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  • What is stock photography?

    Stock photography is photography that has already been produced and is available to be licensed for future use. Assuming you need professional-quality images, the alternative to using stock photography is commissioning a photographer to do a custom shoot, which is often cost prohibitive and takes a considerable amount of time to arrange and complete. With commission work, you run the risk of not getting what you were looking for. With stock photography, what you see is what you get - right away. Thanks to ever-increasing internet bandwidth, browsing and downloading stock photography is incredibly quick and easy. As budgets shrink and project timelines compress, the usefulness of stock photography intensifies.

  • How could I use stock photography in my business?

    Our clients do not fit any particular mould, other than the fact that they need professionally produced Arabian related subject imagery faster and cheaper than they could get by commissioning a photographer. Our clients use makkahmadinahphotos.com images in:

    • Advertising Agencies
    • Creative Professionals in Design
    • Corporate Marketing Firms
    • Print Publishers
    • Web-Based Professionals
    • Small Businesses and Self-Publishers
    • Promotion Campaigns
    • Company Websites (for both aesthetic and functional purposes)
    • Product Packaging
    • Editorial Pieces
    • Calendars
    • Textbooks
    • Brochures
    • Annual Reports
    • Multimedia Presentations
    • Email campaigns
    • Customer Relationship Management tools
    • Photo illustrated Books Publishers
    • Interior Decoration for Hotels, Offices and Houses.
    • Travel agencies.
    • Canvas Printers
    Of course, this is not an exhaustive list; there are many more ways you or your clients could benefit from licensing images from makkahmadinahphotos.com.
  • How do I Purchase and download an image?

    It's very easy.

    You have simply to register as a buyer at the site by clicking at the following link,
    http://www.makkahmadinahphotos.com/members/signup.php
    choose a username and password . After you have logged in, browse our categories, choose your image at the size you want and press the 
    Add to cart button. Now you can checkout or continue your shopping. When youclick checkout button this will bring you to the page for the secure payment (paypal.com) After finish your payment process your image will be instantly ready for download on your account page (My Profile /my Downloads) also we will send one email with a link for downloading this images with a validity for 15 days from your purchasing date. Your order details and Invoice available on your account page and you will also receive an Invoice mail from us soon. 

  • After I make my payment, will I own the image?

    No! You are not purchasing the rights to the image, only the right to use. The Image Owner (makkahmadinahphotos.com /contributor photographer) still retains all copyright to the image and as such is protected by copyright law.

    We do not transfer ownership of images. You are paying for the privilege of legally using a copyrighted image for a certain period of time, and for a limited type of usage for our Rights managed images. The artistic creators of the images, our photographers, maintain ownership of their work and are granted protection under US copyright law. Likewise, until we receive payment in full for the appropriate licensing you are not permitted to use these images in any way.

  • What is Royalty Free image?.does that mean your images are for free?

    NO! Royalty-Free (RF) is a special kind of media license. With RF you only pay once for your image(s) and you can use it as long as you want and even as often as you want. And a RF image only has to be payed once.

    The Royalty Free Digital Stock Photography is a concept where user of the images does not have to pay any royalty for repeated use of the images. The buyer does not own the copyright of the images but have bought out the right to use the images legally without further payments or interruption from the seller. These images cannot be resold or transferred but it offers a wide range of benefits; mainly lower pricing and convenience

  • What is Rights Managed (RM) stock photography?

    Rights Managed Licensing or Traditional Licensing allows the photo buyer to license an image for a specific use, and specific amount of time. Because of it's more limited distribution, Rights Managed images are frequently preferred for more high profile projects over Royalty Free images which are less regulated. Fees for RM images are calculated from multiple factors which include the nature of the intended use, the term, geographic distribution, size of reproduction, media type, and the size of the print run or distribution.

    Protected rights licensing (exclusivity) may be available for some RM images. Additional fees can grant exclusive rights for the term of the license, geographic locality, specific industry, etc. The more narrowly defined the exclusivity the less the premium charged. The most common RM licensing period is "one-time use."

  • What are the differences between Royalty Free and Rights Managed?

    Rights Managed offers individual images to be rented through the negotiation of a specific price for a specific use and by offering clients the opportunity for exclusive rights and the ability of restricting similar use of the image by others. Royalty free photography concept is that it does not require customers to pay royalties for the photo that they use after initial purchase. This greatly reduces the costs and allows far greater freedom with the images purchased. Of course, supplying all our images on digital format gives our customers the advantage of being able to go straight to the color separator or printer rather than having to scan them at an additional cost. Most importantly, this allows far more flexibility than traditional photo library.

  • What is copyright?

    Copyright is a form of protection provided by the law to the authors of “original works of authorship.” By virtue of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, works are protected in all 160 countries that are party to the Convention, as well as various other laws such as the US copyright act.

  • Does this apply to all images?

    Yes, this applies to all images. From the time it is created, a photo or other image is automatically protected by copyright.

  • What is copyright infringement?

    Infringement can include a violation of the rights of the creator or rights holder. Examples of imagery infringement may include:

    • Use of whole or part of an image without permission
    • Use beyond the scope of a license or permission
    • Adapting an image without permission (art rendering)
    • Asking another photographer to identically recreate the image
  • Who's responsible when infringement occurs?

    Responsible parties may include:

    • The party that infringed (the photographer or the person that stole the image in the first place), even if unintentionally
    • Employees or others who participated in the original infringement
    • Anyone who published the infringing image, whether they had knowledge or not
    • Anyone who authorized or encouraged infringement
  • Why should I worry about copyright infringement?

    Infringement of copyright may result in monetary damages, lawsuits, costly legal fees and under some rare circumstances, criminal charges.

  • How you treat copyright infringements?

    As a professional photographers team, we take copyright violation very seriously and we will aggressively search for, and will find violators of our copyright, If any of our images are used without complying with our terms and conditions or in some cases without our permission we will take all necessary legal actions against you and we will sue you for copyright infringement, Best to buy the rights you need, It'll cost you a lot less in the long run, There can even be criminal penalties! A copyright infringement will cost you a lot of money up to an unlimited ceiling (depending on usage). If you decide not to settle out of court keep in mind that the law is on the photographer's side. You will be flying (or hiring) attorneys where the photographer resides, and all the photographer has to show is that your company used the photo without a proper license. Intent or foreknowledge of copyright status does not have to proven.

  • Surely no-one will be able to find one image in the whole of the internet?

    New technology now enables copyright owners to identify unlicensed imagery and act to protect their rights. Imagery is 'fingerprinted' so that it can be tracked and found in use, even if it has been modified, recreated or if only part of the image has been used. The image is then flagged up to the copyright owner so that they can check if the correct license is held.

  • I'm using an image I found through a Google Image search. If it's on the internet, doesn't that mean it's free?

    No. Just because an image is on the internet, it doesn't mean the image is free to use. You may still need the correct license to use it. There is a difference between an image being online and an image being "in the public domain" (the term given to content that is not owned or controlled by anyone).

  • Someone else created my website. Am I liable if the images are not licensed correctly?

    If a third-party designer, employee, contractor or intern designed and developed your company's website, you are responsible for ensuring they have licensed the images for your use. If no valid licenses exist the liability of any infringement may fall on the company (the end client) who used the image.

  • If someone else built my website, how will I know when the licenses will expire?

    Don't assume your designer or image provider will contact you about an expiring license. Where the license to the image expires (which is generally not the case with royalty-free images), makkahmadinahphotos.com may send a renewal notice to the purchaser of the license, so your designer may receive this notice if they licensed it on your behalf.

    It is best to get invoice numbers or sales order numbers for the images on the website and contact your imagery provider to confirm if the license is connected to your website. It’s also wise to keep all your licenses organized so that you know the scope and expiration dates of each license.

  • I'm just a blogger and my site is non-commercial. Can I use images for free?

    In most cases, no. Unless your use is specifically permitted by copyright law, all the images on your website must be properly licensed, regardless of the nature of your site. You can, however, license very inexpensive images from many imagery providers that are perfect for web use and will be properly licensed

  • Can I use the comping / preview images for my final artwork?

    The Low-Resolution (Comping) Image(S) May Be Used for Comps And Layouts. The Low-Resolution Image(S) May Not Be Used In Any Final Materials Distributed Inside Of Your Company Or Any Materials Distributed Outside Of Your Company Or To The Public, Including, But Not Limited To, Advertising And Marketing Materials Or Any Online Or Other Electronic Distribution System (Except That You May Transmit Comps Digitally Or Electronically To Your Clients For Their Review), And May Not Be Distributed, Sublicensed Or Made Available For Use Or Distribution Separately Or Individually, And No Rights May Be Granted To The Low-Resolution Image(S).

  • Can I get an invoice or quotation?

    All prices are available on the site. If required we can arrange for a quote. As for invoice, an online version can be generated when you go to "My Account" section and click on e-invoice. Alternatively, we can email a pdf file or post you a physical copy.

  • Do you offer refunds?

    Once your purchase is made we can not offer a refund. The reason for this policy is because we offer full access to our entire digital collection of photos and, as such, there is no way for our products to be returned.

  • How Often you Update and Upload new photos?

    New photos are updated and added on Daily to Weekly bases, we add new photos all the time, you can subscribe to our RSS field or to follow our Twitter & Facebook pages.

  • What is a Lightbox?

    A Lightbox is a place to store images, vectors or videos until you decide to download them. Adding an image to a Lightbox doesn’t count as a download. It's just a convenient way of keeping your images organized. If you choose to download the Lightbox, each individual image in the Lightbox will count as a download.

  • How many images can I fit into my Lightbox?

    You can add up to 100 images, vectors and videos into one Lightbox. There is no limit to the number of Lightboxes you can create.

  • How do I download a Lightbox?

    You can download a whole lightbox by clicking on "Lightbox" in the black menu bar at the top of your account and then on the button "Download Lightbox". When you download a Lightbox, each individual image in the Lightbox will count as a download.

  • How do I make a Lightbox and add files to it?

    After logging in, click on "Lightbox" and then "Create new Lightbox". Name your new Lightbox, click on "Create Lightbox" and start searching for the images you wish to add. You can add items to the Lightbox by clicking on the lightbulb icon "Add to Lightbox" under the thumbnails on the search results page or under the image on the image preview page. If a supplier has a profile page, you can also add files to your Lightbox from there using the lightbulb icon.

  • How do I share a Lightbox?

    You can share your Lightbox with other users on your account. Click on "Lightbox" and then "Share Lightbox". Add the users from your account that you want to share with.

  • How long do the files stay in my Lightbox?

    They remain in your Lightbox until you delete it or until you cancel your user account.

  • How do I delete a Lightbox?

    You can delete a Lightbox by clicking on "Delete Lightbox" in the Lightbox menu. If you delete a Lightbox you have shared with other users, the Lightbox will also be deleted from view in their accounts. If you delete a Lightbox that has been shared with you, you will only delete it from your own account.

  • What are your Terms of Use? How can I find out your license agreements?

  • Take a look at End User License Agreement. A link to the License Agreement can also be found above the prices at the individual images.

  • How am I allowed to use your images?

    With your purchased license for the image(s) that you want to use, you may use them for your apps, your website, business cards, t-shirts, games, marketing and advertising, tv shows, your business packaging, labels, logo and several other uses. To be sure please read our End User License Agreement.

  • How am I NOT allowed to use your images?

    Print-on-demand websites are prohibited. This restriction includes websites such as cafepress.com, polyvore.com, zazzle.com, redbubble.com, etsy.com, teacherspayteachers.com or other sites that may not be listed.

    Images may not be distributed to other users via templates such as e-cards, web design templates, scrapbooking templates, customizable invitation templates, digitized embroidery files, personalized products, business card design templates, etc.

    You are not allowed to copyright or trademark any of my images.

    You are not allowed to distribute and/or offer for free the digital images in any way.

    To be sure please read my End User License Agreement.

  • Do I need to credit your image(s)?

    You do not need to credit any of our image(s).We do like credits as it is one way to keep traffic come to our site and keep prices low.