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Photography Marketplace Event In New York

By Jim Pickerell | 216 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
Next week a two-day Creative Marketplace event will take place in New York at the Midtown Loft, 267 Fifth Avenue (29th St & 5th Av.) from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. This event is designed to give image and footage buyers an opportunity to meet with creators and organizations that license creative content. There will be free seminars aimed particularly at the buyer, but which will also offer useful information for the creators.

Government Organizations Can Grab Photos Without Paying

By Jim Pickerell | 454 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
The Texas Appeals court has ruled that the state can infringe upon copyright without risking punishment under the state’s or federal government’s “takings” clause. More than two years ago, photographer Jim Olive discovered that his aerial photo of the Houston skyline (titled “The Cityscape”) was being used by the University of Houston, a public university, on its website to promote its C.T. Bauer College of Business without requesting permission or making payment.

Is Picture Research Dead?

By Robert Harding | 1080 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments
Robert Harding, CEO of Robert Harding Picture Library, recently sent a message to picture buyers asking the question “Is picture research dead?” Image creators need to carefully consider the implications of this message.

Unauthorized Use Dilemma

By Jim Pickerell | 1006 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments (1)
A reader asked about un-vetted contributions to microstock sites. She has discovered that her work is widely copied on the Internet and says she was unaware that microstock sites allow people to post images that are not their own. She asked if I could provide a list of microstock sites that don’t follow up to determine if the person submitting images or footage really created what they are submitting. Finally, who should she chase up if there is an infringement?

Who Are Macrostock Sellers

By Jim Pickerell | 1076 Words | Posted 6/11/2019 | Comments
A reader asked, “In the article written by Martin Lisius (Microstock-The Dark Side Of Image Licensing) he refers to non micro agencies as a possible answer to the low prices that photographers receive. When I search under the heading of macro stock on your site about the only name that comes up is Getty.  Do I understand this correctly?”

Dreamstime’s Case Against Google Continues

By Jim Pickerell | 539 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
In an opinion issued June 5th federal Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted only one part of Google’s motion for partial final judgment on the pleadings regarding the breach of contract and breach of implied covenant claims by Dreamstime.com that relate to a Google Play agreement.

Analysis Of Portfolios At Fotolia And Adobe Stock

By Robert Kneschke | 1288 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few months ago, I evaluated which countries most Shutterstock providers come from. Today, there should be some similar analysis of Adobe Stock's data, or Fotolia, because although the portfolios on both websites are identical, Adobe Stock will unfortunately see less information about it.

Which Countries Do Shutterstock's Pictures Come From?

By Robert Kneschke | 827 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few weeks ago, the publicly traded image agency Shutterstock had released its second-quarter 2018 business figures. Among those figures, there was also the remarkable 204.2 million images Shutterstock currently offers. 41% of these were added in the last year alone. On my Facebook page there was a lively discussion afterwards, regarding exactly where  these many millions of pictures come from.

PicRights Adds Partner In South Africa

By Jim Pickerell | 305 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
PicRights, a global leader in copyright enforcement, has added a new partner in Johannesburg, South Africa to monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading news agencies, stock image agencies and independent photographers. No other copyright compliance service offers its clients as much geographical coverage of key markets around the world.

MAXPPP Pursues Unauthorized Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 298 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
The photo news agency MAXPPP has selected two partner companies to monitor, recover and prosecute the use of its content on the internet, the newspapers and the magazines. The goal of the partnership: to increase by at least 50% its revenues related to fraudulent uses.

Shutterstock Rebranding Rex Features

By Jim Pickerell | 204 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock is officially rebranding Rex Features as Shutterstock Editorial today. The company says: “Since 2015, we have been working toward the goal of expanding our editorial collection and service to customers around the world. Over the past four years, our talented Editorial team has built a robust offering, becoming a premier source of editorial images for the world’s media.

Microstock – The Dark Side Of Image Licensing

By Martin Lisius | 744 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments (1)
There are often two sides to an industry. The side the customer sees, and the "inside" that industry people see. This article is about the inside of the stock image industry and how Microstock has changed. It also offers photographers and videographers some ideas how to deal with the issues.

Shutterstock Editor Surpasses 5 Million Users

By Jim Pickerell | 506 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced that its free design application, Shutterstock Editor, has surpassed more than 5 million users. The tool helps users, including creatives, designers, and marketers, to speed up their design workflow with easy-to-use, powerful editing functionality and customizable templates.

Getty Images And APO Group Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 634 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments
Getty Images, and APO Group, a leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service, have announced a wide-reaching collaboration to promote integrated text, photo and video solutions to organizations operating across Africa and the Middle East.

Canva Has Huge Data Breach

By Jim Pickerell | 234 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
Canva, the Australian Graphic Design site that claims to have 50 million premium photos available via subscription, detected a data breach on May 24th of the records of 139 million customers.

Rights Managed Future At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 565 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
A stock agent asked if I had heard a rumor that Getty isn’t selling RM images anymore. The rumors are almost true. I did a story back in March entitled the "End of RM" where I reported that Getty Images personnel were telling some stock agency suppliers that in 3 to 5 years there will be no more RM licensing.

‘Topic Collection’ To Be Launched On PIXTA Website

By Jim Pickerell | 290 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
Topic Images in Korea has announced to its suppliers that will be launching its ‘Topic Collection’ on the PIXTA website in an effort to deliver better sales and service to their partner agencies and offer a broad range of quality contents to its customers. Topic was acquired by the Japanese agency PIXTA in 2017.

Ad Agencies Turn Away From Stock To Assignments

By Jim Pickerell | 368 Words | Posted 5/27/2019 | Comments
As more and more consumer are turning to social media for information about the products and services they want to buy Ad agencies and brands are finding that they must up the quality of their offerings in order to get attention. According to Erik Radle, CEO of Dallas-based Miller Ad Agency, “People are finding out that the content has to just sing. It has to just dazzle. We’re spending a lot of time doing photo shoots because the days of stock photography being meaningful on social media are over. That just doesn’t cut it any more and will get you ignored.”

EyeEm No Longer Subsidizing Getty Sales

By Robert Kneschke | 1153 Words | Posted 5/27/2019 | Comments
A few years ago EyeEm decided to guarantee its photographers a minimum compensation for each image licensed through the Getty website regardless of what they received from Getty. Over the years they have steadily lowered that minimum and with the last sales report they have finally dropped the idea of a guaranteed minimum royalty. This article explores what happened.

Is Shutterstock Headed Toward Eliminating Creators?

By Jim Pickerell | 1265 Words | Posted 5/17/2019 | Comments
A reader wrote recently that he believes Shutterstock’s efforts to add huge quantities of image to its collection, as I discussed in recent article, is a “calculated plan” to eventually eliminate the need for photographers. He believes that by “feeding these images into their AI machines they will be able to learn exactly what their customers want.” Then, it is his contention, that Shutterstock will be able to “deliver custom made images (which Shutterstock would create) to clients.” He argues that ”this would just be machine work and there would no longer be a need for image makers or even computer graphic designers.”

imageMarketplace New York 2019

By Jim Pickerell | 230 Words | Posted 5/17/2019 | Comments
For ten years between 2007 and .2017 Visual Connections operated a fall expo in New York where visual media users could meet and network with stock agencies, artist reps, production companies, clearance and other service providers. There were also seminars about the business of sourcing and using visual media. They closed down their operation in 2017. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019 imageMarketplace New York 2019 (a London based company) will launch a new event with similar goals for influencers in the world of visual content.

Can Shutterstock Grow It’s Enterprise Business?

By Jim Pickerell | 534 Words | Posted 5/15/2019 | Comments
One of the big questions for Shutterstock is whether they can continue to grow the Enterprise segment of their business and how important that is to the eventual success of the company. In 2016 and 2017 they touted the success of Enterprise, but over the last 12 months Enterprise growth has been slowing and sales overall seem to be flattening.

Shutterstock Launches Self-Serve API Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 421 Words | Posted 5/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced the launch of its new self-serve API subscription plans. For the first time, developers, startups, and small and mid-sized businesses can build products and features that seamlessly integrate Shutterstock’s image collection and enable in-app image reselling, providing an additional revenue stream for customers when their end-users license and download images.

Small Claims Bill Moves Forward In Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 845 Words | Posted 5/8/2019 | Comments
The CASE Act (Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement) was first introduced in 2017, but the bill expired without being passed at the end of the last Congress, as is the normal process for all bills not passed. On May 1, 2019 the bill was re-introduced in both the House and the Senate.

The VCG Story Takes Another Turn

By Jim Pickerell | 1105 Words | Posted 5/8/2019 | Comments
Selling-Stock has managed to gather more information about what has been happening at VCG. According to sources sometime after the Corbis acquisition VCG decided to copy Getty’s Premium Access strategy and launch a PA plan of its own. In addition to all the Getty and Corbis creative and editorial images, the iStock images are also available to the customers who purchase a PA plan.

Fair Use Claim Rejected

By Jim Pickerell | 215 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
On April 26, 2019, the Fourth Circuit Court overturned a Northern Virginia District Court decision that allowed Violent Hues Productions, LLC’s to use a cropped version of a photo to promote a Film and Music Festival without compensation to the creator. Violent Hues had made no effort to request permission or compensate photographer Russell Brammer for the use and claimed “Fair Use” in court. (See July 2018 story.)

CEPIC Congress In Paris June 5 – 7

By Jim Pickerell | 780 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
It is less than one month until the annual CEPIC Congress convenes in Paris on June 5 thru 7, 2019. Each year this event is the single most important meeting of people from all over the world who are engaged in the picture licensing industry.

Seminar On Improving Video Content Discoverability

By Jim Pickerell | 210 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
On May 9, 2019 Mark Milstein will be offering a seminar in New York on Time-based Metadata: The Key to Video Discoverability and Content Immortality. The presentation will be at B&H Photo.  Click here to register. You can also watch online.

ACSIL: Footage Revenue Worldwide $570 Million

By Jim Pickerell | 2047 Words | Posted 5/3/2019 | Comments
ACSIL and Thriving Archives have completed their fourth Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies (AGS4) since 2007 and estimate worldwide stock footage revenue in 2018 at $570 million, more than double what it was in 2007. Data for the survey launched in July 2018 was collected from 84 of the estimated 415 footage licensing companies worldwide.

Will More Images Grow Revenue?

By Jim Pickerell | 841 Words | Posted 5/2/2019 | Comments (1)
Will more images in an agency collection grow revenue? Is more choice always better? Shutterstock is adding 1,608,350 new images a week to its collection. That’s 229,764 new images a day. The average customer reviews 500 or fewer returns before changing search parameters. So how do they make it possible for customers to review all those new images?

Another Look At The Market In China

By Jim Pickerell | 643 Words | Posted 5/2/2019 | Comments
The stock photo market in China may be bigger, and more lucrative than many people think. Gaopin Images tells Selling Stock that their average gross sale to Chinese customers in 2018 was $35, 17% more than what Getty is earning worldwide and 44% more than the gross China sales Getty is reporting to its contributors.

Future Value Of Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 462 Words | Posted 4/29/2019 | Comments
I was asked recently to appraise the value of a collection of stock images that were being donated. Back in the 1990s and even the early 2000s this would have been a relatively easy task. I would look at the revenue the collection had generated in previous years, determine the rate of revenue decline year over year and assess, based on the type of imagery, the length of time they might continue to have commercial value.

Shutterstock Q1 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1194 Words | Posted 4/25/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q1 2019 revenue of $163.3 million up $6.7% compared to Q1 2018,  (excluding Webdam which was sold in the first quarter of 2018). The revenue was almost flat with the $162.1 million generated in the previous quarter. During the conference call CFO Steven Berns pointed out that traditionally revenue for Q1 is very similar to revenue in Q4 of the previous year. Revenue per download averaged $3.42 per image, compared to $3.40 in Q1 2018.

Shutterstock and AP Renew Multiyear Distribution Deal

By Jim Pickerell | 229 Words | Posted 4/23/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced the renewal of its agreement with The Associated Press (AP) to distribute AP’s daily global photo output for license to customers based in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.

Future Of Copyright In The US

By Jim Pickerell | 88 Words | Posted 4/23/2019 | Comments
On April 8, 2019 there was a roundtable discussion at the Copyright Office’s with regard to the immunity Internet Service Providers are entitled to under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if they comply with various provisions. The content creator community has been hoping that the U.S. might follow the lead of the European Parliament and provide some additional protections for creators.

Another VCG Update

By Jim Pickerell | 749 Words | Posted 4/22/2019 | Comments
VCG is still offline in China and there is no clear indication when they may be able to resume operations. It appears that VCG’s standard prices have ranged from tens to thousands of yuan. Thus, they could be as low $5 to $10 for the use of an image. Such prices seem to fit with the gross sales prices Getty Images has been reporting, minus a reasonable share for the selling agency. We also know that in a very few cases customers have paid well over $600 to use an image. However, It is unclear what the usage conditions have been for the extremely low prices or anything in between. Maybe VCG’s standard price packages have been very similar to those of Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. We don’t know.

Questions From China About VCG

By Jim Pickerell | 1320 Words | Posted 4/19/2019 | Comments
Photo World Magazine in China asked for my views on four issues related to the VCG copyright dispute. The following are my responses to the questions.  I’ve decided to share these comments with my readers. In addition, at the bottom of the story there links to some other stories on Selling-Stock.com that provide additional information

VCG’s Problems Continue

By Jim Pickerell | 509 Words | Posted 4/16/2019 | Comments
As we reported last week Visual China Group (VCG) in China was forced to close down itd website over the issue of offering the “Black Hole” photograph without giving “clear and visible” credit as required by the Creative Commons license.

Shutterstock Launches “View in Room” Augmented Reality For Mobile  

By Jim Pickerell | 326 Words | Posted 4/16/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced the launch of its first Augmented Reality (AR) feature, available on the Shutterstock customer iOS application. The latest update to the iOS application includes a new “View in Room” button that allows users to access their camera phone and virtually position any of Shutterstock’s 250 million images against the wall in a room of their choosing.

Brianna Wettlaufer Joins Adobe

By Jim Pickerell | 194 Words | Posted 4/15/2019 | Comments
Brianna Wettlaufer, former Co-Founder and CEO of Stocksy, has joined Adobe Stock as Head of Content. A longtime creative industry veteran and innovative entrepreneur Brianna has held numerous leadership roles in the stock photo industry including Vice President of Development at iStock among others. Brianna resigned her position at Stocksy last August for personal reasons.

Adobe Release 2019 Visual Trend, Brand Stand

By Jim Pickerell | 101 Words | Posted 4/15/2019 | Comments
Adobe has released its latest 2019 Visual Trend report called Brand Stand. The trend report explores consumers’ desire for companies that align themselves with important social issues and how brands like Nike and Gillette are driving this trend with high-impact creative that takes a stand.

VCG Violates Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 229 Words | Posted 4/12/2019 | Comments
Techcrunch reports that VCG grabbed the first black hole photo released by the European Southern Observatory and immediately made the image available for sale for either editorial and commercial use without any attribution to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHT), an array of radio telescopes that captured the black hole image.

In Defense Of Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 919 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments (3)
More and more photographers are expressing frustration with Getty Images and saying they are pulling their images. Many are looking for another distributor that will charge higher prices and offer a better royalty share. I hate to defend Getty, but to be fair today’s low prices are not all their fault. If we go back to the early 2000s Getty tried to keep prices at reasonable levels, but once iStock and Shutterstock came on the scene, and got some traction, there was no way for Getty to hold out forever.

Envato Acquires Twenty20

By Jim Pickerell | 400 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments
Envato, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has solidified its place as one of the key players in the stock photography market with the acquisition of stock photo subscription service Twenty20. The Los Angeles-based company that started out as a way for people to print Instagram photos onto canvas, boasts more than 350,000 creative contributors to its library of more than 45 million authentic, crowd-sourced photos.

Rawpixel Changes Terms And Conditions

By Jim Pickerell | 414 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments
Rawpixel is an agency in the microstock arena that everyone in the stock photo business should be aware of. The company is headquartered in the UK, but its creative hub in Bangkok, Thailand. The company is the leading contributor to Shutterstock with over 1,000,000 pieces of content in the collection.

Will Terapixel Resolution Help Professional Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 179 Words | Posted 4/9/2019 | Comments
Will Quantum Dots make the next generation of camera technology so much better that it will dramatically separate the quality of the work of professional photographers from those using smartphones and give the professional a new leg up? A story on thephoblographer.com points out that the Quantum Dot technology is much more efficient than the CMOS technology used today.

Intel Grabs Copyright?

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 4/4/2019 | Comments
Some photographers attending the Intel press and analyst event on April 2, 2019 interpreted the following notice to all entrants as a move to grab the copyright of any photos the photographer might take.

Will CGI Reduce The Need For Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 83 Words | Posted 4/4/2019 | Comments
Fstoppers has an interesting story on the impact CGI may have on commercial photography and photographers in the not too distant future. Earlier this week I wrote about the declining need for professional photographers in the future. Rather than buying camera equipment and spending time and effort learning how to take pictures anyone interested in the visual arts as a profession might be better advised to find a comfortable chair, sit down at their computer and learn CGI rather than being a photographer.

Will There Be A Future Need For Professional Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 790 Words | Posted 4/2/2019 | Comments (1)
Young people (those in their 20s and 30s) interested in a career as a photographer should think hard about that decision. Yes, there will always be a demand for photographs, but will those who want photographs be willing to pay enough to make it a business for image creators?

European Parliament Approves New Copyright Rules

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 4/2/2019 | Comments
With its “Copyright in the Digital Single Market” directive the European Parliament took a giant step last week toward empowering creatives and news publisher to negotiate with the Internet giants for a share of the revenue received as a result of their distribution of creative content they do not own. The new copyright rules also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Travel Photographer Closes Website

By Jim Pickerell | 264 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments (2)
Rick Strange, a very successful UK travel photographer with over 45 years experience is closing his www.worldtravelphotographs.com website after over 4 years of very disappointing sales. Considering the excellent quality of his work, this may be a cautionary tale for any photographer considering trying to market work from a personal website rather than using a stock agency.

StockFood Takes Over Look Travel Photo Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 468 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments
On April 1, 2019, StockFood GmbH will take over the German travel photo agency Look. All employees, including their long-standing customer advisors and photo editors, will join the StockFood team. For decades, Look (lookphotos.com) has been known as the leading German travel photo agency. From the very beginning, the name "Look" has been synonymous with the group's mission.

PhotoShelter Adds To Management Team

By Jim Pickerell | 308 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments
PhotoShelter, the leading digital asset management platform for visual storytellers, today announced two dynamic additions to the company’s management team: Kristine Muccigrosso and Daniel Salerno. Muccigrosso joins as the VP of Customer Success and Salerno as the Director of Talent and People Operations.

PIXTA Makes Business Alliance With Naver OGQ Market In South Korea

By Jim Pickerell | 194 Words | Posted 3/19/2019 | Comments
The Japanese microstock agency PIXTA which purchased Topic, a South Korean premium stock agency a couple years ago, has decided to make a business alliance with OGQ Co.,Ltd. in their "Naver OGQ Market." Naver is Korea's version of Yahoo or Google. The sales price for each image use will be 200 South Korean Won. This is equivalent to about $0.18 in U.S. dollars.

Winning Copyright Infringement Cases Gets Harder

By Jim Pickerell | 161 Words | Posted 3/15/2019 | Comments
Two unanimous opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 4, make winning a copyright infringement case more difficult. See a full report on the Digital Media Licensing Association website here.

Huawei Uses Fakes Photos To Sell P30 Smartphones

By Jim Pickerell | 151 Words | Posted 3/15/2019 | Comments
Huawei is using photos created with a DSLR to promote their new P30 Smartphone Pro Camera rather than photos actually taken with the camera. This is the third time they have been caught using DSLR stock photos to promote the use of their smartphones. They seem to have no qualms about misrepresenting their products to the public and potential buyers.

Getty To Push Exclusive RM

By Jim Pickerell | 701 Words | Posted 3/13/2019 | Comments
Getty Images sent out the following notice to image suppliers yesterday. Be sure to also see Getty Simplifying RM Exclusivity where I analyze the pros and cons of this plan for image creators. They said, "We will soon begin including a base level of Exclusivity into RM licenses called Market Freeze, which will allow customers exclusive use of an image for the combination of use, industry, geography, and duration of any commercial use license."

Getty Simplifying RM Exclusivity

By Jim Pickerell | 1012 Words | Posted 3/13/2019 | Comments
Will Getty’s move to simplifying RM Exclusivity be good for Image Creators? The following are several things RM contributors should think about. In particular, contributors who have co-exclusive agreements with Getty should question this new deal. See Getty To Push Exclusive RM for the full release on this new program

The End Of RM

By Jim Pickerell | 1002 Words | Posted 3/11/2019 | Comments (1)
Getty Images personnel are telling some stock agency image suppliers that in 3 to 5 years there will be no more Rights Managed licensing. Everything will be RF. Currently, only 21% of the images in Getty’s Creative collection are RM. That is down from 55% in 2007, the last time Getty supplied detailed figures on gross sales of the various collections. Getty is also putting pressure on individual photographers to switch their RM images to RF.

How The Value Of Stock Photos Has Declined

By Jim Pickerell | 530 Words | Posted 3/7/2019 | Comments
Back in 2007 I was called on to place a value on a collection of wildlife stock images that were involved in a legal action. At the time I based the per-image value on the “average annual return-per-image” of the Getty Images collection. By dividing the gross 2006 RM revenue by the total RM images in the collection I determined that the average annual gross license fee for an RM image was $335.

PantherMedia Representing 360Cities

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 3/7/2019 | Comments
PantherMedia is now representing the work of the largest provider of 360 °/VR media provider, 360Cities. 360 °/VR media are ideal for use in education, publishing, advertising and film, as well as in the development of mobile apps and games. 360Cities has been curating high-quality, fully 360 ° interactive panoramic photos for over 10 years, working with thousands of passionate VR photographers and videographers from around the world.

What’s An Image At Getty Worth?

By Jim Pickerell | 736 Words | Posted 3/5/2019 | Comments (3)
Yesterday, I received a call from a travel photographer who recently started contributing his work to Getty Images. He has about 200 images from various locations around the world in the collection. He just received a sales report for 3 Premium Access sales, each for royalties of under $1.00. He wanted to know who he could contact at Getty about such ridiculously low royalties.

Finding The Right Image Gets Harder For Creatives

By Jim Pickerell | 707 Words | Posted 2/28/2019 | Comments
Did you know it takes Creatives twice as long to find an image that will work for their project as it did just 4 years ago? This is one of the facts that was uncovered in Visualsteam’s Annual Survey of Creative Pros. This 35-page report is packed with other information and insights that should help image licensors and image creators as they plan for the future. The report can be purchased for $69.95 by contacting fnyrf@ivfhnyfgrnz.pbz

Image Creators Need Better Sales Information

By Jim Pickerell | 865 Words | Posted 2/27/2019 | Comments (2)
Image creators need better information about the kind of content that is selling. Are customers looking at higher priced content? Can creators earn more money if their images are in a collection like Offset where images are licensed for much higher prices? Should creators produce more stills? Should they buy new equipment and start shooting video that sells for higher prices? Shutterstock’s quarterly reports to investors aren’t very helpful in this regard.

Shutterstock 2018 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1218 Words | Posted 2/26/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2018 revenue of $162.1 million up $6.7% compared to Q4 2017. (The comparison excludes the 2017 revenue from Webdam which was divested in Q1 2018.) The revenue was also up $9.5 million from Q3 2018. Revenue per download averaged $3.40 per image, compared to $3.33 in Q4 2017. (Much of this growth is probably due to increased sales of video content offered at much higher prices than still image content.)

CEPIC Disappointed With Aspects Of EU Copyright Directive

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 2/25/2019 | Comments
CEPIC expresses its extreme disappointment at the EU copyright Directive as we see that last minute compromises were reached that will directly hurt CEPIC members specialized in fine art, history and vintage photography. Some of these libraries are attached to cultural institutions and contribute to their financing – this not only by “selling postcards” as the agreed compromise text implies.

Pricing For Today’s Stock Photo Market

By Jim Pickerell | 537 Words | Posted 2/21/2019 | Comments
An agent who has operated a small, specialist agency specializing in RM licensing for years contacted me recently and asked the following question. “I’m reworking (or trying to figure out) image pricing in bundle form (similar to OFFSET STOCK PHOTOS). I’m wondering if you’ve talked to them about whether their program might/might not be working?" Here’s my response.  

Pearson Sells U.S. Textbook Business

By Jim Pickerell | 195 Words | Posted 2/18/2019 | Comments
Pearson has sold its U.S. schools course materials business to the private equity groups Nexus Capital Management LP for $250 million. Nexus will pay an initial $25 million and a further $225 million by way of a vendor note due in the next three to five years for the business, which provides textbooks and resources for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

WPPI Bans Member: Rescinds Past Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 239 Words | Posted 2/18/2019 | Comments
Australian photographer Lisa Saad has been accused of using other people’s photos to compete in, and win, various photo competitions in in Australia, the United States and other countries.

Low Slow Sales Growth For Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 752 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock will report its fourth quarter 2018 numbers on February 26, 2019. If the last three years are any indication, it is unlikely that there will be much evidence of additional sales growth. I’ve put together a chart of quarter-by-quarter sales since the beginning of 2014. The chart offers some interesting insights, particularly in regard to what has been happening in the last three years since the beginning of 2016.

EU To Modernize Copyright Rules

By Jim Pickerell | 389 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission have come to a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe. This will bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors including the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizens.

Spending For Wedding Photography Flat

By Jim Pickerell | 168 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
Spending for weddings in the U.S. in 2018 was down 4% from $25,764 in 2017 to $24,723 in 2018. The photography segment of this spending breaks down as follows according to The Wedding Report.

Signs Of The Times

By Jim Pickerell | 187 Words | Posted 2/12/2019 | Comments
Kodak, now going by the name of Kodak Alaris. has announced the sale of its PPF (Paper, Photochemicals and Film) unit as soon as March 2019. Just last month they promised to re-introduce Ektachrome in 120 and sheet film later this year, but this week it was reported that they will be selling the company.

Mint Images Distributing Spaces Images Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 143 Words | Posted 2/12/2019 | Comments
We missed the announcement last December that Mint Images had signed a worldwide exclusive distribution agreement with Spaces Images to represent the over 15,000 images its collection. These images are now available for direct licensing from Mint Images, and through Mint’s distribution partners around the world.

Successful Stock Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 724 Words | Posted 2/8/2019 | Comments (1)
If you want to know what it takes to be successful in stock photography you may want to listen to what Steve Heap and Todd Klassy have to say. Both approach the stock business in non-traditional ways. Both have seen continued annual growth in revenue in the last few years despite the fact that many other photographers are seeing a plateau or decline in revenue.

Dreamstime vs Google

By Jim Pickerell | 431 Words | Posted 2/8/2019 | Comments
U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California recently granted Google's motion to dismiss the antitrust claim filed by Dreamstime.com LLC but allowed claims of breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing to move forward.

Getty Demanding Agencies Supply Them RM Exclusively

By Jim Pickerell | 611 Words | Posted 2/4/2019 | Comments
Sources tell me that Getty is demanding that U.S. agencies with RM images in its collection make those RM images fully exclusive through gettyimages.com. Otherwise Getty will terminate the Agreement. One theory for doing this is that Getty wants to be able to grant exclusive licenses through e-commerce sales. If Getty knows they have total control of a given image, then they would be able to grant exclusive licenses without the need to do any checking with the parent agency that represents the image to see if exclusive rights are available. This would be similar to the arrangement that Stocksy has with its photographers.

More On Apple’s Photo Contest

By Jim Pickerell | 250 Words | Posted 2/1/2019 | Comments
Last week I reported on Apple’s new global photography contest. The 10 winning images will be used extensively in a massive advertising campaign including product packaging and billboards. The official contest rules say the winning entries will have “No cash value.”

Decline Of Images Requiring Production Planning And Costs

By Jim Pickerell | 719 Words | Posted 1/29/2019 | Comments (3)
In the not too distant future there will be few, if any, new professional images created that require pre-planning, paying for models, renting locations, building sets, acquiring props, or anything that adds to the cost of producing such images. Currently the costs of producing a large segment of images in demand far exceeds the revenue generated from licensing such images. Producers trying to earn their living from such production will find it necessary to drop out of the market.

Visualsteam’s 6th Annual Survey Of Image Buyers

By Jim Pickerell | 129 Words | Posted 1/29/2019 | Comments
Visualsteam has just released it’s 6th annual survey of image buyers. This 35-page report prepared by Leslie Hughes who has decades of experience in the stock photo business always offers deep insights into what image buyers are looking for and the problems they face.

Direct Selling Of Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 2110 Words | Posted 1/25/2019 | Comments (3)
The stock agency sales model no longer works for most photographers trying to earn a portion of their living from the images they produce. Prices for the use of photos have declined so dramatically that it no longer makes much sense for professional photographers to spend much time or effort producing stock images on speculation.

How Much Has The Value Of A Great Photo Declined?

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 1/23/2019 | Comments (1)
Want to know how much the value of a great photo that is used in advertising has declined? In 2001 Microsoft paid $135,000 to use Chuck O'Rear's image of a green rolling hillside with a pale blue sky to launch a major advertising campaign for Windows XP software. How much do you think Apple is willing to pay for an iPhone photo that will be used heavily in iPhone advertising? Hint: If you're a photographer you won't be surprised, but you also won't be happy!

Copyright Office Outlines Challenges Facing Visual Creators For Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 226 Words | Posted 1/22/2019 | Comments
The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress detailing the results of the Office’s public inquiry on how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations, are registered, monetized, and enforced under the Copyright Act of 1976. The document is entitled, “Copyright and Visual Works: The Legal Landscape of Opportunities and Challenges.”

Mint Images Representing Londolozi Photography Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 380 Words | Posted 1/22/2019 | Comments
As of 1 September 2018, Mint Images obtained worldwide distribution rights for The Londolozi Photography Collection.  Both companies are very excited to be working together.  The collection is available for direct licensing from Mint Images, and through Mint’s distribution partners around the world. 

Shutterstock’s 2019 Creative Trends Report

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 1/16/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has published its eighth annual 2019 Creative Trends Report. This year’s eleven design styles, many of which echo the past in a playful and in a decadent way, predict the top influences for design and visual production in 2019.

Copyright Thief

By Jim Pickerell | 279 Words | Posted 1/14/2019 | Comments
A reader called my attention to an article I wrote in 2010 where the “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that online rights infringements costs the U.S. economy roughly $58 billion in total output every year.” The reader wanted to know how much that might be today.

ABACA and ddp group Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 268 Words | Posted 1/14/2019 | Comments
Paris based photo agency ABACAPRESS and German ddp group, each a leading press
photo agency in their country, will join forces to increase photo production for their
core business, and to develop innovative services for new markets and corporate
brands.

Shutterstock Launches New Ad Campaign

By Jim Pickerell | 331 Words | Posted 1/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced it is launching its first brand marketing campaign in six years. The ‘It’s not stock, it’s ShutterstockTM’ message is designed to showcase the unparalleled quality and depth of Shutterstock’s creative asset repository driven by more than 550,000 contributors from around the globe, as well as highlight the proprietary search and discovery technologies that inspire the creative professionals who use Shutterstock to find the perfect asset every time.

Aurora Photos Sold To Cavan Images

By Jim Pickerell | 319 Words | Posted 1/8/2019 | Comments
Aurora Photos has been sold to Cavan Images. The official transition date is Feb 1, 2019. Aurora was founded in 1993 as an agency specializing in offering images related to Outdoor Adventure, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Nature’s Beauty and remote travel to adventure destinations.

News Photography In The Digital Age

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 1/4/2019 | Comments
According to, The State of News Photography 2018, published by the World Press Photo Foundation and authored by Adrian Hadland and Camilla Barnett photographers and photojournalists are finding working patterns in the media world increasingly difficult and many are facing more financial stress.

Fake Assignment Scams

By Jim Pickerell | 224 Words | Posted 1/4/2019 | Comments
PhotoShelter has reached out to its more than 80,000 photographers to alert them to fake assignment scams that are being sent through the contact form on their PhotoShelter website. There is no reason to believe that the scammers are only contacting PhotoShelter member as it would be easy for then to run the same scam on any photographer who has a website and offers a way to be contacted.

Don’t Ignore Customer Needs

By Jim Pickerell | 1279 Words | Posted 1/3/2019 | Comments
In response to the article I published last week where I suggested that what is needed is a system that enables photographers to deal directly with customers Macintosh Smith commented “Isn’t this what PhotographersDirect.com has tried to establish?" Photographers Direct is a good first step, but in my opinion it has some major flaws. Consequently, I suspect it is generating very little traffic.

Stock Photo Agencies: Outlived Their Usefulness

By Jim Pickerell | 4385 Words | Posted 12/27/2018 | Comments (2)
This long read outlines the step-by-step changes in the marketing of stock images over the the last 30 to 40 years. It makes clear why the production of stock images is no longer a viable business for most photographers and other image creators. At the end of the article, I have outlined some of the changes I believe need to be made in the relationships between image creators and customers in order to return the business to a profitable occupation for those who produce images.

Stock Photo Pricing: The Future

By Jim Pickerell | 48 Words | Posted 12/21/2018 | Comments
In the last two years I have written a lot about stock photo pricing and its downward slide. If you have time over the holidays you may want to review some of these stories as you plan your strategy for engaging in the stock photo business in 2019.

Is The Customer Always Right?

By Jim Pickerell | 535 Words | Posted 12/20/2018 | Comments
Many in business believe “The Customer Is Always Right.” The only problem with this is that most customers always want “more” for “less money.” In the Internet environment, particularly, everything is expected to be FREE – literally. When it comes to satisfying the customer the problem arises in finding a way to cover the cost of producing the product or service. Part of the answer is to find ways to produce more efficiently. Over the years it has been possible to cut costs by providing workers with better tools, expecting more from the workers for less pay or replacing workers entirely by turning production jobs over to machines.

Future Of Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 383 Words | Posted 12/20/2018 | Comments
A recent story by Petapixel got me thinking about where still photography, as a profession, is headed in this world of generosity and free. Nvidia Corporation, a technology company based in Santa Clara, California, designs graphics processing units for the gaming and professional markets. They have recently released software that can create images of people that look completely real -- except the people never existed.

Cutting Out The Middleman

By Jim Pickerell | 1897 Words | Posted 12/18/2018 | Comments (5)
As fewer and fewer stock photographers earn enough from the licensing of their photos to justify continued production, some suggest that instead of letting stock agencies pay them 20% to 30% of the small gross fees collected to use their images, they should sell their images directly to customers. In this way they would get higher prices and keep 100% of what the customer pays.

Dreamstime Reverse Image Search

By Jim Pickerell | 289 Words | Posted 12/17/2018 | Comments (1)
Sometimes companies get so anxious to promote themselves that they announce new programs before they are actually functioning properly or ready for release. Last week Dreamstime announced its “New Reverse Image Search” and said it “makes finding the perfect stock image a snap.”

Which Companies Get Images For Rock Bottom Prices?

By Jim Pickerell | 584 Words | Posted 12/14/2018 | Comments
Everyone knows that many images are being licensed for very low prices. Many feel that the people paying these low prices are small, start-up businesses that are so poor they can’t justify paying fees high enough to cover the costs of creating the image. It is hoped that if photographers help these businesses succeed in the initial stages, eventually when they are profitable they might be able to pay enough to enable image creators to actually profit from their efforts.

Photos Found On Social Media Aren’t Free To Publish

By Jim Pickerell | 654 Words | Posted 12/12/2018 | Comments
In the case of Jonathan Otto vs. Hearst Communications, Inc. in the Southern District Court of New York, Judge Gregory Woods has found that news organizations may not use personal images posted on social media without permission. In the event that personal images are use the infringer is legally liable to pay damages to the creator.

Pond5 Launching Web Resolution

By Jim Pickerell | 587 Words | Posted 12/11/2018 | Comments
Pond5 has launched a new Web resolution in an effort to grow the use of their clips in the social-media space. The price defaults to 20% of the contributors 4K master price (or 40% of HD price if it’s a native HD file). Contributors will be able to adjust this percentage in their account preferences or on the clip edit item page.

Bridgeman Images Represents Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 234 Words | Posted 12/11/2018 | Comments
Bridgeman Images is very excited to announce that, thanks to the partnership between Mondadori Portfolio and the Ambrosiana, Bridgeman now represent the amazing Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana collection, which is comprised of over 6,000 images and contains some of the most important works of literature and fine art in the world.

Where Is Stock Photography Headed in 2019?

By Jim Pickerell | 606 Words | Posted 12/10/2018 | Comments (2)
I was asked recently for my predictions on where the stock photo industry is headed in 2019. There will continue to be massive growth in the number of images added to the major stock photo collections. An increasing percentage will be produced by amateurs not professionals who might be trying to earn a portion of their living from the images they produce.

New Year, New Image Source

By Jim Pickerell | 322 Words | Posted 12/10/2018 | Comments
Image Source has completed its second move this year to its now permanent residence at 66 Old Compton Street – the former home of a cardinal London creative icon, Rushes Post-Production House - right in the heart of Soho.  The move to a larger and more modern creative space is the first of many new initiatives for the premium agency which was bought back by its Founder, Christina Vaughan together with professional Investor and successful businessman, Michael Jackson at the beginning of 2018.

What Is Stock Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 725 Words | Posted 12/7/2018 | Comments (1)
When I first started actively producing stock photography, I did so because I wanted to make money. I had discovered that I could earn additional revenue from images I had previously produced on either an assignment or on speculation. At the time I wasn’t earning enough from assignments alone to fully support the needs of my family. The stock revenue was an important supplement. Assignments weren’t as frequent, or as well paying, as I would have liked. I realized I could use the “in between” time to produce images for my stock collection that one day might be licensed.

What Are The Stock Images That Sell?

By Jim Pickerell | 844 Words | Posted 12/7/2018 | Comments (1)
A professional photographer asked recently “what kind of still images and video clips are being used?” It’s a great question with no good answer. Stock agencies know the answer, but they’re not sharing. Photographers seriously interested in earning money from their stock photo production need detailed and specific information about what customers are buying if they hope to create new images cost effectively. Such information would enable them to focus their efforts on producing more of the subject matter customers regularly want to buy.

Adobe Stock Creative Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 737 Words | Posted 12/6/2018 | Comments
We’re entering that period when stock agencies publish assessments of future creative trends for the coming year. Adobe has recently published its 2019 Creative Trend Report. Such reports are designed to provide image creators with the agency’s best guess as to the new types of imagery that may be needed.

Alamy Lowering Royalty To 40%

By Jim Pickerell | 495 Words | Posted 12/4/2018 | Comments (2)
Alamy has announced that early next year they will be lowering the royalty rate from 50% to 40%. Early in January they will send all contributors an official announcement signaling the beginning of the standard 45-day notice period before a new contract change goes into effect. The new royalty rate is expected to take effect in February 2019.

Shutterstock Select Footage Clips

By Jim Pickerell | 367 Words | Posted 12/3/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced Shutterstock Select, a premium tier of royalty-free video content. The diverse collection of video clips includes exclusive content with everything from everyday moments to blockbuster action scenes, all captured by industry professionals using cinema-grade cameras and selected by our expert curators.

Moving On : Winding Down Selling Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 599 Words | Posted 11/30/2018 | Comments (25)
After 28 years of publishing Selling Stock, in 2019 I will begin to wind down my regular daily coverage of the stock photo industry. The site (www.selling-stock.com ) with all its archives will continue to be available to readers, indefinitely.

Mega Agency Adds Phil Ramey Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 258 Words | Posted 11/28/2018 | Comments
The Mega Agency is adding 2.5 million iconic and historic entertainment images to its rapidly expanding archive. The media company, a leading provider of news, sports and entertainment content, will now represent and license the Phil Ramey photo archive to its global customer base.? 

Koch Industries Invests $500 Million In Getty Images

By Jim Pickerell | 316 Words | Posted 11/28/2018 | Comments (1)
Koch Equity Development is expected to make a $500 million, non-controlling investment in Getty Images. Getty says the equity investment is expected to close by the end of this year.

Call To Action - (CtoA)

By Jim Pickerell | 667 Words | Posted 11/26/2018 | Comments (1)
Recently I was told by a stock agency that my Photographer Income Survey Results were not relevant to Specialist Agencies because the results are “rather negative and don’t offer a possible positive call to action.” In the following series of stories I will outline a “Positive Call to Action” for stock agencies.

CtoA 4 - Present To Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 1014 Words | Posted 11/26/2018 | Comments
Once the data has been collected then it will be time to talk to Getty – as a group. For years they have shown they are unwilling to pay attention to suggestions from individual agencies. The more Specialist Agencies that participate in the analysis the better.

CtoA 3 -Agencies Should Analyze Their Getty 2018 Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 1254 Words | Posted 11/26/2018 | Comments
In May I analyzed the sales of a few photographers who are major, direct suppliers to Getty. A major issue that all Specialist Agencies need to consider is whether the breakdown in the various price ranges in this analysis are representative of Getty’s total sales? Specialist agencies need to check their own figures against this baseline to determine if this is an accurate representation of Getty as a whole.

CtoA 2 -Power And Leverage Of Individual Agencies

By Jim Pickerell | 2680 Words | Posted 11/26/2018 | Comments
In July 2018 I did an analysis of the more than 200 Getty Creative collections to determine how many images had been added to each collection in the almost two years between August 2016 and June 2018. Overall there was a 37% increase in the number of images added, but there were wide variations in the sources of the growth.

Shutterstock Enters Rights Clearance Pack With Greenlight

By Jim Pickerell | 424 Words | Posted 11/26/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced a partnership with rights and clearance agency, Greenlight, a part of Branded Entertainment Network. Greenlight clears content with rights holders for use in commercial advertising and corporate campaigns. Greenlight also represents the rights for some of the biggest icons, including Albert Einstein, Steve McQueen, Whitney Houston, Sophia Loren, Thomas Edison, and more.

Masterfile Not Paying Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 401 Words | Posted 11/25/2018 | Comments
According to photographers Masterfile has been unable to make any royalty payments to photographers since January 2018. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2017. Payments to the bankruptcy lawyer are prioritized ahead of payments to photographers. It appears the company has not been generating enough revenue to cover fixed expenses and still pay royalties.

Shutterstock Launches Workflow Extension for Final Cut Pro X

By Jim Pickerell | 317 Words | Posted 11/25/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced a new content integration within Final Cut Pro X. The Shutterstock extension is the only stock footage extension to be integrated with the release of Final Cut Pro X and will enable seamless access to video, still image and music collections.

Google Images Displays Copyright Info

By Jim Pickerell | 805 Words | Posted 11/9/2018 | Comments
In late September 2018, Google announced that it had been working with two photo industry consortiums, CEPIC and IPTC, to integrate some image ownership-related metadata into search results. Now Google images desktop view has a new “Image credits” link below the image. This information is collected from IPTC Creator, Credit and/or Copyright information if it exists.

Fotolia To Close in 2019

By Jim Pickerell | 307 Words | Posted 11/7/2018 | Comments
Adobe has given photographers notice that on November 5, 2019, almost a year way, the  Fotolia website will close and all customers will need to use Adobe Stock from that time on to find the images they need.

Photographer Income Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 2072 Words | Posted 11/6/2018 | Comments
We have closed the Editorial Photographer Income Survey that was sent out at the end of August. There were 270 responses which is somewhat disappointing considering the tens of thousands of photographers producing stock images today.

Revenue Per DL vs Revenue Per Image Created

By Jim Pickerell | 981 Words | Posted 11/5/2018 | Comments (1)
In their reports to investors Shutterstock has always emphasized their steadily growing Revenue Per Download as well as their growth in the number of images offered to customers. But there is another figure that is extremely important to image creators. That is the Revenue Per Image In The Collection (RPIIC). That has been steadily declining since Q2 2014.

Alamy Offers 360Cities Image Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 11/5/2018 | Comments
Alamy.com and 360Cities.net have announced that the 360Cities’ collection of thousands of stunning, immersive 360° spherical images will now be available to Alamy customers through Alamy’s online worldwide marketplace. The 360Cities database will launch on Alamy.com on 5 November 2018 with an initial collection of approximately 150K images, to be supplemented with a regular stream of new content.

Australian Online Piracy Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 11/2/2018 | Comments
For the last four years the Australian Government has published an annual "Consumer Survey on online copyright infringement". The 103 page report focuses on the unlicensed use of Music, Video Games, Movies, TV, e-Books and PC software. Unfortunately, it does not deal the unlicensed use of photographs.

Storyblocks Most Popular Landmarks

By Jim Pickerell | 386 Words | Posted 11/2/2018 | Comments
Storyblocks has analyzed a total of 60 million searches on its site in 2018 to find the 50 most popular landmarks featured in creative works.

Market Size and Where Market Headed

By Jim Pickerell | 1567 Words | Posted 11/1/2018 | Comments
I’m regularly asked for my thoughts on the size of the worldwide market for stock photography in terms of gross revenue and the potential for market growth. I currently estimate the worldwide sale of stock imagery to be about $2.75 billion divided among four different product types - Microstock, Creative Stills, Editorial and Footage or Video. Further details of the breakdown are provided in this story.

Potential For Market Growth

By Jim Pickerell | 1719 Words | Posted 11/1/2018 | Comments
There is very little likelihood that the overall market will grow if the stock photo business continues on its current course. In order to have growth at least four major strategy changes are needed. I see no likelihood that any of these will occur.

PantherMedia Offers New 10-Images Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 265 Words | Posted 11/1/2018 | Comments
The European stock photography and video agency PantherMedia, based in Munich, has announced  the introduction of a new 10 photo downloads subscription. All PantherMedia’s subscriptions now include access for up to 3 team members.

Shutterstock Q3 2018 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1329 Words | Posted 10/30/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q3 2018 revenue of $151.6 million up $7.5% million compared to Q3 2017. (The comparison excludes the 2017 revenue from Webdam which was divested in Q1 2018.) Gross revenue was and down from $156.6 million in Q2 2018. Revenue per download averaged $3.40 per image, compared to $3.23 in Q3 2017. (Much of this growth is probably due to increased sales of video content offered at much higher prices than still image content.)

Sports Photographers’ Win Appeal Against NFL

By Jim Pickerell | 253 Words | Posted 10/29/2018 | Comments
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated copyright infringement claims by sports photographers against commercial users of their photographs, finding that the licenses that the photographers had granted to one of those users did not permit it to grant a sublicense to the other to use those photographs for free. Spinelli, et al. v. National Football League, et al.Case No. 17-cv-0673 (2d Cir. Sept. 11, 2018) (Lynch, J).

Image Creator Locator Update

By Jim Pickerell | 2563 Words | Posted 10/26/2018 | Comments
The following is an update of information I have supplied previously about the Image Creator Locator concept. The previous stories can be found here, here, here and here.

Where Users Find The Images They Need

By Jim Pickerell | 568 Words | Posted 10/25/2018 | Comments
The images created by photographers who are trying to earn a portion of their living from their work represent very small minority of the total images that can be found on the Internet. Every day the number of images on the Internet that require licensing becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of the total. While there may be 2 billion unique images online that photographers have on offer for licensing, that number is a very small percentage of the total images available for viewing.

Lower Prices: Last Thing Industry Needs

By Jim Pickerell | 864 Words | Posted 10/23/2018 | Comments
The last thing this industry needs is lower prices. However, it often seems that whenever someone wants to start a new business, or grow an existing one, they conclude that the most important distinguishing characteristic compared to their competitor must be lower prices. The new Onepixel offering clearly illustrates this point. A group of people with experience in the industry put together a new site. Based on their experience they are well aware of the type images in greatest demand by customers. They have previously built relationships with many of the creators of such images. They have a good idea for offering a small highly curated collection of images that will make it much easier for customers to quickly find what they need.

Onepixel: New Microstock Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 609 Words | Posted 10/23/2018 | Comments (1)
A few former Fotolia employees have joined forces to launch a new microstock site called Onepixel.com.  While at Fotolia these people were able to learn the type of pictures that customers are most interested in buying and build relationships with many of the photographers who have been most successful in producing such images.

Shooting Down Private Drones

By Jim Pickerell | 319 Words | Posted 10/22/2018 | Comments
The U.S. Senate has passed the FAA Reauthorization Act that will give authorities permission to shoot down private drones that are determined to be “threats.” The proposed law has sparked an outcry from civil liberties organizations.

Agence France-Presse Cutting Jobs

By Jim Pickerell | 189 Words | Posted 10/22/2018 | Comments
The CEO of Agence France-Presse Fabrice Fries has announced a "transformation plan" which will cut the number of employees by 5% at the end of 2017 in order to bring net profit of the company into equilibrium by 2021.

Dilemma: Chasing Unauthorized Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 1194 Words | Posted 10/19/2018 | Comments (1)
Photographers trying to earn a portion of their living from the images they produce get very upset when they discover that someone has used one of their images without permission or compensation. But, pursuing and collecting from such users can be a very complex process and raise some difficult issues.

Shutterstock Editorial Available On eCommerce Platform

By Jim Pickerell | 345 Words | Posted 10/17/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that Editorial content is now available for license on its eCommerce Platform. Shutterstock Editorial offers images that capture the world around us, including a live feed of curated news, sports, entertainment and royal family images, along with access to a multi-decade archive of iconic images. Previously available only to Enterprise customers with Shutterstock Premier accounts, this collection is now available to all Shutterstock customers through Shutterstock.com/editorial.

ACSIL Announces CLEAR Panel For Meet-Up

By Jim Pickerell | 938 Words | Posted 10/16/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has provided more information about the ACSIL and CLEAR panalists for its West Coast Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm. The event will be held at Getty Images, Los Angeles, 6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor. For more about Meet-Up see here. Attendance for footage buyers is free.

Is Marketing Changing?

By Jim Pickerell | 244 Words | Posted 10/16/2018 | Comments
One advertising trend to watch that could have a major impact on the demand for stock photography is the use of “customer stories” to market products and services. Recently at a Dreamforce conference Stephanie Buscemi, Chief Marketing Officer at Salesforce said, “We’ve eradicated stock photography. In the marketing organization, using stock photography is one way not to have a job. We always use customers.”

Are You A “Copyright Troll?”

By Jim Pickerell | 1258 Words | Posted 10/12/2018 | Comments (1)
Creators take note. Are you a “Copyright Troll?” For people in the tech industry and many Internet users this as a term of derision implying that the troll has no right to expect compensation for small uses of their copyrighted material. On the other hand, for those trying to earn a portion of their living creating the images that people need to promote their businesses and the services they offer, maybe this should be a badge of honor. Maybe you should be proud to be referred to as a “Copyright Troll.

Subscriptions Or Individual Licenses

By Jim Pickerell | 844 Words | Posted 10/10/2018 | Comments (1)
Over the weekend on Stockphoto@yahoogroups.com Rick Boden said, “I was getting serious about (putting my images with) Adobe Stock Images and then I realized they sell images via subscription. I have a very bad feeling about getting into an arrangement like that based on experience where my present agency (that) has a tie in with Getty where I am getting many royalties of less than a dollar because of subscription sales.”

ACSIL Announces IDA Panel For Meet-UP

By Jim Pickerell | 137 Words | Posted 10/10/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has announce the IDA panalists for its West Coast Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm. The event will be held at Getty Images, Los Angeles, 6300 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor.

20,000 Adobe Stock Contributors To Get CC Photography Plan Free In 2019

By Jim Pickerell | 388 Words | Posted 10/9/2018 | Comments (1)
To incentivize Adobe Stock image and video contributors Adobe intends to provide the Creative Cloud Photography Plan (worth $120/£120), to 20,000 to them for free in 2019. You must already be an Adobe Stock contributor and either have had 300 or more photographs accepted, or made $500/£375 or more from sales.

Protect Against Copyright In China

By Jim Pickerell | 368 Words | Posted 10/9/2018 | Comments
Zhang Wei, CEO of Imaginechina is appealing to other stock agencies, particularly editorial producers, to help stop massive photo copyright infringements by Baidu (Nasdaq BIDU). Imaginechina has recently won 38 lawsuits against Baidu over photo copyright infringements.

Offset Testing New Pricing For Enterprise Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 223 Words | Posted 10/9/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced that they will be testing some new pricing and promotions for their Offset.com brand in the next few months. Initially, they will only offer these prices to their Enterprise customers (customers who purchase through their Premier Platform). Their posted rates on the website of $249 and $499 will not change. Sources tell us that their tend to be more at the lower price than the higher.

Adobe Stock Releases Preview Crop

By Jim Pickerell | 236 Words | Posted 10/8/2018 | Comments
Designers and content marketers alike are familiar with the multi-step process of finding the perfect stock image and optimizing it for multiple dimensions to deliver a seamless experiences across platforms. Ahead of the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference that will take place in Los Angeles next week from October 15th thru 17th, Adobe Stock has released Preview Crop, a new feature that streamlines designer and social media marketer workflows.

Can Getty Repair Its Relationships With Creators?

By Jim Pickerell | 1129 Words | Posted 10/4/2018 | Comments (4)
Recently, in a discussion with a stock photo agent the subject came up as to what it would take for Getty Images to repair its relationships with the Creator Community. I raised the issue late last year in “Why Creators Are Dissatisfied With Getty.”

PicRights Extends Copyright Enforcement Network To Brazil

By Jim Pickerell | 329 Words | Posted 10/2/2018 | Comments
PicRights Europe GmbH, a global leader in copyright compliance, has added a new enforcement partner in Brazil to monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading news agencies, stock image agencies and independent photographers. PicRights Brazil will augment PicRights’ long established network in major markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Facebook Fact Checking Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 228 Words | Posted 10/1/2018 | Comments
Since March Facebook had been researching and testing with 27 fact-checking partners in 17 countries around the world how to fact check false photos and videos. They are regularly onboarding new partners.

Getty Video Producers: Get Ready For Some Low Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 479 Words | Posted 9/26/2018 | Comments (2)
Getty Images has just done a deal with www.animoto.com to provide unlimited video clips to Animoto video producers. Animoto says, “Now when you create marketing videos in Animoto, you'll have unlimited access to our stunning collection of stock photos and video clips at no extra cost beyond your subscription.”

WENN Media Group To Use Copytrack Infringement Tracking Service

By Jim Pickerell | 239 Words | Posted 9/26/2018 | Comments
Copytrack and WENN Media Group (WMG) have announced their future exclusive collaboration. WMG specialized in providing up-to-the-minute entertainment news content with production based in Los Angeles, New York, London and Berlin. Copytrack will provide WMG with the tracking and worldwide legal enforcement of copyright infringement.

Action Press Independent Again

By Jim Pickerell | 93 Words | Posted 9/26/2018 | Comments
Action Press, one of Germany's leading press photo agencies based in Hamburg since 1970, is again independent and privately owned. Ulli Michel, longtime managing director, used the management buy-out option and bought action press out of the SilverHub UK bankruptcy estate.

Knowing What To Shoot

By Jim Pickerell | 1466 Words | Posted 9/25/2018 | Comments
Stock agencies do a very poor job of advising photographers what to shoot. Most successful businesses try to keep the people producing their products well informed about what is selling and what isn’t. They don’t want their workers wasting time (and costing them money) producing products no one wants to buy.

Mega Agency Launches Service To Fight Copyright Infringement

By Jim Pickerell | 395 Words | Posted 9/24/2018 | Comments
The Mega Agency has launched an innovative new service to fight widespread copyright infringement – Mega Image Police (MIP). The company, a leading provider of news, sports and entertainment content, has beta launched an initiative to quickly identify stolen content and actively pursue damages on behalf of its growing global contributor base.

Is Visual Evidence Fact?

By Jim Pickerell | 654 Words | Posted 9/21/2018 | Comments
When I entered the photography profession “Seeing Was Believing.” If there was a visual record of something, then it really happened. Photos were much more important records of events than just words. A still image might not provide an accurate, overall understanding of a particular event, but at least it was an accurate rendition of a moment in time. No more!

Article 13: Copyright Protection

By Jim Pickerell | 721 Words | Posted 9/20/2018 | Comments (1)
All photographers around the world who are trying to control and earn money from their work should watch, very carefully, what the European Parliament does with Article 13 of its Copyright Directive. The final EU decision could greatly benefit all photographers whether they live in the EU or not. Tech industry leaders, like Google and YouTube, strongly oppose this legislation, because it could force them to use automated content filtering systems to insure that copyrighted material is not being distributed without permission on their platforms. The law states that digital companies should put "effective content recognition systems" in place.

Conceptual Realism: Is That What Customers Are Buying?

By Jim Pickerell | 614 Words | Posted 9/20/2018 | Comments (2)
Getty Images has just sent out a promotion – probably mostly to photographers – to show Conceptual Realism. The implication is that customers want more of this type of imagery and photographers should be shooting more of it and supplying it to the agency. Is Such Imagery Really What Customers Want? I can’t believe that most of what is being shown in this gallery are images that customers are actually licensing for use.

Getty Debt

By Jim Pickerell | 1330 Words | Posted 9/18/2018 | Comments
Many in the industry are concerned about the level of Getty Images debt and what that might mean for the future of the company. The following is some general information about the financial status of the company. It is not clear how the debt might affect the future. Getty Images has about $2.367 billion in debt. About $1.8 billion of that is in Term Loans at 4.37%. Back in 2012 they had about $2 billion in Term Loans so in the past six years it appears they have paid down about $200 million of the principal in addition to the annual interest. The terms of these loans is unclear and may vary.

Getty To Supply Amazon Echo Users With Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 520 Words | Posted 9/17/2018 | Comments
Getty Images, has agreed to make Getty’s award-winning collection of sports, news, entertainment, archival and creative images available to enhance the voice responses from Alexa on all Echo devices with a screen. Exactly how image creators will be compensated for this use of their images has not been explained.

Storyblocks Changes Marketplace Commission Structure

By Jim Pickerell | 496 Words | Posted 9/14/2018 | Comments
In an effort to drive more Marketplace sales Storyblocks has lowered its commission to 50%. When the company (then known as Videoblocks) launched its Marketplace offering in 2015 the company offered still images and video clips at dramatically, discounted prices compared to its competitors. However, they paid creators 100% of the money received from the licensing of their work. As a result creators ended up earning more for each image licensed than they would if the image was licensed by one of the other stock agencies that paid royalties that were a small percentage of the total license fee.

Landslide Vote on Copyright Directive in EU

By Jim Pickerell | 462 Words | Posted 9/14/2018 | Comments
On September 12th the European Parliament voted in favor of a Copyright Directive by more than 200 votes. The Directive will provide tools to ensure fair remuneration for creators. The landslide vote is clear evidence that the EU intends to apply some controls on the tech giants.

Image Quest Marine Appoints New Library Team

By Jim Pickerell | 194 Words | Posted 9/13/2018 | Comments
Specialist marine photo library, Image Quest Marine, is re-launching with the appointment of a new library team. Eleanor Novick is joining the archive as Library Manager, bringing 10 years of industry experience, including over six years working as Senior Picture Researcher at Lebrecht Photo Library.

Preliminary Income Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 390 Words | Posted 9/12/2018 | Comments
On August 31st I published the Photog Income Survey in an effort to get a better idea of what photographers worldwide are able to earn annually from the images they produce. To see all eight questions and some background information before starting to respond to the survey click on this link.

Obituary: Scott Braut (1971-2018)

By Jim Pickerell | 392 Words | Posted 9/12/2018 | Comments
Scott Andrew Braut passed away on September 7, 2018, just short of his 47th birthday. Known for his big smile and engaging stories, Scott touched everyone he met. After his family, Scott's passion was photography. Known throughout the industry as a tireless advocate for photographers, Scott spoke around the world empowering individuals and businesses to create content.

Survival Rights

By Jim Pickerell | 773 Words | Posted 9/6/2018 | Comments
In today’s stock photo environment, the concept of “survival rights” in a contractual agreement between photographer and stock agency no longer makes sense. Many stock photo agencies have clauses in their photographer contracts that allow the Agency to continue to license rights to the photographer’s images for years after either the photographer or the agency terminate the agreement. If the agreement is “exclusive” then the photographer cannot do anything to try to generate revenue from the images, even if the Agency has not been generating much, or any, revenue from them for the photographer.

Vimeo Launches Stock Footage Marketplace

By Jim Pickerell | 647 Words | Posted 9/5/2018 | Comments
Vimeo has announced the launch of Vimeo Stock, a new global, royalty-free stock marketplace featuring an exclusive collection of high-quality video footage sourced directly from Vimeo’s community of iconic creators. Vimeo Stock unlocks content from Vimeo’s world-renowned community of storytellers, redefining what stock footage can and should look like. Vimeo Stock contributors keep 60-70 percent of revenue generated from their licensed clips (versus the average industry cut of ~35 percent), while subscribers to Vimeo’s paid membership plans always save 20 percent on all stock purchases.

Getty Images Press Release

By Jim Pickerell | 797 Words | Posted 9/5/2018 | Comments
The Getty family has taken full control of Getty Images Inc. from The Carlyle Group ("Carlyle"). Through the transaction, the Getty family will acquire all of Carlyle's equity interests in Getty Images for cash plus units that provide Carlyle with an ongoing financial interest in the future growth of the Company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2018.

Carlyle Out: Getty Images Back In Getty Family Hands

By Jim Pickerell | 168 Words | Posted 9/4/2018 | Comments
The Getty family is acquiring all of the Carlyle Groups 51% equity stake in Getty Images for about $250 million and rolling over about $2.35 billion of outstanding debt. The deal gives Getty Images an enterprise value of under $3 billion compared to $3.3 billion in 2012 when Carlyle acquired a majority stake in Getty. At that time Carlyle invested about $500 million in the company. It is believed that the Getty family has ended up owning a significant portion of the debt.

Most Photographed Cities

By Jim Pickerell | 883 Words | Posted 9/4/2018 | Comments (2)
I saw a story recently that said Dreamstime had identified Kiev as the 15th most photographed city in the world. That surprised me. as I had expected a lot of other cities to be much higher in terms of tourist destinations than Kiev. I couldn’t find the original Dreamstime story in order to see who they had as number 1, but I found a lot of other lists of top cities and top travel destinations. They were all differed depending on who put together the list. I found one list of “25 Most Photographed Cities in Europe” and Kiev wasn’t on it. I decided to search Shutterstock’s collection of 216,094,727 images to see which were the top cities with the most photos.

Editorial Photographer Income Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 587 Words | Posted 8/31/2018 | Comments
I have created a SurveyMonkey survey in an effort to gather data on the general income ranges of Editorial Still Photographers around the world. Go to this link to respond to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhotogIncomeSurvey Please encourage all editorial still photographers to respond to this survey. The resulting data could be very helpful to photography students, working photographers, the organizations that license rights to use editorial photography and those who purchase editorial photographs.

Imaginechina Wins Infringement Case Against Baidu Inc.

By Jim Pickerell | 430 Words | Posted 8/29/2018 | Comments
Imaginechina, has recently won 38 copyright infringement lawsuits against Nasdaq-listed Baidu Inc., the largest search engine and one of the biggest Internet companies in China. The Haidian People’s Court in Beijing adjudicates in the first-instance verdicts that Baidu and its affiliates have pirated a total of 150 images from 20 contracted photographers and that Baidu ought to compensate the plaintiffs RMB 415,000 yuan ($60,940) for the violations and the related costs.

ImageRights Tackles Copyright Infringement in Germany

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 8/29/2018 | Comments
ImageRights International Inc. has intensified its image search and copyright enforcement operations in Germany to drive value for its global photographer and photo agency client base.  ImageRights-developed artificial intelligence (AI), combined with its proprietary web search and image analysis algorithms, has enabled the company to analyze millions of German web domains to determine if an image use could be pursued for copyright enforcement purposes.

Blend Images Being Absorbed By Tetra

By Jim Pickerell | 1368 Words | Posted 8/29/2018 | Comments
Blend Images photographers have been notified that Tetra Images has acquired the Contributor Contracts, Distribution agreements and the Blend trademark. Tetra has securely obtained all banking data from Blend and will be mailing the first pdf royalty statements for August sales by email at the end of September. Payment for August sales will be made October 1, 2018. Blend has invoiced all licenses through July 2018 and will be paying out royalties until October, or presumably until all the licenses have been collected.

Shutterstock Download Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 697 Words | Posted 8/24/2018 | Comments
A multi-year review of Shutterstock download trends going back to Q3 2010 provides some interesting insights into how adding more images to the collection relates to sales growth. (See chart) Back in 2010 Shutterstock had 12.3 million images in its collection and 11.1 total downloads for that quarter. In theory the more choice you offer your customers the more sales you are likely to make. That pretty much held true through 2012 as Shutterstock almost doubled the size of its collection.

SmartFrame Technologies Completes Funding Round

By Jim Pickerell | 547 Words | Posted 8/21/2018 | Comments
SmartFrame has developed a revolutionary, patent-pending new image format for the internet that seeks to redefine and become the ubiquitous digital image standard. Having spent 5 years developing the technology and building the infrastructure to support exponential growth, SmartFrame is now seeing the technology being adopted by photographers, picture agencies, publishers and brands globally and is on target to having over 1 billion SmartFrames on the Internet in the next 4 years.

Shutterstock Update: Creator Earnings?

By Jim Pickerell | 633 Words | Posted 8/20/2018 | Comments
At the end of 2017 Shutterstock had about 300,000 “active contributors.” In the press release put out on August 1, 2018 they said, “Since the launch of Shutterstock, more than 450,000 photographers, artists and designers have become contributors to our platform.” Since it is hard to believe that they added 150,000 new contributors in just six months, I suspect they make a distinction between “active contributors” and “all people who have ever contributed” in their 15-year history. We asked their PR department, but got no clarification.

A.I. Gigapixel: Copyright Destroyer

By Jim Pickerell | 342 Words | Posted 8/20/2018 | Comments
Photographers who think they can protect the images they post online by only uploading small files need to think again. Now with Topaz Labs $99 A.I. Gigapixel program anyone can re-size any images they find online, make it up to 600% larger than its original size and also improve sharpness. For more about how it works check out this YouTube video.

Two Pricing Tiers: Licensed And Non-licensed

By Jim Pickerell | 1056 Words | Posted 8/17/2018 | Comments
It is amazing to me that no agency has created a two-tier stock photo marketing system similar to iStock’s, but for Licensed and Unlicensed images rather than Exclusive and Non-Exclusive. iStock has priced their Signature image collection 3 times higher than its Essemtial, Non-Exclusive collection. And they pay contributors a higher royalty rate for images licensed from the Signature collection.

CEO Andy Harding Leaving Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 56 Words | Posted 8/16/2018 | Comments
Alamy has announced that current CEO Andy Harding will leave the business by mutual consent. Alamy Chairman, James West will resume accountability as CEO with immediate effect. James West commented “We would like to thank Andy for his significant contribution to the business since his arrival last year and we wish him every success in his future endeavors.”

The Mega Agency Partners With Aller Media

By Jim Pickerell | 286 Words | Posted 8/16/2018 | Comments
Aller Media a leading publisher of celebrity, human touch and women’s magazines in Denmark, has announced it has partnered with The Mega Agency, who will become a preferred content partner. The deal, signed earlier this month, gives Aller Media access to The Mega Agency's breaking news content and rich archive of news, sport and entertainment photographs and videos, and further enhances the close relationship between the two media companies.

ACSIL Los Angeles Meet-Up

By Jim Pickerell | 274 Words | Posted 8/15/2018 | Comments
ACSIL, Association of Commercial Stock Footage Licensors, has organized a Footage Meet-Up in Los Angeles on October 20, 2018, just before the start of the DMLA Conference that will be held October 21st to 23rd. The Footage Meet-Up will be held at the Getty Images office in LA at 6300 Wilshire Blvd on the 16th Floor from 2pm to 7pm. Attendance for footage buyers is Free, but due to limited space registration will be required. If you are interested in attending go here before September 17, 2018 to register.

WebPurify: New DMLA Sponsor

By Jim Pickerell | 306 Words | Posted 8/14/2018 | Comments
WebPurify, a full-service digital content moderation and review company with over 12 years experience is a new sponsor of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). The Irvine, CA based company’s mission is to maintain the quality and integrity of media libraries. WebPurify’s offers a combination of live content moderators and AI technology that can be a huge asset to stock photography websites in helping to curate, manage and moderate the copy associated with images and videos.

Fine Art Photography Earning Potential

By Jim Pickerell | 157 Words | Posted 8/14/2018 | Comments
If you’re hoping to earn significant money from Fine Art Photography you should read Conor Risch’s Photo District News article regarding a recent survey by the Creative Independent. More than 1,000 visual artists of all types (not just photographers) responded to the Creative Independent survey. Nearly 60 percent of respondents make less than $30,000 per year, and 35 percent make $20,000 or less per year from their fine art work.

Part-time Photographers: Are They The Future?

By Jim Pickerell | 1253 Words | Posted 8/13/2018 | Comments
Will part-time photographers be able to supply all the future needs of professional photo users? This is one of the most interesting questions facing the stock photo industry today. There is no question that part-time photographers occasionally produce beautiful, creative, exciting images. Sometimes these images are better than anything produced by full-time professionals.

More On ICL And Avoiding Infringements

By Jim Pickerell | 1767 Words | Posted 8/9/2018 | Comments (1)
Laura Annick asked some questions concerning my article about the concept of an ICL. Here are her comments and my response. You're assuming that 100% of all creators will have uploaded their images and thus if a searcher cannot find an image, then it must be free to use. As you know there are TONS of independent filmmakers out there. It could take quite a long time to get EVERYONE to upload their images. I would rather see a notice saying "Image Not Found, Further Research Needed" or Use at Own Risk.

Recipe For Disaster

By Jim Pickerell | 865 Words | Posted 8/8/2018 | Comments
A key to success of any business is supplying customer what they need and want. Sometimes you can sell them things they don’t need, but there is a limit as to how long you can survive with that strategy. Image user don’t want more images. They want to find exactly the right image quickly. They don’t want to be editors. They want someone to do the editing for them. Most don’t have a lot of time to waste.

2018 DMLA Conference in LA

By Jim Pickerell | 545 Words | Posted 8/7/2018 | Comments
The annual Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) conference will be held in Los Angeles this year on October 21-23, 2018 at the Marriott Marina del Rey Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the vibrant and eclectic Venice Beach and just a short drive from the gorgeous Santa Monica Beach.

Picture Researcher Needed

By Jim Pickerell | 1257 Words | Posted 8/6/2018 | Comments
Recently, I received a call from the developer of a real estate website who is looking for a picture researcher to help him find images to illustrate the stories he will publish on his website. He is looking for “free” pictures, but has determined that it takes too much time, and is too much hassle, to do the research on the free sites himself. He is willing to pay someone to do that research, but not pay for the photographs.

NY Daily News Photographers Terminated

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 8/3/2018 | Comments
The New York Daily News a daily tabloid newspaper founded in 1919, and as of May 2016 the United States’ ninth-most widely circulated daily newspaper, eliminated the jobs of all 10 staff photographers as of July 23, 2018. In addition to the photographers two photo editing staff positions were also eliminated.

Model Releases: A Cautionary Tale

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 8/2/2018 | Comments
Photographers know they must have signed model releases for any non-news pictures they want to offer for licensing as stock photos. Commercial stock agencies like Getty Images or Shutterstock won’t accept photos unless they are accompanied by a signed release. But, do the photographers, or the models have any idea how the pictures might be used? Caution! Don’t let any of your models read The Indian Express story about Shubnum Kahn’s modeling  experience.

Shutterstock Q2 2018 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 933 Words | Posted 8/1/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q2 2018 revenue of $156.6 million up $22.6 million or 16.9% compared to Q2 2017. (The comparison excludes the 2017 revenue from Webdam which was divested in Q1 2018.) Revenue per download averaged $3.41 per image, an increase of 12% over Q2 2017. (Much of this growth is probably due to increased sales of video content offered at much higher prices than still image content.)

Getty: More Concentration On Exclusive RM

By Jim Pickerell | 1158 Words | Posted 7/31/2018 | Comments (2)
Getty is contacting its RM photographers with non-exclusive or co-exclusive agreements and asking them to convert all their images in the Getty collection to exclusive so Getty will be the only organization that can license rights to use the images. This may be a particularly difficult decision for photographers with co-exclusive arrangements if they typically license a fair number of uses directly to clients annually. All those future sales will be lost.

Beer Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 681 Words | Posted 7/30/2018 | Comments
According to The Takeout Anheuser-Busch has launched two Royalty Free collections of stock images featuring properly served beer, with diverse consumers and brewers, and myriad beer styles all found in contemporary settings on the free sites Pexels and Unsplash.

Who Are The Users Of Stock Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 597 Words | Posted 7/27/2018 | Comments
I was asked recently if I had a breakdown of the stock images uses by various categories of industry users. The answer is NO, and as far as I know no one else has done that type of analysis. However, it occurred to me that it might be useful to develop some broad general ideas of what the breakdowns might be.

Will An ICL Work?

By Jim Pickerell | 2681 Words | Posted 7/27/2018 | Comments (1)
Sheron Resnick of 20/20 Software has sent a brief note with very cogent arguments as to why my ideas for an Image Creator Locator are impractical and probably won’t work. In this story I would like to examine some of her concerns and criticisms and offer some thoughts on each of the issues mentioned.

Avoiding Infringements Rather Than Chasing Unauthorized Users

By Jim Pickerell | 1899 Words | Posted 7/25/2018 | Comments (2)
The biggest problem for the stock photography industry today is that in order to make customers aware that photos exist they must be online. Once online, anyone can easily grab and use them.? If the image is on the photographer’s, or a stock agency site, most users would infer that they should contact the photographers or agency and ask permission. But, more often than not, the picture is seen on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or some other site. No one, just looking at the image is sure whether it can be legally used or not. And if it should be licensed where to go to do that.

Fair Use or Infringement?

By Jim Pickerell | 325 Words | Posted 7/24/2018 | Comments (1)
The legal definition of “Fair Use” is open to a lot of interpretation by courts. in Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions, LLC, a Northern District of Virginia court recently found in favor of Fair Use. If this decision becomes legal precedent then photographers should assume that if one of their images can be found on the Internet, or anywhere else, anyone can use it for free.

Adobe Visual Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 373 Words | Posted 7/19/2018 | Comments
Adobe just released its latest 2018 visual trend, “Creative Reality,” exploring surreal utopias and vibrant color palettes as well as the ways artists are reflecting this new day-glow-infused reality in their work. From art exhibits on Burning Man to immersive projects like Summerland, artists are creating new worlds filled with eccentric textures and hyper-sensorial experiences.

What To Shoot

By Jim Pickerell | 738 Words | Posted 7/18/2018 | Comments
After reading last weeks stories Are Photographers Shooting What’s In Demand? and What To Shoot: Learning From iStock a photographer sent the following:
    ...shoot what stirs your mind...
    ...shoot what you think others might not...
    ...shoot what you believe you're good at...
    ...shoot what's reasonably accessible...

    ...that's all...bye-bye now...

Getty Contributors: Are Your Images All There?

By Jim Pickerell | 550 Words | Posted 7/17/2018 | Comments
If you’ve been a Getty contributor for a long time you might want to check to see if all the images they have accepted over the years are still in the collection. Jonathan Nourok (www.jonathannourok.com ) has been contributing his botanical images to Getty Images since it was Tony Stone Images almost 30 years ago. He also posts some of the same images on his own website, but since he has an exclusive agreement for licensing with Getty he notes on his website that the images are only available for licensing through gettyimages.com.

Getty, iStock, Shutterstock Comparisons

By Jim Pickerell | 360 Words | Posted 7/17/2018 | Comments
Recently I’ve done three stories examining various aspects of the collections at Getty and iStock and Shutterstock. The chart below provides easy comparisons of these three collections.

What’s In Demand At Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 1425 Words | Posted 7/16/2018 | Comments
I’ve examined the number of images in certain keyword categories at Getty and iStock. Today, I’ve done a count of the number of Shutterstock images with the same keywords as the other two agencies to see if it is possible to draw any comparisons. I'll take a look at the comparisons of collection size between Getty and Shutterstock. In addition there are some interesting things to be learned when comparing the number of photos with the number of illustrations on the Shutterstock site.

What To Shoot: Learning From iStock

By Jim Pickerell | 683 Words | Posted 7/12/2018 | Comments
In the previous story I examined the Getty Image Creative collection, and in particular EyeEm’s contribution to that collection, in and effort to determine what subject matter might be in greatest demand, and thus most needed. iStock offers some interesting insights into the subject because it basically has two separate collections – Signature and Essentials – with imagery at different price points.

Are Photographer Shooting What’s In Demand?

By Jim Pickerell | 870 Words | Posted 7/12/2018 | Comments (1)
If the major stock distributors want to sell more pictures it might be a good idea to give photographers more information about the relative demand for certain subjects in terms of number of images licensed and revenue generated by images with certain keywords. If occurred to me that the fastest growing collection on Gettyimages.com is EyeEm. Currently there are 26,024,940 images in the Getty Creative collection and 4,620,578 or 18% of them have been supplied by EyeEm. A little less than two years ago EyeEM only had 256,152 image in the collection.

Getty Creative Collection: 2016 & 2018

By Jim Pickerell | 2142 Words | Posted 7/11/2018 | Comments
This story provides some comparative figures of the 205 brands represented in the Getty Images Creative collection between August 2016 and June 2018. There were 15,001,453 images in the collection in 2016 and 23,922,471 today, a 37% increase overall in two years.

ACSIL and Thriving Archives Launch New Footage Industry Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 449 Words | Posted 7/10/2018 | Comments
The ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 4 is open now for participation. All footage companies worldwide are invited to participate in this fourth study of the stock footage industry. ACSIL and Thriving Archives today announced the launch of the ACSIL Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 4 (AGS4), their fourth survey of the global footage business. The 47-question survey is being conducted online, and all footage companies worldwide are invited to participate. The online survey is open now through August 13, 2018, and can be accessed at www.thrivingarchives.com/ags4.

Copyright Law Rejected In EU Vote

By Jim Pickerell | 150 Words | Posted 7/9/2018 | Comments
A controversial bill in the EU seeking a rewrite of Europe’s copyright laws giving creators more power to restrict how their content is distributed has been rejected by lawmakers.  The vote was 318 against the legislation, known as The Copyright Directive, while 278 voted in favor, and 31 abstained, taking the reforms back to the drawing board.

Getty Pays Melania Trump Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 647 Words | Posted 7/6/2018 | Comments
NBC News has reported that “News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only.’” President Donald Trump’s most recent financial disclosures revel that the first lady earned between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in photo royalties in 2017 from Getty Images. (Federal officials are only required to give an income range in their filings.

Globe Photos Resurrected As Fine Art Offering

By Jim Pickerell | 475 Words | Posted 7/5/2018 | Comments
From the 1940s through the 80s and 90s Globe Photos, Inc. was widely regarded by newspapers and magazines as a leading source for celebrity images. As other competitors entered the market Globe’s popularity faded, but they still have photographers covering red carpet events on a daily basis in Hollywood and New York. In recent years Globe Photos was one of 12 archives acquired by Capital Art, Inc., the world’s largest pop culture and image licensing company with more than 15 million images of every movie and entertainment celebrity of the 20th century.

VCG Closes 500px Marketplace: Abandons Creative Commons

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 7/2/2018 | Comments
On Saturday Visual China Group (VCG) shut down 500px Marketplace and replaced it with a distribution partnership arrangement. China users will be able to license the images through VCG who acquired 500px earlier this year. Getty Images will handle all licensing in the rest of the world.

The MEGA Agency Launches “The Mega Cloud”: Actively Seeking Contributor Archives

By Jim Pickerell | 767 Words | Posted 7/2/2018 | Comments
The Mega Agency, a leading provider of news, sport and entertainment content, is now giving photographers a quick, easy and efficient way to upload their digital archives. The initiative has been launched to add rich editorial content to Mega’s existing archive of more than 30million images and daily production of 10,000 images.? 

Microstock Agency Sizes

By Jim Pickerell | 1067 Words | Posted 6/29/2018 | Comments
Other than Shutterstock’s quarterly reports and occasional bits of information from Getty concerning iStock there is virtually no solid information available regarding the annual gross revenue generated by the microstock companies. I decided to take a look at the Poll information that can be found on Microstockgroup.com of 10 of the leading microstock agencies to see if I could draw any reasonable conclusions about the annual revenue of these companies.

The Mega Agency Becomes Premium Content Partner For AMI

By Jim Pickerell | 391 Words | Posted 6/27/2018 | Comments
The Mega Agency has signed a deal with American Media, Inc. (AMI), the leading publisher of celebrity journalism and health and fitness magazines in the United States, that makes it AMI’s premium content partner. Mega already globally syndicates exclusive content for AMI, which owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States.

Photononstop Not Paying For Keywording

By Jim Pickerell | 217 Words | Posted 6/26/2018 | Comments (2)
Lohian Networks a keywording agency in India reports that Paris based Photononstop has not been paying its bills and may be in financial difficulty. Rashi Jain, Project Coordinator for Lohian Networks reports that in 2016 his company keyworded 3788 images for Photononstop at a rate of $1.25 per image for a total cost of $4,735.00. Invoices were sent in June and July 2016 via Photosindia in the U.S. Almost two years later these invoices have not been paid after repeated followup requests.

Olycom Files Bankruptcy: Acquired By LaPresse

By Jim Pickerell | 228 Words | Posted 6/26/2018 | Comments
Olycom, a major Italian photographic agency headquartered in Milan and founded in 1958 by Walfrido Chiarini as Olimpia Fotocronache has filed for bankruptcy. Everything regarding debts is in the hands of a judge. LaPresse, the Italian multimedia news agency led by Marco Durante, has acquired the analog and digital libraries of Olycom including the Publifoto brand, the historical archives Olimpia and Olycom and related brands covering the whole of the twentieth century, with a collection of over 15 million images.

Will EU’s Article 13 Help Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 855 Words | Posted 6/25/2018 | Comments (2)
Last week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs approved amendments to the EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Among the amendments approved was Article 13.

Scope Feature Folds In UK

By Jim Pickerell | 185 Words | Posted 6/21/2018 | Comments
Scope Features in the UK has gone into voluntary liquidation with nearly £400,000 in unpaid debts and nearly £13,000 in royalties still owed photographers. According to its statement of affairs filed at Companies House on 17 May, individual photographers are owed sums ranging from £30 to more than £2,000.

Is Getty Really Analyzing Its Image Collection?

By Jim Pickerell | 1505 Words | Posted 6/20/2018 | Comments
One has to wonder if Getty does any analysis of their Creative Collection in terms of what sells and what doesn’t. Clearly, as we reported yesterday, the largest and fastest growing segment of the Getty collection is EyeEM with 4,558,201 RF images. Back in August 2016 EyeEm had only recently started contributing to Getty Images and had 256,152 images in the collection. They have 17.79 times as many images now as in 2016. At that time Getty had a total of 16,687,710 images in the Creative Collection. That collection has grown 43% in size in two years, but nothing like EyeEm’s 1779% growth.

Getty Images Collections

By Jim Pickerell | 2550 Words | Posted 6/19/2018 | Comments (3)
In this report I have searched each of the different RM and RF collections on the Creative section of www.GettyImages.com to determine the number of images in each collection. Collection sizes vary greatly from EyeEm with 4,558,201 RF images to Silkroad Images, PictureIndia, Chic Sketch and Corbis Historical, all with fewer than 200 images each.

SilverHub Going Into Administration

By Jim Pickerell | 181 Words | Posted 6/18/2018 | Comments
Sources tell me that in an all-staff conference call on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Nick Evans-Lombe and Adrian Murrell informed the SilverHub.Media staff that the company would be going into administration, the UK version of bankruptcy protection.

Disrupting Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 821 Words | Posted 6/14/2018 | Comments (2)
Tom Zimberoff has written a very long and detailed story on Distrupting Stock Photography which makes some strong points about how the industry got to where it is today. Toward the end of his report he outlines a new business model which he calls “Business Made Easy For Photographers.”

Copyright Office Proposes 41% increase

By Jim Pickerell | 620 Words | Posted 6/13/2018 | Comments
The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing changes to fees for copyright registration. The Office has issued a statement outlining the proposed changes in detail, but on average, fees will increase by as much as 41%. According to the statement, the Office analyzed potential changes to fees and wants to ensure that they are “fair and equitable and give due consideration to the objectives of the copyright system,” as required by the statute.

Shutterstock Launches Ireland Office

By Jim Pickerell | 555 Words | Posted 6/12/2018 | Comments (1)
Shutterstock has announced the launch of its Dublin office with the intent to initially hire 40 professionals including engineering roles, and to potentially grow the team further over the coming years. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

How Many Unique Images Licensed Annually?

By Jim Pickerell | 767 Words | Posted 6/11/2018 | Comments (1)
One of the big mysteries in the stock photo agency business is the percentage of “Unique images” licensed annually. Some agencies, like Shutterstock, report the total number of images licensed, but many of those licensed are used by multiple customers so the actual number of different, unique images used is much smaller.

No Credit On 97% Of Images Newspapers Publish Online

By Jim Pickerell | 347 Words | Posted 6/8/2018 | Comments
Imatag has analyzed over 120,000 images on the websites of 23 major news organizations in Europe and North America and determined that only 3% of those published have credit or copyright metadata. Photographers will be surprised to learn the names of publications stripping data compared to those that credit photographers and leave metadata.

Future Of Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 234 Words | Posted 6/7/2018 | Comments (2)
If you’re a photographer that counts on the licensing of stock images to provide a portion of your annual income the following are a few stories you should read. In the past decade stock photography as a business has declined dramatically. There is little hope that the situation will improve.

Collecting For Foreign Infringements

By Jim Pickerell | 423 Words | Posted 6/7/2018 | Comments
Back in 2016 Tony and Chelsea Northrup discovered that their image, originally published on the cover of their Adobe Lightroom 6/CC for Photographers book, had been used by an Australian company on the packaging of a smartphone case, and the product sold in Australia and New Zealand without their permission.

DroneBase Footage Now Available At Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 248 Words | Posted 6/7/2018 | Comments (1)
Shutterstock is expanding its aerial footage collection in a new distribution deal that will deliver hundreds of high-quality 4K videos produced by the largest global drone operations company, DroneBase. From a soaring bird’s-eye view of the biggest cities in the world to incredible coastline vistas, all of this immersive content is now available to license for commercial use on Shutterstock.

Competing With Amateurs

By Jim Pickerell | 1325 Words | Posted 6/6/2018 | Comments
In two recent stories Know Your Return-Per-Image and Stock Photo Production Costs I discussed two very important issues for anyone trying to earn a portion of their living from stock image production. The issues boil down to (1) clearly understanding the cost of producing your images and (2) the return you’re receiving from sales of those images. No business can survive if it spends more to produce its products than it earns from sales.

Stock Image Production Costs

By Jim Pickerell | 1030 Words | Posted 6/4/2018 | Comments
One of the hardest things for stock photographers to calculate is their actual costs of stock image production. As in any business it is critical to understand your costs if you hope to eventually earn a profit from their production. This story will provide an outline of some of the things that need to be considered when determining costs. It will also provide some average costs figures that some leading professionals work toward.

Stocksy United Removes Membership Cap

By Jim Pickerell | 633 Words | Posted 6/1/2018 | Comments (1)
Stocksy United, the artist-owned photography + cinematography co-op that has tightly limited its membership since its founding in 2012, has made a decision to open its doors to new contributors. Stocksy has seen continued strong growth since its founding due to careful selection of new contributors, tight editing and licensing fees considered reasonable by customers, but still fair to contributors. In 2015 revenue was $7,928,745, up 126% from $3.5 million in 2014. By the end of 2017 revenue had grown another 26% in two-years to roughly $10.7 million.

Know Your Return-Per-Image

By Jim Pickerell | 726 Words | Posted 5/31/2018 | Comments
I would like to encourage every stock photographer to begin to calculate, on an annual basis, their Return-Per-Image (RPI) for each agency they work with. This is particularly important for those photographers who hope to realize a profit for the time and expense they invest in producing stock images.

500px Marketplace Closing Down

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 5/31/2018 | Comments
Contributors to 500px Marketplace are finally learning what Visual China Group (VCG) has planned for them. VCG has just sent them a message outlining some “major enhancements” that are coming. “ “These changes will help maximize your potential earnings by positioning your content at the right price and with the right distribution. Starting July 1st, 2018, we’re offering our community an exclusive opportunity to work with our newest global distribution partner, Getty Images,” the message says. (emphasis mine)

Technavio: Fake News

By Jim Pickerell | 277 Words | Posted 5/30/2018 | Comments
Last week I published information about Technavio’s new market research report. While I had not read the full report, I pointed out that I disagreed with some of the conclusions provided in the press release.

Do News Organizations Respect Copyright?

By Jim Pickerell | 293 Words | Posted 5/29/2018 | Comments
In 2016 a massive flash flood raced down the main street of Ellicott City, Maryland. It was called a “thousand-year flood” given the unique characteristics that set it in motion. On May 27, 2018 the flow that supposed to only occur once every 1,000 years struck again. Photographer Max Robinson gets classic footage and Fox News uses it without permission.

Getty RF Promotion

By Jim Pickerell | 247 Words | Posted 5/29/2018 | Comments
Getty has just sent out an email to its customers promoting its Creative Royalty-Free Imagery.  When you click on View All Creative Images you find that there are 16,844,390 images in the Creative RF collection. There are also 6,590,271 "Creative RM" images in the total Creative Collection.

Sandoval To Manage New & Press Business Development For agefotostock

By Jim Pickerell | 403 Words | Posted 5/25/2018 | Comments
agefotostock has appointed Yolanda Sandoval as Business Development Manager for the News & Press area of the company following the launch of their new website that simplifies their business into three primary business areas, Press, Creative and Economic imagery. Economic imagery was formerly referred to as Creative Stock photography. Sandoval will work out of the Madrid office.

Can Getty Raise Prices?

By Jim Pickerell | 996 Words | Posted 5/24/2018 | Comments (2)
After years of Shutterstock taking market share from Getty, it seems that the two have achieved a state of relative parity with regard to gross revenue generated from the licensing of still images. Customers no longer seem to be leaving Getty because its prices are too high. In fact, Getty seems to be charging selected customers less per-image than what Shutterstock would charge them. Where AdobeStock fits in is unclear, but for the time being each seems to have a customer base that favors them. There does not seem to be a lot of movement of customers from one to the other.

More on GDPR

By Jim Pickerell | 283 Words | Posted 5/23/2018 | Comments
The General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, that goes into effect on Friday, May 25, 2018 will require companies that do business in the EU to provide a form to the companies that they are dealing with. It is not clear if it is necessary to supply such a form to each and every individual that a company deals with. A survey by CompliancePoint shows that 76% of U.S. businesses are not prepared for the enforcement deadline. (Check out previous story.)

Distributing RM Images To Multiple Agencies

By Jim Pickerell | 387 Words | Posted 5/23/2018 | Comments
Arcangel Images has sent the following message to the photographers it represents. “Again, we ask all photographers not to split rights-managed photoshoots between libraries or submit to other outlets near identical RM images to those held by Arcangel. Aside from devaluing your work, this can and will lead to major licensing conflicts. This not only affects our reputation as a supplier of high-end imagery, one which has taken almost twenty years to build but can be costly for the photographer, as they may be liable to pay legal and re-printing costs.”

Technavio 2018 Global Still Images Market Report

By Jim Pickerell | 732 Words | Posted 5/22/2018 | Comments (1)
London based, Technavio has published its 2018 report on the global still images market. The report estimates that the market will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of approximately 8% during the period 2018-2022. The report is available at a discounted price of $2,500 and is said to “provide an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook. In addition, it offers an up-to-date analysis of the market concerning the current market scenario, latest drivers, and the overall global environment.”

Lebrecht Photo Library Acquired By Bridgeman

By Jim Pickerell | 256 Words | Posted 5/22/2018 | Comments
Bridgeman has announced the acquisition of Lebrecht Photo Library, the world’s largest image bank for music and related arts, with a collection of over 400,000 specialist images. Lebrecht is the world's most comprehensive image bank for every kind of music ever created  - classical music, jazz, opera, rock music, musical instruments, notation, Broadway musicals, dance and ballet. It also has an extensive archive for literature and historical personalities.

What’s Selling?

By Jim Pickerell | 771 Words | Posted 5/21/2018 | Comments
What kind of images are generating the most revenue? Is it the amateur produce imagery that is quickly loading up most of the databases, or the more costly to produce model released people, lifestyle, and business imagery requiring complex and costly set ups and arrangement?

GDPR Explained

By Jim Pickerell | 296 Words | Posted 5/18/2018 | Comments
North American photographers and stock agencies may have heard about the new European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law that goes into effect on May 25, 2018, but figured “that’s something happening in the EU that I don’t have to worry about.” Well, maybe not!

IBM Watson To Improve Shutterstock Search

By Jim Pickerell | 301 Words | Posted 5/18/2018 | Comments
Shutterstock is enlisting the help of IBM’s Watson AI technology to make it easier for marketers to find images, videos, and music tracks. The company announced today that its library of more than 200 million assets will become available in July through the Watson Content Hub, a cloud-based management system designed to aid in the creation of websites, apps, billboards, and more.

agefotostock Divides Website Into News, Creative And Microstock

By Jim Pickerell | 729 Words | Posted 5/17/2018 | Comments
When one analyzes the market for images, it is easy to see that the stock photography business seems to be classified into three image groups that clients can browse and license. Press and news images, creative photographs and a mountain of other visual content that goes from cheap to very cheap, defined as Microstock, although if we want to go lower on pricing, we can also find masses of free pictures from unknown, if not desperate authors, produced to generate internet traffic.

Are Photogs Being Credited And Paid Properly?

By Jim Pickerell | 879 Words | Posted 5/16/2018 | Comments
In 1968 Andy Sacks, a 20-year-old University of Michigan photographer covered Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign stop in Detroit for the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. This is a story about how the photos he captured that day ended up getting used hundreds of times 40 to 50 year later and he received no credit or a reasonable share of compensation for their use.

Do We Need Floor Prices?

By Jim Pickerell | 847 Words | Posted 5/15/2018 | Comments
A reader agreed with the lead in “Escalating Price Based On Demand” that few photographers understand what they should charge for their work, but he argued that there is “another possible consideration.” He said it is important to establish a “floor price” below which you won’t license a usage. He asked, “why won’t agencies allow creator to set a ‘floor price” for ‘special images?’ It can be painful to see $2.50 sales of extremely complicated to produce images. Creators should be able to mark certain "high value images" so they can't be used unless the buyer is willing to pay at least a minimum fee.”

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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.

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