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Articles from January 2015

If I Were Adobe

By Jim Pickerell | 507 Words | Posted 1/30/2015 | Comments
Adobe’s acquisition of Fotolia is expected to close in February (second half of Adobe’s fiscal Q1 2015). Assuming everything goes well the next question on the minds of everyone in the stock photo industry is what will Adobe do with Fotolia and how will that affect the rest of the players.

Christina Vaughn New CEO Of CueSongs

By Jim Pickerell | 452 Words | Posted 1/30/2015 | Comments
CueSongs, the one-stop music licensing hub for online and digital media, is delighted to announce Christina Vaughan is taking up the position of CEO from the 1st of February. Christina will remain as Chairman of Image Source but will relinquish day to day operations of the business to Anthony Harris, who becomes Image Source’s CEO.

Dramatic Royalty Increase At VideoBlocks Marketplace

By Jim Pickerell | 644 Words | Posted 1/29/2015 | Comments
Image creators always want a higher royalty. How’s 100% of what the customer pays? At Videoblocks Marketplace that’s what contributor will receive when their HD and 4K video clips are used. Too good to be true? Read on.

Want To Sell More Pictures? Look Down!

By Jim Pickerell | 374 Words | Posted 1/26/2015 | Comments
Based on the searches they have been getting in the last few months Shutterstock has just released a new infographic on 2015 Creative Trends in the demand for still images, illustration and video clips. One of the interesting trends for photographers is that searches for “top view” have increased 66% in the past year.

Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Staff Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 233 Words | Posted 1/26/2015 | Comments
Last week Sports Illustrated, one of the most photo oriented magazines in the world, laid off all six of its staff photographers. They included Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David Klutho, John McDonough, and Al Tielemans. In the future all images in SI will be shot by freelancers, or the wire services.

Who Owns The Rights?

By Jim Pickerell | 747 Words | Posted 1/23/2015 | Comments (3)
Have you gotten tired of reading all the “terms and conditions” on the social media sites? Or have you just given up and assumed they are OK. If you really read (and understand) all the terms on these sites is there any time left to engage on the sites? Is there any time left to take pictures?

Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project

By Jim Pickerell | 253 Words | Posted 1/22/2015 | Comments
Pond5 has announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, ( the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers. The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, thousands of sound recordings, and hundreds of 3D models.

Visual Connection To Stage Boston Visual Media Expo

By Jim Pickerell | 196 Words | Posted 1/22/2015 | Comments
Visual Connections, best known for its annual expo in New York, has added Boston to its schedule with a marketing event for stock image/footage agencies on Thursday, March 26th at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. The Boston Visual Media Expo will follow a similar format to previous popular and successful events in Chicago and Toronto.

Dreamstime Does Deal For Google Docs Templates

By Jim Pickerell | 437 Words | Posted 1/20/2015 | Comments
Dreamstime has been selected as a “beta provider of stock photos for Google display ads.” According to the explanation on the company’s online forum contributors will be paid roughly $2 per image selected during the “beta” license period which is 12 months.

The Power Of Buyers Who Are Also Sellers

By Jim Pickerell | 731 Words | Posted 1/19/2015 | Comments
In the next year image creators who are also image buyers may determine the future of stock photography. One-third or more of the images purchased may be bought by people who are also trying to sell their images. As buyers they want the lowest possible price. With their seller hat on they want the highest possible price.

Is Shutterstock Ready To Take On Getty In The Editorial Space?

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 1/16/2015 | Comments
Yesterday, Shutterstock paid $33 million in cash to acquire London-based Rex Features.  
In the technology section of its website Crain’s New York Business says, “The purchase of Rex puts Shutterstock in direct competition with Getty Images for a share of the editorial stock photography market, and ends long-held speculation that Shutterstock was looking to knock off its London rival.”

Shutterstock Expands Editorial And Music Offerings

By Jim Pickerell | 459 Words | Posted 1/15/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced that it is expanding its editorial and music services businesses with the acquisition of two companies -- Rex Features and PremiumBeat.

Will Adobe Introduce An Image Search Tool To Its 3.4 Million Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 485 Words | Posted 1/14/2015 | Comments (1)
Will Adobe offer a tool that makes it possible for its Illustrator and InDesign customers to discover if the images they find on microstock sites (particularly Shutterstock or iStock) are also available at Fotolia where they can be purchased for much less?

Young Photographers Alliance Announces Resignation of President and Treasurer

By Jim Pickerell | 404 Words | Posted 1/14/2015 | Comments
President Bob Hendriks and Treasurer Deborah Free have quietly announced resignation from their Young Photographer’s Alliance (YPA) positions as of December 31st 2014.

Is Image On Demand Pricing About To Decline?

By Jim Pickerell | 735 Words | Posted 1/13/2015 | Comments
When Adobe takes over Fotolia will Shutterstock and iStock be forced to lower their Image On Demand (IOD) prices? Basically, since Getty lowered iStock prices last September non-exclusives images on iStock and Shutterstock images are priced about the same – roughly $10 per image for any file size. However, Fotolia images are priced 25% to 60% lower than Shutterstock on a yearly basis, and 60% to 75% lower if the customer purchases a Fotolia image pack on a monthly basis.

Where Do Microstock Producers Come From?

By Jim Pickerell | 5140 Words | Posted 1/12/2015 | Comments
After last week, readers probably feel they have more information about iStock than they ever wanted to know. But an analysis of where contributors who produce microstock images live provides some additional insights into the future of stock photography. I promise this will be the last analysis of iStock data until July.

Do More Images Generate A Proportionate Increase In Downloads?

By Jim Pickerell | 5948 Words | Posted 1/9/2015 | Comments (2)
Most stock contributors want to believe that if they continue to produce more and better images more of their work will be downloaded (purchased by customers), and they will make more money. That’s not the way it seems to have worked at iStock in the last two years.

Downloads Of Leading iStock Contributors

By Jim Pickerell | 5663 Words | Posted 1/7/2015 | Comments
Since 2009 I have been tracking sales of some of iStock’s leading contributors and beginning in 2012 I have tracked 430 of them on a semi-annual basis. While 430 is only a small percentage of iStock’s total contributors which may number over 100,000 at the end of 2014 this small group had a combined total of over 54,982,100 image downloads in their careers with iStock. I believe this is about one-third of total iStock downloads since the company’s founding in 2002. Thus, the combined experience of this group is significant.

iStock Downloads Down Significantly In 2014

By Jim Pickerell | 773 Words | Posted 1/5/2015 | Comments (1)
Getty’s simplification and dramatic lowering of iStock prices in September in an effort to better complete with Shutterstock doesn’t seem to be working. The number of images downloaded in the last half of 2014 for 431 of iStock’s top producers was down about 34% compared to the first half of 2014.

Profit/Loss Calculations For Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 1202 Words | Posted 1/2/2015 | Comments (4)
Should the price paid to use a photo cover the cost to produce it? Most stock photographers recognize it is highly unlikely that they will regularly recover the cost of producing an image from a single sale. The profit and loss calculation is much more complicated.

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