A Camel at Sunrise

Camel for rent, near Khor Al Adaid inland sea, southern Qatar

No, this isn’t about my longing for my former days as a smoker.

It’s simply a picture of a camel, with its face partially covered, taken about an hour after sunrise in the desert of southern Qatar near the Khor al Adaid Inland Sea.

It’s an image I recently added to my stock image portfolio at Picfair, a newish agency I recently began working with after the behemoth Getty’s purchase of Demotix and Corbis –and subsequent burial of hundreds of my images there– left a big hole in my stock options.

Stock has never been a large income source, but I was able to count on three or four sales a month through those two, primarily for editorial use. That’s largely the licensing that Picfair makes available, a one-size fits all one-time use agreement that only bars advertising and merchandising usage.

The best thing about Picfair is that the photographers set the price; Picfair just adds a 20 percent handling fee on top of that. That certainly beats the pennies and nickels that most of the current larger crop of stock agencies can put in your pocket.

I have no idea what to expect, if anything, but they certainly seem to be worth a try. The company’s selection is small but growing, with plenty of high quality work to be found. I’ll keep adding to the portfolio despite my only fear: that one day they’ll succumb to an offer from Getty, rendering all the images invisible once again.

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For the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 873rd straight, was taken near the Khor al Adaid, or Inland Sea, in southern Qatar, on 20 February 2016.

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  1. Manja Mexi Movie says

    Wow, they did what? Made your own photos unavailable for you? As in, other people can still buy them but you have no gain from it?

    Sometimes I wonder about it, how it would be to sell some of my work, but that is it.

    1. Bob R says

      No, my contributor’s page on Corbis is gone –as are all the photos I had available for licensing via Corbis (and via Demotix). As for Demotix, their entire website simply disappeared. Also most likely gone is payment that hasn’t been made for at least three photos, two from major publications.

      1. Manja Mexi Movie says

        Uhh, ugly. Wishing you well with the present company.

  2. ladieswholunchreviews says

    There’s no recourse? And why does the camel have that on? A muzzle? Or protection from the sand?

  3. paula graham says

    Oh bless that camel, at least it cannot spit at you or anyone else? Wishing you all the best with the switch.

  4. lisa says

    Great photo, which made me smile, but horrible behind-the-scenes story about your images and the time invested as well. With images like this one, however, you’ll bounce back fast.

    Heading to Quito tomorrow to run errands, and most likely Jama next week. News from Jama is heart breaking, and it’s going to be a tough visit when the impact hits me square in the eyes. I am told that most houses that are still standing are ‘marked’ to be demolished.

  5. Mick Canning says

    I investigated Picfair after reading this, Bob, and liked what I saw. I have begun to put images up, now, so thanks for the hint. (I give you a shout-out on my latest post on the strength of it!)

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent — best of luck. Will be really curious to hear how you get on with them.

      1. Mick Canning says

        I’ll let you know.

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