With so many photographers making images available online, companies are turning to what they think are people who will gladly give away free usage of their images. Reputable companies have budgets for marketing and advertising, don’t be fooled into giving your image away for free. Photographers index offers a basic usage stock photo calculator to get an idea of what your images are worth and what you should be paid for them.  Take pride in your work as excited as you might be to hand over your images just to see them published, understand you should be compensated properly.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger