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Articles from November 2011
Given the existence of these contributors stock photography is unlikely to be a dependable way to earn a living in the future. Those that are trying to earn their living taking pictures should focus on getting assignments or doing something that guarantees a certain level of compensation before they undertake the work.
Canon has introduced a new EOS C300 video camcorder. For the full British Journal of Photography review click here
. Canon’s new Cinema EOS system includes a new interchangeable-lens digital video camcorder, and seven 4K EF cinema lenses. The launch held in Hollywood with Martin Scorsese as guest speaker, and in Berlin marks Canon’s official entry into the motion-picture production industry.
Recently I wrote about PhotoShelter’s survey of 500 buyers
of stock in their new Free guide to Selling Stock Photography
Getty Images notified its editorial photographers on November 9th that
it is revising its editorial contract and cutting the royalty rate to 35
percent. Under the current editorial contract Getty pays photographers
50 percent for some sales and 35 percent for others.
PhotoShelter has published a new Free guide to Selling Stock Photography that can be found and downloaded here
. The guide includes results of a survey of 500 buyers of stock that shows which collections they search most frequently.
Masterfile has added 1.5 million budget-friendly photos and illustrations to its website at www.masterfile.com
, complementing its large collection of premium rights-managed and royalty-free images. Customers can easily toggle between the RM/RF collection and the $10 collection, but images from both collections are not shown at the same time.
Shutterstock Images LLC has released its Shutterstock for iPad
app, available for free download now in the Apple App Store.
Just 8 months after launch ImageCollect.com
, a celebrity picture library offering images at microstock prices, has doubled in size in 3 months and now has more than three million images available for download. The library contains archival imagery and current content supplied by top entertainment photographers. The company expects to have more than 5 million images by early 2012.
More than 35,000 images highlighting European politics, the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle from ullstein bild, Germany’s oldest picture archive, are now available at The Granger Collection’s website, www.granger.com
. Based in Berlin, ullstein bild holds one of the most significant collections of historical imagery in Europe, covering the ancient past to current events.
Aurora Photos is excited to announce the launch of the myPhone Collection
of stock photography, a collection of images taken with iPhones and other mobile devices by some of the world’s top photographers and iPhoneographers, and now made available to pictures buyers for both editorial and commercial licensing. To coincide with the launch of the myPhone Collection, Aurora is also introducing a new modified Rights Managed licensing model called Easy Rights Managed
. The model offers simple, quick, broad, and managed rights at reasonable prices.
With its launch of its myPhone Collection
Aurora Photos has also introduced a new simplified Rights Managed pricing model they call Easy Rights Managed
. “The model offers simple, quick, broad, and managed rights at reasonable prices.” The model is similar in some ways to the Rights-Ready model launched by Getty Images in 2006. Getty later abandoned this experiment.
After reading Stock Photo Market Size In 2011
Tom Zimberoff asked several question that need a more detailed response. This story explains why growing microstock revenue does not mean that a growing number of microstock images are being used.
While Thanksgiving is a joyous event for many, for those less fortunate it can be a difficult time. With this in mind, Dreamstime
, is launching its “Give Thanks, Give Back” campaign to help share the blessings of this year’s Thanksgiving with those less fortunate.
The Occupy Wall Street movement’s “we are the 99 percent” campaign is
basically about a fairer distribution of wealth. Photographers and those
who handle the distribution of images to end users need to launch an
Occupy Book Publishers movement.
Andreas Gursky’s photograph called “Rhein II” has just been sold for
$4.3 million at Christies making it the most expensive photograph in the
world. However, Gursky won’t see a penny of the money since the
transaction was between two collectors.
is expanding its direct sales operations with senior business
development and sales staff in Australia and the Middle East. Sascha
Weis, former Senior Sales Manager for North America at Corbis, is
relocating to Beirut and Megan Bulmer, a former employee of Alamy UK has recently relocated to Australia.
After I published “Moving Forward In Educational Licensing
” a reader suggested on the Yahoo Stockphoto group that I had “some interesting ideas” about how stock photographers might deal with educational publishers. Without reading what I had to say, Carl May, owner of Biological Photo Service & Terraphotographics
responded with, “I hope Pickerell isn't really falling for the line that educational publishers don't know how images will be used in the future and therefore need new pricing procedures.” Carl is an experienced photographer/agent who also spent over a decade working on the college publisher side of the business.This article is a colloquy between Carl and myself on the subject. Apologies for the article length.
In an effort to give volume customers a better deal and compete with Getty’s Premium Access and Thinkstock programs Corbis Images
has launched a new Royalty-Free (RF) subscription service that offers customers easy access to more than one million RF images at greatly discounted prices. The service, called ‘OnDemand: Royalty-Free’ is available to all customers to help solve their creative storytelling needs.
has created a new DVD collection ‘Ultimate Trades & Objects’ - a comprehensive library of over 1300 white background photos and layered EPS vectors. The 2-volume set was conceived as an alternative to the dated ‘occupations’ images currently available.
Since Getty Images went went private at the end of 2007 and Alamy
stopped providing quarterly figures at the end of 2009 it has become
very difficult to estimate the size of the stock photo market worldwide. This article is an update of my previous articles and provides an overview of the amount of revenue being generated in each segment of the business today.
At the recent PACA International Conference in New York internationally-known visual journalist Tom Kennedy discussed the “Changing Media Landscape.” Kennedy was Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine, and Assistant Graphics Director at The Philadelphia Inquirer before taking up his current position as Alexia Chair Professor for Documentary Photography in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
For those in the stock photo industry October is always a time for
intense networking and education in New York with Visual Connections,
the PACA International Conference and PhotoPlus Expo. Now that these
events are over its time to reflect things learned. Here are a few of my
Arius3D Corp. and Masterfile Corporation have agreed to extend to November 30, 2011 the closing of the previously announced proposed acquisition by Arius3D of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Masterfile.
, a source of stock, archival and news footage, now also offers preview clips from StormStock, the world leader in extreme weather content.