Explanation of various terms
1. Max file size
Since we offer images in both TIFF and JPEG format the exact size of a compressed or an uncompressed image is displayed at the preview of each image. Any image has the same size and resolution in both formats, which is sufficient even for the most demanding use, including large billboards or highest quality print on coated art paper used for illustrated books.
The average size of 16-bit TIFF format is about 120 MB and 11 MB in case of JPEG format.
Lossless format TIFF with 16-bit color depth is suitable for high-quality print with high demands on the final product. JPEG is, due to the relatively small amount of data, very popular for web and electronic use, however, it is not suitable when multiple editing is required. Despite this fact, our JPEG images can be used for printing as they are characterized by low compression and maximum quality.
Each image is composed of a certain number of picture elements known as pixels. The larger the image size and the higher resolution, the higher number of pixels while the details of the image become finer.
Dimensions of any images are given in pixels and the resolution in ppi (pixel per inch) or dpi (dot per inch). We show the resolution for our images in dpi, because it is commonplace for printers to work with dots rather than pixels.
Images with 72 dpi resolution, termed as low-resolution, are appropriate for any website and online usage or multimedia presentation.
High-resolution images with 300 dpi are ideal for editorial or advertising print and also for high-quality or large-format publishing.
2. Color space
Color space is pre-defined set of colors, which the devices such as monitors, digital cameras, scanners or printers are able to catch, display or reproduce. The term applied to a range of colors in color space is gamut. The color profile (or ICC profile) is assigned to each color space and both have mostly the same name.
Images with sRGB profile are commonly used because most of the web browsers can easily and quickly display them. Despite of this fact, this profile is not suitable for print use because of the smaller gamut.
Having considered this fact, our full-sized photographs have AdobeRGB profile assigned to them, which represents a wider range of colors. Based on that the AdobeRGB profile can display most of the colors of CMYK model. That’s why almost all printable colors can be reproduced and edited on Adobe RGB monitor.
All of our comp images have sRGB profile assigned to them because they are displayed on the web browsers. That’s why the client has to be aware of the fact that the color saturation of a dowloaded full-sized photographs may look, at first glance, lower due to the assigned AdobeRGB profile.
3. Model release
Model Release (MR) is a legal release, which is a written and signed agreement between the photographer and the photographed person, in which such person gives permission to the photographer to use or publish the image under certain conditions. If you plan on using an image for any commercial purposes (any advertising, promotional, marketing or merchandising use) where the person in the image is recognizable, meaning, if the face or a feature of any person is identifiable, you will need a signed Model Release from that person. If the image does not feature any people, or the depicted individuals or people are not recognizable in the image, you do not need a MR for commercial use.
When using such image for editorial use, MR is usually not required if the intended context of use is not considered as sensitive, controversial or defamatory or unless you do not plan on using the image in a sensitive, controversial or defamatory manner. It is therefore important to consult each case individually with a lawyer.
4. Property release
Property Release (PR) is a legal release, which is a written and a signed agreement between the photographer and the owner of the photographed property, in which the owner gives permission to the photographer to use or publish the image under certain conditions. If you plan on using an image for any commercial purposes (any advertising, promotional, marketing, advertorial or merchandising use), and the image contains clearly identifiable private buildings or other private property (e.g., pets, cars, or works of art), you will need a signed Property Release from the owner. If the image does not feature any building, brands, trademarks, works of art or any of the featured buildings/properties are not recognizable in the image, you do not need a PR for commercial use.
You do not need a PR when using an image showing public property or government or court buildings. It must be mentioned that there are also certain restrictions about using images of military or nuclear installations/objects/sites for security reasons. When using such image for editorial use, PR is usually not required, although it may be necessary to obtain a permission in some cases. For example, any images featuring works of art, which are still in copyright, might require additional 3rd party permissions for editorial use. It is therefore important to consult each case individually with a lawyer.
Here is a list of properties, which require a PR. This is only a partial list with the aim of showing you the most common examples where the property release is necessary to obtain.
Places, landmarks, buildings:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Grand Central Terminal, New York City
Rado City Music Hall, New York City
The 9/11 Memorial at former World Trade Center, New York City
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City (and multiple Guggenheim locations in Las Vegas, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin)
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
Hollywwod Walk of Fame, Los Angeles
Beverly Hills Shield & Sign, Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier Sign
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland
San Diego Zoo
Las Vegas Hotels
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco
The Atomium, Brussels
Maneken Pis, Brussels
The Louvre & IM Pei’s Pyramid, Paris
The Gherkin, London
Buckingham Palace, London
Sagrada Família, Barcelona (and other Antoni Gaudi Architecture)
Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest Stadium)
Terracotta Warriors, China
Uluru, Ayer’s Rock
Sydney Opera House
The statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Following places, landmarks & buildings have to meet these specific requirements:
- images where a building is a part of the cityscape, while not the primary object, are allowed for commercial use
- images of isolated buildings are not allowed for commercial use:
Empire State Building, New York City
Flatiron Building, New York City
Chrysler Building, New York City
Rockefeller Center, New York City
New York Stock Exchange, New York City
Wilis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Chicago
London Eye Millennium Wheel
The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Taipei 101 building
- daytime shots are permitted for commercial use
- night shots/night scenes or lighting design are not allowed for commercial use, the lighting is subject to copyright laws:
Eiffel Tower, Paris
- interior images of the Colosseum are not allowed for commercial use
- exterior images are allowed for commercial use:
The Colosseum, Rome
Objects, symbols, brands, trademarks, logos, events:
Rolls Royce (car, logo, hood ornament)
Porsche Car (car and logo)
TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse)
Olympics (logo and torch)
Major league sports
It is worth considering a PR even in the case of Zoos, Galleries, Museums, Theme Parks, Aquariums, or any recognizable private properties where the property is the main focus/subject of the image, etc.
The bottomline is that it is your responsibility to determine whether it is necessary to obtain such releases or whether such releases are needed in connection with your intended use of the image.
In the Item details section of the Large Preview window, you will find all information regarding the model and property releases.
5. Vector format
In the bitmap graphics, all images are defined by base picture elements known as pixels, which are arranged into a rectangular grid. Given that a bitmap image such as a photograph can not be scaled up without loosing quality. It follows that the bigger the image, the bigger the size.
In contrast, a vector image is composed of primitive objects such as points, lines, curves or shapes, which are based on vectors.
Vector files are resolution-independent, which means that they can be scaled up to any size without any quality loss or that any editing process does not downgrade the photograph in any way.
Our vector files are provided in .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format and can be opened in most raster graphics editors such as Adobe Photoshop. If you wish to edit these files, it is recommended to use applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
Vector images are suitable for creating logos, charts or drawings with simple color gradients.
6. Explanation of icons
ADD TO CART
Click on or tap this icon to add the selected image to your shopping cart.
Click on or tap this icon to set the license fee for the image. Select the usage, specific use, territory, duration and other criteria that match your needs to calculate the final price.
ADD TO LIGHTBOX
Click on or tap this icon to add the selected image to Lightbox. You can choose the existing category or create a new one. You can name the category anything you like, either with your client’s name or according to your other preferences.
Click on or tap this icon to open Large Preview of the image which makes it easy to view the selected image. Moreover, you can get more detailed information about the image.
Click on or tap this icon to remove the image from your Lightbox.