One of the other things that I have been doing with my time recently is putting my photographs on a site called Picfair. Their tag line is “your pictures are valuable”, so I now have 461 photographs on there and more will follow. It is a stock site but it is not aimed at the out and out commercial buyer; there are many other reasons why people want images such as for personal or company blogs, publications, backgrounds for web pages, promotional materials but not for advertising such as billboards or pop-up adverts, or for incorporating into logos or merchandise. They have one licence for all and are open to amateurs and professionals alike. The way it works is that you join, put up your pictures, say how much you want for the licence which is on a royalty free basis, the buyer pays a bit on top of that and that is Picfairs way of making their money. You can charge anything from £1 to £1000 for the use of your images – your choice (although, there are not many at the higher end – most people charge between £3 and £30)
The site has a friendly feel to it and Benji Lanyado, the Founder and C.E.O. awards “Stars” to the photographs that he likes. These starred photographs gain extra prominence as you can specifically search for “starred” images. My last upload was awarded 17 stars and here are the images that Benji particularly liked:-
Impressionist style photograph of Saint Catherine’s Chapel through the mist with Chesil beach in the background.
Old posts standing resolutely strong against the wind and tide under a silver sky.
The Sea out of context.
Waterfall at Watersmeet, near Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon, England.
Exmoor pony grazing in a fiels in Exmoor, England.
Teasel Sihouette at Sunset.
Typical street scene in Arles, Provence with an old Restaurant, given a paint effect.
Bamburgh Castle across the sands of Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland.
The beautiful island of Eigg, one of the Western isles of Scotland in silhouette. Photograph given watercolor treatment.
Eilean Donan Castle in the blue hour Contre-jour after sunset. Originally taken on Fuji Velvia slide film and converted to digital. Seen from the Loch Duich side with Loch Alsh in the distance.
Tree lined stream recorded in infra-red in spring time and given a sepia type tone.
Tree-lined pathway in monochrome from infra-red recording. Location – near Bossington, Somerset, England.
Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria. Portrait format.
Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria.
Arthur – a listed building on Goonhilly downs, Cornwall, England. Arthur was built to track the Satellite Telstar and took part in the first live trans-atlantic television transmission.
Sunflower lit from behind.
Sunflower basking in the sun
These images, and all of my other photographs – many of which were also starred on previous uploads, can be found at:-