• Become a Contributor
  • Upload Tool
  • The Deal
  • Keywording
  • Sales
  • Contributor Guide

How to Become a Contributor (150 File Minimum)

Media Bakery is an aggregator of content from image suppliers. We work with volume producers to represent their best material. Our professional photographer submission process is a fairly straightforward 2-step process. Submit low res, if accepted submit high res.

  1. Please Register or Sign In.
    The first step in becoming a contributor is creating a Registered User account or sign in to an existing one. Contributors must include their current address where they anticipate receiving royalty statements and payments. We must always recognize you so you must be logged-in for you to submit files or review sales activity.
  2. Send us samples
    Read the Contributor Guide before you start submitting your sample files. If your images are of high quality and high production value, then joining the Bakery will be a snap. Please choose a minimum of 150 (no more than 300) low res jpeg image previews sized exactly to 400 pixels wide at 72 dpi. Choose images that best demonstrate your range of creativity. The 400 pixels, 72 dpi size must be exact or your electronic submission will be rejected and erased. The images MUST be derived from a high res parent of at least a 11"x17" 300 dpi jpeg file. Submit only the low-res 72 dpi preview file at 400 pixels wide for our review. If the image files are accepted you'll be contacted by a Media Bakery editor as to which business model you'd like to participate in; Rights Managed or Royalty Free, and the next steps. Please allow 2 weeks for your initial submission to be reviewed.
  3. Sign a Contract
    If you want to work with us and we want to work with you then, you'll need to sign a contributor agreement. The 50/50 deal is fair and straightforward. You get 50% of anything Media Bakery collects from your image file. To see our entire contract, visit The Deal. A 'must have' for Media Bakery to represent your work.
  4. Keyword our selects
    You will be notified by a Media Bakery editor as to which images we wish to have appointed to the collection. If the images are not already captioned and keyworded, you will need to spend some time describing the images in detail and creating metadata for our website to display the images to prospective buyers. Even though we limit the number of keywords to 50, you are in full editorial control of describing your images. You provide us with digital files and you are responsible for your own file Keywording.
  5. Send us High Res deliverable files
    If your low res images are chosen, you will be asked to submit the 11"x17" (or greater), 300 dpi high res parent and accompanying caption and keywording information in our standardized form. You'll first log-in and use the Upload Tool to make your final submission. You can also see a Sample Submission.
  6. Royalty Payments and Statements
    Live reporting is fairly straight forward. If your file sells on the Media Bakery website then you'll be able to see the sell price in your live statement. Visit the My Sales tab to access this report.
  7. Questions on how to get started?
    If you ever need further assistance on getting started, please contact the Content Relations department to speak to an editor or shoot us an email.

Upload Tool



Submissions

You must be logged-in for you to submit files. For your initial submission, please choose a minimum of 150 (no more than 300 low res image file previews) sized exactly to 400 pixels wide, 72 dpi that demonstrate your collection of images and place them in a folder called "Submission 1". Stuff or Zip the folder(s) and use the upload button below to send us your submissions. As a reminder, the 400 pixels, 72 dpi size must be exact or your electronic submission will be erased. The images MUST be derived from a high res parent of at least a 11"x17" 300 dpi jpeg file. Submit only the low-res 72 dpi preview file at 400 pixels wide for our review.

For your accepted submission, please submit the 11"x17" (or greater), 300 dpi high res parent image and accompanying caption and keywording information in our standardized format. You can get a sample and tutorial by visiting our Contributor Guide. Place files in a folder called "Accepted 1". Stuff or Zip the folder(s) and use the upload button below to send us your finalized submission. As a reminder, please include the caption and keywords as described in the tutorial.

Be sure you click the "I Agree to the Agreement" box before uploading!

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Contract

If you want to work with us, and we want to work with you, then you'll need to sign a contributor agreement. We think the 50/50 deal is fair and straightforward. You get 50% of anything Media Bakery collects from your image file. To download our contract, click here. It's an annoying read, but a 'must have' for Media Bakery to represent your work. If you have files that have been accepted to Media Bakery you will need to agree to sign our signature page of our Supplier Agreement. Please download the contract PDF by Clicking Here. On the Signature page (page 9), fill it in the appropriate places, sign and upload the signature pages with your accepted files.

Download our signature page Supplier Agreement Signature Page.

Keywording

You will be notified by a Media Bakery editor as to which images we wish to have appointed to the collection. If the images are not already captioned and keyworded, you will need to spend some time describing the images in detail and creating metadata for our website to display the images to prospective buyers. Even though we limit the number of keywords any one image file may have, you are in full editorial control of describing your images. You provide us with digital files and you are responsible for your own captioning and keywording. Learn more about keywording and describing your images in the Contributor Guide.

Sales

If you qualify as a partnering brand, Media Bakery will provide you a Contributor ID and Report Password upon acceptance to the collection.

Sales Report
(assigned by an Editor)
(assigned by an Editor)

Quality Standards

Media Bakery welcomes professional photographers looking to secure an additional stream of income from their quality images. The following Contributor Guide provides an outline to the quality, standards, and concepts we expect from submitted imagery. Once accepted, the imagery may be represented in a Royalty Free or Rights Managed business model. We'll work with you to determine which model would be best for your approved submission.

Currently we are only accepting images from digital SLR cameras so please use a pro-level camera with at least 10 megapixels.

Here are a few reasons why images may be rejected:

  • Not in Focus.
  • Poor Lighting.
  • Poor Cropping.
  • Up-sampling.
  • Poor Composition.
  • Copyright or Trademark Infringement.
  • Nudes or Inappropriate Images.

Scanning

At this time, we do not accept images from scaned film.

Dupes and Similars

It's common to take multiple angles when shooting a subject. However, please limit the amount of similar angles of one shot to no more than two. While, having a great image and subject in your portfolio is something to be proud of, we do not want to see a colorized version, a black and white version, and polarized version, etc.

Common sense should lead any doubt here, but Media Bakery wants to see a variety of subjects on very different images.

Nudity

Media Bakery does reserve the right to decline files, even after becoming a Baker. We do not want imagery of nudes or images in any pornographic nature. We do respect artistic interpretation of image composition; however, please use common sense prior to submission regarding this issue.

Image Requirements

Currently we are only accepting images from digital SLR cameras so please use a pro-level camera with at least 10 megapixels. This will provide a file size of at least 48MB at 8 bit. If cropping, your file should still be at least 48MB at 8 bit. For uncompressed file sizes of more than 48MB, we recommend that you do not interpolate your files to more than 55MB. This means you should make your JPEG file from an 8 bit TIFF file that is at least 48MB. If you have a camera that is capable of producing an uncompressed 8 bit, TIFF file size of over 48MB then leave it that size.

Quality image are accepted if they meet the following criteria:

  • Images from SLR cameras with a minimum data capability of 10 megapixels.
  • Shoot raw files, then convert to a 16-bit Tiff using proprietary software. No images shot in tiff or jpeg please.
  • Turn off any in-camera sharpening tools.
  • Do not over sharpen images in software.
  • Interpolate images between 96-104mb (16 bit).
  • Retouch all images at 100% magnification to eliminate all dust and artifacts.
  • Color levels should be between 5,5,5 and 250, 250, 250.
  • All images should be supplied in RGB mode (No CYMK or Grayscale).
  • Layers, channels and paths are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Image needs to be correctly oriented - i.e. right reading.
  • Convert to 48-52mb 8-bit, 11 x 17 inch JPEG file (or greater) before saving.
  • Name image file(s) sequentially using alphanumeric characters ONLY (no special characters).
  • Save as and submit JPEG Only (No Tiffs, bitmaps, PSD, EPS, RAW etc.).

Needed Files

We encourage you to submit in all categories you feel you can master but Media Bakery's collection currently has the following needs:

Business
Images at a desk/conference room, on the phone, behind a laptop. Include people in suits in the office and people in casual attire at a home office, etc.

Lifestyles
Happy days are here again! Images of people, couples, families, children, laughter, and gatherings. Lifestyle imagery remains the largest commercial area of stock.

Crowds
Shoot model released crowds and groups. Get your friends and family together and shoot portraits and groups. Holidays gatherings and parties are a plus.

Sports
All the sports you can think of. Watch for logos but golf, football, basketball, baseball, and about any other organized sports (close ups and wide angles) are all in need.

Holiday
Holiday & seasonal images always sell well at the right time. Wait for the holiday to arrive, and then head to the decoration store for props to capture Easter, Christmas, Halloween, and all the big days on the calendar.

Food
Close ups of every food imaginable. Include people interacting with the food for extra coverage.

Keywords & File Description

There are many ways to keyword your image. But keywording and describing your images to the requested requirements is critical if you want sales on your collection of images.

Please provide us with a good description of the image. Include relevant details: the subject, location and any interesting or valuable information, such as the camera used, scanner, or any special circumstances about the image.

Keywords are the most important information you can provide to help users find your images. While people often know the specific subject they are looking for, concept keywords may help to inspire the end-user to choose your images to represent the idea. Keywords are closely reviewed in the inspection process; inappropriate words will be removed.

Artists submitting to the Brooks Collection may apply keyword and caption information in the image IPTC header of the accepted images.

It's critical that you upload your keywords and descriptions (metadata) with your accept submission folder. Your accepted submission must be well organized and mirror our sample to be included in the collection. Please download and review the sample Excel sheet to see how you should submit your data. You'll need Microsoft Excel.

Copyright

You must be the copyright holder of the images you submit. This means only you shot or created the image. Uploading any of the following is strictly prohibited and may result in legal action:

  • A photograph of an image.
  • Any image or photograph that you personally did not take.
  • An image you found (on the web, from a book, a magazine or other printed object).
  • Desktop patterns or wall papers that are found on computers or on walls.
  • Stock photographs from other stock agencies.
  • Tracing or creating unauthorized derivative work.
  • Doing so is an infringement against copyright and punishable up to $250K per occurrence plus jail time. It's not worth it.

    Model Releases

    All images containing a identifiable face require a signed model release. If the image is of a minor (under 18 years of age), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Digitally created or digitally signed model releases are not allowed.

    A model release should be placed in your accepted submission zipped folder and uploaded with each image file. If you're uploading successive shots of the same model, the release should indicate which image files it is covering.

    Standard Model Release (sample only)

    All images containing a identifiable face require a signed model release. If the image is of a minor (under 18 years of age), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Digitally created or digitally signed model releases are not allowed.

    Please download and review the sample Model Release.

    Model Release with Guardian (sample only)

    All images containing a identifiable face require a signed model release. If the image is of a minor (under 18 years of age), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Digitally created or digitally signed model releases are not allowed.

    Please download and review the sample Model Release.

    Property Releases

    The requirement for a property release isn't as clear-cut as for a model release, because there is no specific right of privacy that attaches to property, as it does to people.

     
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