Here are step-by-step directions for using the advanced features of lightboxes on

To learn the basics of creating and sending lightboxes there is an earlier post that you should rather start with.

1) Sign up or login on

2) Create a lightbox of images

3) Click on “lightbox” – top left of your page or “view lightbox” at the bottom of a search results page where the lightbox floats

4) Once in the lightbox there are some advanced features, other than the ability simply to email the lightbox.  These are share, copy and move.




This function allows you to share the lightbox you have created with another Africa Media Online user. This tool is useful for people doing picture research on behalf of others.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “share”.  Then you need to know the other user’s username and you can then effectively copy the lightbox you have created into their “lightbox” section.


For the other user to view and work with the lightbox you have shared with them, they simply login on the site with their username and password and click on “lightbox” just as you did.  They will find the lightbox in their drop down list of lightboxes.



This function allows you to make yourself a copy of the lightbox you have created. This tool is useful for creating a few similar, but slightly different lightboxes.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “copy”.  Give the new lightbox a slightly different name.


You will now have 2 lightboxes with the same images in both of them.



This function allows you to move images between lightboxes. This tool is useful when you are doing a few searches at once with different lightboxes.  Particularly if, like me, you have put some images into the wrong lightbox.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “move”.  You will need to have already created the lightbox that you want to move the image(s) into.  Select the lightbox to move the images TO from the drop down list.


Tick the images you want to move and click “save”.  The images will exit the lightbox that they were in and move to the lightbox you have selected.



Here are step-by-step directions for creating and working with lightboxes on  In the past, physical lightboxes were used for viewing slides with a light behind.  On our website a lightbox is a place where you gather pictures that you like on a particular subject which you can then use to make a final selection.  Lightboxes can be emailed as low res images or as a link back to the site, enabling you to share your selection with others.

1) Sign up or login on

2) Search for images you want to add to your selection

3) Create a new lightbox for the topic you are busy searching for.  To do this click on “new lightbox” at the bottom of your search results page:

new lightbox

4) Give the lightbox an appropriate name:

create lightbox

5) Click “add to lightbox” under the thumbnails of the images you like.  The lightbox by default floats at the bottom of your page in a minimised form:

add to lightbox

6) You can maximise the floating lightbox so you can quickly see what is in it without moving off your search results page by clicking on “maximise” bottom right of the page:

maximise lightbox

7) From the floating lightbox you can click on “email” which will enable you to send a link to this lightbox to someone else.

8) You can go into your lightbox proper to view the images at thumbnail size by clicking on “view lightbox”. From this page you can elect to email a link or, alternatively some comps (low res watermarked versions) by clicking on the appropriate link.  The rest of the lightbox options will be covered in another post.

view lightbox



Here are step-by-step directions for purchasing use rights and getting access to the high resolution images on

1) Sign up or login on

2) Find the image/s you want to purchase and click “add to basket” under the thumbnails.



3) Click on “basket” top right of the page.



4) Select the license you want for the image and click “purchase”.  If the license you want is not there or if you want to discuss your license please email



5) Update your invoice and contact details.




6) Unless you have an approved account you will be directed to pay by credit card.  If you require an account or want to pay by EFT please contact .  A 5% discount is given for all credit card payments.



7) Tick to accept the License Agreement and click on “confirm and proceed”.


8) You will then be taken through to our secure online credit card vendor: Virtual Card Services.  The amount showing will reflect the 5% discount.  Fill in your details and “submit”.



9) On the page that loads you can download your image/s – scroll down to see them.  You can download individually or altogether in a zip file.




Picture buyers regularly come to the Africa Media Online picture library looking for the work of a particular African photographer.

Here’s a short tutorial in how to find a specific image that you might be looking for if you already know the photographer.

For my previous blog post I had to do just this. I  knew that there was an image taken by George Philipas of an African man holding a globe that I thought would be great for that post. So this is what I did, and what you can do to find those elusive images:

1) I put a short term relating to what was in the picture into the search box ie globe .  Putting a long phrase like “African man holding a globe” really reduces my chances of finding it.

2) I clicked on “advanced search” to the right of the page so that the advanced search box dropped down

3) I chose “George Philipas” from the subcollection list (all photographers should be in the subcollection list)


4) and then hit “Go”

51 images came up, with the one I was looking for among them.  If you click on the screen grab above you will see them all.

If you are still battling to find the image you are looking for you can also ask one of our picture researchers to help you by emailing  They are on our picture library site all the time and have a good idea of what our collection’s nearly 200,000 images contain.

The african picture blog is aimed at picture buyers, particularly those in Africa and those interested in pictures from Africa.  It is connected to Africa Media Online. As a picture library, based in South Africa and yet active around the world, we have seen that there is a need for such a site to be a resource for picture buyers here in Africa.  We hope to help fill that gap.

As a company our vision is to let “Africans tell Africa’s story” and our own picture library site is a place where use rights can be purchased for images taken by Africans in Africa.

Africans telling Africa's story

Credit: George Philipas / Africa Media Online

Please feel free to contact us regarding topics and ideas that you would like us to cover in this blog.