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Articles from December 2000

Start Your Own Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 1781 Words | Posted 12/18/2000 | Comments
Stock photographers disheartened by recent changes in their relationships with their agency may find that now is an excellent time to join with a few other like minded photographers and start their own agency.

Alaska Stock Royalty Goes to 40%

By Jim Pickerell | 801 Words | Posted 12/18/2000 | Comments
Alaska Stock has asked their photographers to consider a change in the royalty percentage from 50% to 40%. In exchange the photographers would not be charged catalog and dupe fees in the future. Jeff Schultz, owner of Alaska Stock, explains why this is necessary.

Random Thoughts 27

By Jim Pickerell | 2221 Words | Posted 12/18/2000 | Comments
Several short items at the end of 2000: Random House ups writers royalties from 15% to 50% for books published on-line. Getty and Corbis are still trying to get things right with their photographers, Time Magazine still can't afford to pay much to photographers even though investors have done extremely well, and more.

Finding Photo Owners

By Jim Pickerell | 725 Words | Posted 12/4/2000 | Comments
Michael Trumbull found 26 images on the Net to illustrate his book ''The Best of Dot Com Humor.'' He is having trouble locating the copyright holders. Can you help? This story also points out some weaknesses in our current system of licensing rights to photographs found as a result of previous publication.

Perspectives On The European Picture Market

By Jim Pickerell | 2675 Words | Posted 12/4/2000 | Comments
Klaus Plaumann of Picture Press in Germany provides an updated analysis of the stock photo business in Europe. This presentation was given at the International Conference of stock agencies in New York in November.

European Page Sizes

By Jim Pickerell | 231 Words | Posted 12/4/2000 | Comments
In Europe publications refer to paper sizes as A1, A2, A3, etc. These refer to standard dimension in milimeters or centimeters. A chart coverts these paper sizes to inches.

E-Commerce Pricing

By Jim Pickerell | 2535 Words | Posted 12/4/2000 | Comments
This story provides a suggested strategy for pricing e-commmerce uses in the U.S. The same strategy with different numbers can be used in other parts of the world.

Random Thoughts 26

By Jim Pickerell | 2095 Words | Posted 12/4/2000 | Comments
News items include Sarah Stone hired by Workbook, Getty Promotes Corbis, Stone catalog prices comparisons, PhotoDisc Price Increases, CEPIC 2001 Conference, Pricing Uses for House Organs and PPA Settles Copyright Suit with KMart.

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This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.

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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