Thursday, April 10, 2008

Freerange Stock is to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use

What Company Is Offering:
Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. They feel that free stock photos can be good photos. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community - photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.

Images on the site are either shot by Freerange Stock, drawn from Freerange archives, or contributed by a talented community of photographers.

How It Works:
Each contributed photo is evaluated by a reviewer for its usefulness as a stock photo. Since this is not a personal photo sharing site, family photo snapshots generally don't qualify as good stock. They ask that images be around 2400 x 1600 pixels and under 1.5 megs in file size, though there may be some flexibility in these areas.
Images of people will need to be model released, which means you would need ot have on hand a completed model release document from people who appear in your submitted images.
Images provided directly (in-house) by Freerange Stock originate one of two ways. They are either digitally photographed on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution (4000 dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide.

Once the image is acquired, the photo is sharpened, color corrected, cropped and keyworded. Some images are manipulated in Photoshop to make them more effective. Then the original is archived and a 2400x1600 version is optimized and output, then posted on the live site.

They put a lot of work into each image - they feel it's worth it to make the images as appealing as possible. Thousands of images don't make the cut - this makes the collection smaller, but more useful.

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