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How Does iStock Define “Most Popular”?

By Jim Pickerell | 918 Words | Posted 7/28/2014 | Comments
At iStock the “Most Popular” search option used to show images in order of popularity based on the number of times each image had been downloaded during its life of on the site. The first image shown was the one with the most downloads; the 2nd image was the image with the second highest number of downloads, 3rd had the third highest number of downloads and so on. This was true as late as the end of June 2014.

Google Favors Pirate Sites Over Those That License Images Legally

By Jim Pickerell | 352 Words | Posted 7/28/2014 | Comments
On July 19, 2014 the TV channel France24 broadcasted a comprehensive 11 minute report on "Why Google is annoying/ Pourquoi Google nous agace." This report has been translated into English and can be found here.

EU Likely To Revise Google Antitrust Decision

By Jim Pickerell | 269 Words | Posted 7/24/2014 | Comments
Back in February European Union antitrust regulators reached a settlement with Google in an unfair competition investigation that had been going on since 2010.

Photographing Children Of Celebrities Risky

By Jim Pickerell | 134 Words | Posted 7/24/2014 | Comments
Singer-songwriter Adele has received a 5-figure settlement from Corbis Images UK for the taking and distributing photos of her 1-year-old son, Angelo. In a suit she claimed that children of celebrities are not public property and are entitled to privacy.

Fire!! Do You Have Off Site Backup

By Jim Pickerell | 272 Words | Posted 7/22/2014 | Comments (1)
Fire! Can it destroy your business? Are your files protected? On May 30th Steve Cole and his wife woke at 2am with smoke in their bedroom. They had a couple minutes to get out of bed and escape the house. Luckily both got out with their dog, but their three cats that were very much a part of their family did not survive. They lost everything including everything work related in his home office.

NPPA Best of Photojournalism (BoP) Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 740 Words | Posted 7/21/2014 | Comments
The Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), has invited the public to participate in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 2014 Best of Journalism Awards Show on August 8th and a full Education + Community Day on August 9th with TED-style panel discussions.

VideoBlocks.com Launches New Music Platform, AudioBlocks.com

By Jim Pickerell | 331 Words | Posted 7/21/2014 | Comments
VideoBlocks.com, the first subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty-free stock video, has launched its third content platform, AudioBlocks.com. At $99 per year, AudioBlocks is the only subscription service to offer unlimited downloads of over 100,000 high-quality, royalty-free music tracks, sound effects and loops.

Ask James Take 3

By Jim Pickerell | 2200 Words | Posted 7/18/2014 | Comments (1)
James West, CEO of Alamy, has just posted his latest answers to contributor questions at Ask James Take 3. Highlights of the 10 minute video include the fact that sales of iPhone photos acquired through its Stockimo app are selling “slightly better” per 1,000 photos than sales of the rest of the Alamy collection. He gave no indication as to how many of the 1 million images per month are iPhone produced images.

Barter: The New Way To Pay For Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 661 Words | Posted 7/17/2014 | Comments
As image users become more and more reluctant to pay much, if anything, for the images they need compensation for the use of photos may migrate to a barter system.

Pond5 Raises $61 Million From Accel Partners and Stripes Group

By Jim Pickerell | 433 Words | Posted 7/16/2014 | Comments
Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for video footage and stock media, announced today that it has raised $61 million in equity financing from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. The funding is the first institutional investment for the company and will be used to fuel global growth, hiring, and product development.

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This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.

Jim Pickerell launched his career as a photographer in 1963. In 1990 he began publishing a regular newsletter on stock photography. In 1995 the information was made available online as well as in print and was gradually expanded to a daily service. Click here for Pickerell's full biography.