Many photographers ardently attempt to prevent others from using their images. That is not my philosophy towards photography. I began taking photos with the purpose of sharing them with others, and my goal always has been to make as many people happy through my Disney photos as possible.
This is precisely why I stopped watermarking my photos. While the unfortunate result of that is that it means a lot of unscrupulous websites steal them and try to pass them off as their own, on the plus side, at least more people are seeing them, right?! (Silver linings and all that!)
In any case, I welcome and encourage others to download my photos for their personal use, to share my photos on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, or on their non-commercial blogs or websites. There is no charge for such usage and you do not need prior approval from me. In fact, I would like to thank you if you share my photos!
With that said, I do have a couple of requirements and limitations:
Free use of these photos is limited to non-commercial usage. Non-commercial can be a somewhat vague term online, but generally, if you’re not using the images to further a business purpose, I view your use as non-commercial. Having a personal blog with an ad or two to cover the costs of hosting is not commercial.
Requirements for non-commercial usage:
- Hyperlink to www.DisneyTouristBlog.com
- Give credit to Tom Bricker as photographer
In some cases, following these “requirements” isn’t practicable or possible. If not possible to fulfill these requirements (such as when sharing on social media sites), just do your best to comply with the spirit of the requirements. No one is going to “come after” you for sharing photos of mine with your friends.
If you’re a staff writer for a major blog, newspaper, or internet publication that has significant revenue, you’re commercial. If you’re a travel agency, you’re commercial. In which case, see below.
Photography equipment is expensive. Photography knowledge and skills similarly require significant time and dedication to acquire and master. Given this, it only seems appropriate that if you’d like to use my images to promote your business or commercial endeavor, you will incur a licensing fee for such use.
Licensing prices are determined by a myriad of factors, including type of media, distribution size, length of use, intended use, and prominence. Licensing fees are competitive and are used only as a way to offset some of the significant costs associated with creating the photos.
Along these same lines, if you have a subject you’d like photographed, I am available for commissioned shoots. Sorry, but I don’t do weddings.
For a price quote as to licensing fees or commissioned shoots, please contact me via email (tom@ this website’s URL).