How did I get the one-time usage rights to these photos? I asked the photographers’ permission, described exactly how I would use the photos and I gave them proper credit.
Recently a similar compliment was paid to my
rank amateur photo skills by Schmap Dynamic Travel Guides.
This photo of Bloomingdale’s, just off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, was chosen for inclusion in the fourth edition of the online travel guide.
I was first asked to approve it for consideration and proper credit is given with a link back to my Flickr photo page. Schmap gets a gold star for also offering a widget to promote my inclusion in the guide. Smart.
In this case my photo looks better than the photo on Bloomingdale’s store locater -- albeit I'm a wee bit biased.
Flickr makes it easy to ask for permission. There is no excuse for not taking proper steps as you would when using stock photography.
Perhaps Flickr could make it even easier? Consider a Flickr stock photo service comparable to Corbis or Getty Images. You mark your photos as being eligible when you upload them. If they're used, your Paypal account gets credited accordingly. It would be simple for users and a powerful offering from Flickr.