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Chris Adval's picture

Stock Photography & Car Photography

I always wondered about this. I got mixed answers over the years asking this in a few different big photography communities online. Shooting car photography like for personal projects such as in the studio or at car shows even and upload it for stock use... cant use it under any circumstances I'd assume? Even if no logo is in view as the shell of the car itself is patented design which can be used to stop the photo being used for any commercial purposes (like stock). I'd assume the only real potential client is the patent/trademark owners of the vehicles, right? Thoughts on this?

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Noam Galai's picture

From my experience stock agencies wont let you sell photos of objects that are trademarked, unless it's not the main focus of the image (but even then - you have to delete any logo or text from it, even from the tires).
I have many photos that got turned down for that reason unfortunately

Chris Adval's picture

So basically only reason to shoot cars is to possibly get assignment work from them and never make any revenue from existing shots unless its from the copyright/trademark and patent owners right?

Chris Adval's picture

I'm wondering, even if I delete the logos/trademarks on the cars could I have any resale value on them? I'm looking into shooting some attractive cars+women so costs for production may be a bit higher and thought cars+women usually get a lot of attention but not sure if its worth it as just an attention grabber for marketing my company or if possible to resale for stock even if I delete out the logos/trademarks. I'd assume depending the car how unique the shell design is or not as the more unique the easier it could be a trademarked design, correct?