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Articles from February 2015

Getty’s Midstock Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 1007 Words | Posted 2/26/2015 | Comments (3)
On February 24th at an invitation-only conference hosted in Miami by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Getty Images executives told investors that midstock revenue had declined 15% in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013. This decline was on top of a 9.8% decline in Q3 2014 compared to a year earlier. Getty’s midstock division includes iStock, Thinkstock and Photos.com.

Correction: CEPIC Awards Competition

By Jim Pickerell | 51 Words | Posted 2/24/2015 | Comments
The information supplied yesterday in our story CEPIC Stock Photography Awards Competition Opens was incorrect. See the revised story here. Instead of there being winners in six different categories of competition there will be a single category of Creative Stock and monetary prizes given to the First, Second and Third place winners.

AP and NFL Extend Exclusive Photo Licensing Deal

By Jim Pickerell | 303 Words | Posted 2/24/2015 | Comments
The Associated Press and the National Football League today extended their commercial photo agreement, solidifying the AP’s status as the worldwide commercial licensing agent of the NFL through the 2017 season.

CEPIC Stock Photography Awards Competition Opens

By Jim Pickerell | 297 Words | Posted 2/23/2015 | Comments
CEPIC, in conjunction with East News Photo Agency, has launched the first edition of the CEPIC Stock Photography Awards competition with a 3,000 Euro prize and a title of CEPIC Stock Photographer of the Year.

Come Alive Images Offers Stock Buyers Animated GIFs

By Jim Pickerell | 698 Words | Posted 2/23/2015 | Comments
Jerry Tavin and Joe Panker launched Come Alive Images. This site is dedicated to the commercial potential of GIFs—motion graphics, cinemagraphs, animated photography, looping illustrations and animation, 3D stereo photography and photo/video hybrids.

Getty’s Lean In Collection: One Year Later

By Jim Pickerell | 570 Words | Posted 2/23/2015 | Comments (1)
Getty Images, the world’s leader in visual communication, and LeanIn.Org, the women’s non-profit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, are celebrating one year of partnership with the anniversary of the Getty Images Lean In Collection – a curation of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the communities who support them. Images from the collection have been licensed in over 65 countries, including Qatar, Kuwait and Korea, with sales doubling since the collection’s inception in February, 2014.

StockFood and PhotoCuisine Sign Global Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 483 Words | Posted 2/20/2015 | Comments
StockFood and PhotoCuisine, the world’s two largest agencies for food photography, have signed a global partnership agreement. The two companies, widely recognized as market leaders in high-end culinary photography, will join forces from March 1st 2015.
 

Did Getty's Midstock Strategy Last September Work?

By Jim Pickerell | 929 Words | Posted 2/18/2015 | Comments
I understand that Getty Images won’t be releasing Q4 2014 information to bond traders until April. Investors are anxiously awaiting the results and hoping Getty has been able to turn around its Midstock division (iStock, Thinkstock and Photos.com) in the first full quarter since its dramatic change in pricing strategy last September.

Geoff Tompkinson: Career Of A Timelapse Photographer

By Jim Pickerell | 1644 Words | Posted 2/17/2015 | Comments (1)
Recently, I asked Geoff Tompkinson to share a little about his 35-year career in stock photography and where he thinks the business is headed. Before reading his story I suggest you take a look at Geoff’s amazing work – still photography, timelapse and hyperlapse  -- and then begin reading.

Aurora PremiumRF

By Jim Pickerell | 811 Words | Posted 2/16/2015 | Comments
Aurora Photos has launched a highly curated Premium RF collection that places some of the company’s best images into a simple and easy to understand pricing model. The $250 for a small: 3mb/72 dpi image file and $500 for a 50mb/300 dpi file is a direct copy of the pricing used by Shutterstock for its Offset.com collection.

Shutterstock Reports $91.4 Million For Q4 2014

By Jim Pickerell | 1547 Words | Posted 2/13/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported $91.2 million in revenue for Q4 2014, a 34% increase over Q4 2013. There were 33.5 million downloads for the quarter. About 28 percent of revenue for the quarter was paid out to contributors in royalties. The average price per download was $2.68 up from $2.65 in the previous quarter and a 10% increase compared to Q4 2013. There were 46.8 million images in the collection at the end of 2014 plus 2 million video clips. At the end of the quarter the company had 513 employees worldwide.

Explosion Of Photographs

By Jim Pickerell | 227 Words | Posted 2/12/2015 | Comments (1)
The oldest photo on record is of a man on a Paris street getting his shoes shined. It was taken in 1838. In the first 170 years of photography up to the year 2000 it is estimated that 85 billion photos were taken. In 2014 alone, thanks to selfies, almost 1 trillion photos were taken and the number is expected to grow in 2015.

The Cost Of Acquiring New Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 2/11/2015 | Comments
Getting new customers can be difficult. During Q3 2014 Shutterstock spent about 25% of its gross revenue on sales and marketing. At that rate sales and marketing costs for all of 2014 could be in the range of $80 million.

Searchmyimages.com: Find Unauthorized Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 277 Words | Posted 2/10/2015 | Comments
Photographers with a limited number of images that they market directly from a single online site may want to check out the Australian company Searchmyimages.com. For a reasonable monthly fee photographers can upload their images to this site. Searchmyimages will then constantly search the web for these images and informs the photographer when and where uses are found.

Is There A Drone In Your Future?

By Jim Pickerell | 393 Words | Posted 2/9/2015 | Comments
More and more photographers are looking to drones as a cheap way to do aerial photography and a look at subjects from new perspectives. But it is entirely possible that there will be severe restrictions on the private use of drones – at least in the U.S.

Photojournalism Contest For Asia Photos: $10,500 In Cash Prizes

By Jim Pickerell | 285 Words | Posted 2/5/2015 | Comments
Popular photo services platform LightRocket is accepting submissions for a photojournalism competition with prizes worth US$10,500, including US$4,000 for the Photographer of the Year.

CEPIC: Early Registration Discounts To Close

By Jim Pickerell | 141 Words | Posted 2/5/2015 | Comments
Early-bird registration discounts for the CEPIC Congress 2015 in Warsaw, Poland will end on February 8, 2015. Always a highlight of the year for stock photo distributors, the Congress itself will take place at the 5-star Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel beginning on June 3, 2015 and continuing through June 6th.

mauritius images CEO Hans-Jörg Zwez Retires

By Jim Pickerell | 141 Words | Posted 2/5/2015 | Comments
After 44 years as owner and CEO of mauritius images GmbH Hans-Jörg Zwez has retired. Stefan Ploghaus has taken over as new owner and CEO of the photo agency.  The purchase price was not disclosed.

More Thoughts On Adobe/Fotolia

By Jim Pickerell | 755 Words | Posted 2/2/2015 | Comments
After reading “If I were Adobe” Zeke Koch wrote, “I don’t totally get it. Why do you think we should avoid adding stock to Creative Cloud subscriptions?” I probably didn’t make my arguments clear. The following may help.

age fotostock Redesigns Website

By Jim Pickerell | 490 Words | Posted 2/2/2015 | Comments
age fotostock, a stock photography agency based in Spain with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Paris, launched a new look on their website this week.

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