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Articles from December 2011

Stock Photo Market Trends in 2011

By Jim Pickerell | 500 Words | Posted 12/29/2011 | Comments (4)
For those looking for statistical and trend information related to stock photo industry this story provides links to a series of articles produced over the past year that examine various aspect of the subject.

Authors Coalition Has Money For You

By Jim Pickerell | 186 Words | Posted 12/29/2011 | Comments
The Authors Coalition of America, LLC, has identified a number of American authors who may be due royalty payments from non-U.S. sources. These royalties have been received to compensate authors for the foreign reprographic use of U.S. copyrighted materials.

Best Of Photojournalism 2012 Contest: Just Around The Corner

By Jim Pickerell | 942 Words | Posted 12/29/2011 | Comments
The National Press Photographers Association has made several significant announcements about its annual Best Of Photojournalism contest, including a reorganization of the competition as visual journalism moves into a new era. Along with a new and easier way to enter, there's also some category revisions plus some new categories, and winners will be picked using a mixture of online and on-site judging.

Top Stories In 2011

By Jim Pickerell | 3479 Words | Posted 12/28/2011 | Comments
If you're new to this site, or have missed some of the stories we have published in 2011, check out these links to 52 of this year's most important and thought provoking stories. This summary of information should provide you with a good understanding of the state of the stock photo industry at the end of 2011. If you need more historical perspective check out the “Top Stories For 2010.” 

Is Reality In Photojournalism Extinct?

By Jim Pickerell | 292 Words | Posted 12/27/2011 | Comments (1)
The concept of a realistic still photograph that provides an accurate representation of a news event may be an impossible dream. Many people blame Photoshop for making it so easy to “clean up” and “adjust” photographs. Photographers lose their jobs if they “overuse” Photoshop. But that is only a small part of the problem.

4.2 Million Stock Photo Customers Use Dreamstime

By Jim Pickerell | 425 Words | Posted 12/26/2011 | Comments
The microstock community Dreamstime has announced that it saw consistent strong growth throughout 2011. Since 2007, Dreamstime’s customer base has grown from 350,000 to the more than 4.2 million customers. With this rapid growth, Dreamstime has positioned itself as a supplier of high quality digital images to the second largest community of registered stock image users. (It is believed that Shutterstock has the largest community of image users.)

iPhoneography: The Future??

By Jim Pickerell | 1036 Words | Posted 12/22/2011 | Comments (3)
The core business of providing pictures for commercial and consumer use has moved from hiring a professional photographer to shoot an assignment, to RM stock, to RF and then to microstock. The next paradigm shift will be iPhoneography. Learn how this may impact you. Check out Jack Hollingsworth's two day workshop on the subject

Design Pics Inc. Acquires First Light

By Jim Pickerell | 335 Words | Posted 12/20/2011 | Comments
Design Pics Inc., has acquired of First Light Associated Photographers Ltd., a Canadian based photo agency. The agency was originally founded in 1984 by Pierre Guevremont, Ron Watts and Brian Milne. First Light has been based in Toronto. Design Pics is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Pond5: 900,000 Stock Video Clips And Counting

By Jim Pickerell | 249 Words | Posted 12/20/2011 | Comments
In 2011 Pond5’s collection grew to over 900,000 and is expected to reach 1 million by early 2012.  Currently this is largest collection of video clips on the web.  In addition, the site offers 7.6 million still photos, 677,000 illustrations, and one of the deepest audio collections in the world, with more than 200,000 sound effects and 100,000 music tracks. Pond5 also has a small collection of customizable After Effects templates.

Tobias Names SVP Commercial Products At Corbis

By Jim Pickerell | 184 Words | Posted 12/20/2011 | Comments
Corbis Images has named Edie Tobias as Senior Vice President of Commercial Products. Based in Los Angeles, Tobias will be responsible for leading the Commercial product group and growing the Corbis and Veer businesses globally.

Licensing Images In Today’s Market

By Jim Pickerell | 1627 Words | Posted 12/19/2011 | Comments (1)
I’m regularly contacted by photographers, some with excellent portfolios, wanting to know how they can license rights to their images in today’s market. Recently, I was contacted by a nature and wildlife photographer whose work was excellent. This photographer regularly conducts Photo Workshops where he teaches others how to take great scenic and wildlife pictures. Here’s what I told him.

Design Pics Inc. Acquires Pacific Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 252 Words | Posted 12/15/2011 | Comments
Design Pics Inc., headquartered in Edmonton, Canada announces the acquisition of Pacific Stock, a Hawaii based photo agency. The agency was originally founded in 1987 by Barbara Brundage.

Editorial Microstock

By Jim Pickerell | 461 Words | Posted 12/15/2011 | Comments (1)
Microstock sites are usually thought of as places to go to find generic commercial images, not editorial coverage. But, recently several microstock sites have started accepting unreleased, editorial images. Dreamstime has provided links to images related to some of the major events its contributors covered in 2011.

Yuri Arcurs' Photographer Bootcamp

By Jim Pickerell | 169 Words | Posted 12/14/2011 | Comments
One-hundred-thirty aspiring commercial photographers from all over the world will descend on Cape Town, South Africa on 3 January 2012 to participate in the Yuri Arcurs International Commercial Photography Academy Bootcamp.

Does Print Have A Future: Statistics

By Jim Pickerell | 792 Words | Posted 12/13/2011 | Comments (2)
Some argue that there will always be plenty of print publications and demand for images to be used in print. This story provides some statistics on the Magazine industry, Printing Industry, Newspapers and the Internet that provide a depressing picture of where the demand for still photography is headed.

Permanently Imbed Metadata

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 12/13/2011 | Comments
A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but permanently attached descriptions are worth a lot more as photos travel through the digital world. A campaign has been launched calling for the embedding of descriptive and rights information in digital media and retaining it during the whole life cycle.

Long Term Usage Licenses: A Fairer System

By Jim Pickerell | 592 Words | Posted 12/12/2011 | Comments (2)
It has been pointed out that publishers need to license rights for long terms (25 years and more) because it is so difficult for them to track down image owners in order to license reuses years after the initial license. This is particularly true as a result of agency consolidations and agencies going out of business. I recognize the problem, but there is a simple solution that would be easier for the book publishers to administer and much fairer for image creators.

Photographers vs. Copyright Clearance Center

By Jim Pickerell | 1853 Words | Posted 12/9/2011 | Comments
A philosophical battle is being waged on the web between ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and APA (American Photographic Artists) over how to address the issue of the lack of compensation from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for the collective licensing of reprography and digital uses of literary and visual works, and other secondary uses of audiovisual works. Here’s some background.

Stock Photography’s Fatal Flaw

By Jim Pickerell | 1011 Words | Posted 12/8/2011 | Comments (4)
Image creators need to recognize that the fatal flaw in the stock photography business model is that there is no way to control supply relative to demand. This was not a big problem in the 1990s when demand exceed supply, but that state of affairs will never happen again. As a result Stock Photography is and will continue to be a very risky business.

Update on Arius3D's Agreement to Acquire Masterfile

By Jim Pickerell | 206 Words | Posted 12/8/2011 | Comments
The sale of Masterfile to Arius 3D Corp for $21.4 million is still hanging in the balance. The two companies have agreed to extend to January 31, 2012 the closing of the previously announced proposed acquisition by Arius3D of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Masterfile.

Pearson Loses Attempt To Escape Jon Feingersh Infringement Suit

By Jim Pickerell | 388 Words | Posted 12/7/2011 | Comments
U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody denied Pearson Education Inc’s motion for dismissal of Jon Feingersh Photography Inc’s (JFPI) suit alleging the textbook publisher used dozens of his copyrighted photos in excess of the limited-use licensing rights the company had obtained.

Help! I’ve Been Infringed!

By Jim Pickerell | 1980 Words | Posted 12/6/2011 | Comments
What should you do when you discover a unauthorized use of one of your images? Attorney Carolyn E. Wright (whose also a stock photographer) has prepared a brief document outlining the steps photographers need to take once they discover an infringement. The steps you take may limit your ultimate remedies so be sure to first understand what your options are.

Fees For Travel App Use

By Jim Pickerell | 600 Words | Posted 12/1/2011 | Comments
Recentlty, a photographer asked what to charge for use of photos on a travel app that is designed to help tourists discover new places to visit, things to do, places to eat and drink etc.?  Here are my thoughts.

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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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