Frequently asked questions
Which types of license does robertharding offer to customersAt robertharding we categorise images during the submission edit as either Rights Managed (RM) or Royalty Free (RF), get a full explanation of these license
Does robertharding accept images/footage shot with a drone?Short answer Yes, these are still subject to having and providing to us any required model/property releases for commercial use. However there are legalities to be aware of when flying a drone to capture stills and video for commercial use, these will differ on a country-by-country basis, for most countries you must be a qualified UAV pilot, have a licence, insurance and permission to fly/photograph over land, property and people, it is the responsibility of the photographer to have the required documents before shooting, we expect you to have full knowledge of where you can and cannot fly and may also request eyesight of any documentation before accepting the submitted work.
Does robertharding accept photography shot on a mobile phone?Oh Yes. robertharding can accept images shot on mobile phone cameras from 8-megapixel and above for our royalty free collection.
Does robertharding accept footage clips?Yes. robertharding entered the clip sales market some years ago by acquiring an independent specialist agency, since then we have been expanding that collection to cover our core subjects (Travel, Culture, Nature & Environment), if you'd like to make money from your clips get in touch to discuss delivery options.
What image formats can I submit?We accept photographs shot with professional quality dslr or mirrorless cameras with a minimum of 12 mega-pixel sensors and pro lenses. We do not accept images shot using digital compact or bridge cameras. See our photograph submission and upload guidelines.
If robertharding decide to represent my work, must I sign a contract?A contract benefits and protects both parties by clearly describing our respective obligations and responsibilities. By registering on this site you are digitally accepting our representation contract. Our minimum contract length is five years. Under the terms of our contract, robertharding represents your images and photographs and negotiates the licensing of reproduction rights to them.
Does the robertharding representation contract require exclusivity?Our contract calls for exclusivity only in representing the images and video you choose to submit and which we subsequently accept. In other words, we represent our photographer's work, not the photographers themselves. If you are accepted at robertharding, you may still establish or maintain relationships with other picture agencies provided that you don't submit images to them that are sisters or similar to those robertharding has accepted. Complete details will be provided to you if we offer you a contract.
What percentage of sales do contributing photographers receive and how often are they paid ?The contributing photographers standard commission is 30% of the net revenue received by robertharding, be that direct from a customer or through a Channel Partner. Photographic contributors are paid quarterly (approximately every 90 days), and sales payment cheques come with a computer printout detailing each sale made. If you are UK VAT registered, we'll send monthly sales statements, but you must send us an invoice for our records before we can issue a cheque.
How are my images marketed?robertharding market your work globally through our own e-commerce website and those of a wide range of International Channel Partners.
If I become a Contributor, when can I expect to start seeing sales?Anyone with experience in the highly-competitive stock photography industry will tell you that it takes a minimum of one to two years after signing with a stock photo agency before you can expect to see significant results and regular income. Here's why: First, you'll need to build up a significant file of top-quality images with our agency, at least a 1,000 of a wide range of subjects (our agency focus is stock travel, nature, world culture and environmental photography). Stock photography is a numbers game: the more images you have accepted the greater the chances of those images being seen and bought. Second, once your images are received, it takes time for customers such as publishers to select and purchase; only shots relevant to someone's need will sell. It won't happen overnight, but we believe that any skilled photographer who studies and responds to the needs of the marketplace has a good chance of success. Third, global distribution through our network of image partners takes time, anything from 3 to 6 months from the original submission time to us.
How long will it take robertharding to edit my submissions?This varies depending on our workflow, but our goal is to edit photo submissions within five working days.