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Picfair Review

PicFair Review
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Picfair is an image platform and library based in the UK but with global reach. It was set up by a former Guardian and New York Times journalist, who noticed that newspapers and magazines appeared to use a very limited pool of photographers. He was also keen to get a fairer deal for photographers who submit shots to image libraries and see the majority of the fee taken away in commission.

Consequently, PicFair is available for use by all photographers and you set the fee that you want to receive. If an image sells, Picfair adds 20% on top of your fee.

What’s more, it’s free to set-up a standard Picfair account. Once that’s created, you can upload Jpeg images to a maximum size of 30MB (minimum of 800 pixels wide) and start selling. Picfair handles all the licensing and markets the images like other image libraries. However, you also get your own shop that displays only your images. 

Images can be licensed for digital download, personal, editorial, commercial and advertising use. In addition, clients can order your image as a print – there’s a small range of formats available.

It looks like a simple, clean website.

Hovering over an image in your store reveals its price, which is 120% of your fee. Clicking on an image opens a larger preview and gives the purchasing options. 

By default, images with people in them are assigned as editorial only, but it is possible to make them available for commercial use if you have a model release.

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PicFair+

While the standard Picfair account gives a reasonable amount of functionality, PicFair+, which costs £49.99 per year, lets you customise your store with your logo, a bespoke watermark and additional navigation options in the menu. You can also organise your images into albums of up to 100 files.

Crucially, it enables links to your social media channels and website. 

If you own a URL, you can transfer it to your PicFair+ store. However, PicFair isn’t able to create custom domains for you, they need to be purchased from a registrar.

Customising

It’s easy to customise the layout of your store via the Store Settings options. It’s just a case of selecting the feature you want to edit and then following the direction.

Picfair offers just two layout themes, light or dark, and three layout styles. The first controls the background colour (white or black) while the second controls how images appear in the store. They can be arranged in rows with images tessellating together, full-screen or displayed as squares. I chose the first option.

Tagging

Inevitably with an image library, you have to tag your images to make them searchable by potential clients. Each image needs a title, a short description and at least five tags before it can be uploaded to PicFair. An indicator bar turns green when you’ve added enough information to upload the image.

Thankfully, you can copy and paste titles, descriptions and tags between images.

If you have a Picfair+ account, you can arrange your images into albums after they’ve been uploaded. Again this is very easy, in your profile view, you just need to select a few images by clicking on the + that appears when you hover over any of them. Then click on ‘Actions’ to reveal the option to add them to an album.

Verdict

While there’s not an extensive array of themes for Picfair’s stores, they are elegant. It’s also incredibly easy to get started on Picfair and begin selling images to a global market as well as your own clients.

I’m not a fan of adding titles, descriptions or tags to images (who is) but it’s essential to getting your images seen by potemtioal buyers. If find the best approach is to just add a few images at a time and try to have a particualr theme so that I can cut and paste the information, just tweaking a little here and there.

I plan to make uploading to Picfair part of my workflow. When I edit images, I’ll output my favourites and upload them as soon as I can. 

As a PicFair account is free and can make you money, I recommend giving it a try.

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Stefanie Claeys
Stefanie Claeys
1 year ago

I read the contributor’s agreement of picfair and it states this:
‘You hereby waive in favour of Picfair and all its assignees and successors in title all moral rights in the Accepted Images (i.e. the right to be identified as its author and object to its derogatory treatment) to which you may be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world.’

I’m not sure but I feel reluctant to sign this agreement because of this…
Or am I wrong?

Edward
9 months ago

I think this means that Picfair and the purchasers of your photos can use them how they like (according to the licence agreement) and you can’t object to their use, or insist that you be identified as the owner (although you are still the owner). But then I’m no lawyer!

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

I’ve been on Picfair a short while, but not had a single outside view of my photos that I can see, certainly no rapid sales and these are decent photos. See this as just a storage bank at the moment!

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

About 35 and growing. Are you on there, too?

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Yeah, I realised that. Plenty still to go on there. I’ve always been disorganised with my images, at least this is making me sort my life out, now! 😉

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

Thanks for review. Gonna give it a try. I’ve been paying $35 a month for a few years and just my own site no marketing. Thanks again.