Plus too many of these fellows gather photos from the competitors in your area and get work done in India.
I had a fellow who used some stock photos from some of the mentioned and not mentioned. Problem was one male photo was of a web site owner who still uses it on his web site for vanity purposes. The female pics were absolutely horrid.
To solve this I requested an immediate change of pics but the designer refused. I also pointed out that that one pic could get me in legal trouble. The designer maintains I insulted him by suggesting this so he wouldn't finish the project. Needless to say it is in a credit card dispute.
Bottom line I found this to be a buyer beware area especially with photos. Iím not going to let some dummy get me sued with their cavalier attitude. A lot of subcontractors for design and artwork are on the Internet.
This is the only area of the Internet that leaves me apprehensive. To many people want to start a business in this area but have no business experience or legal knowledge even with the payment transactions and delivery. The best separate the business end from the design department. All too often artists are too sensitive and see their original creations as perfect. Also many artists want to eliminate all risks involved which make them feel like a superb business person. Life is a risk you canít eliminate them all. When people see you attempting to eliminate all your risks they quickly get fed up with you and do the same. Know your business. Factor in the costs and donít try in sneaking in research fees or anything else. First and foremost be honest with people.
***I take it a lightbox is somewhere the client can see all the photos used.