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Are You Watching Trends In Online Ads?

By Jim Pickerell | 715 Words | Posted 10/2/2015 | Comments (2)
Have you been watching the ads lately when you do online searches? Yesterday, I was reading a news story on Yahoo about U.S. manufacturing and three different Adobe Creative Cloud ads were delivered in connection with that one story. Two of the ads included the “St” icon promoting Adobe Stock.

Dissolve Launches Premium RF Stills Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 374 Words | Posted 10/2/2015 | Comments
Stock footage provider Dissolve has launched its premium royalty-free stock photography collection. It includes over 200,000 photos hand-picked from some of the world’s most acclaimed photography agencies, bringing the number of stock elements Dissolve licenses to over 1 million.

CEPIC 2016 Will Be In Zagreb

By Jim Pickerell | 438 Words | Posted 9/30/2015 | Comments
CEPIC has announced that its 2016 Congress will be held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, beginning May 25th thru the 27th, 2016. This annual event brings together stock photo distributors from all over the world. The 2015 event was held in Warsaw, Poland and attended by over 400 people from 32 countries representing all aspects of the picture industry -- stock and press agencies, cultural heritage, video vendors and producers as well as crowdsourcing and microstock companies.

New Site Up And Running

By Jim Pickerell | 682 Words | Posted 9/30/2015 | Comments has just completed a major redesign of its stock footage search and screening platform. The new streamlined user interface, which came online in mid-August, makes it easy and intuitive for users to proceed from a footage search to a footage purchase.

Efficient Market

By Jim Pickerell | 443 Words | Posted 9/29/2015 | Comments
Recently, an investor looking for information about Shutterstock, Getty Images and Adobe asked me if the stock photo market functions efficiently? Here’s what I told him.

Corbis & NetSeer Announce In-Image Advertising Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 742 Words | Posted 9/28/2015 | Comments (2)
Corbis and NetSeer have announced the launch of the industry’s first global programmatic platform for premium in-image advertising. The platform enables advertisers to programmatically target and buy premium In-Image advertising content while providing new monetization opportunities for publishers to thrive utilizing the visual content on their websites.

Keep An Eye On Flickr

By Jim Pickerell | 1386 Words | Posted 9/25/2015 | Comments
Flickr is curating its collection of over 10 billion images and contacting selected photographers to determine if they want to participate in Flickr Marketplace. The Marketplace is expected to prepare images for licensing by many of the industry's RF and Microstock stock photo distributors and to pay image creators 51% or what Flickr receives.

Video Resources For Colleges and Universities

By Jim Pickerell | 222 Words | Posted 9/24/2015 | Comments
Video education is red hot. For over a year Matthew White and Domenick Propati, CEO of have been working to develop Footage Access, an electronic service that allows students and faculty members at Colleges and Universities to research, download, and have limited free use of stock and archival footage in their non-commercial projects.

What’s Happening To Editorial Pricing?

By Jim Pickerell | 1025 Words | Posted 9/22/2015 | Comments (1)
Recently, I received some second hand information about a major editorial agency in Europe that licensed about 70,000 in 2007. The number of images licensed was up to about 400,000 in 2014. Sounds great. But, here’s the rest of the story. The average price paid for each use in 2007 was about $167.00.  The average price for each use in 2014 was a little over $12.00. Consequently, in spite of the almost 6 times growth in the number of images used in 2014 compared to 2007 the total revenue generated in 2014 was less than half that generated in 2007.

Dawn Airey Appointed Getty Images CEO

By Jim Pickerell | 624 Words | Posted 9/21/2015 | Comments
The Getty Images Board of Directors has appointed Dawn Airey to the role of Chief Executive Officer, as of October 12, 2015. Co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein is stepping up to the role of Chairman, as announced on the company’s 20th anniversary in March of this year.

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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.