo reprint||Single use license for digital and print.||1/4 page, single image.||Not covered||Immediate (Photoshelter)||They kindly supplied a tearsheet. Professional in communication.|
|New Mexico Magazine||Magazine||New Mexico||Day rate: $450/day. Stock: Less than half-page: $60, Half-page but less than full: $80, Full page: $90.00, More than full page: $100 Cover: $300||2012||Assignment work||Portrait and event||no loss, embargo until after publication date||Not covered||1 month||they pay fast once you get in their system|
|New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles||Magazine||local||USA||$250 for 1/4 page portrait + two addntl. copy work images||2013||Assignment work||Portrait of artist + copy work of art||Print one time usage + online. Rights revert to photographer upon print publication.||1/4 page + two 1/8 page images||Not covered||Nice local gig. Lots of freedom. Meet interesting subjects. Shoot time usually no longer than 1.5 to 2 hours.||upon publication; Quarterly|
|New York Daily News||Newspaper||Freelance assignment on West Coast||$350/day||2012||Assignment work||reportage||all rights remain with photographer - no embargoes||Covered||55 cents per mile.||Easy to work with||30 days||30 days|
|New York Magazine||Magazine||430000||NY, USA||400||2012||Assignment work||Photo||Two week exclusive.||2 pages||Not covered||1 1/2 page spread. Received $400. This is 2012. This is the same rate you could get thirty years ago. Told me rate after publication. Corbis says fee based upon usage and circulation should be $1,100.||Up to 3 months|
|New York Observer||Newspaper||New York, NY||$200 day rate||2014||Assignment work||on-location||Photographer owns copyright, all rights reserved||1-2||Covered||Transportation costs to travel outside on New York City paid back||They do not hire photographers on-assignment very often.||Up to 3 months|
|New York Post||Newspaper||Freelance assignment on West Coast||250/day||2012||Assignment work||reportage, portraits||12-hour exclusive, joint copyright, reuse in print and online is unpaid.||Covered||55cents per mile.||2 weeks, direct deposit||2 weeks, direct deposit|
|New York Road Runners||Corporation||80000||New York||200 day rate||2013||Event||Running race/event||Loss of rights to photos, but photographer can use images for portfolio.||online same day coverage, 1-20 images||Covered||New York Road Runners (NYRR) is a running organization based in New York City, they are the organizers of the NYC marathon. The images are used on their website and they run a NYC Magazine. The day rate is not great ($200 for normal weekend races), but they do pay handsomely during big events like the NYC marathon ($3500 day rate). They also take care of their photographers, during last years cancellation of the NYC marathon (sandy) they paid all staff phototogs a 50% cancellation fee.||2 weeks or less||They have on payroll so no issues with late payments|
|New York Times||Newspaper||National||USA||$200 Day Rate||2012||Assignment work||Spot News Photos||No loss of copyright||Covered||Mileage rate is $0.51 per mile which is better than a lot of publications that won't pay for any!||On a longer than 8 hour day (not 9 hours but more like 15) of news coverage they can be pretty generous in upping the day rate by $100-200. As far as expenses go they will cover mileage, tolls and one meal per day if you submit your receipts. If it's an assignment that spans multiple days they will cover hotel stays.||2 weeks or less||[WPP: This is the rate for coverage within the US. International coverage and warzone coverage is ona different pay rate]|
|New York Times||Newspaper||zillions||NY NY US||250||2014||Assignment work||news||Total copyright grab couched in weaselly terms; they say it's joint copyright, which doesn't legally exist AFAIK and which is precluded in same contract by Work For Hire clause. What they don't tell you is their resale people sell your pictures for pennies - and very quickly - which precludes you from selling the work at a reasonable price. Photo researchers know this, so will call them, not you. Proceed at your own risk. You get exposure, but will be known worldwide as a bottom-rate shooter.||2 col||Not covered||mileage and parking||Editors may give you any rate they want if you are famous or have an exclusive.||2 weeks or less|
|New York Times in France||Newspaper||USA||250$ half day||2014||Assignment work||2 Portraits or architecture||.||Covered||Mileage covered||1 month||by check from USA to France...|
|New York Times Multimedia||Newspaper||New York||600||2013||Video / Multimedia||News Feature||Total loss of copyright||3 minutes||Covered||All mileage was covered for the assignment.||There was a W-9 mix up delaying payment. Once that was resolved it too just days to get a check.||Up to 3 months|
|Newsday||Newspaper||Long Island/New York City/Connecticut||USA||Day Rate is $250||2013||Assignment work||Assignments shot for newsday, not previous bodies of work||No loss of copyright, Newsday retains right to reprint any image in any form of crop in any medium that was shot for them on assignment. Photographer is prohibited contractually from selling images to other publications or clients prior to two days after publication.||Not covered||No expenses whatsoever are covered by Newsday.||2 weeks or less||Payments are made by Cablevision, Newsday's owner|
|Newsweek Poland||Magazine||1||Poland||minimum 110 $||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||no lossing||half page||Not covered||0,26 $ per mile||1 month|
|Nieuwsblad||Newspaper||296 623||Belgium- Flanders||43 per image||2013||Assignment work||portrait||For every assignment you get paid 43 euros when 1 image is used. For a story with usage of 3 images you get paid 2.5 x43. ||frontpage or inside same||Not covered||not covered, all included||almost the biggest newspaper of the Dutch half of Belgium. Pays lousy and treats photogs as dogs. lay-out cuts your pictures just as they like. Try to use your pics online too, and if you send a whole series and use and pay one in print, they will use the rest of the series online, without pay.||1 month||-15% tax deducted||x|
|Nike Run||Corporation||Brazil||U$ 770.00 by day (4 hours work)||Photograph street runs||Assignment work||training run (event)||work-made-for-hire||at least 80 images||Not covered||every month after a minimum of 4 events||every month after a minimum of 4 events|
|Niveales Medias / Skieur Mag||Magazine||20000||Grenoble / France||80€ per page||2013||Stock sale||sport||copyrighted||1||Not covered||no||Up to 3 months|
|NME||UK||£50 ($75 approx)||2012||Assignment work||Live music||Online and print for eternity, photographer retains copyright||1/2 page||Not covered||None||Will pay a bit more if the shot is for the news pages... I was paid £100 (approx $150) for one holding image plus a smaller image. Live pages tend to be £50 per shot though.||3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Northern Virginia Magazine||Magazine||40000||Virginia, USA||100/day||2011||Assignment work||Portriats and Editorial||We never got to the copyright conversation because I refused to work for $100/shoot.||n/a||Not covered||nothing covered. Only $100 flat.||From NoVa Magazine website: 150,000 online readership, 40,000 print circulation, in an area where the AVERAGE income is $236,720 (http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/mediakit/circulation.html)||I didn't accept the gig|
|Northwest Leaf||Magazine||20,000 monthly||Seattle. WA||$200 for one image||2012||Assignment work||News and portraits||All copyright remains with photographer, one-time use in print, includes use online and in digital edition.||Covered||Mileage||1 month|
|NPR||Website||USA||450 Day rate||2010||Assignment work||Photo Essay||No loss of copyright||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Ny daily news||Newspaper||NYC||250 day rate||Today||Assignment work||News photography||7 day exclusive rights to paper||Not covered||8 hr day||2 weeks or less|
|NYLON||Magazine||NYC||Zero||2008-2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Full copyright and ability to re-license||Doesn't matter||Not covered||None||Advertorials pay $300, but that is flat even if you shoot 1 or 4.||Up to 3 months|
|Nylon Guys||Magazine||110000||New York City||0||2011, 2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Full rights kept by photographer||1||Not covered||0||Nylon Guys has repeatedly requested that I make photographs for them for credit only. Once they offered me a pittance for film (not even the cost of the film + processing nevermind any time at the scanner or in post. I don't take them up on these offers.||n/a||n/a|
|Nylon Magazine||Magazine||USA||$150||2012||Assignment work||live music/concert||No copyright discussion. I syndicated image that weren't similar.||15 images||Not covered||Up to 1 year||It took me alost a year of emailing to get paid. I had to threaten to sue and submit an invoice with a late fee before I got paid. They never did pay the late fee.|
|NYT UPFRONT Magazine||Magazine||USA||$500||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||I retain the copyright. 6 months exclusive usage to UPFRONT. Circulation: nearly 400,000.||1||Covered||Shotlist included 3 scenarios, 30 photos requested. I shot for about 2-3 hours (overkill). Contract was very clear and generous, including a kill fee should they cancel at the last miute. Overall it was a good experience, though payment was delayed due to some Address or Banking number mix-ups. |
In the end, they chose my least favorite image/scene :(
|6 months||6 months|
|One Day Magazine - Teach for America||Magazine||USA||usd250, day rate.||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay||Photographer keeps copyright.||2 pages, 3 images used.||Not covered||Work consisted in a couple of hours shoot in the outskirts of my town.||2 weeks or less|
|OnFitness Magazine||Magazine||US||no||2014||Stock sale||Sports||photographer kept copyright||1/4 page 1 image||Not covered||no||First they agreed to send tear sheets/copies, when requested, they stopped answering emails. Made the olympic athlete featured in article pay for the copy of the magazine.||None||absolutely refused any payment from first request|
|Open Magazine||Magazine||India||INR 5000 (92 USD) for full day, half day is INR 3500 (59)||2012||Assignment work||Could be anything||Photographers keep the rights||Not covered||Indian publications dont usually pay for mileage, especially when it is within city limits.||1 month|
|Organic Spa Magazine||Magazine||125000||Cleveland, OH||$200 flat rate/editorial||2014||Assignment work||Food/product||Photog retains copyright. Publisher does not understand this and freely distributes images to other publications and vendors for commercial use.||8||Not covered||1 month|
|Our State NC Magazine||Magazine||National||North Carolina, US||$500 per assignment||2011||Assignment work||Editorial||All rights released to magazine issue, then after publication, i retain rights for stock or portfolio use.||# of images depends on assignment.||Covered||Regular mileage rate, .57 per mile. All overnights paid, all meals paid.||Payment releases after publication, could take up to 5 months.|
|Outdoor Photographer||Magazine||300000||USA||0||2014||Assignment work||Landscape||No loss of rights||1 image||Not covered||No||Why would a major photo magazine tell a photographer you have payment pending and then don't pay. This is a magazine that states that professional morals will always be honored when actually they are like every other mag trying to make money off of struggling artists. I have subscribed to this mag continuously since 1985 and in the past have held them in high regard. Now...do not believe anything they say. And quit hounding me to resubscribe...pay me and we'll talk about it.||Up to 3 months||The Accounting Director sent an email stating that they could not pay at this time and will contact me in the future when funds are available.|
|P-Magazine||Magazine||Belgium||$65||2014||Stock sale||Portrait of an Iraqi displaced person.||Retained full copyright.||1 5x7 sized print||Not covered||Emailed the editor twice in the past month... Still waiting.||Up to 3 months||Still waiting...|
|Pace - US Air||Magazine||300000||USA - North Carolina||1200||2011||Assignment work||Town Beauty||They have more lawyers than staff, be prepared. Giving out hi res files.||3 pages, five images||Not covered||Flat fee||Bring a lawyer. Funny business with contracts ex post facto, changes made. Client giving out high res files with no permission.|
|Up to 3 months||Many disputes|
|Pantene||Corporation||Toronto, Canada||$1000 for 3 days||2014||Event||Candid||They told me that I could not post any of the images taken on my personal website and I had to sign a contract stating I would delete all of the images after the event.||Not covered||They initially only offered me $750 over the 3 day event (with same day turn around).||2 weeks or less|
|Para Digma Barcelona||Graphic Design Firm||Internal (only circulated within the company)||Spain||$150||2012||Stock sale||Portrait||Full copyright retained||1 image||Not covered||Bought one image from me for use within the company for their meetings and presentations. Immediate payment via PayPal, and they paid the currency conversion fee.||Immediate|
|Paste Magazine||Website||Atlanta, GA||$25 per assignment||2014||Event||Concert coverage, day-long photo story, festival coverage||Not sure, never signed anything||Not covered||Communication is very bad. Have had to re-send invoices multiple times. You have to email them for months to get them to pay.||Up to 1 year|
|Patch||USA||50||2012||Assignment work||Editorial||Work for hire||Not covered||Very cheap, they expect to pay the same for video WITH editing / post-production as they do for stills within the same time frame for delivery (immediately after shoot). They don't seem to place a value for professional photos / videos over their (free) amateur submissions.||1 to 2 weeks||1 to 2 weeks|
|Patch.com||Website||New Jersey and Pennsylvania, USA||$50-100 per assignment||2012||Assignment work||photo essay||Photographer keeps copyright. There is a three month embargo on other publishing. Private sales of the photos to individuals was allowed regardless of the embargo.||Not covered||No mileage paid.||Most assignments were in the $50 range with the rare $75-100 assignment. It doesn't seem like Patch.com has a huge budget for freelancers. It all depends on the editors you work with. I've shot in New Jersey for Bridgewater, Warren and Hillsborough. In Pennsylvania it was many of the Lehigh Valley sites.||2 weeks or less||Speed of payment varied based on the local website's editor. It could be as fast as within 1-2 weeks or several months as was the case with one editor.|
|People Magazine||Magazine||USA||Day rate $250||2012||Assistant||Photo Essay||no idea||Covered||I was already on location. Photographers flights and rental cars were covered||NB: Worked as an Assistant||15 days||15 days|
|People Magazine||Magazine||USA||$500 + Space Rate||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||90 Day Embargo, No loss to rights. Fair contract.||Covered||These "basic" rates haven't changed since the 80's - 90's. Same holds true for most national magazines.||1 month|
|Pictures Magazin||Germany||90 € per page or bulk price per article||2012 / 2013||Article incl. text & images||Article on photography / image manipulation||Unauthorized reprints might happen, no copyright indication on some shots or articles possible; payment delays or refusals to be expected; The magazine expects rights to include not only the print issue but digital versions (apps) too.||4 - 6 pages per article, about 2 or 3 images and a numer of screensshots||Not covered||No costs covered||The magazine usually agrees on a fixed price in Euros per article or page, but tries to avoid payment. In late 2012/2013 thre's been a few instances where payment was refused for contracted and delivered jobs.||Appriox. 8 - 12 weeks||Appriox. 8 - 12 weeks|
|Polka Magazine - France||Magazine||80.000 (2012 data)||Paris||0||2014||Interview||Photo essay / Article on my work||no copyright with photographer's name appeared in the article.||1||Not covered||N/A||The photography critic of the magazine approached me via e-mail asking for material and photos of my work, without even mentioning any payment. He just approached me saying that he wants to write a "nice" article on my work. He then asked secifically for a picture he wanted to publish in the article. The article in the end turned out not to be that "nice", the picture was published on their printed magazine, I've wrote back asking explanation on what have happened and I've never heard anything from them at all after my mail.||N/A||They disappeared without further enquiries after they had the material.|
|Pond5.com||Website||New York||50% of final sales||2013||Stock sale||Footage||RF- worldwide, perpetual use across all media.||Not covered||Pond5.com |
Check it out!
|Monthly if sales bigger than $25|
|Pool & Spa News||Magazine||USA||$500 2 hour photo shoot||2011||Assignment work||portrait||Photographer retains all copyrights to images.||1/4 page||Not covered||1 month|
|Premier Guitar||Magazine||USA||$100 for a full page spread||2013||Stock sale||Live music photography||No use in another specialist guitar magazine worldwide for 6 months. Photographer free to use elsewhere besides that.||1 page||Not covered||n/a||Licensed independently by photographer after shooting, rather than shot on assignment.||Up to 3 months|
|Prinzessin Katharina Shipping||Corporation||Malta||EUR 500 per day||2012||Assignment work||interirors and exteriors||joint-copyright with the shipyard.||Covered||All expenses were covered, I even had a 3 day Danube cruise with my girlfriend included in the package as a bonus and of course it gave me more freedom to take pictures for the client while I was traveling.||2 weeks or less|
|PRISM international||Magazine||1200||Canada||$300 per image||2013||Any||Any||Photographer retains copyright. Payment for use as cover of magazine (both print and electronic) and for promotional purposes for the magazine (on website, Twitter, and Facebook)||1 page (front and back)||Not covered||No||Up to 3 months||x|
|Private Clients||Weddings||Anywhere||5000||2006-2013||private commissions, weddings||weddings||Clients get print and facebook sharing rates with watermark. I retain ownership for printing, advertising etc.||Covered||I came from 5 years of commercial work. I used to chase editorial jobs. Then I realized, weddings and private commissions shot well give me a far far far better lifestyle. Knock weddings as much as you like, the fact is I clear 180k a year. I can't imagine doing anything else now. |
I love editorial and conflict photography work, but the money in private commissions is where it's at these days.
|50% upfront, up to 2 years in advance. Remainder on the wedding day before even shooting.|
|Private Club Event Planner||Promoter||SF Bay Area, California, United States||$100 2 Hours||2012||Event||Event Coverage||Can be used for portfolio.||All files sized, at 800px wide, 72 dpi, drop box.||Not covered||Not hard for a nights work if you are doing nothing.||Immediate||Cash|
|Private collection||Private owner||Romania||$120||2014||Limited print edition||Portrait, Fine Art||No loss of rights||1 print, 24x36 inch framed size||Not covered||The price included framing and matting but no transportation.||2 weeks or less|
|Procesofoto (Mexico)||News Agency - wire service||Mexico||500 MXN / 38 USD per image published||2014||Stock sale||Single picture||Photographer preserves copyright.|
Only paid when published in Proceso magazine. No paid when used in Proceso website nor when sold to third parties.
On front page rate goes up to 2000 MXN (152 USD)
No paid in internet
|Not covered||No coverage||Immediate||Images sold through Procesofoto agency to other magazines are not paid to photographers|
|Przeglad Sportowy||Newspaper||Polish biggest sports daily||Poland||12,6$ per photo; cover: 22$, small headphoto: 3,14$||2013||Stock sale||all||Not covered||1 month|
|Psychologie magazine||Magazine||france||390 dollars||2010||Stock sale||Portrait||one time license||1 full page||Not covered||it was one photo published in a full page|
they paid 390 dollars = 300 euros
|1 month||1 month|
|PULP Live World||Magazine||Philippines||PHP4000 or $98 per feature article||2013||Assignment work||band portraits||joint copyright||Not covered||1 month after publication of article (usually 2-3 months)||absolutely no payment is made if article was not published|
|Pure Green Magazine||Magazine||Canada||0||2012||Photos AND story||Lifestyle||Not discussed||6 pages||Not covered||Very unprofessional magazine that uses bloggers instead of paying photographers and writers. |
I'm stupid for giving them my photos for the "great exposure" they promised because I didn't get any work from it. They act like it's a huge deal to be featured.
They did give me free copies of the magazine (it had advertising, so they make money from other people's work).
|no payment||promise of "great exposure"|
|Queen of Scandinavia||Beauty contest||Denmark||2000 euro for 6 hours, no extra payment for editing of photos||2014||Event||Beauty contest||All rights lost||Not covered||None||Queen of Scandinavia is a beauty contest scam running in Denmark by Josephine Helbrandt and Peter Hadward.|
The business model is to contact young girls they find in model communities and others. Sometimes they will contact girls under the name "Peer Mikkelsen".
The message will always claim that they have noticed this particular girl and want her to participate in Queen of Scandinavia.
They will claim connections to various inter nation beaty contests.
What they actually want her to do is pay up 40 euros to participate in a casting. They are promised to get 2-4 photos and a goodie bag with a value of 40 euros.
The photos are real, but the goodie bag will never show up.
And here comes the part that relates to photographers:
Usually they will lure photographers into working 6 hours or more for free making various "all profit goes to…" claims. In one case they paid the photographer 200 euros for 6 hours of constant photographing hundreds of girls, no extra payment for post processing photos afterwards.
The girls will actually get the photos(just fast snapshots, no time is spend on each model) through Dropbox, so that part is true at the least.
|Up to 3 months|
|Quien||Magazine||120000||Mexico||us$1600 cover + 8 photos||2013||Assignment work||cover + interiors||loss of rights - Time Inc contract||8- 10 pages||Covered||2 weeks or less|
|Random House||Publisher / Book||NA||United States||$2,500||2009||Stock sale||Book Cover||Photographer Maintained all rights||1||Not covered||Foreign Language rights for an additional $2500||1 month|
|Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular||Show company||UK||0||2013||Event||Event photography||In exchange for a free ticket to the show, photographers must work the entire show photographing it, and submit all images copyright free to the company high resolution.|
|Not covered||None||No Pay|
|Refinery 29||Website||USA||0||2012||Assignment work||Street Style Photos||Joint Copyright||20-30 total||Not covered||They paid nothing to publish my photos for over a year (probably 20-30 image/stories) and then "fired" me when I started contributing to a paying competitor.||No payment|
|Refinery29||Website||USA||125 Day Rate||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||contract with "sub-licensable" clause, which means they get the right to license your images to other magazines. in the same clause, it says that "Refinery 29 may register the content with the US Copyright office in Contributor's name." rights-embargo period of 60 days||19 images||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Reuters||News Agency - wire service||Argentina||u$s25/image||2012||Event||Riot pictures||It was a riot, they needed pictures, I provided, everything sorted in half an hour, didn't get into too much detail, but since there's no signed paper, I assume I retain copyright and rights are non-exclusive.||4 images||Not covered||Immediate|
|Reuters - US||United States||$250/day - up to 6 hrs $375/day over 6hrs.||2011||Assignment work||Wire Service Coverage||Reuters owns copyright of transmits but pays 25% of resale of images to photographer. There is an embargo for outtakes to be sent to an agency and you cannot send to AP/Getty/other competing agencies but can to smaller ones.||Covered||First time takes a while but very quick after invoicing following.||First time takes a while but very quick after invoicing following.|
|Rhythms Monthly||Magazine||Taiwan||USD1600||2011||Reprint of story||Reprint of feature story||No loss of rights for photographer. Single publication license, print and digital to publisher||14||Not covered||Payment including a writing fee for accompanying text||1 month|
|Rolling Stone||Magazine||United States||$150||2012||Event||Concert photograph||Loss of rights to photo.||Half-page||Not covered||N/A||RS pays $150 per non-exclusive photograph, but the "sky's the limit" if it's an exclusive.||1 month|
|Rolling Stone||Website||USA||$150||2012||Assignment work||live music/concert||No discussion of rights. I syndicated unused images that weren't of a similar nature.||2-5 web-sized images||Not covered||1 month|
|Rolling Stone||Website||USA||$150 per day day rate||2009||Assignment work||Festival Coverage||No rights dicussion. Ran online.||40ish||Not covered||Not covered||1 month|
|Rolling Stone Argentina||Magazine||20000||Argentina||$300 (U$S 30)||2012||Assignment work||Photo Essay||They keep with all the material||1||Not covered||Subway||Up to 3 months|
|Rolling Stone magazine (Spain)||Magazine||50 000 / month||Spain||Half-day rate||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Loss of rights for 3 years for the published photos.|
Possibility for the magazine to publish online with no extra fee for the photographer.
|can be 1 or 10 pages.||Not covered||Mielage not covered.||Up to 3 months|
|Saga Magazine||Magazine||UK||£500 for 1 day shoot.||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Copyright stays with photographer||4 images used in total.||Covered||All travel & meal expenses covered plus lighting costs and digital capture.||1 month|
|Samford University||College||Birmingham, Alabama, USA||$125/assignment||2013||Assignment work||general event coverage||Samford owns all photos you shoot (RAWs and edits)||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|San Antonio Current||Newspaper||San Antonio, Texas, USA||75-250||2013||Assignment work||Portraits, events, etc.||No specific language in the freelance agreement, but photographers seem to retain copyright.||Not covered||Generally runs $75 for features -- up to $250 for cover shoots.||2 weeks or less|
|San Diego Magazine||Magazine||50000||San Diego||50 per hour||2014||Event||group photos at events||magazine holds copyright, photographer cannot share for 6 months after magazine hits news stands||1||Not covered||Good publication, easy assignments, but they are very slow to pay photographers (4-5 months) and need lots of invoicing and reminding. Even small payments of $250-$350 took several months to pay out. Company does not seem very organized.||4-5 months||slow payment, needed roughly 7 emails to accounting|
|San Francisco Magazine||Magazine||Local||United States of America||$200 per image||2011||Single image they found of a shoot I'd already completed.||Portrait||None. They asked for no copyrights. No contracts. Just asked for limited use of one single image for $200 to print a full-page spread in a magazine.||1||Not covered||None.||San Francisco Magazine was very, very friendly, and seemed supportive of local photographers and other artists. When I asked about payment, they replied quickly with their payment amount ($200). They did not hire me to go out and shoot. This was simply for use of an image I was already paid to take and edit (engagement session) by my clients. They liked the theme, and asked for no rights, copyrights, use rights, etc. other than a one-time printing of the image in their magazine.||2 weeks or less||Paid by check.|
|San Jose Sharks Magazine||Magazine||San Jose, CA, USA||$0||2013||Stock sale||Travel||No loss of copyright, but expected work for free in exchange for credit.||Not covered||Jason Plank, Marketing Associate, said they have no budget for paying for photography, but would be happy to provide credit in the magazine and a free copy of the magazine (how cool is that?). I asked for $40, but they wouldn't pay that for a RF license to use the image.||n/a|
|Savannah Morning News||Newspaper||Savannah, GA. USA.||$50 for first image $5 for each additional. Usually turns out to be $75-ish.||2015||Assignment work||Events and sports||SMN owns rights for a year and then all rights are given back to the photog. I was told I could still sell images within the first year but would need the paper's approval first.||Not covered||Pays alright and after freelancing for a bit assignments become more consistent. Try to work with writers as much as possible.||2 weeks or less||Consistently fast.|
|Save the Children||NGO||Gujarat, India||1500 Rs per day||2011||Assignment work||photo essay||no rights to the photos||Covered||covered||one month||one month|
|SBC Skier||Magazine||Canada||50||2012||Stock sale||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||Half Page||Not covered||Emailed every couple of weeks after initial 30 days. 4 months after original invoice date, and still no payment to be seen. Told a month ago it had been sent, when in fact it had not. Very shady and not worth the time/effort given the incredibly low pay and length of time it takes to be paid.||Up to 1 year||Emailed after 30 days, received all sorts of excuses|
|Schön!||Magazine||UK||£0 per fashion story||2012||Assignment work||Fashion||one-time print license plus web||10 pages, 9 images in total||Not covered||Not Covered||n.a.|
|Scientific American Magazine||Magazine||250000||New York, USA||50||2010||Reprint of a feature||Inside still life||Worldwide and electronic usage||1/2 page||Not covered||I was offered $50 -- yes $50 by Scientific American to reuse a photo I had shot for them in 2003. In the past I would get $450 for the same reuse. Of course I said no to the $50. Scientific American produces many special issues -- they told me this one would be worldwide and have up to a 250,000 run. They were very disagreeable to deal with. Have not heard from them since.||Didn't accept offer|
|Seattle Times||Newspaper||Seattle, WA United States||$250 for online and front page use||2012||Event||Protest||Had the photo for 6 month use||1 image||Not covered||They wanted it for free. I had to talk them in to something.||1 month|
|Service Certainty||Insurance Photography Middle Man||Brentwood, England, UK||£15-18 per job (assuming individual subjects in their own homes), no milage, loss of copyright, very slow to pay and the mileage you are expected to travel is excessive.||2013||Injury Photography, Medical Grade Imagery.||Medical Imagery||Loss of copyright for the photographer, though due to the legal standards if the images come under question for legal evidence viability applicable to court cases, its likely the blame will land on the photographer as will the consequences.||Not covered||Expect to travel 40 plus miles to any job one way, at current fuel prices that would equate a personal loss on every job.||Took a look at company house records, even the free bits and you will see the business marked as Dormant.|
Do not expect results or any form of income regular or otherwise.
I have also heard many photographers being asked to pay a subscription or up front fee to be a member.
Always ask this, how much is it costing you! if you cannot walk away with 80% profit its not worth it.
|Up to 3 months|
|servicecertainty.co.uk||Insurance Middle Man.||United Kingdom||pay rate of £15>£18 per job on location.||2013||Insurance Claim Photography||Injurys.||Images could not be displayed due to sensitive nature so copyright it irrelevant.||Not covered||None, expected to provide all in services and images including mileage and image use.|
Mileage limits not defined so could be circa 30 miles or more one way.
|Up to 3 months|
|ShowHotel.com||Website||USA||$50/hotel||2013||Assignment work||Interiors||Loss of rights to photos.||Covered||Lots of driving. Approximately 1000 miles a week. Car rental, airfare, and gas is reimbursed. Driving time is uncompensated.||Each hotel takes about 4 hours. Hotel varies from 5-16 rooms. At least 5 angles of each room is required. Mostly out of your local area. Car rental, airfare, and gas is reimbursed. No per diem or food allowance. LOTS of driving which is uncompensated. There is unpaid training, but they claim that the training location WILL use the photos.|
I got paid upon delivery of images first & last time because I demanded it. Payment is supposed to be made a week after delivery of images and inspection. Whereupon they try to find deductions on the pay. I threatened not to give them the images unless a check is provided upon delivery of images.
|2 weeks or less||Will try and find ways to pay you less.|
|Skin Art||Magazine||USA||$200 for cover & $50 for a centerfold.||2012||Cover portrait||Cover image||Image used for cover - never got paid! "Editor" keen to have more of my work....yeah, right.||Not covered||Never|
|Slide Magazine||Magazine||New Zealand||DPS (2- or 4-sided bleed) = $150.00 Less than DPS = $125.00 FP (2- or 4-sided bleed) = $95.00 Less than FP = $75.00 Half page = $50.00 Less than half page = $25.00 ¼ page and less = $10.00||2010||Stock sale||Photo Essay||Photographer retains copyright.||Not covered||1 month|
|Smart / Daimler-Mercedes||Company||France||3500€ for 5 photos||2014||Assignment work||Photos of the new Smart Fortwo||I kept all my rights. The photos were for the Web use only, mainly on Instagram and the website of Smart Fortwo/Forfour.||Covered||The covered petrol, parking lot and a taxi drive to the Mercedes headquarters to take the car.||Up to 3 months|
|Smith Journal||Magazine||Australia||$100 per page, later $150||2012||Assignment work||portrait||photographer retains copyright for images that are not printed||various||Covered||n/a||Up to 3 months||hseveral phonecals required to recieve payment that was initialy discussed|
|Smithsonian Magazine||Magazine||USA||$750/assignment $150/image processing||2014||Assignment work||Reportage||Photographer keeps||Not covered||Excellent to work with.||2 weeks or less|
|Snack World LTD||Corporation||Web Bassed (unknown)||UK||£100||2011||Assignment work||Product Photography||Joint||Unilimited||Not covered||N/a||Terrible to work for. Had no understanding of photography business and what is fair and legal copyright terms. |
I don't like to have to spoon feed a client for them to understand legality of things.
|2 weeks or less|
|Sony||Company||France||0 €||2014||Assignment work||Photos||I kept the rights to the photos.||Non defined.||Not covered||No expenses.||Sony was looking for photographers willing to beta-test the new QX100. The wanted them to organize a photo contest as well. No payment, the only let to keep the QX100 after the mission being completed. This was my second proposition of collaboration with Sony. The first one was to be their brand ambassador for 1 year - for free. Sony DOESN'T PAY.||No payment at all|
|Sony Entertainment||Record Label||USA||$400||2008||Stock sale||live concert photo||No loss of copyright, one time use.||1 image for DVD booklet||Not covered||1 month|
|South East Asia Globe||Magazine||Cambodia||$25/image||2012||Stock sale||Photo Essay||no agreement||6 images||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Specialized||Corporation||Global||$500 per image||2012||Stock sale||Action shot||Two year, unlimited use for client, photographer retained all rights.||Unlimited||Not covered||n.a.||1 month|
|SPIEGEL (print)||Magazine||100000||Germany||€ 425/day||2013||Assignment work||portrait||exclusive use for 3months after print - then free||Covered||€ 0,30/km||1 month|
|SPIN||Website||USA||$100||2012||Assignment work||live music/concert||No copyright discussions. I syndicated images that were not similar||2-5 web-sized images||Not covered||After working assignments for SPIN for about a year they found another (less capable) photographer willing to work for photo credit. I haven't gotten an assignment since.||1 month|
|Spin||Website||USA||$50||2011||Event||Concert photo||No rights discussion||1 online image||Not covered||NA||I posted the photo to my flickr and they offered to buy it for the website. Told me it would take 3 months to get paid, it took longer.||Up to 1 year|
|SPIN||Website||USA||$50 day rate||2007||Assignment work||Festival Photography of Performers||No Discussion||about 6 images||Not covered||Up to 1 year||I had to ask many times after 3 months and no payment. I had friend who is a lawyer contact them. I went to their office in person and asked to speak with their accountant. Finally got paid after almost a year. $150 for three full days of work.|
|SPIN - iPad Edition||Magazine||USA||100||2012||Assignment work||Live music band shot||We did not discuss copyright, but it was only used once in an iPad edition of the magazine.||1 image - Full Res||Not covered||Based on what a previous photographer mentioned, they're probably just using their interns for their show photography now so they don't have to pay for images.||6 months|
|Spin Magazine||Magazine||USA||$650/day||2012||Assignment work||Photo Essay||Photographer retains all rights||6||Covered||4 months|
|Splash and Grab Magazine||Magazine||Europe||0||2014||instagram takeover||anything goes||didnt discuss||Not covered||no||not sure what anyone else experienced with an instagram take over...would like to hear feedback||not paid||free|
|Sport||Newspaper||daily||Poland||3,14$ per photo; cover: 12,55||2013||Stock sale||Not covered||1 month|
|Sports Illustrated (iPad edition)||Magazine||USA||$10 for an image in the iPad edition Leading Off section.||2011||Event||Single sport action image.||Maintained full copyright.||One full page spread.||Not covered||1 month|
|St. Cloud Times||Newspaper||St Cloud, MN, USA||50-200 per assignment||2014||Assignment work||Editorial||Loss of Rights||Not covered||1 month|
|Stereogum||Website||United States||$200||2014||Assignment work||Festival Coverage||Full credit, all rights retained||No minimum, 18 images used in final run||Not covered||6 months||Originally quoted as 90 days, followed up after 120 days. Took an additional 60+ days to receive payment|
|Stern||Germany||130 € per image||2010||Stock sale||Portrait||Photographer retains copyright||1/8 page||Not covered||14 days||14 days|
|Stern||Magazine||Germany||260 €/image||2014||Stock sale||Travel portrait||photographer keeps copyright||double page spread||Covered||The photo was taken analogue and they covered getting it developed in a higher quality||1 month|
|Süddeutsche Zeitung||Newspaper||daily||Germany||per image 60€||2014||Stock sale||Portrait||no loss||1 image page 3||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Sun Country Airlines||Corporation||Minneapolis, MN, USA||$750||2014||Stock sale||Stock image of one of their aircraft||Photographer keeps copyright for personal display/portfolio.|
Photographer unable to sell image further.
Client has unlimited reproduction rights for print.
Full digital release.
|unlimited print use||Not covered||First approached November 2013, closed sale Feb 1, 2014.|
Quick payment upon agreed size/format of image.
|Immediate||Paid instantly via PayPal|
|Sun Country Airlines||Corporation||USA||$750 per image||2014||Stock sale||photo of airplane||Photographer loses all rights to photo||unlimited use of photo||Not covered||1 month|
|Sun Media Corp||Newspaper||Canada||900 for 1 image||2012||Copywrite Breach ( usage with no Permission)||Portrait||Sun Media Corporation (Canada)|
Fined $900 for unauthorized image usage ( 1 image ) used as headline story , online and my paper publication. Image originally taken from Facebook.
Sun Media owns several tabloid and broadsheet papers, including the Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Ottawa Sun, Le Journal de Quebec, etc.
|1 Front Page||Not covered||Careful when someone speaks about the fair use law. Understand it and pin point your argument!||2 weeks or less||Disputed amount|
|Sundance||Corporation||USA||450||2013||Assisting/DigitalTech||Advertising||n/a||Covered||5 months and waiting for payment.|
|Sunday Business Post||Newspaper||250000||Ireland||90 euro per assignment||2012||Assignment work||feature 4-5 images||photographer retains copyright but they re-use with impunity||same rate regardless of usage size||Covered||Mileage only||Up to 3 months|
|Sunday Times (business Mag cover)||Magazine||South Africa||£350||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||No loss of right. Magazine to use the photos for the cover and the feature inside for that one off print.||it's a 3 page spread + cover (4 images in total)||Not covered||The assignment came last minute, they were honest and upfront about the small budget - Assignment took 1/2d to drive to the talent's house. Fee included the Make-up artist's fee.||1 month||Payments included make up artist fee|
|Sunday Times Magazine - Spectrum||Magazine||UK||£400 for a DPS||2013||Stock sale||Editorial||No loss of rights||2||Not covered||1 month|
|Super Express||Newspaper||200000||Poland||5 pict=31$, >10=45$, <10=60, etc$||210, 2011, 2012, 2013||Reprint of a feature||illustrations for articles||Loss of rights to photos||All usage||Not covered||Mileage covered; 0,15$ for 1 km only outside hometown||Good times gone|
and you missed them
wha's gone wrong...
|Surface Magazine||Magazine||USA||$500 for 6 images, one full day.||2013||Assignment work||Photo essay||No loss of rights.||1 page, 6 images.||Covered||1 month|
|Surfer Magazine||Website||USA||$20||2012||Stock sale||Action photo||For one time usage rights. Online only.||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Sydney Morning Herald||Website||Australia||$50 an image||2012||Assignment work||portrait||Fairfax takes all rights. Publisher demands all "similars" from same shoot.||Not covered||Nil||Up to 1 year||Had to re-invoice a dozen times because SMH kept "losing" it. spent about 4 hours on phone talking to admin and editorial staff to arrange payment. Had to meet with business manager who apologised profusely (but did nothing).|
|T+L Southeast Asia||Magazine||60||Thailand||$400 for 4 images||2013||Stock sale||photo series||Photographer keep the copyright||1||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Take 5 Magazine||Magazine||180000||Australia||0||2013||Reprint of a feature||wedding portrait work||No mention of photogs rights or copyright.||1||Not covered||Magazine contacted the photographer's client to obtain an image, and printed it without licencing or payment.|
Received this email response:
"we don’t pay for photos... usually photographers are happy to have a photo credit in one of Australia’s biggest weekly magazines."
|Teak On The Hudson||Company/Venue||Hoboken, NJ||100$ for 3 hours.||2015||Event||Event photo||Unwatermarked photos for social media. |
No social media credit.
$100 for 3 hours of work.
Full Facebook Albums.
|Not covered||Nothing covered.||Bi monthly|
|Technology Review||Magazine||USA||$800 per day shooting fee. $750 per travel day. $350 digital fee.||2011||Assignment work||photo essay||3 month embargo.|
Unlimited Rights to publish in print and online versions of Technology Review.
|3 images||Covered||Flight expenses were covered but not hotel.||30 days||30 days|
|Technology Review||Magazine||Unsure||United States||750||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Single image, embargo for 90 days. Photographer retained full copyright.||1 full page, plus small web image||Not covered||Totally flat rate.||Up to 3 months|
|Teen Vogue||Website||USA||500 day rate||2013||Assignment work||Street Style||Joint Copyright||26 images 2 days of work||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Telegraph Media Group||Newspaper||Great Britain, National Newspaper||£175||2013||Assignment work||News and Features||Multiple reuse of commissioned work. 90 Day exclusivity period and the right to syndicate (50-50 split) during that period. |
After 90 days, photographer is free to sell images as they wish.
|Covered||£0.43 per mile|
Parking at cost
£10 London Congestion Charge
|Over 8 hours, as for an extra half shift.|
Foreigns/overnights are priced at a shift and a half
|2 weeks or less|
|The Associated Press||News Agency - wire service||USA||$250||2014||Assignment work||News Conference||The AP's singular assignment standard rate (for non sports work) is $250 an assignment. |
They usually are only an hour or two long and intense post production is not usually required.
They retain full copyright.
They do not cover expenses or mileage but they hire people close to the assignments.
|Not covered||Turn around time can occasionally be demanding but that is the usual for all wires.||1 month|
|The Atlantic||Website||USA||$100||2013||Publish/Feature personal projects||Photo Essay/Documentary||n/a||7010||Not covered||Was offered $100 for a photo essay (7-10 images) from a personal assignment/project that had been completed.||n/a||x|
|The Battalion (Texas A&M University Newspaper)||Newspaper||College Station, TX, United States||$15 per image, $25 for front page||2013||Assignment work||Photojournalism||Newspaper retains right until story is run.||1-2 images total||Not covered||Travel not covered||2 weeks or less||Sometimes newspaper doesn't run story, so photographer doesn't get paid for assignment|
|The Brag||Magazine||Australia||$15 per event||2012||Assignment work||Event Photography||Photographer keeps all rights to photos.|
You're expected to provide 6-12 images per event for print. $15 flat rate per concert.
|Not covered||None||2 weeks or less|
|The Cambodia Daily||Newspaper||3000||Cambodia||10$ per image||2012||Stock sale||Photo essay||Copyright mentioned||6 pages/ 9 photographs||Not covered||The Cambodia Daily is a non-profit published in a country with limited press freedom.||1 month|
|The Canadian Press||News Agency - wire service||Canada||day rate $325 CDN, assignment rate $150 CDN||2013||Assignment work||news, sports, feature||They retain copyright of images transmitted over their wire all other images remain with photographer||Covered||Mileage paid at $0.53 CDN||very easy to work for and a consistent user of freelance photographers with news photography eperience.||1 month||direct deposit payments or mailed cheque|
|The Daily Mail||Newspaper||UK||0||2013||Stock sale||stock||--||Not covered||They offered to buy my photos in exchange for exposure. I told them (in so many words) to go fuck themselves.||--|
|The Eye of photography / http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com||Website||France||0 €||2014||Stock sale||portrait, photo essay||They ask for your pictures, but don't have any budget. |
They are rude, they don't pay.
|between 10 and 12 images||Not covered||They feature your work, but they don't pay.||never|
|The Guardian||Newspaper||UK||280£ day rate||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||no loss of rights to photos||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|The Guardian (US)||Website||United States||$200||2015||Assignment work||Portrait||No loss of photos, fully credited||2 images||Not covered||They have a handy guide to how payments are made on their site: https://www.theguardian.com/info/2012/oct/01/payments-content-suppliers||1 month|
|The Influence||Website||Los Angeles, CA.||500||2013||Video / Multimedia||Two day shoot||Photographer retained rights||Not covered||No budget for transport, mileage, etc.||Ignored my emails for months after the shoot after I invoiced them, finally getting back to me with several half-baked excuses. After four months they paid me a fraction of the agreed upon price for my video work.||4 months|
|The Music||Magazine||Australia||0||2014||Event||Music||Photographer retains copyright||Not covered||N/A|
|The New York Times||Newspaper||New York||200 per day||2013||Assignment work||Variety||The New York Times writes stories on oppression in faraway places like Syria. However, if they want to see true oppression they don't even have to leave their fancy NYC state of the art offices. All they need do is read the mandatory contract they demand freelance photographers sign. Not that they have that much work to hand out. Their day rate for an 8 hour day is $200. Now they will tell you the newspaper biz is tough times. However, even when they were making enough bank to buy the Boston Globe for over a billion, their day rate was still $200 -- it's been 200 for at least 2 decades. Of course their photo editors know it's crap -- when they tell you the rate they look like they just got caught at awards dinner with a leaky Depends. As bad as the day rate is, their contract is worse. But don't take a poor photographer's word for it. Here it is:|
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
This letter sets forth the agreement between you and The New York Times Company ("The Times") for freelance
photography services you may be commissioned to provide on assignment to The Times.
1. (a) The Times will pay you a day rate as agreed upon by you and The Times. Payment will be made for acceptable
material on submission of an invoice within thirty (30) days of completion of the assignment. Any terms appearing in your invoice
that add to or change the terms of this agreement will not be binding.
(b) The Times will reimburse you for reasonable expenses provided that you submit documentation acceptable to The
Times within thirty (30) days of incurring the expenses. The Times determines the rate at which film and mileage are reimbursed.
2. At the conclusion of each assignment, you will deliver to The Times all film, video and/or other recorded images and/or audio
resulting from the assignment (the "Work"), as well as complete and accurate information for captions. The Times will credit you on
published Work according to its crediting policies. The Times is not obligated to publish what you submit and will not be responsible
for the loss or damage of Work.
3. You acknowledge that the Work has been commissioned by The Times as a contribution to a collective work and that The
Times’s interest therein arises as a “work for hire” under the Copyright Act. The Times hereby assigns to you a joint copyright interest
in and to the Work such that the worldwide copyright in all Works created pursuant to this agreement shall be deemed joint works
owned by The Times and you. In the event the Work is deemed not to be a “work for hire,” you hereby assign to The Times a joint
copyright interest in and to the Work to effect joint copyright ownership.
4. Subject to the limitations set forth in paragraph 5 below, as joint copyright owners of the Work, The Times and you shall each
have the irrevocable, non-exclusive right to exercise any and all rights granted by the United States Copyright Act, including, but not
limited to, the right to reproduce, display, distribute, sell and transmit the Work throughout the world, in any media now known or later
developed, to sublicense the foregoing rights, and to create derivative works; provided that neither you nor The Times shall have the
right to grant rights in the Work which would purport to restrict the rights of the other party under this agreement. In exercising your
rights hereunder, you may not use the name of The New York Times or The International Herald Tribune.
5. You agree that you will not exercise any of your rights under paragraph 4 above with respect to any Work published in the
printed edition of either The New York Times or The International Herald Tribune, or any successor newspapers thereto (collectively,
the "Newspapers", individually, the "Newspaper"), or on nytimes.com or iht.com, until ten (10) days after such publication (the “First
Publication Date”). With respect to any Work that The Times has not published, you agree that you will not exercise any of your
rights under paragraph 4 above until twenty-four (24) hours following the First Publication Date of another image from that
6. Notwithstanding that The Times and you own a joint copyright in the Work, neither party shall have any obligation to share
revenues generated from its exercise of the foregoing rights, except that The Times will pay you fifty percent (50%) of the gross
receipts received by The Times from the syndication of the Work. The Work is "syndicated" when it is sold individually, and not as
part of the Newspaper or along with other works published in the Newspaper, to a third party, for republication in any form. Thus, for
example, the inclusion of the Work in The New York Times News Service is not a syndication for which compensation would be owed
under this paragraph.
7. You agree that with regard to any assignment you carry out for The Times, you will take care to avoid conflicts of interest or
the appearance of conflict, and you will otherwise comply, to the greatest degree possible, with the applicable provisions of the
policies on Ethical Journalism set forth at http://www.nytco.com/pdf/NYT_Ethical_Journalism_0904.pdf. For example, in connection
with any assignment for The Times, you will not accept free transportation, gifts, junkets, or commissions. Prior to accepting an
assignment, you agree to disclose to The Times any financial interest you have in the subject matter of that assignment.
8. You represent and warrant that you will not sign or otherwise be a party to any agreement, release, waiver or other document
relating to the Work as a condition to shooting an assignment. You further represent and warrant that you are entitled to grant to The
Times the foregoing rights in and to all Work submitted to The Times and that the Work will be original and unaltered and that it will
not infringe another's copyright or trademark, violate any person's right of privacy or contain libelous or otherwise unlawful material.
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You agree to cooperate fully with The Times in responding to and defending against any third-party claims relating to the Work. Your
obligations under this paragraph and paragraph 7 will survive any termination of this agreement.
9. You are an independent contractor, and as such you do not receive any benefits as an employee of The Times. The Times
will provide you with IRS form 1099 at the end of the year reflecting all amounts paid to you for that year.
10. This letter constitutes the entire agreement between you and The Times regarding your freelance photography services from
this date forward, and supersedes all prior agreements on this subject matter. Either party may terminate this agreement upon thirty
(30) days written notice to the other. No amendment or waiver shall be valid unless in writing and signed by both you and The Times.
11. This agreement has been made in accordance with New York State laws and will be construed and enforced under those laws.
Any action to enforce this agreement shall be brought exclusively in the federal or state courts in the City of New York.
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If the foregoing terms and conditions are acceptable, please sign and date a copy of this letter and, together with the appropriate W-9 or
W-8 Form, return them to The Times at your earliest convenience. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the
completed forms to 212-556-7149.
THE NEW YORK TIMES NEWSPAPER
Deputy Managing Editor
|Not covered||You have to surrender first born.|
|The New York Times||Newspaper||USA||$250 a day||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer keeps copyright||1||Not covered||2 weeks or less||Travel expenses not covered for last assignment. First assignment never received payment.|
|The Observer/Guardian||Magazine||UK||£ 275 + additional for archives||2015||Assignment work||Features||No loss of rights, 60 day embargo||4 pages, 6 images||Not covered||1 month||Very quick, very responsive, courteous and professional|
|The Philadelphia Inquirer / The Philadelphia Daily News||Newspaper||Philadelphia, PA, USA||$150 per assignment + expenses||2015||Assignment work||Portrait, features, news, sports, etc||joint||Covered||mileage reimbursed (rate changes monthly), tolls and parking covered.||The Inquirer and Daily News are two different papers, but share the same photo staff (and occasionally cover the same stories). So you might be out shooting for both or just one. The process of shooting and filing your assignment isn't anymore work if you do shoot for both. You're only paid $150/assignment regardless of whether it appears in both publications or just one.|
Rate was $175 in 2014, but is $150 in 2015.
|The Shipman Agency||TV Shows||USA||Offered $1000 flat for a 5 week shoot.||2013||Behind the scenes shots, still shots for the opening of the show and photos for show sponsors||Commercial||Buy out / NDA||Covered||Room & meals covered for the five-week shoot. Expected to bring a chroma-key green backdrop for portraits.||This was for two reality shows airing on the NBC Sports Network.|
It would have required a 5 week commitment. Six day weeks and a minimum of 8 hour days.
|500 up front, 500 on completion of work|
|The Source||Magazine||USA||0||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||Loss of rights photos except for portfolio usage||Content insert and full page||Not covered||No Payment|
|The Star-Ledger (nj.com)||Newspaper||New Jersey||$150-$250 per assn||2013-2014||Assignment work||General Assn||Joint copyright, embargoed until published +1 day.||Covered||Expenses are added into the fee after discussion with the assigning editor or Photo Editor in charge. I have never had a disagreement over expenses but I also don't ask them to buy me lunch.||Very good to work with. Rates are based on a potential 4 hour assignment including travel and they are agreeable to adjust the fees upward if the assignment goes over or has unexpected twists. Assignments are usually short on information but photo editors fill in the back story so you are prepared to deliver what they need. Sporting assignments are almost never happening where the assignment directs you and you are expected to solve for this. The only other negatives are they require you to file lots of photos for resale and you need to build site specific web galleries with wonky interface that experiences frequent problelms. This can add to your day and they don't raise the rate for that unless you can convince them with specific details and proof of the problems experienced. The state is so big you don't want to enter into a conversation of a day rate. Multiple assignments require multiple galleries and that's one reason you want to maintain the per assignment rate. Company changes are planned for fall of 2014 and it's unknown the impact on freelance work.||2 weeks or less||Follow up if an invoice isn't paid in 3 weeks. Everything is paid out of state and if you don't get a check, they misdirected the paperwork.|
|The Sun||Newspaper||GB||250 UK pounds||2013||Assignment work||photo essay||Copyright Not discussed||Not covered||assurance speed of payment - 28 days from publication date, real speed - waiting for 3 months and it's not the end|
|The Sun||Newspaper||Great Britain||£250||2013||Assignment work||portrait, event||Fixing for journalist in Ukraine covered in amount of £150||4 images total||Covered||Up to 3 months|
|The Sunday Times||Newspaper||U.K||£200||2014||Assignment work||Portrait||Keep all rights.||1 page||Covered||1/2 day shoot incl. travel. 1/2day edit,post production.||2 weeks or less|
|The Sunday Times Culture||Newspaper||874000||United Kingdom||200 UK pounds($300equivalent)||2012||Assignment work||portrait||The fee included all expenses and transport.||1||Not covered||not covered||2 weeks or less|
|The Telegraph||Newspaper||UK||£ 225||2015||Assignment work||Portrait & features story web-only||No loss of rights||5 images||Covered||Mileage only||Still waiting billed in February it's now August||Emailed so many times to follow up, sometimes would get a response, sometimes I wouldn't. Finally found someone as fed up as I was and has tried to push it through. That was last month. But still nothing.|
|The Times Magazine||Magazine||United Kingdom||£ 300 for 1/2day shoot||2012||Assignment work||Portrait story||3 months embargo.|
Then free to syndicate.
|2 pages||Covered||All transport covered||Pretty standard pay for UK newspaper supplements- which this magazine is.||Up to 3 months|
|The Villager||New York City||$25 per image||2012||News photos||News photos||Use in print and online version of the story.||1 page 2 images||Not covered||0||2 months||2 months|
|The Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||2 million plus||New York City/Worldwide||300/day NYC section - 1200/week NYC section - 400 day national pages||2012||Assignment work||All types||I get to keep copyright forever, WSJ retains rights to publish in the future. They contacted me when a TV station wanted to use the photos so I could sell directly to TV station.||NA||Covered||Mileage and related expenses. No digital fee etc (does anyone?)||Great group of photo eds who try to do the best they can with what they have. Certainly generous for a newspaper and they don't demand ownership of copyright like NYT or most other papers or wires services do.||it varies between 10 days and 2 months|
|Time Out New York||Magazine||weekly magazine||New York, New York USA||$75||2013||Assignment work||Restaurant shoot. Interiors, food, cocktails, and architectural detail shots||Full lifetime usage. They're sneaky and will re-use your images without telling (or paying) you. Both web and print.||1 page, 3 photos used as spot images||Not covered||Don't shoot for them. You have to re-submit invoices over and over again and practically harass the Accounts Payable department on a weekly basis.||Up to 1 year||Horrible about paying on time. EVERY TIME.|
|TMZ.com||Website||USA||$500 one image||2014||Stock sale||Photo of celebrity speaking to audience||TMZ accepted my terms for this stock usage. One-time Web publication with me retaining copyright.||1/2 Web page||Not covered||N/A - stock sale||To my surprise, TMZ.com was one of the easiest, most-forthright companies I've made a sale to. They contacted me after finding my image through a Google image search. The entire transaction felt honest and clear, and they sent payment via one-day delivery. No rights grabbing attempts. They considered using the image on their television show and called to negotiate pricing beforehand (though they ended up not using it for TV).||2 weeks or less||Sent a check via FedEx the next day|
|Tourism Calgary||Corporation||Canada||$2000/day, 4 days||2014||Assignment work||Documentary||Keep Copyright, They have unlimited rights to use, not sell.||Covered||Fantastic organization, young and friendly people to work with||2 weeks or less|
|Travel + Leisure||Magazine||984302||USA||$600||2012||Assignment work||Rstaurants||The exclusive right and license to first publish any one or more of the Photographs and/or Videos.||Covered||Yes||A pleasure to work with.||1 month|
|Travel + Leisure||Magazine||984302||New York, USA||$200 for a 3x5||2012||Stock sale||food||They took "The nonexclusive, perpetual right and license, throughout the universe."||Not covered||1 month|
|Travel + Leisure.com||Website||US||First offer was 0, second $50||2013||Stock sale||travel||Included is our standard agreement: In addition to possible publication on TravelandLeisure.com, American Express Publishing (and its affiliates and licensees) may reproduce, distribute, display and publish the images taken in and via webpages, websites and other publications, products and services that contain, exhibit, or are branded with the name or logo of the Magazine or Website, and use the Photographs for the promotion of the foregoing.||web gallery||Not covered||na||I was contacted via Flickr and I later noticed their website has lots of Flickr credits. I'm guessing many photographers simply give the images away for free. From the agreement they proposed, it seems as they could also use it in print as well without additional compensation.||na||I declined to give it to them for free, so they offered $50 which I also declined.|
|Travelplus||Magazine||China||USD 800.- (10 images)||2013||Stock sale||Report||Photographer owns copyright.||Not covered||2 weeks after publication|
|Travelplus||Magazine||China||$800 per 10 images.||2013||Stock sale||Street/Travel photos||Copyright retained by photographer.||10 images, 10 pages||Not covered||Payment received two weeks after publication. Photos delivered six months in advance.||2 weeks or less|
|Trax (Le magazine des musiques electroniques)||Magazine||20000 per year||France||0||2013||Stock sale||portraits and photo essay on full career of an artist||Photographer keeps copyright||6 pages||Not covered||the request precised they wanted photos free of right because the situation of the mag was "complicated" and that by giving my photos for free would be to support them.|
I didn't provide my photos.
|Trend magazine||Magazine||Vienna||350 euros||2012||Assignment work||portraits||No loss of rights||2||Not covered||no||Perfect editors, always answer emails.||1 month||good editors and good printed photos|
|Tribune's Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel||Newspaper||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida||50-75 per assignment||2012||Assignment work||Newspaper work||You basically allow them to syndicate your images without additional pay. The regualry share your images for free with competing area publications as well as all the other Tribune papers. I think the wording allows for a joint-copyright.||unlimited||Not covered||non||2 weeks or less|
|UNICEF||NGO||UK||£300 day rate||2015||Assignment work||Photojournalism||Total loss of rights and even have to ask for permission to use the images on your website||Not covered||The rates I can stomach given the nature of the organsaition but the total world wide rights grab is immoral||Up to 3 months|
|University of Notre Dame||Corporation||USA||0||2009||Unsolicited request for license to use a Flickr image of mine. They offered a byline only, but i asked for 10c per issue (would've worked out to about $300 for this alumni pamphlet). They declined.||photo||No loss of my rights||Not covered||For a university with an endowment the size of theirs, it's mind-boggling that they were trying to source images off of Flickr without any budget for compensating the artist.||n/a|
|Urban Outfitters||Corporation||USA||$250/half day||2014||Event||Photo essay||Able to keep copyright to photographs. Images for web-only use, additional usage (and fees + copyright) to be negotiated separately.||12 images used||Covered||Paid $.56/mile for travel, and covered equipment rental and film costs.||Surprisingly good company to shoot for. Images were circulated heavily on their social media platforms but name/info was always attached.||1 month|
|US Chess||Magazine||Chess Life||USA||$400 for cover, $25 additional image use||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographers retain rights||2||Covered||Covered travel expenses.||Up to 3 months||Paid a week or two after publication is published|
|Vanityfair.com||Website||USA||$2,000||2014||Assignment work||Street style Paris fashion week||Per Conde Nast contract, contributors relinquish all rights to photos, loss of right to resell.||Not covered||No transportation or accommodation expenses covered to Paris especially from flying from NYC.||Initially booked me for the whole month. Then gave me no notice that they only decided on Paris until it was too late for me to book another assignment during fashion month to cover expenses.||1 month||Still waiting on countersigned contract|
|Veranda Magazine||Magazine||495000||USA||$800 USD per day||ongoing up to 2010||Assignment work||Home products and interiors||Magazine retained all rights, yet also paid additional fees when designers or furniture manufacturers requested image usage||Covered||All expenses covered, mileage billed from .40 to .50 per mile||2 weeks or less||Very fast and consistent payment|
|Very Popular Woman's Fragrance & Apparel Company||Ad Department for company||World Wide||$12,000||2011||Stock sale||Image of flower blossoms||One year non-exclusive usage. I retain copyright.||Multiple uses: Web, print, Point of Sale||Not covered||I'm not listing the client's name as I still have a pending reuse of the same image and I don't want to spoil that in any way. The company I leased the image to is one that every one has heard of and they sell all sorts of women's accessories, clothing, perfume, to mention a few. The payment process was the worse part of this, as well as my contact who really cared less about whether or not I got paid. But I did want people to know there are clients out there who understand when an image has value and will pay for it. Photographers should never undervalue their work, but, as I can see on this site, there are many who do.||6 months|
|VG||Newspaper||210||Norway||Half day 210 USD, full day 415 USD||2012||Assignment work||News reporting, portraits etc||Resale by third party agency, photographers get 1/3 of sale||unlimited||Covered||Mileage covered, 0,7 USD per 10 kilometer||VG is paying less than many other Norwegian newspapers||1 month|
|Vi Menn||Magazine||Norway||usd 700||2014||Article||Photo essay||Photographer retains copyright||5 images||Not covered||Ignore previous post on this magazine, didn't put payment rate.||1 month|
|Vice||Website||UK||£100 per day||2014||Assignment work||Reportage||No copyright discussed, have used images in other articles but sent request to photographer.||13 images total||Covered||Covered travel costs plus film and processing||1 month|
|Vice||Website||UK / Int||£170||2014||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Keep copyright, though it can be a hindrance to get it published elsewhere as Vice is so widespread||10 picture gallery||Not covered||The only publication that would take an edgy story, very low rate considering the amount of work it was, but better than it going nowhere. I have a feeling they could be negotiated higher in other circumstances.||1 month||Bang on 30 days|
|Vice Magazine||Website||Europe||25 per assignment||2014||Assignment work||Editorial Portrait||not discussed, stopped conversation after this offer.||not discussed||Not covered||no mileage, no transport costs, no any expenses.||payment should have been for portrait shoot to be used in a interview done by the photographer/photojournalist himself. after asking if they were serious about the payment the contact stopped, never got an response to that.||irrelevant||no further notes, left me speechless|
|Vice MX||Website||México||$80 for publication||2012||Personal work||photo essay||Copyright to the photographer||16 images||Not covered||none||Freedom to propose final edit||2 weeks or less|
|VICE UK||Website||UK||£25 per image||2013||News Singles||Spot News Images||Photographer retains copyright||Not covered||Standard contracts specifying usage, payment, etc per sale aren't offered. Virtual agreements via email only.||Up to 3 months|
|Vision||Magazine||?||China||$200||2008||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Onetime use||6||Not covered||n/a||Really awful to deal with. Berated me for asking for money for the feature. Took many, many emails to finally get them to send money. |
They print and lay out photos very well, though. In most issues I've seen, there are many big names published. Maybe they deal more fairly with agencies and reps.
|2+ years||took repeated contact to get them to send to a Chinese bank account||x|
|Vogue.it||Website||Italy||£150 + credit||2010||Assignment work||Online gallery of 15 images||Copyright retained.||Not covered||Nothing covered.||Initial offer was £100 to take around 15 images of the backstage world of London Fashion Week for an online gallery on Vogue Italia's website. The brief was pretty broad - I could shoot at whatever shows I wanted and pick the theme myself. After a big of haggling they upped the offer to £150 including a credit on the gallery, but was told this is the most they pay. Who knows if this was the truth...||6+ months||Way too long even for a mag.|
|Volvo Spirit||Corporation||Belgium||€1000 day rate||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay||Didn't mention. I assumed I can't use the pictures for commercial purposes, retain copyright.||3 pages||Covered||Ansolutely everything covered. €250/day travel rate, all expenses covered aside of this rate.||Excellent communication. Spirit is the corporate magazine for Volvo Construction Equipment, and is distributed worldwide, translated to many languages.||1 month|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||New York||400 day rate||2010-current||Assignment work||Portraits, reportage etc.||Joint for published images||Covered||.49/ mile which is low.||The photo editors I think are under tight control. It's good to get work from them, pay for newspaper is okay but it's always been a problem getting paid on time with emails bouncing around to different editors, accounts payable depts and eventually blame usually falling on the fact that they outsource their payments to India. My last payment took nearly 90 days. |
Other than that - which is a big deal - I'd consider them one of the better folks to work for.
|Up to 3 months||Their payment system is outsourced which often leads to long wait times.|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||USA||400 day rate||2012||Assignment work||Portrait||They have a new contract that is a shared copyright. This is not a good contract. Whoever said their terms are fair I would have to argue with.||1||Not covered||They only pay mileage. And 49 cents a mile - which is NOT the standard rate. Good luck trying to get any other expenses covered.||It should be noted that sometimes they can be okay to work with. If it's an easy job and you have good information it can be just barely worth your time. |
More often than not they have expectations that are unreasonable (want a lit portrait but don't want to pay for light rental?) and don't pay enough for the headache. ($400 is not the best day rate! I don't know how you would stay in business unless you shot for them every day).
I have been sent to a location to a shoot without the story, and then was emailed the story in the middle of the shoot (while I cannot check email), and then have gotten criticized for not shooting to the story.
|Up to 3 months||You rarely (if ever) get paid on time. Tthe DOP doesn't seem to give a shit about paying the photogs on time, you only get paid when you borderlines harass the team to get paid.|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||2.1 million||Worldwide||400/day||2014||Assignment work||simple photo assignment||Photographer keeps copyright after 21 day embargo||not sure||Covered||.49 cents per mile. haven't had other expenses. One assignment was a pretty long day and they were fine letting me bill for lunch.||They have an online invoice system that is a bit clunky but worked ok. Getting paid the first time I did an assignment took a few weeks longer than the ones after that. The photo eds i've worked with have been helpful and respectful. It's a big place so sometimes hard to figure out Considering the pay double what NYT pays it's hard to complain. Not sure what the pervious post issue was but it certainly wasn't my experience.||1 month|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||NYC, USA||$650||2014||Assignment work||Photo essay, and b-roll clips, with one stand-up.||Website retained publishing rights for 21 days, then relinquished back to the photographer.||1 4x5 small print on cover, two 1/2 page images in section A, one 2:30 video edited.||Covered||All expenses covered by client.||An absolute pleasure to work with.||1 month||Invoicing was a bit tricky, they have to invite you to a system.|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||NYC||300 greater new york||Today||Assignment work||News photography||Around 20 day exclusive to paper||Covered||Mileage||For greater ny section||1 month|
|Wall Street Journal||Newspaper||USA||$400/Day rate||2013||Assignment work||Portrait||Non-exclusive||1||Covered||$.49/mile||WSJ pays the best day rates, their terms are fair.||1 month|
|Washington Post||Newspaper||lots||USA||$350||2014||Assignment work||1 day shoot||Rights in perpetuity for the Washington Post company, tried to get me to sign their standard contract which is handing over all rights, for a deal they have with Getty for distribution which photog gets a percentage. Willing to negotiate to omit Getty part but WP keeps future publish rights.||1 photo online and print (I think, though never saw print)||Covered||Writer arranged expneses||Decent to deal with, straight up about the deal and work hard to get the job done and properly. Would work with them again||2 weeks or less||Quick once invoices and US tax form submitted|
|Water Systems Operator (WSO) Magazine||Magazine||USA||$350||2014||Assignment work||Cover portrait, interiors of water plant, detail shots of equipment, candids of workers performing tasks around treatment plant||Magazine owns all rights to photos submitted||Covered||Mileage covered. Standard rate, $0.56/mile||1 month|
|Wedding||Wedding||Greece||1000€ / day||2013||Event||Wedding photography||All rigths reserved||Not covered||Car, 600km, 150€||Up to 3 months|
|Wegener Speciaal Media||Magazine||10000||Netherlands||€ 80 per photo||2011||Assignment work||Portrait||Joint-copyright||1||Not covered||nothing||Up to 3 months|
|Wilder Quarterly||Magazine||USA||200||2012||Assignment work||Photo Essay||joint-copyright||Covered||Nope||Emailed them numerous times since the shoot last August for my payment. They reply that I will get paid "next month" but I'm still waiting. It has been nearly 7 months since the shoot.||Still Waiting|
|William Paterson University||Magazine||Wayne, NJ, USA||0||2010||Stock sale||Portrait and Event photos||Loss of rights to photos, insulted, threatened with libel, and related parties were intimidated over phone and/or email.||2 pages, 2 images total, 1/4 page||Not covered||none||Photos were copied from me and used without consent by a student at William Paterson University. As a compromise for the theft of intellectual property, I spoke with the student and personally delivered invoices to the head of the publication's department, who should have known better since she apparently happened to be a professor of copyright law.|
When confronted, this person got very angry and upset, repeatedly refused to pay, denied any wrong-doing (repeatedly cited her status as an authority in copyright law, I assume to claim immunity from violating copyright), insulted my photography, intimidated the student who submitted the photos to the point of hysteria and tears via phone and / or email, and threatened me with libel in the form of featuring a negative story about my photography business in the school paper and school magazine.
The invoices are still unpaid to this day. They were probably discarded immediately.
To be fair, I was stupid and didn't register my copyrights quickly enough, and so legal counsel advised me to not pursue things any further. Additionally, I was concerned about the student, since I did not want his grades or concentration to suffer.
I realize this situation is very specific, so I probably won't stay anonymous for long, but holy cow was that a frustrating experience!
|unpaid||Refused to pay. Threatened me with libel in lieu of payment.|
|Wine Spectator||Magazine||397253||New York, USA||$175/image||2013||Stock sale||Interior||No contract.||1 image, 1/3 page||Not covered||1 month|
|Wired UK||Magazine||UK||£240 per image||2012||Assignment work||Still life||Conde naste wanted all copyright and the right to resell the images.||1||Not covered||Unbelievably demanding in terms of post production considering the low page rate. Not willing to negotiate on usage terms and insisted on all rights.||1 month|
|Wired.com (USA)||Website||17million +||San Francisco, Calif.||$500 USD / Day Rate||2015||Assignment work||Day Rate||rights-embargo / copyright is pretty grabby but you can negotiate on this when you sign a contract.||Online Only||Not covered||Not Covered if shoot is within driving distance||1 month|
|Wonderland Magazine||Magazine||London, UK||0||2013||Assignment work||Portrait of music artist||No discussion||Not covered||0||Wonderland asked me to shoot a job for them telling me there was no budget but that my work would be seen around the world. |
I declined. I'm not a student and I have a solid list of paying editorial clients. Plus that's a jackass move.
|Xinhua News Agency||News Agency - wire service||China||Day rate/assignment : 200$||2012||Assignment work||Spot News (General Strike)||Joint-copyright||5 images total||Not covered||2 weeks or less||x|
|Yellow Pages Canada||Publisher / Book||10000||Canada||$200||2014||Stock sale||Landscape of local landmark||Photographer maintains copyright||1 image||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|Yuen lui studios||Portrait house||West coast USA||United stated||10$ hr shifts 4-12 hrs||2012||School, sports, studio portraits||Portraits||Yuen lui retained all the rights to work related photos||Not covered||Older workers would refuse raises, because when the slow season came those who made the most were let go. Constant issues with quality control?||1 month||Owner would often check to see if any of our paychecks would bounce|
|Zero Hora||Newspaper||200||Brazil||$6 per hour.||2003 - present||Assignment work||photojournalism||Loss of rights||Not covered||50 miles per assignment, my car||Up to 3 months|
|JCK Magazine||Magazine||20k||NYC||Pre-pay via PayPal||2015||Stock sale||Travel Photo||Photographer retains all rights.||2 Images||Not covered||Immediate|
|EPA||News Agency - wire service||Ukraine||€ 30/per image||2015||Event||photo essay||No loss of rights||Not covered||1 month|
|California Sunday Magazine||Magazine||USA||$1,500||2015||Assignment work||Portrait, Interiors, editorial||Embargo 60 days.||Not covered||Fee includes all and any expenses.||1 month|
|Crains 5boros||Magazine||New York, NY, USA||$100 to license one image for print + $50 for web use||2015||Stock sale||Event||No loss of rights||1 full page image||Not covered||n/a||Easy and paid quickly! I set the rate so it's highly possible I could have asked for more and gotten it.||2 weeks or less|
|Time Out New York||Magazine||New York, NY, USA||$0||2015||Stock sale||event photo||Loss of rights||1 image||Not covered||n/a||Contacted me to use a photo in their print issue. I gave them my rate and was informed that Time Out does not pay for usage. I declined to provide the image for free.|
|Real Time with Bill Maher||TV show||TV broadcaster||Los Angeles, CA||$150 USD for one photo||2015||Stock sale||single photo||No rights grab, but included rights to use image when show is rebroadcast.||1 image total||Not covered||N/A||They wrote to ask about a specific photo being used to support a specific gag, offered a reasonable fee, and paid faster than almost anyone I've ever worked with.||2 weeks or less||Payed within 5 days (!)|
|Gentleman Magazine (Mexico)||Magazine||Mexico||250 euro||2015||Reprint of a feature||Portrait and interiors||No loss of rights.||3||Not covered||I was contacted by a freelance photo editor about purchasing my images for the magazine. The images ran but I never received payment.||NEVER PAID||10 months after the story was printed and my invoice was filed I still have not received payment or a response to my emails.|
|Me in My Place||Blog||USA||$300 per shoot||2013-2015||Assignment work||Lifestyle photo set||Shared copyright with blog||Not covered||Each photo set contains 120 - 200 images, outtakes and mass editing encouraged||1 month|
|Student.com||Corporation||UK||$1100 day rate||2015||Assignment work||Photo essay||Photographer rights-embargo for 5 years, free to use as a promotion/in portfolio||About 40 images||Not covered||2 weeks or less|
|Key Agent / Audio Agent||Property marketing company/estate agent||UK||£30 per house||2015||Assignment work||Interiors and exteriors||Unspecified.||20 images||Not covered||Photographs of houses. Varying in size from small to very large, valued anywhere from £50k up to in excess of £1million. There is no alteration on rate dependant on size. The company then re charges the fee to the owners of the house via estate agents, taking a mark up. This mark up can typically be anywhere from 4 up to 25 times what the photographer is paid, although in most cases it is around the 7-10 times mark. It is not known what the split of this mark up is between the estate agent and the marketing company.|
Probably unwise to comment in too much detail on working conditions/ management culture, however it is not pleasant, and working hours are excessive (60+ hours per week).
|Up to 3 months|
|Houston Chronicle Neighborhood||Newspaper||Houston||$75||2014||Assignment work||all - portraits, entire sports games||added a work-for-hire clause and removed a photo credit clause||Not covered||none||1 month|
|WIllamette Week||Newspaper||Portland, OR USA||$50||2014||Assignment work||Street Fashion, event, photo essay||Photographer maintains rights.||1||Not covered||1 month|
|The New Asterisk||Magazine||San Feancisco, CA, USA||$175||2015||Reprint of a feature||Art/Project Feature||Photographer maintains rights||4 pages||Not covered||1 month|
|Jezebel Magazine||Magazine||100,000||Atlanta, GA, USA||$75 for 2hrs shoot||2013||Event||Socials, event||Embargo during publication||2 images, 1/4 page||Not covered||1 month|
|Blue Sky Agency||Advertising Agency||Atlanta, GA, USA||500||2014||Assignment work||Corporate head shots and environments||Limited usage licensed.||Web and print, unspecified||Not covered||1 month|
|National Geographic Traveller (UK)||Magazine||UK||£500||2015||Assignment work||Travel Reportage||Copyright retained.||Not covered||Offered £50 towards flight.||This was a job offer that I turned down. After doing the maths I would have struggled to break even. Working for this magazine would only be possible for an assignment in my home city, where I can sleep in my own bed and use my own kitchen every night.||I turned down the job|
|El Nuevo Día||Newspaper||200,000||Puerto Rico||$100, 4 hours or less. $200 more than 4 hours of work.||Current year.||Assignment work||Assignment.||Loss of rights to photos.||Any.||Not covered||No.||Hours of work only cover shooting time, editing time is not considered.||1 month|
|BlackBook||Magazine||USA||$300 per image||2012||Portrait||No loss of copywrite.||1 image||Not covered||Never paid me. BlackBook contacted me about publishing a portrait of talent I had taken earlier that year (it was part of a fine art portrait series I created They wanted to purchase a reprinting to accompany a feature spread on that artist. I happily agreed and sent the image along, high res. At that time I was newer to selling work and didn't ask for a contract first. MY BAD! LESSON LEARNED! They promised to pay me and send a copy of the magazine the mail. All correspondance was ignored after they received my image. Emailed multiple contacts at BlackBook following up on the agreed upon purcahse. Glad they are no longer. Crooks.||Never paid|
|Austin American-Statesman||Newspaper||129,519 daily; 183,685 Sunday||USA||$100 per assignment, $125-$150 if some travel is required||2015||Assignment work||Editorial||3 day embargo, unlimited rights for future publication, shooter retain copyright.||Not covered||Mileage rate: IOf the assignment is a good deal out of the area then $25-$50 is added to the assignment.||Good client.||2 weeks or less|
|Living Local / Like Media USA||Magazine||United States||$25||2015||Assignment work||interiors||joint||Not covered||Assignments ran about 30 mins, shooting businesses for articles and adverts. They pay a $25 flat fee and ask for a selection of images from the assignment. They use between 2-5 of those usually in the article or ad. They will also re-use the photos for an undetermined amount of time, with only paying the one $25 fee. They also pay $100 for a cover photo. Not worth it, at all.||1 month|
|Myseum||NGO||Toronto, Canada||$ per image||2016||Stock sale||Street photography||joint-coyright||10||Not covered||None||Up to 3 months|
|Aizen Digital||London, UK||£100 day||2016||Event||event||n/a||Not covered||n/a||http://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjob?jk=9c86e58a092f2065&q=Photography&l=London&tk=1a9he37dq1pvib7a&from=ja&alid=e735b98062000f7d&utm_source=jobseeker_emails&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=job_alerts|
|Causeur Magazine||Magazine||France||650€||2015||Assignment work||Assignment||Copyrights retained for one month||4 pages, 80€ per photo||Covered||90€ for accommodation, flight and fixer abroad for a week assignment, no post-prod work-captions, introduction and articles covered (35h total)||1 month||Payment on time|
|Positiiv Photo Mag||Magazine||Tallinn||0€||2015||Reprint of a feature||Interview + photo essay||No losses of copyright||6 pages, 7 photos||Not covered||Promotion||None|
|The Dissident||Website||France||0€||2015||Reprint of a feature||Reportage||None||3||Not covered||Good editor and journalists||none|
|test||Magazine||usa||10||2015||Assignment work||photo||yuiyuiyi||Covered||1 month|
|test||Magazine||usa||10||2015||Assignment work||photo||yuiyuiyi||Covered||1 month|
|Monocle||Magazine||London/UK||£300 per day||2016||Assignment work||Interiors & exteriors||8 months embargo, photographer retain the copyright||Covered||2 weeks or less|
|M Le Monde||Magazine||Paris/France||€400 per day||2015||Assignment work||Travel||No agreement||Covered||Up to 3 months|
|Al Jazeera English||Website||Qatar||$350 per feature||2016||Reprint of a feature||Photo essay||Photographer retain the copyright||Not covered||Up to 3 months|
|House Simple||Property Agents||UK||£50 per property||2016||Property||Property||None discussed,.||Variable.||Not covered||No coverage for the first 50 miles, after that £0.33 a mile.||Floor plans are expected in the rates, typical time to do all the work excluding time spent travelling can be 4 to 6 hours.|
Some days (where travel is included to a single client) can equal 12+ hours for these rates.
|Vivienne Westwood Limited||British fashion designer||Great Britain||0||2016||Stock sale||Landscape||They ask me to give them all rights forever (in their original or edited form in any media worldwide for any and all purposes), plus release them from all claims relating to the use of the image. All for free.||Not covered||I kindly suggested to modify the licence, they never replied back.||They asked me the photo for free.|
|Lufthansa InFlight||Magazine||Germany||€450/day plus €150 post||2016||Assignment work||Photo Essay||Perpetual unlimited rights across all media except advertising. No loss of copyright, no 3rd party sales or distribution, 60 days embargo||Covered||easy to work with||1 month|
|John Brown Magazines||Magazine||UK||£280/image||2016||Assignment work||Portrait||Photographer keeps full copyright, one time usage, printed publication, 60 day embargo||One image||Not covered||Free creative control||1 month|
|telegraph saturday magazine||Magazine||UK||£200 day rate||2016||Assignment work||Portrait/details||Photographer retains||2||Covered||Mileage, 40p a mile||2 weeks or less|
|PORT magazine||Magazine||London||£600 (promised - never paid)||2015||Assignment work||Advertorial||single usage||4 pages, 3 images||Not covered||was not covered||BAD CLIENT! |
It seems like a general attitude or trick as I heard same problem from most of the other photographers for this publication.
|NEVER||Even after one year of numerous approaches and various contact people - no feedback at all|
|i Newspaper (the Independant)||Newspaper||300,000||UK||£50 for 1 image||2016||Event||Charity Event||No loss of rights to photos||1 page, 1 image||Not covered||Up to 3 months||hard to communicate with and find the right person to talk to|
|Pure Green Magazine||Magazine||?||Canada||0||2015||Reprint of a feature||Photo Essay||Not discussed||6||Not covered||Bad communication, want photos for "exposure". No one I know has heard of this magazine.||No compensation||Seems like the staff don't know what they're doing. Extremely unorganized|
|NEON||Magazine||Germany||150 € for 1/2 Day + 50 € digital fee||2016||Assignment work||Portrait (took me about half an hour)||Photographer keeps copyright||Covered||0,30 € / KM||1 month|
|Hot Press Magazine||Magazine||19215||Ireland||€60||2014||Event||Full Day music coverage of Festival||Weren't clear, no contracts||Not covered||Did not get paid on numerous previous assignments||Up to 3 months||Took the full three months|
|Gare de l'est||Magazine||France||100 EUR||2016||Assignment work||Series of portraits||All copyrights retains by photographer||7 spreads||Not covered||6 months||After receiving photos, they stopped any communication and renewed it in 6 months later with payment.|
|Travel + Leisure||Magazine||USA||$500/day||2016||Assignment work||photo essay||photographer keeps copyright and resale rights||3 pages||Covered||all expenses reimbursed||Up to 3 months||no disputes|
|New Yorker Photo Booth||Website||USA||$500||2016||Assignment work||Photo essay||Photographer keeps copyright|
|gallery of 10 images||Not covered||No. Flat fee||1 month|
|Accelerate America/Shecco Inc.||Magazine||New York, USA||750||2016||Assignment work||Cover Portrait, quick shots of facilities||No loss of copyright (though I probably won't use the photos again anyways), editorial usage across all jointly owned magazines internationally except for advertising or commercial purposes.||Cover + 4 pages||Not covered||Local job, milage factored into assignment rate.||2 weeks or less||Super quick and easy. Direct wire transfer from Belgium office.|
|Friking Design B.V.||Corporation||Netherlands, Europe||0||2016||Assignment work||Portrait/Fashion||-||60 images total||Not covered||I strongly suggest you do not work with/for this company!|
The quote was agreed upon beforehand but the company never paid.
Upon inquiry I either was lied to or blatantly insulted.
|Never paid||Client never paid the agreed upon rate|
|Newzulu||News Agency - wire service||France||0||2016||Stock sale||Visual journalism||joint-copyright||Not covered||$0 for all||Someone from the service might reach out to you to recruit you as a freelance photo or video journalist. They will essentially harass you in the hopes of having you seek to create sensationalist work or despair porn for their site. When you do create something they are interested in and they make a sale it appears that the money doesn't even end up in your account. I would recommend avoiding this outlet.||not paid||They say that it takes about 3 months to show up after they have made a sale of your work. I am still waiting to see any payment and it has been over 4 months|
|LUZ Photo||Content Creator for Corporatins||Italy||€1200, two days shooting||2016||Assignment work||Reportage||Retained Copyright||Not covered||Details regarding payment were not fully disclosed in contract and initial discussions. My fault for not asking more questions first. Contact with the agency has been sporadic since the original person that contacted me has left the agency.||+90 Business Days||Payment is contingent on reportage being published by LUZ's client. Then the countdown to 90 days begins.|
|consequence of sound||Website||chicago||$100 flat||2016||Assignment work||festival coverage||full usage||Not covered||6-8 weeks, going on 9 with no payment||first assigned task with pay|
|Times-Herald Record||Newspaper||80,000||Middletown, NY USA||$100 per assignment||2016||Assignment work||photo essay||photographer keeps rights after 30 days||Not covered||1 month|
|Society||Magazine||France||€800 for cover + €400 for full page||2016||Stock sale||Portrait||One time use. I kept copyright.||2||Not covered||They bought two portraits of a public figure I had on my website, one for use on cover and another one as full page inside. I had no expences.||1 month|
|Turner Broadcasting System||Corporation||USA||$2,400||2016||Assignment work||Two day assignment shooting local city features, another day covering an MLB game||Full copyright buyout.||Not covered||Parking covered||Still waiting...||They seem a little disorganized over there. I know I will get paid. I just will have to be the one to keep after them.|
|Xoxo||Magazine||Turkey||160USD||2016||Assignment work||Portrait, interiors||No loss of rights||4 pages, 4 images total||Not covered||Not covered||I highly recommend not to work with Xoxo The Mag. |
Assignment happened in July and they promised to pay 200USD in October.
I had to chase them for two months, I constantly e-mailed them and the editor would just ignore my e-mails or she would answer back saying that there was a delay with the accounting dept, no more information.
I later found out about someone else who worked for them in Turkey who never get paid, thus in my last contact I mentioned a lawyer and finally in December I managed to get paid 160USD.
|5 months||Payment arrived 2 months later and they paid 40USD less than promised.|
|Conde Nast Traveller China||Magazine||China||$2,000||2016||Assignment work||Travel photography||12 months of loss of rights then available to re-sell as stock.||16 pages||Covered||All expenses including flights, accomodation and food.||Up to 1 year|
|Business Punk||Magazine||Germany||800 Euros||2016||Assignment work||Portrait series||Joint copyright||Not covered||Not Covered||Underpaid me by 50 Euros for an assignment then claimed to be ‘surprised by the difference’ as it was a bank charge, ‘which is independent to our company.’ |
The magazine regularly works on foreign features so must see this as acceptable practice. Their final email said “ Please be careful with the calculation of your next professional fee. Smiley face.” But they never warned that this was their standard approach.
Be warned - if you’re an international contributor, your rate is automatically 50 Euros less than what you’re quoting.
Very slow at communication. Often receive automated emails stating their out of the office, on vacation and email will not be received.
|Up to 3 months||Shortchanged 50 Euros|
|Consequence of Sound||Website||Chicago, United States||$100 for 2 day festival||2016||Event||Photo gallery for editorial||Photographer keeps rights, no contracts||10 displayed photos plus 133 photo gallery||Not covered||4 months||Expected payment for 6-8 weeks, took 4 months|
|Bloomberg Businessweek||Magazine||USA||850 Day Rate; 200 for Assistant||2016||Assignment work||Still Life||Photographer keeps copyright||1||Covered||1 month||Submit an estimate with additional expenses, like lighting rentals|
|Liberation||Newspaper||France||$1,149.75||2016||Assignment work||photo essay||rights||Not covered||transport, parking.||114 days for first assignment and 70 days for second assignment|
|Edible||Website||New York USA||$274||2016||Event||Photo Essay||Copyright held for photographer. Unrestricted use by Edible Holdings for Print & Web. Able to sell & relicense to vendors of the event (however, most vendors just referenced online edible links for social media purposes when asking about obtaining images and learning about a licensing fee.)||Not covered||No transport/mileage.|
Able to eat food and drink from vendors on site as part of guests.
|2-3 Hours of event coverage.|
Photographer supplies images with personal edits.
Also required written 150 word article with links for online publication.
|American Motorcyclist||Magazine||United States||500 half day rate||2016||Assignment work||Portrait||Publication has full reproduction rights, exclusive for one year. Asked for 10-15 frames. They allowed me to sell use of an image they did not use in the publication to someone else later on.||Cover and full page inside||Not covered||50 cents a mile if it isn't driving distance, but this was nearby so it wasn't covered||Really nice people to work with. Sent a batch of magazines my way within a month. Design of the magazine could use some work.||2 weeks or less||No payment up front|
|Yahoo! Style||Website||United States||500 for 1 image||2017||Assignment work||Portrait||Retains joint copyright||Not covered||Amazingly pleasant to deal with, payment terms are within 15 days but I received my payment in about 7 days.||2 weeks or less|
|Montreal Home Magazine||Magazine||Canada||250$ half day||2010||Assignment work||Interior design photos||Copyright wasn't discused||15||Not covered||Nothing covered||I don't suggest you work for this company, either Montreal Home mag, Toronto Home mag, or Vancouver Home mag.|
The owner is constantly looking for a better price, and she will make you work twice as much as agreed upon. She even had me run errands with her while on the assignment.
And of course, she constantly delayed payment. Not interesting to work with.
|Up to 3 months||Took forever to recover payment, and editor would constantly try to get a better price|
|Dobrye Sovety||Magazine||Cover||Ukraine||$20||2016||Assignment work||Portrait (Cover)||no copyright loss||Cover + one spread inside||Not covered||half day assigment||1 month|