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Articles from October 2010

Crestock Banks on $1

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 126 Words | Posted 10/29/2010 | Comments
Masterfile-owned Crestock Corp. has expanded its range of images and introduced several additional file sizes. The company statement takes a shot at other microstock providers: "One dollar means one dollar: Crestock has one of the simplest pricing models in the microstock sector." 

UIG-powered Britannica Image Quest Available

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 162 Words | Posted 10/29/2010 | Comments
Students and teachers needing images for research, term papers and projects can now get them from Britannica Image Quest, an online database of images sourced and provided by a London/Chicago-based Universal Images Group.

Veer Free-For-All to Give Away $30,000

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 182 Words | Posted 10/28/2010 | Comments
Veer has launched Free-For-All, a series of four different one-week community challenges that aim to give away $30,000 in prizes to participants who can try to win just by downloading free images, fonts, avatars, screensavers and wallpapers.

THP Welcomes Brazil’s Easypix

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 50 Words | Posted 10/28/2010 | Comments

Getty Images Reps Spin City Music

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 80 Words | Posted 10/28/2010 | Comments

Textbook Licensing: Where the Clean-up Meets the Cover-Up

By Dan Nelson | 1601 Words | Posted 10/28/2010 | Comments (2)
Many stock photography professionals remain largely unaware of the widespread and institutionalized practice of copyright infringement that plagues the textbook licensing industry. The dual purpose of this article is to provide a brief introduction to this phenomenon and, in doing so, to help alert photographers, vendors, and other stock photography professionals to the fact that major U.S. textbook publishers have been—and, indeed, still continue to—systematically infringe third-party copyrights in photographs that they use in textbooks and various other materials. We also will explore some of the various factors that allowed this situation to occur and go unnoticed, despite being an industry-wide practice that has given rise to some of the most egregious cases of copyright infringement in recent memory.

Corbis Launches ‘Contributor Gateway,’ New Contract

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 277 Words | Posted 10/27/2010 | Comments
In a smart move that borrows from trend-setting technology practices of newer image companies, Corbis has launched a contributor Web site to provide a single pace for represented photographers to manage their relationship with the company.

Getty Adds Gamma-Keystone to European Offering

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 89 Words | Posted 10/27/2010 | Comments

Hats Off to SuperStock

By Jim Pickerell | 226 Words | Posted 10/27/2010 | Comments (1)
SuperStock refunds photographer royalties after purchasing U.K. agency.


By Jim Pickerell | 162 Words | Posted 10/27/2010 | Comments
I’d like to encourage you to take a look at some of the “Free Stuff” available on this site. Click on this link ( and you find a list of Free Stuff in the column on the right. The stories listed will give you a good sense of the resources available on this site.

ASMP Hosts Meetup at PhotoPlus Expo

By Jim Pickerell | 124 Words | Posted 10/26/2010 | Comments (1)
Agency professionals, service providers, photographers and those interested in stock licensing are invited to the ASMP Meetup between 5:00pm and 6:30pm in the Javits Center Cafeteria on Friday, October 29. Everyone interested in stock photography is invited; ASMP membership is not required.

AP To Build Rights Clearinghouse

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 399 Words | Posted 10/26/2010 | Comments
The president and chief operating officer of the Associated Press recently spoke at the meeting of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in Austin. Although Tom Curly was addressing the news industry, the issues discussed were identical to those faced by image creators and marketers, particularly matters that address online and digital uses of content.

Textbook Licensing: Where the Clean-Up Meets the Cover-Up

By Dan Nelson and Kevin P. McCulloch | 1546 Words | Posted 10/26/2010 | Comments
Copyright lawyers Dan Nelson and Kevin McCulloch provide some background on how major U.S. textbook publishers have been—and, indeed, still continue to—systematically infringe photo the copyrights of the photographs they use in textbooks and various other materials.  They explore some of the various factors that allowed this situation to occur and go unnoticed, despite being an industry-wide practice that has given rise to some of the most egregious cases of copyright infringement in recent memory.

Alamy Seeks Heavy for News Division

By Jim Pickerell | 159 Words | Posted 10/25/2010 | Comments
Alamy is seeking an industry heavyweight to develop a worldwide news division.

Pricing Future Magazine Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 2344 Words | Posted 10/25/2010 | Comments (2)
“Our contention is that the iPad version of a magazine is part of the rate base of that magazine,” said Condé Nast vice president of editorial operations Richard Levine at the recent conference of the Picture Archive Council of America. “A new strategy for acquiring content is needed because it will be impossible to anticipate how imagery initially acquired primarily for print use might be repurposed,” he continued. This is not unique to Condé Nast issue, but rather a position other publishers have already taken or will need to take in the near future.

How To Become A Pro Photographer, Part 5 - Finding Success

By Daniel H. Bailey | 1750 Words | Posted 10/25/2010 | Comments
With this article Dan finishes his five part series on the steps you need to take to become a professional photographer. Today he talks about Finding Success and explores what it takes to achieve success in a very tough, competitive and rapidly changing industry. The previous articles include: Part 1- Making the Jump, Part 2- Getting the Gear and Expertise, Part 3- Marketing and Self-Promotion and Part 4- The Business of Photography.

iPad and the Future

By Jim Pickerell | 1644 Words | Posted 10/22/2010 | Comments (1)
Richard Levine’s keynote address at the PACA International Conference, “The Impact of the iPad and the Future Use of Content,” raised a number of critical issues for the stock photo industry.

Join the Fight Against Online Copyright Infringement

By Jim Pickerell | 473 Words | Posted 10/21/2010 | Comments (2)
A new piece of legislation, “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,” is now working its way through U.S. Senate hearings. Now is the time for anyone interested in copyright protection to contact their senators and congress men or women.

PicScout Makes Deloitte’s Tech Top 50 for Israel, Launches Designer-Focused Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 223 Words | Posted 10/21/2010 | Comments
For the second consecutive year, PicScout has made Deloitte’s annual Fast 50 list for Israel. With five-year revenue growth exceeding 600%, PicScout ranked at 14 overall and in third place among Internet companies.

How To Become A Pro Photographer, Part 4 - The Business of Photography

By Daniel H. Bailey | 2239 Words | Posted 10/21/2010 | Comments
Photographers are primarily right brain people. We’re creative. We focus on the subjective, the random, the visual and the intuitive. We tend to focus on the whole picture first, then focus on the details later. That’s why we bought cameras and chose a career that revolves around creativity. Business, on the other hand, is analytical, sequential, verbal and it focuses on the details. These are all left brain ways of thinking. Often times these clash with what may come more naturally to us, and the result is that we’re just not always the best business people.

Ad Growth Suprises Analysts, Still Behind Pre-Recession Numbers

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 10/20/2010 | Comments
Advertising growth is continuing to surprise analysts. ZenithOptimedia has upgraded its forecast for global ad growth in 2010 from 3.5% to 4.8%. The forecast for 2011 is a continued growth of 4.6%. However, this positive news comes somewhat qualified.

A2Z Releases Pro Keywording Package

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 228 Words | Posted 10/19/2010 | Comments
A2Z Keywording released new image tagging software, Keyword Perfect 2.0, which was initially developed for in-house keywording.

Photolibrary Reps EPA

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 87 Words | Posted 10/19/2010 | Comments

How To Become A Pro Photographer, Part 3 - Marketing and Self-Promotion

By Daniel H. Bailey | 1970 Words | Posted 10/19/2010 | Comments
Marketing is where things start to get scary for some photographers. After all, we’re passionate enough about our imagery to want to make this our full or part time profession, and we’re certainly adept with technology and digital imaging gear. However, this is where photography starts enter the business realm, which, unfortunately, doesn’t always come easy to some creative and artistic types. However, photographers are good at creative problem solving, right? Well, marketing is the same thing. It’s solving a very simple creative problem that can easily be summed up in one sentence. “How can I convince clients to hire me?”

Creative Commons Launches Public Domain Mark

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 238 Words | Posted 10/18/2010 | Comments
Creative Commons has released a Public Domain Mark, a label that communicates the absence of copyright restrictions to the public and allows works to be easily discovered online.

Boughn Blogs for Masterfile's Crestock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 93 Words | Posted 10/18/2010 | Comments
Steve Pigeon welcomed Ellen Boughn to Creastock, a wholly owned microstock subscidiary of Toronto-based Masterfile.

PLUS Registry To Launch This Fall

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 218 Words | Posted 10/15/2010 | Comments
The Picture Licensing Universal System Coalition says the PLUS Registry—a resource that promises to connect images, rights holders and rights information—will launch this fall.

PhotoShelter Launches Certified Consultant Program

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 51 Words | Posted 10/15/2010 | Comments (1)

Secrets To Building A Successful Photography Career

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 485 Words | Posted 10/14/2010 | Comments
Jim Pickerell has released a new e-book. Secrets To Building A Successful Photography Career examines recent changes in the photography business environment, from technological improvements to the introduction of microstock and the availability of free images.

Fotolia Launches deviantART Stock Project

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 583 Words | Posted 10/14/2010 | Comments
Fotolia has partnered with online artist community deviantART to launch a stock offering within the deviantART network. The arrangement has benefits on both sides: 15-million-member-strong deviantART represents what the two partners say is the largest online aggregation of microstock users. At the same time, Fotolia can help artist-members of this community monetize their own work.

8 Ways an Artist Can Promote Their Artwork Offline

By John R Math | 923 Words | Posted 10/14/2010 | Comments
Everyday artists are being instructed by experts how to promote their art business online, in social media and in all ways digitally. The experts espouse these “must do’s and must have’s” on how an artist should market themselves virally. Yes, digital marketing is extremely important, but artists should not forget to market and promote themselves offline as well. Marketing offline is another way to drive traffic to an artist’s website and help to create new business opportunities. Overall, offline marketing helps to make sales and to brand the artist and their artwork.

Fagan to Lead ASMP Stock Initiatives

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 331 Words | Posted 10/13/2010 | Comments
Former president of the Stock Artists Alliance Shannon Fagan will chair the newly established Stock Imaging License Committee of the American Society of Media Photographers. Fagan will moderate the new ASMP stock-photo listserv community, write for the Strictly Business Blog and speak at the 2011 Strictly Business 3 conferences.

Collecting for Infringement: PicScout Helps Hawaiian Art Network Grow Revenue

By Jim Pickerell | 371 Words | Posted 10/13/2010 | Comments
PicScout’s Image Tracker software has helped Glen Carner’s Hawaiian Art Network dramatically grow revenue in less than a year by locating infringements and assisting in the collection of appropriate fees for unauthorized uses. Currently, revenue recovered from infringements accounts for about 50% of Hawaiian Art Network’s income.

How To Become A Pro Photographer: Part 2 - Camera Gear

By Daniel H. Bailey | 1928 Words | Posted 10/13/2010 | Comments
This is the second of five articles where Dan Bailey discusses what it takes to make the jump from amateur photographer to pro and work towards making a living with photography. This article focuses on the types of gear and professional expertise you'll need to gain as you make the transition. In future articles, he'll discuss, Marketing and Self-Promotion, The Business of Photography and how to put it all together and get started in a photography career.

Microstock Shakeout Continues: Polylooks RIP

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 91 Words | Posted 10/12/2010 | Comments (1)

MediaStorm Methodology Workshop Applications Close in 2 Weeks

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 266 Words | Posted 10/12/2010 | Comments
Practically any report having anything to do with multimedia includes a mention of MediaStorm, a company that rightfully describes itself as “widely recognized for quality editorial production and as leaders in multimedia storytelling.” In addition to producing award-winning cinematic narratives and consulting for the world’s largest nonprofits and media companies, the company also has a training offering—and its next Methodology Workshop registration closes at the end of the month.

How Unemployment Hurts The Employed Professional Photographer

By Jim Pickerell | 798 Words | Posted 10/11/2010 | Comments (2)
Unemployment in the United States may be affecting freelance photographers in some not so obvious ways. While many photographers and designers have either lost their jobs or are under employed what we often forget is that those who still have viable businesses may now be competing with the unemployed as they produce new images as a way or earning a little extra cash.

The Not-So-New Buzz of Localization

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 561 Words | Posted 10/8/2010 | Comments (2)
So localization as a marketing concept is not so new. For instance, in the American retail space—think big supermarkets—“buy local” went hyper-popular a couple of years ago, with big brands like Hannaford and ShopRite touting their support for local farms and produce. “Support your local business” has been around for a while as well. Now more than ever, image buyers are seeking images that resonate with particular communities and locations—but what does it really mean to the stock producer?

Is There Any Such as the Newspaper Business Anymore?

By Jim Pickerell | 240 Words | Posted 10/8/2010 | Comments
Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney III recently sent his staff a memo that said: “We’re no longer a newspaper company. We’re a news media company. The newspaper is just one way we package and distribute the content we publish.”

CaptureShot To Launch at ImageExpo

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 48 Words | Posted 10/7/2010 | Comments To Carry Arcurs Stock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 33 Words | Posted 10/7/2010 | Comments

SuperStock Gives Away Cars, Apple Products

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 107 Words | Posted 10/7/2010 | Comments

Digimarc Announces $36+ Million Deal

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 233 Words | Posted 10/7/2010 | Comments
Under a new agreement, Intellectual Ventures will exclusively sublicense Digimarc technology patents—for a $36 initial license-issue fee and 20% of further profits.

Ethics In The Textbook Publishing Business

By Jim Pickerell | 2108 Words | Posted 10/6/2010 | Comments (4)
Photographers whose business it is to produce stock images that are designed for use in textbooks should IMMEDIATELY look for another line of work. For years the major textbook publisher -- not fly by night organizations -- have been paying fees based on minimal press runs. Then, with no regard whatsoever for the written contracts they executed with the sellers, they have made extensive additional uses of the images without making any attempt to compensate the image creators in any way for the use that exceeded the original license agreement. These additional uses have resulted in millions of dollars of extra revenue for the publishers. Such actions were not occasional oversights, but policy.

How to Become a Pro Photographer: Part 1- Making the Jump

By Daniel H. Bailey | 2190 Words | Posted 10/5/2010 | Comments
This is the first of five articles where Dan Bailey discusses his 15 year odyssey in photography, from being an amateur to making a living taking pictures. He starts out by outlining a number of things you need to consider before deciding to jump from amateur to pro. In future he'll discuss Getting The Gear and Expertise, Marketing and Self Promotion and other aspects of the Business of Photography.

ASMP Guide to Copyright Registration

By Susan Carr | 682 Words | Posted 10/5/2010 | Comments (2)
The copyright office tells us that only 5% of photographers register their images. ASMP wants to change that and has created an initiative called Registration ©ounts to create awareness of copyright issues, to encourage all photographers to register their work, and to provide the tools and information needed for registration.

Polylooks Closing

By Jim Pickerell | 190 Words | Posted 10/4/2010 | Comments
Polylooks, a photo service launched in June 2009 by Deutsche Telekom, Germany’s leading provider of communications services, has announced that it will close operations on December 31, 2010. 

Alert: iSyndica Refunds

By Jim Pickerell | 64 Words | Posted 10/4/2010 | Comments
All photographers working with iSyndica must contact them before October 17, 2010 to get a refund. According to iSyndica this is required, “because we do not have your billing details and cannot refund orders after a certain point. Without your information, we cannot refund you. Do fill in the form before October 17, 2010 at the latest.”

Individual Property Ownership And The Future Of Creativity

By Jim Pickerell | 2686 Words | Posted 10/4/2010 | Comments (3)
In his biography, The Age of Turbulence, Alan Greenspan said, “The presumption of individual property ownership and the legality of its transfer must be deeply embedded in the culture of a society (emphasis mine) for free market economies to function effectively. In the West, the moral validity of property rights is accepted, or at least acquiesced in, by virtually the whole of the population.” I was struck by how this relates to the photography business today. The concept of individual property ownership is no longer deeply embedded in the culture of our society. A large segment of the population believes that certain property should be free to all and that the creators have no rights once the property is shown to anyone. Using the creative works of others without permission or compensation is becoming the morally accepted standard.

Visual Connections Releases Speaker Lineup

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 93 Words | Posted 10/1/2010 | Comments

Shutterstock Increases Referral Payout Max

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 62 Words | Posted 10/1/2010 | Comments

Granger Collection Integrates Real-Time Research Help into Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 65 Words | Posted 10/1/2010 | Comments

ASPP Hosts NWF Fundraiser

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 109 Words | Posted 10/1/2010 | Comments

Locating Copyright Holders

By Jim Pickerell | 263 Words | Posted 10/1/2010 | Comments
ASPP has published a very informative guide for picture editors and researchers on locating copyright holders of imagery when the name and contact information is not readily attached to an image. The guide, and a link to a downloadable PDF, are available free or charge.

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