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Articles from January 2009

AOL Cuts Jobs, Says Online Ad Market Weak

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 138 Words | Posted 1/30/2009 | Comments
Time Warner's America Online division is cutting 10% of its workforce. Though such news is not unique, AOL's reasoning gives new cause for concern.

iStockphoto Exclusivity Explained

By Jim Pickerell | 695 Words | Posted 1/30/2009 | Comments (2)
Many photographers found the language of the new 15-page iStockphoto Exclusive Artist's Supply Agreement difficult to comprehend. A big part of the confusion lies in the fact that an exclusive arrangement with iStock is photographer-exclusive for royalty-free content, unlike nearly all other exclusive arrangements in the industry, which are image-exclusive.

Everett Collection Guilty of Copyright Infringement

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 278 Words | Posted 1/30/2009 | Comments
The New York-based Everett Collection is in hot water for attempting to license celebrity and entertainment images without their owners' permission. According to Photo Business News, in the first development of Michael Grecco v. Everett Collection, filed in September 2007, the court sided with the photographer.

StockFood Sponsors FAB Futures Award

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 110 Words | Posted 1/29/2009 | Comments
Munich-based StockFood, which also has offices in the U.K. and Maine, U.S., is once again sponsoring the FAB Futures Award for designers under 30.

Valuing Your Images

By Jim Pickerell | 866 Words | Posted 1/29/2009 | Comments (1)
Stock photography producers and sellers have lost sight of how to value their images. It is time for all sellers to reevaluate their pricing strategies.

IC Expands Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 52 Words | Posted 1/29/2009 | Comments

Has Microstock Caused Industry Revenue To Decline?

By Jim Pickerell | 651 Words | Posted 1/28/2009 | Comments (3)
Some believe that microstock has resulted in a contraction of total stock-image revenues, but this is not beyond dispute. Though microstock is showing signs of slowing growth, 2009 may still see an overall revenue reduction, as recession pushes buyers to lower-priced images.

Getty Relationship with CEF Transparent

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 499 Words | Posted 1/28/2009 | Comments
After Selling Stock published a story on the Compassionate Eye Foundation, which recently raised $250,000 for charity through its partnership with Getty Images, subscriber feedback revealed some confusion about the nature of the relationship between the two partners. Peggy Willett, Getty Images' director of community and industry relations, offers details on the Seattle agency's contribution to the non-profit.

Fotolia to Enter Micro Video

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 77 Words | Posted 1/27/2009 | Comments
Fotolia has put out a call for video submissions. The company said the move is a response to overwhelming demand.

Business Opportunity: Isolated Subjects

By Jim Pickerell | 523 Words | Posted 1/27/2009 | Comments
Some sellers and customers argue that photos of a single subject on a white background should be less expensive than more complex shots that require models, props and additional time to produce. One of the driving forces behind the development of microstock was the buyer desire to have access to such shots for prices that are lower than traditional. Isolated subjects have since become the domain of microstock agencies.

Demotix, Financial Times Launch Contest

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 128 Words | Posted 1/27/2009 | Comments
Citizen-photojournalism Web site Demotix hopes that the pull of the Financial Times will make its new contest a success. The two British companies have partnered in a contest that invites users to capture "the real story of the credit crunch."

Though Equity Motion Launches Long-Form Video Store

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 126 Words | Posted 1/26/2009 | Comments
Denver-based Thought Equity Motion has launched the Research Store, which the company says is the largest online library of long-form footage available for licensing. The company has also updated its search technology, integrating user ability to search video content by spoken word.

iStock Partners with Sony Photo Competition

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 85 Words | Posted 1/26/2009 | Comments

Online Video Advertising to Rise in 2009

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 178 Words | Posted 1/26/2009 | Comments
In a recent PermissionTV survey of 400 senior marketing executives, 67% of respondents said identified video as the primary focus of this year's online marketing campaigns. Video is also expected to evolve in sophistication and interactivity.

Getty To Shutter Rights Ready

By Jim Pickerell | 459 Words | Posted 1/23/2009 | Comments (1)
Getty Images launched rights-ready pricing in 2006 in order to meet customer demands for "simpler, faster licensing." Now, the company has discovered that "customers also want to maintain their ability to very precisely fine-tune their licensing."

GumGum Expands Celeb Offering, Reports Steady Growth

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 530 Words | Posted 1/23/2009 | Comments
Santa Monica-based GumGum, one of a handful of companies experimenting with use-based licensing of images online, has expanded its entertainment and celebrity offering with paparazzi imagery by Bauer-Griffin. GumGum co-founder and chief executive officer Ophir Tanz also told Selling Stock that the licensing platform "is experiencing tremendous growth" overall.

Internet News Overtakes Print Newspapers

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 334 Words | Posted 1/22/2009 | Comments
Though this week's inauguration of President Obama has resulted in a spike of newspaper sales, these are but a drop in a big, nearly empty bucket. Emerging studies demonstrate that 2008 was the year when news consumption on the Internet finally overtook print and newspaper ad-revenues plummeted.

Compassionate Eye Raises $250,000 for Aid

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 154 Words | Posted 1/22/2009 | Comments
The Compassionate Eye Foundation has announced that its collection of over 1,000 images has generated more than $250,000 for international aid. Distributed by Getty Images, CEF is the first organization to raise funds through stock-image licensing.

Will Hobbyists Take Over?

By Jim Pickerell | 519 Words | Posted 1/22/2009 | Comments (3)
A frequent question from professional stock photographers is: "Will hobbyists take over the market?" Our answer: not even in microstock.

Production Costs and Image Pricing Unrelated

By Jim Pickerell | 750 Words | Posted 1/21/2009 | Comments (6)
Many think that the stock-image industry should find a way to price images based on the cost of production. But the problem is not in the lack of a link between production cost and image price, but in the whole idea of stock photography as a primary business.

age fotostock Grows Inventory, Stresses Image Quantity

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 214 Words | Posted 1/21/2009 | Comments
Barcelona-based age fotostock closed 2008 with 8.6 million images, which represents a 68% inventory increase since the previous year. Unlike those who say oversupply is the stock industry's biggest problem, age fotostock believes there is a direct relationship between the agency's inventory size and market share.

Corbis Extends Award Deadline

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 36 Words | Posted 1/21/2009 | Comments

iStockcharts Offers Comprehensive Micro-Tracking

By Jim Pickerell | 375 Words | Posted 1/20/2009 | Comments (2)
As compared to the list of the top 50 iStockers, iStockcharts offers a more comprehensive list of iStock photographer performance. iStockcharts is updated daily and includes 21,377 shooters of the over 60,000 that have images on iStock.

German-Speaking Agencies Consolidate, Brace

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 375 Words | Posted 1/20/2009 | Comments
Last week's mergers among German-speaking image agencies mirror a wave of similar U.S. activity. With increased interest from leading global companies, the third-largest stock-image market may be in for a shakeout.

Year in Review: 2008 Magazine Ad Revenue, Pages Down

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 105 Words | Posted 1/19/2009 | Comments
The Publishers Information Bureau said magazine advertising generated $23.7 billion in 2008, a decline of 7.8% over the previous year. Ad pages were also down by 11.7%.

PACA Best Practices Symposium: Chicago, April

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 65 Words | Posted 1/19/2009 | Comments

Jupitermedia Schedules Stockholder Vote

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 55 Words | Posted 1/19/2009 | Comments (1)

SuperStock Sold To RGB Ventures

By Jim Pickerell | 369 Words | Posted 1/19/2009 | Comments (3)
A consortium that unites Rubberball, Glow Images, Blend Images and some of Blend's partners has become the new owner of the U.S. assets of SuperStock. RGB Ventures intends to continue to operate the company.

ImageSpan, JaincoTech Forge Service Partnership

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 89 Words | Posted 1/16/2009 | Comments
Stock-industry suppliers ImageSpan and JaincoTech announced a partnership that expands and cross-promotes the services each offers its clients.

Johnér Sponsors Ad Event

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 47 Words | Posted 1/16/2009 | Comments

Dinodia Relaunches Web Site, Seeks Distributors

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 103 Words | Posted 1/15/2009 | Comments
India-based Dinodia Photo Library has met the New Year with a new Web site and a new image collection.

Corbis, Thought Equity Motion Cross-Distribute Footage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 520 Words | Posted 1/15/2009 | Comments (1)
Corbis and Thought Equity Motion have partnered to take advantage of each other's strengths. The two companies will cross-distribute their footage collections, increasing Corbis' content inventory and offering Thought Equity wider international exposure.

Year in Review: 2008 Stock Industry Trends

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 1393 Words | Posted 1/14/2009 | Comments (3)
Calling 2008 a challenging year would be an understatement.

Appropriation Artist Richard Prince Sued

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 375 Words | Posted 1/13/2009 | Comments (3)
Richard Prince, the "appropriation" artist whose work is exhibited at the level of the Guggenheim and sets records at contemporary art auctions, will have to defend himself in a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought by photographer Patrick Cariou.

Corbis Highlights "Boomeritis," Expands European Distribution

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 299 Words | Posted 1/13/2009 | Comments
The latest creative trend from Corbis is "Boomeritis:" a concept that describes the mostly self-inflicted injuries and ailments of mature athletes. In addition, Corbis expands European distribution through new partners in Croatia and Denmark.

NBC Selects SIPA to Expand Distribution

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 388 Words | Posted 1/12/2009 | Comments
NBC Universal of Burbank, Calif., has selected Paris-based SIPA Press to become the main international distribution partner for NBCU's archival television images.

Ross Shares Cost-Control Strategies

By Jim Pickerell | 698 Words | Posted 1/12/2009 | Comments (8)
One of the world's most productive stock photographers, Jonathan Ross of Seattle's AndersenRoss, shares his strategy for controlling costs, particularly when it comes to microstock shoots.

iStock Announces Stand-Alone App

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 295 Words | Posted 1/9/2009 | Comments (1)
During this week's Macworld Conference and Expo, iStockphoto unveiled "Dexter"—a stand-alone desktop application that changes the image-search and purchasing paradigm.

Construction Photography Releases Time-Lapse Images of Olympic Park

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 96 Words | Posted 1/9/2009 | Comments
Construction Photography is documenting the development of the complex that will host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games—in high definition.

Medicimage, Imense Strike Exclusive Deal

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 61 Words | Posted 1/9/2009 | Comments

More Agencies to Cut Supplier Commissions?

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 550 Words | Posted 1/8/2009 | Comments (1)
Many stock photographers expressed concern that the recent changes in the commission structures of Alamy and Corbis were the first signs of an industry trend. Such predictions may have been justified.

Chapple: Two Years in Microstock

By Jim Pickerell | 651 Words | Posted 1/8/2009 | Comments (7)
Many traditional stock photographers question whether it will ever be possible to earn enough money from microstock production to justify the effort. Ron Chapple's experience is instructive.

Masterfile Supports European Design Project

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 63 Words | Posted 1/7/2009 | Comments

Reflex Distributes 3 Johner Collections

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 49 Words | Posted 1/7/2009 | Comments

JPG on the Block

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 265 Words | Posted 1/7/2009 | Comments
In an on-again, off-again fashion reminiscent of Digital Railroad's last month in business, JPG magazine is entertaining last-minute offers that would keep it afloat.

Getty Images Releases Tama Podcast

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 150 Words | Posted 1/7/2009 | Comments
Getty Images has updated its Web site with a new podcast, in which award-winning staff photographer Mario Tama discusses his varied photojournalism projects.

Jupiterimages Says European Accounting Practices Transparent

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 720 Words | Posted 1/6/2009 | Comments
Following recent allegations by Stefan Hartmann of VISUELL, Jupiterimages denies any wrongdoing with regard to photographer commissions and service fees in Europe.

Learning From Top 50 iStock Shooters

By Jim Pickerell | 606 Words | Posted 1/6/2009 | Comments
For traditional photographers interested in learning more about the microstock subjects in demand, much can be learned from the portfolios of best-selling iStockphoto contributors.

Downey Heads Sales for PicScout

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 43 Words | Posted 1/5/2009 | Comments
Ex-Getty exec joins Chicago operations of image-tracking company.

JPG Magazine Shutters

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 450 Words | Posted 1/5/2009 | Comments
JPG magazine, a 2-year-old bimonthly print title that published reader-submitted imagery, has become the latest casualty of the economic crisis. The publication shuttered operations as of Monday, Jan. 5.

Bridgeman Reps Special Photographer's Archive

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 80 Words | Posted 1/5/2009 | Comments
London-based Bridgeman Art Library adds an abstract photography collection.

Choosing a Marketing Strategy in 2009

By Jim Pickerell | 758 Words | Posted 1/5/2009 | Comments (2)
This year, should photographers market new images as rights-managed, traditional royalty-free or microstock? It likely will not make a whole lot of difference.

Surprising Trends In Photographer Earnings

By Jim Pickerell | 774 Words | Posted 1/2/2009 | Comments (8)
There are countless stories about what best-selling stock photographers earn. However, the earnings of photographers a little farther down the food chain are more germane. It is useful to consider the likely earnings of the 50 most successful contributors to Getty Images' creative collections (rights-managed and royalty-free) and compare these figures with iStockphoto's 50 most successful photographers, paying particular attention to the probable earnings of the 50th photographer on the list.

Top 50 iStock Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 724 Words | Posted 1/2/2009 | Comments
The following is a list of the 50 iStockphoto contributors with the most career downloads and thus the highest earning as of the end of 2008. Non-microstock photographers may use this list, and the links provided, to learn a little more about microstock’s potential.

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