Use of Royalty-Free Photos, Video and Audio

Royalty-free photo, audio, video discussion

Royalty-free music, audio, video and photo files are an integral part of hybrid photography.

Hybrid photography is a combination of still photos, video, and audio (music, sound effects, or the spoken word). It is critical when using any sound and photos/video, that one has the rights to use them. Thus, today’s topic of Roalty-Free.

Photographers today earn their living by selling the rights to their images. Whether it is a portrait print (not to be scanned and distributed) or a digital file, a user must have permission and rights to use the image before it can be used. Stock agencies have excellent systems set up to make royalty-free purchases online. You can buy rights to photos, videos, illustrations, etc. I am listed with several stock agencies – iStock, Dreamstime, Alamy, and several others. Royalty-free music and sound effects are also offered by online agencies. My favorite is Premium Beat.

Be sure to download and read the royalty-free rights you are purchasing. Keep the documents in a handy place because you may need it to prove your rights to use the digital files. For example, on several occasions with YouTube recently, my rights to use music have been challenged. When I can easily go back to the royalty-free release, copy and paste the important information to defend the dispute on YouTube, that makes life easier.

This week I was challenged again on some Chinese music that I purchased in 2009. There were three copyright holders on the music. Two have released the music for me to use, one did not. Rather than spend significant research time and effort locating the purchase document, I chose to take the hybrid photography project off YouTube, made it a simple video with no sound, and re-uploaded it to YouTube. I don’t know if this little project is worth any more effort, so I may just let it go now, and be more diligent on future projects.

Here’s a link to The Tao of Tea SILENT.

What is fusion photography?

Fusion Photography Defined

What is fusion photography? It is the combination of still photos, short videos, and audio (otherwise known as P+V+A [photo+video+audio]) into one digital video file called an eProduct. It can live on YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia or even on your own website or in your outgoing emails. Here’s the link to my Business Photography Solutions eCard that goes out under all my emails.

A fusion photography eProduct is designed to tell a short story to communicate an idea, present your business expertise, promote your business, deliver a holiday message, serve as an invitation, deliver a significant event pictorial, share vacation highlights. They help you connect with your audience in a very real and personal way. The uses are limited only by your imagination and every product is unique. There will be no others like it anywhere!

View a sample here. We can also create your family portrait eProduct on location in Southern California. Check out our Vayable.com experience in Laguna Beach or Anaheim, California.

There are many components to create a satisfactory finished eProduct. It starts with professional photography – #noselfieshere. It is important to capture the best images for use in the final video production.

Sound is a MAJOR component in your effort. It includes voice/environmental sound, voice over, and/or music. Poor sound can ruin the eProduct. Royalty-free music can be purchased to include in your video which can really add depth and interest to the eProduct.

There are copyright issues to be considered for the photography, video, and music. We honor music and photography copyrights in all of our productions so that our clients can use the eProducts without worry or concern about infringements.

Fusion photography requires an investment for the professional in education and equipment, in addition to good photography equipment and skills. It is well worth the investment because we create unique and individual works of art.

Why is fusion photography important in today’s electronic social environment?

  • Consumers who view a video profile are at least 30% more likely to visit your business and make a purchase
  • Consumers are at least 4 times more likely to engage with your business when video is available on your website
  • Video increases the incidence of a purchase by 24%
  • Video increases the chance of a Google first page search result by 53 times

*Statistics from Forester Research, Kelsey Group & Comscore

This is an exciting new product. Be the first to show it to your friends. Ask how we can create an eProduct designed exclusively for you.

We have moved to our new Tustin photography studio!

We are pleased to announce our move into larger photography studio space in Tustin. While we enjoyed our small studio and prospered at our Enderle Center location for more than a year, we needed more space and more sound control.

Why sound control? After all, JDP Photography have built our reputation on still photography and sound shouldn’t matter, right?

Over the last couple of months, you may have seen sneak peeks at our PVA products. That is, photo + video + audio. With the technology readily available, it took just a little more education to bring some new products to market. You will be seeing more of these PVA products in the coming months and we hope you will find them as exciting as we do. We are designing them for business, families, and fun!

Here is our (well, it’s really mine!) eBusinessCard.

Here is The Pied Piper of Victoria Beach.

We like our photography studio located in Tustin because it is the center of Orange County.

Our new photography studio is easily accessible from several freeways, the Tustin Metrolink Station and the 261 toll road. Construction is underway by our new office to connect Tustin Ranch Road into The District.

When you come to visit us, look for this entrance –

JDP Photography Studio in Tustin

JDP Photography Studio

We offer executive portraiture, photography for annual reports and corporate events. We create images for websites and brochures, and deliver our digital files electronically for cost-effectiveness and quick turnaround. We like to work with you and your brand designer to deliver a unique and powerful message because you know, good photography is more than just a shot in the dark!