Returns on Prints: Each print is custom printed then carefully inspected prior to being shipped. If you are unhappy with your purchase, please call us at 858.274.0665 for a "return authorization". If the print is in "new" condition, a 25% restocking fee will be subtracted from your original purchase price and a check mailed to you. You are responsible for return shipping. The print must arrive in "new" condition. Any creases or dings or finger prints destroys the value of the print, making it impossible to resell, consequently a return payment will not occur. If this turns out to be the case, you will be contacted and given the option of having the print shipped back to you.
I'm new to the business of licensing digital photographs. What exactly does the term "royalty free" mean? Doesn't that mean they are free?
"Royalty Free" does not mean our photographs are "free". Royalty Free is a relatively new business model where a graphic designer or web designer pays a one time licensing fee to use a photograph. "Royalties" are usually continuing payments made to the artist each time an image is used. By definition, Royalties, mean repeating payments. So the term "Royalty Free" means there are no repeating payments to use an image. Royalty Free means you pay a one-time-only licensing fee to use an image and you can use the image as long as you like, as long as the image is always used by the same company and not given to anyone else to use. Royalty Free image use is subject to restrictions. Please review our license agreement to make sure your planned use is permitted under the royalty free license. If your planned use in not authorized under the royalty free license, it is probably still available for your use under the commercial use rights managed license. Contact us for details and to determine which license is appropriate for your use.
Do you offer any "free" photographs?
Not at this time. What you are seeking are called "public domain" photos. We don't have any public domain photographs in our inventory. We do offer free "comps" to graphic artists, agencies, and designers. Comp images have a visible watermark similar to the one that appears on our photo detail pages. Comps are to allow designers to determine if the photo or photos will work in the design they are create for their client. Agencies, graphic artists, and designers intend to license the images upon approval by their client.
I'm a graphic designer working on a project for a client. How do I get "comp" images to try out in my design?
All of our photos are delivered in JPG format. Other formats are possible. To make arrangements for custom formats, call us at 858.274.0665. There is a $10 per image, alternate format fee.
Yes. We add photos as they are taken. Click on "Newest Photos" to see the latest photos that we have posted.
The only photographs we sell are the ones taken by our contributing photographers and our company photographer. We are always looking for talented photographers throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We limit the number of contributing photographers to two per region, and with non-competing content. If you feel your portfolio might be of interest to us, give us a call to discuss your work and our technical requirements. Be prepared to provide us with samples of your work in an emailable format.
Due to the "intangible" nature of digital photographs, once your purchase is completed and you've download the image file, we can not authorize a refund. There is no way for us to confirm that you've destroyed the photograph you downloaded consequently we do not offer refunds on digital image files. If you are a graphic artist or designer, you can request a "comp" to layout your design prior to showing your client. Comps are delivered at a resolution close to the resolution you intend to license and have a visible watermark.
Yes. While San Diego Photos and Prints offers great freedoms and a wide range of uses, there are some uses that require payment of a "commercial use" fee and other uses that are strictly prohibited. For a detailed list of authorized uses and prohibitions visit the licensing link at the bottom of any page.
No. The image is licensed directly to you, the company you work for, or to your client (if you are a web or graphic designer). The image can only be used for that one licensee. If you are a graphic designer and you would like to use the same image for a second client, you must purchase an additional license for each client.