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Articles from March 2016

U.S. Photo Market Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 738 Words | Posted 3/31/2016 | Comments
Last fall, BVPA, the German association of picture agencies, asked me a series of questions about the U.S. market for stock photography and where I think it is headed. The following is what I told them along with links to a few relevant stories.

The Mega Agency Hires UK Sales Director

By Jim Pickerell | 183 Words | Posted 3/31/2016 | Comments
The Mega Agency, a new global media business, focused on delivering editorial images, is pleased to announce that David Ellis has been recruited as UK Sales Director.

Improving Search For Buyers

By Jim Pickerell | 1164 Words | Posted 3/30/2016 | Comments (2)
Agencies need to think hard about supplying contributors with more detailed information about exactly what is being requested and what is really selling. It used to be enough to provide general information about the broad categories of subject matter in demand. At that point they would leave it up to the individual creator to guess at what buyers -- with whom they have no contact whatsoever -- might want. That is no longer enough. Shooting based on gut feelings no longer works.

Photographers Quitting: Why Should Investors Care?

By Jim Pickerell | 1086 Words | Posted 3/28/2016 | Comments
After reading my previous story investors in stock photo companies as well as image buyers may ask, “Why should we care if professional photographers stop producing stock images?”

Are Photographers Leaving The Stock Business?

By Jim Pickerell | 1145 Words | Posted 3/25/2016 | Comments (1)
A Korean subscriber recently asked the following questions. “I notice you say that many photographers are unable to earn enough money and end up leaving the market. Is there any specific number that you can prove? How many photographers/contributors were there in the past and now?

Videoclips Sales At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 506 Words | Posted 3/24/2016 | Comments
A videographer wrote recently complaining that two of his video clips had been sold by Getty Images to Viacom for a broadcast show on Comedy Central. This show also appears on the web. These two sales were made through a Premium Access deal and netted the videographer a whopping $8.46 for the two sales.

Visual Search: Will It Solve The Problems Stock Photo Customers Face?

By Jim Pickerell | 637 Words | Posted 3/22/2016 | Comments (1)
There is a huge amount of focus on Visual Search and its potential for the stock photo industry. In my opinion Visual Search Will Not Solve The Problems Stock Photo Customers Face. Visual search can be very useful in finding an image that the customer has a copy of in hand. It can find all the uses on the Internet of a particular image, but that’s not what most customers want.

Uploading Images To Multiple Agencies: Good Or Bad Strategy

By Jim Pickerell | 941 Words | Posted 3/21/2016 | Comments (2)
Recently, a photographer ask the following questions: Is stock photography a growing industry. I have read some analysis that say it is growing significantly, but others argue that free stock photography and microstock photography are leading photographers to leave the market. What is your opinion on that argument? Should a photographer upload the same pictures to as many other agencies as possible?

Shutterstock Reverse Image Search

By Jim Pickerell | 267 Words | Posted 3/18/2016 | Comments
Over the past year, one of Shutterstock’s engineering teams has spearheaded and modified computer vision technology to introduce more innovative search and discovery features and to improve the customer’s overall site experience.

Dissolve Introducing Liftoff At NAB 2016

By Jim Pickerell | 387 Words | Posted 3/17/2016 | Comments
Stock footage and photography company Dissolve will be introducing its popular Liftoff program to filmmakers at NAB 2016, April 16-21 in Las Vegas.

Protecting Your Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1407 Words | Posted 3/16/2016 | Comments (1)
It is getting harder and harder for photographers to protect their copyright. With PicScout, TinEye, Google Image Search and other reverse image search solutions it is easy enough to locate uses of specific images online. But, it can be very laborious to search one-by-one for particular images in a large collection, and it can be costly to have someone like PicScout do it for you.

Adobe Stock Offers 50 Million Assets

By Jim Pickerell | 219 Words | Posted 3/16/2016 | Comments
Adobe Stock has announced that it now has over 50 million high-res photos, vectors, illustrations, HD videos including some 4K videos to its collection.

CEPIC Congress In Zagreb

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 3/15/2016 | Comments
The annual CEPIC Congress, the world’s largest event where licensors of still still and footage get to together to discuss issues facing their industry, will be held from 25 to 27 May 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia at the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel.

Why Is Curation So Necessary?

By Jim Pickerell | 1396 Words | Posted 3/11/2016 | Comments
I want to call your attention to a couple of comments to my recent story “Curated Collections: The Future.” It is important to recognize that there are some great images on most of the stock photo sites with tens of millions of images. But as we shove everything that meets certain technical standards onto these sites, it becomes harder and harder to sort through all the mediocre shots and find the few great ones.

France Editorial Agencies Struggle To Reorganize

By Jim Pickerell | 857 Words | Posted 3/10/2016 | Comments
As revenues have declined in recent years due to declining sales for the use of images in print, and increasing use of images on the web at much lower prices, many French editorial agencies have found it necessary to reorganize. Jean Michel Psaila, CEO and owner of Abaca Press says, “The market has changed. We used to get €200 for print use. Now we get €5 for online use.”

Shutterstock Announces Multiyear Deal With AP

By Jim Pickerell | 692 Words | Posted 3/10/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced a three-year deal with The Associated Press (AP) to distribute AP's daily global photo and packaged video output for license to customers based in the United States. This milestone will also give U.S. Shutterstock editorial customers access to over 30 million photos and nearly 2 million video clips from, respectively, AP Images and AP Archive.

Dreamstime Introduces Unlimited Extended Licenses

By Jim Pickerell | 284 Words | Posted 3/8/2016 | Comments
Dreamstime has made changes to its Extended License policy allowing users to produce unlimited copies of purchased media. Previously, customers purchased extended licenses for print or web usage of an image and were restricted by limits on the number of copies they could reproduce, for example for t-shirts, on-demand printed items, or e-cards.

How Search Return Can Kill Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 1481 Words | Posted 3/7/2016 | Comments
If you’re a Getty contributor and your sales and revenue have been declining, it may be time to do some searches on Gettyimages.com as a customer would search. Input some of the generic keywords that a customer might use to find your images. See where your images fall in the search return order.

The Mega Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 392 Words | Posted 3/4/2016 | Comments
If you’re in the editorial photography business keep your eye on The Mega Agency. This company is a new editorial stock agency founded by the people who started Splash. Splash later became a key part of the Corbis editorial offering.

What Did VCG Buy?

By Jim Pickerell | 707 Words | Posted 3/3/2016 | Comments
It seems to me that all VCG bought when they acquired Corbis was: (1) The right to put out a press release saying, “We are the largest stock photo source in China,” (2) The removal of Corbis content from ImagineChina, which many believe was previously the largest stock photo agency in China, and (3) We bought a company from Bill Gates. Rumor has it that Bill Gates was paid $225 million for Corbis.

Copyright Small Claims Proposal

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 3/2/2016 | Comments
While there has been a great deal of discussion recently about the possibility of Congress creating a small claims process for visual arts, several visual artist groups, representing hundreds of thousands of creators, have joined forces to propose key components of potentially forthcoming small claims legislation. Collectively, the groups represent photographers, photojournalists, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and other visual artists as well as their licensing representatives.

What’s Next For Veer?

By Jim Pickerell | 299 Words | Posted 3/2/2016 | Comments
Getty Images has contacted Veer contributors to explain what will happen to their imagery as a result of the sale of Corbis to VCG.  Their imagery will not be integrated into the Getty Images collection. Veer contributors may apply to iStock for possible upload of their content there. The memo says:

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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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