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Stock photography websites contain existing images ready for purchase that can be licensed to buyers for specific use.

Consumers who use stock photography in place of a photographer are able to save time and money though they may sacrifice creative control. Stock images are accessible through search engine databases, purchased online, and delivered by means of downloading or e-mailing.

Picture libraries, photo archives, and image and photo banks are similar to a collection of stock photography. Some current stock photography distributors offer stills and illustrations as well as videos and are, therefore, slightly different from other image banks. Stock photography is a collection of images readily available for commercial use upon purchase. It is not assignment photography, and it does not cater to an individual’s requests or specifications. Stock photography is usually purchased by magazine companies, publishing firms mostly for textbooks and encyclopedias, advertising and design agencies as well as film and television production agencies. Other purchases include and are not limited to calendar and greeting card companies, CD ROM manufacturers, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations.

The term “stock photography” refers to images usually found on stock photography websites that are available to be licensed for commercial use. With the exception of illegal and harmful purposes, these images can be used in several manners including advertising, marketing, and design. Professionals often take advantage of stock photography as a quick and easy option that meets and satisfies design needs.

A buyer with a rights-managed photography license is required to pay for each use of an image where fees may be higher than royalty-free images. However, if that buyer has a rights-managed license, he or she is able to have exclusive possession of the purchased image for a specific time period. In that time period, the photographer does not have the right to resell the image, and no other individual may for any reason use the image.

There are restricted uses for rights-managed stock photos. Images and image rights cannot be sublicensed, transferred, or distributed. They cannot be used for pornographically, illegally, maliciously or in any defamatory fashion. If an image is used editorially, the RM stock supplier must be credited for the image. Copyright is NOT transferred with a rights-managed license. All rights remain with the photographer or creator of the image.



My name is Steve Marsel and I am a Boston photographer. I was originally trained as a studio photographer and product photographer. I now specialize in environmental portrait photography, people photography, and color digital photography. As an advertising photographer my unique photography style captures the true character of any subject. I enjoy working as a location photographer, as a fashion photographer and as an annual report photographer for print advertising, annual reports, and brochures. My primary goal as a commercial photographer and as a corporate photographer is to provide my clients with the highest quality images available. As a location photographer and studio photographer, the Steve Marsel Studio produces assignments with the highest level of professionalism. As a professional location photographer I am willing to travel to any assignment destination, regionally or nationally. I am as comfortable as a location photographer as I am as a studio photographer.

As an editorial photographer, I have had the opportunity to cover a variety of world celebrities ranging from the godfather of soul, James Brown to sports celebrities such as David Ortiz and Roger Clemens. As a veteran New England photographer, I bring the legacy of over 25 years experience and the experience of over 4000 jobs with me to each a freelance photography assignment. My passion as a Boston photographer is to document real people is a way that tells their story in photos, from editorial photography in magazines and environmental portrait photography to corporate photography to advertising photography both on location and in the studio. I am also capable of bringing my unique location photography and environmental portraiture style of photography to corporate and commercial clients looking for a more personalized and fresh look to their company image for annual reports, advertising, catalogs, company websites, brochures, sales sheets, environmental portraiture and billboards in Boston, Massachusetts, across New England. I work both regionally and nationally.

I am a professional Boston, MA commercial photographer who enjoys shooting photos of people, in environments and in the studio, for fashion, editorial assignments and corporate portraits in and around Boston and New England including New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Though I am a studio photographer adept in studio product photography people photography based in Boston, Massachusetts, I have traveled on photography assignments for clients all of the United States, Canada, and Europe. I can make my photography services available for travel anywhere in the continental United States on short notice. I have network of resources in most major American markets. Those resources include but are not limited to, hair stylists, make-up artists, regional location scouts, production coordinators, casting agents.

Advanced digital photography techniques keeps the Steve Marsel Studio on the forefront of the digital revolution. From simple retouching, to advanced photo illustration, virtually no photograph escapes this final expression of creativity. Photo illustration is type of computer art that begins with a digitized photograph. Using special image enhancement software, the photographer can then apply a variety of special effects to transform the photo into a work of art. When it comes to photo illustration, my images speak for themselves - flawless, absolute attention to detail, believable. Specializing in photo-realistic digital masking and compositing, the mastering of digital technologies coupled with skillful photography, allows my staff to craft sophisticated, elegant imagery.

I am a veteran commercial photographer based in the greater Boston, Massachusetts’s metro area. I specialize in environmental portrait photography from my home base in Boston, Massachusetts. I work both regionally and nationally. Feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions about my photography services or if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your assignment photography needs and how I may be the right professional photographer for your professional photography assignment. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to talking with you about your upcoming professional photography assignment!