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Articles from February 2013

Education Shifts From Books To Digital – FAST

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 2/28/2013 | Comments (2)
A major shift is coming in the education market, and more rapidly than many expect. In Pearson’s recent Q4 2012 earnings call John Fallon, CEO and Chief Executive of International Education business discussed many of the “fundamental structural change” that are taking place in Pearson’s education business.

Bankruptcy Scam

By Jim Pickerell | 1130 Words | Posted 2/27/2013 | Comments (2)
Stock agency bankruptcies are becoming more frequent. In some cases photographers receive notices from a bankruptcy administrator saying that they are owed a certain amount of money. The administrator asks them to confirm, or prove, that is what they are owed.

Stop Supporting Pirate Sites With Advertising Dollars

By Jim Pickerell | 812 Words | Posted 2/25/2013 | Comments
Many of the countries leading brands are placing their advertising messages on the more than 150,000 pirate entertainment sites that distribute content without any compensation going to creators according to the USC Annenberg Ad Transparency Report.

Shutterstock Has 41% Growth In 2012

By Jim Pickerell | 1352 Words | Posted 2/22/2013 | Comments
In its quarterly conference call Shutterstock reported revenue of $169.2 million for the full year of 2012, a 41% increase over the $120.3 million in 2011. Fourth quarter revenue was $49.2 million, a 42% increase over Q4 2011. Looking ahead, the company expects to see revenue of between $48.5 and $50.5 million in Q1 2013, and for the full year revenue in the range of $213 to $219 million. Shutterstock stock (SSTK) closed at $32.88, up 17.22% on Friday.

Image Source Announces Photographer Workshops

By Jim Pickerell | 531 Words | Posted 2/20/2013 | Comments
Image Source has announced the dates and locations of its latest series of photographer workshops, starting in London on March 12, 2013 and ending in Los Angeles on March 21st with additional workshops in Copenhagen, Milan, Munich and New York.

UIG Opens New Content Management Facilities

By Jim Pickerell | 460 Words | Posted 2/19/2013 | Comments
Universal Images Group Limited (UIG), has extended its regional content management facilities by opening offices in Florence, Italy and Sydney, Australia. UIG already has such facilities in Chelmsford, Essex and London in the UK, as well as Chicago and New York, and a video editing studio in Anchorage. The new facilities are managed by experienced editors with college degrees in art history and prior long term services with Alinari, and Photolibrary.

Editorial Photographers Offers Six $1,000 Grants To Students

By Jim Pickerell | 229 Words | Posted 2/19/2013 | Comments
Editorial Photographers has announced its 2013 EP Edu Student Photography Grants program that will provide $1,000 cash grants and another $1,000 worth of gear and business tools to six deserving photography students. Entries must be submitted before March 17, 2013. Entrants must be enrolled full-time during 2012-13 in an accredited college in the U.S. or Canada. Full details are here:

Volume vs. Price

By Jim Pickerell | 1095 Words | Posted 2/18/2013 | Comments
Most photographers are focused on how much they can charge for their images. The higher the price the happier they are. This is true, not just of RM photographers who want to retain the ability to negotiate on every sale depending on the importance and significance of the usage. It is also true of Microstock photographers as their distributors continue to push up prices. (Check out this story.)

MicrostockGroup 2012 Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 555 Words | Posted 2/15/2013 | Comments
The MicrostockGroup blog conducts an annual survey of microstock contributors. The survey always receives a very high number of responses compared to other photographer surveys. This year 708 contributors supplied information. MicrostockGroup has posted an infographic that highlights some of the more interesting information from the 2012 Microstock Industry Survey.

Microstock Price Comparisons

By Jim Pickerell | 1256 Words | Posted 2/13/2013 | Comments (1)
Many photographers that license their images at RM and traditional RF prices still believe microstock images are being licensed for $1.00. For the most part nothing could be further from the truth. Consider these price comparisons for images on 7 different microstock sites with the average price for an RM or RF sale on Getty Images. You'll be surprised!

Leading Photographers Say Microstock Revenue Falling

By Jim Pickerell | 1483 Words | Posted 2/12/2013 | Comments (1)
Several major image producers that license their work through microstock distributors have told me that their revenue from iStockphoto (IS), Fotolia (FT) and Dreamstime (DT) was down 25% to 30% in 2012 compared to 2011. What’s more, based on current trends they are predicting 2013 revenue will be down 35% to 45% compared to 2011.

iStockphoto Kicks Out Leading Contributors

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 2/11/2013 | Comments
Getty has given Sean Locke and Rob Sylvan notice that their iStockphoto contracts will be terminated in 30 days. Locke is one of the 5 top iStockphoto contributors with over 12,000 images in his collection and close to a million downloads of his images. Sylvan is author of “Taking Stock,” worked on the iStock staff for many years and has helped thousands of photographers build and improve their microstock businesses.

Survey Results: Global Stock Image Revenue

By Jim Pickerell | 1385 Words | Posted 2/8/2013 | Comments
The Global Stock Image Market Research Group (GSIMRG) in Heidelberg, Germany has just released a report on the extensive study of the stock photo industry that it conducted in 2012. They concluded that the stock photo industry generated $2.88 billion in revenue in 2012. Based on their figures I think image licensing is much less. Their report, and my commentary in this article, is a must read for anyone engaged in the stock photo business.

Image Source Re-Launches Photographer Resource Site IMSO

By Jim Pickerell | 362 Words | Posted 2/6/2013 | Comments
Image Source has re-launched its photographer resource blog, IMSO (, as part of its continued commitment to support photographers. Since early 2011 IMSO has provided industry trending information for photographers and image buyers. Following increasing popularity and success, Image Source took the decision to re-launch IMSO as a dedicated professional photographer resource featuring photography trends, tips, reviews and interviews with leading industry figures.

Median Photographer Salaries $28,860 In U.S.

By Jim Pickerell | 581 Words | Posted 2/5/2013 | Comments
In January the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report on Media and Information that provides some interesting insights into the photography business. Median still photographer income in U.S. is $28,860. The median for TV and video camera operators is over $40,000 and almost $53,000 for Film and Video editors.

Google Makes It Easier To Steal

By Jim Pickerell | 875 Words | Posted 2/4/2013 | Comments (4)
Serban Enache, CEO of Dreamstime has explained in a blog post how Google’s new image search techniques make it more likely that unauthorized use of your images will increase. Every image producer should read this story.   

Mobile Goes Mainstream

By Jim Pickerell | 326 Words | Posted 2/1/2013 | Comments
Mobile photography has made huge strides in a short time. Customers are using images shot with mobile devices. Image distributors are accepting mobile images into their collections. And the quality improves with each new generation of phones. iStockphoto has just published list of mobile photography tips that will help photographers produce images of commercial quality with their mobile devices.

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