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Articles from October 2011

ASMP Receives Distribution From Authors Coalition

By Jim Pickerell | 501 Words | Posted 10/26/2011 | Comments
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has received $307,700 from the Authors Coalition of America (ACA). The funds are part of a distribution from a European Collecting Society that is authorized to collect payments for the copying of non-title-specific copyrighted works. In order to facilitate photocopying the law allows it to take place in some instances without requiring that the copyright holder’s name be recorded or that he, she or the corporation holding the copyright be directly compensated for the use.

Amazing Opportunity To Train As A Commercial Photographer

By Jim Pickerell | 433 Words | Posted 10/26/2011 | Comments (1)
Early next year 10 to 15 aspiring commercial photographers will be offered an amazing three year FREE education in the technical and business aspects of commercial photography as part of the Yuri Arcurs International Commercial Photography Academy. Yuri is the most successful microstock photographer in the world.

Distribution Figures No Longer Protected As Trade Secrets

By Jim Pickerell | 809 Words | Posted 10/25/2011 | Comments
In the case of DRK Photo vs John Wiley & Sons Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona Judge Frederick J. Martone denied the defendant’s motion to seal circulation information for 40 titles that were part of the complaint.

Whatever Happened To Jeff Burke?

By Jim Pickerell | 168 Words | Posted 10/25/2011 | Comments
Some in the stock photography business will wonder, “whatever happened to Jeff Burke?”  Jeff was the creator of the FoodPix, Brand X and Botanica brands and sold his company (PictureArts which also owned Nonstock at the time) to JupiterImages in 2005. (Jupiter was later acquired by Getty Images.)

Dealing With Getty: Things For Flickr Photographers To Consider

By Jim Pickerell | 1082 Words | Posted 10/25/2011 | Comments
Some Flickr photographers are given the opportunity to place some of their images on gettyimages.com. One photographer who was recently approached by Getty asked if he should have any concerns about dealing with Getty or if there are things he should be aware of before agreeing. Here are some of my thoughts.

Moving Forward In Educational Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 1238 Words | Posted 10/24/2011 | Comments (1)
In discussions with stock agents, and listening to publishing clients explain their needs, at the 16th PACA International Conference in New York this past weekend a few things became clear. Read this story for information about how the business is changing and what those licensing images need to do.

Corbis To Close Calgary Operation

By Jim Pickerell | 100 Words | Posted 10/20/2011 | Comments
Corbis has announced that it will be closing its entire Calgary operation at the beginning of 2012. The "planned office closure" will consolidate all of the company’s Technology and Marketing activities in Seattle. Corbis is expecting to add technology and marketing positions to the Seattle headquarters. Veer will continue to operate as a separate brand. It is unclear whether any of the personnel currently working on the Veer brand will move to Seattle.

Enough Is Enough

By Jim Pickerell | 1930 Words | Posted 10/20/2011 | Comments (4)
Why can’t the three major distributors – Getty, Corbis, Alamy – set reasonable prices for textbook use?  As licensors of the images they should be able to set the price. Instead, they allow the major publishers to dictate to them what they will pay. This happens because the agencies are so worried about losing market share that they constantly try to undercut each other and play right into the hands of the publishers.

Shhh! Don’t Tell The Big Distributors

By Jim Pickerell | 1999 Words | Posted 10/19/2011 | Comments (1)
The big distributors are missing a huge opportunity to capture an even larger share of the market than they already control. Learn how visual search could help them grow revenue and take market share from the small suppliers.

iStockphoto Celebrates Five Years Of Delivering Stock Video

By Jim Pickerell | 559 Words | Posted 10/18/2011 | Comments
iStockphoto is celebrating completion of its fifth year in the stock video business by discounting all  video purchases by 15 percent from October 17th to 23rd.  

Alamy Launches News Service

By Jim Pickerell | 223 Words | Posted 10/18/2011 | Comments
Alamy has announced the launch of its live news service which provides a stream of unique news, sport and entertainment photographs direct to customers. For the first time, Alamy will push live news to its customers via FTP minutes after the photographs were captured.

Average Return From iStockphoto

By Jim Pickerell | 4505 Words | Posted 10/17/2011 | Comments (4)
The first thing everyone wants to know about microstock is how much the average person earns licensing images at those prices. This story provides some statistics. The story also deals with the misconception that in order to have high earnings in microstock it is necessary to have a huge number of images in the collection.

Fixed Pricing vs. Use Pricing

By Jim Pickerell | 2014 Words | Posted 10/14/2011 | Comments
Recently, a new stock agency asked if they should develop a pricing strategy based on fixed prices, or prices based on how the images would be used? Here are some things to think about.

Corbis Appoints Barak Ronen SVP of Media Products

By Jim Pickerell | 307 Words | Posted 10/14/2011 | Comments
Corbis Images (www.corbisimages.com) has named Barak Ronen as Senior Vice President of Media Products. Ronen was formerly with Reuters and will be based in London. He will be responsible for the company’s Media product development and commercial strategy.

Jonathan Klein On Building A Successful Company

By Jim Pickerell | 193 Words | Posted 10/12/2011 | Comments
It is always interesting to hear what Jonathan Klein has to say. Recently he was interviewed by Tara Fuller, editor of American Express’ Open Forum, a pro business website designed to “power small business success.”

3D Photography At 2112 Olympics

By Jim Pickerell | 106 Words | Posted 10/12/2011 | Comments
Getty Images plans to use "a handful" of 3D-dedicated photographers to cover secure  next year's Olympic Games in London.

Why Don’t Big Distributors Get Better Prices For Your Work?

By Jim Pickerell | 1506 Words | Posted 10/11/2011 | Comments (4)
Many photographers believe they will make more sales for the best prices if their images are represented by the biggest distributors. They may make more sales, but definitely not for the best prices. For years the biggest distributors have been seriously undercutting price – at least in the education field. There is a big question whether increased volume at low, dramatically discounted prices results in increased revenue overall for creators. Here’s how and why.

Pond5 To Give Away $10,000 in Content at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Jim Pickerell | 350 Words | Posted 10/6/2011 | Comments
Pond5 will be giving away coupons worth $10,000 of free stock media at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Hall 3.1, Booth A 118), Oct. 12 - 16, 2011. Pond5’s online collection includes more than 800,000 royalty-free stock video clips (the largest archive on the web), along with millions of other assets, including stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, and After Effects motion graphics projects.  

StockFood launches living4media

By Jim Pickerell | 397 Words | Posted 10/6/2011 | Comments
StockFood, the world’s leading food image agency, introduces living4media: a new picture agency specializing in home and living. The concept behind www.living4media.com is to unite the most outstanding images produced by internationally renowned photographers and well-known niche agencies under one roof.

UIG Adds Content

By Jim Pickerell | 351 Words | Posted 10/5/2011 | Comments
With the addition of over 32,000 images from Omni Photo Agency and 18,000 images from the British Library picture archives Universal Imaging Group’s (UIG) educational image database has grown to nearly 3 million still images and 100,000 film clips. Both of these organizations will be continually adding additional images of art, history, culture and anthropology to the collection.

iStockphoto Launches “Feast”

By Jim Pickerell | 405 Words | Posted 10/4/2011 | Comments
iStockphoto has launched Feast, a new online community for creatives. Feast provides abundant helpings of inspiration from a diverse group of designers, photographers, directors, writers, marketing professionals and more. Feast’s centerpiece is a unique public mentorship between cutting-edge leaders in diverse fields such as photojournalist Mario Tama and writer, director and producer Kirby Ferguson, and protégés who apply to work with them online. In pre-launch, 25,000 people registered for Feast and 300 applied to be October protégés.

Class Action Against Pearson Education Approved

By Jim Pickerell | 502 Words | Posted 10/3/2011 | Comments
In Norbert Wu’s copyright infringement suit against Pearson Education, Inc. before Judge Richard J. Holwell, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York the court GRANTED class certification to one of Wu’s causes of action.

Kodak Continues To Struggle

By Jim Pickerell | 172 Words | Posted 10/3/2011 | Comments (3)
Eastman Kodak’s stock lost more than half its value in volatile trading on Friday amid fears that it is headed for bankruptcy. The company has lost nearly $1.8 billion since 2007 and is set to borrow another $160 million from its $400 million line of credit.

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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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