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Articles from April 2010

Getty Images Scores FIFA Partnership

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 83 Words | Posted 4/30/2010 | Comments
Getty Images has added another key sports representation deal to its portfolio: the company has become the authorized photographic agency of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

ImageSpan Appoints Garbe as CEO, Announces Financing

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 166 Words | Posted 4/30/2010 | Comments
Sausalito-based ImageSpan, the creator of LicenseStream platform, has appointed a new chief executive officer. Kurt Garbe succeeds ImageSpan founder Iain Scholnick, who will continue serving as chief platform officer, focusing on strategy and expanding products and partnerships.

Alamy to Enter News Sector

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 220 Words | Posted 4/30/2010 | Comments
U.K. stock-image company Alamy has announced plans to launch a 24/7 news feed service in May. The service will first launch in beta, with a full product release coming later in the year.

Pricing Images for Use in ‘Learning Objects’

By Jim Pickerell | 1589 Words | Posted 4/30/2010 | Comments (1)
In the next few years, there will be two major trends in the education business: There will be less demand for books as a teaching resource. Electronic “learning objects” will be used to a much greater degree in classroom and online instruction. Photographers who agree that these changes will occur, and who supply images to those producing materials for educational use, should begin to restructure their businesses and produce content that will be in demand by this new educational delivery system.

Separate Pricing Structures Needed for Print and Electronic Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 1020 Words | Posted 4/29/2010 | Comments (1)
As methods of supplying educational information to students change and schools adopt more and more electronic tools and techniques, photographers not only need to revise their image production strategies, but also to examine the way they will charge for their services in the future.

Getty Images to Acquire Rex Features

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 176 Words | Posted 4/29/2010 | Comments
Getty Images has announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase Rex Features. The deal also includes Los Angeles-based Berliner Photography, which merged with Rex's North American operations in late 2008. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

LTU Technologies Releases Image-Recognition API, Introduces Mobile App

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 155 Words | Posted 4/29/2010 | Comments
LTU Technologies has announced the public release of its hosted application programming interface, LTU engine/ON demand 1.2. The company also launched the next version of iPhone application lookthatup.

The End of Stock Photography as a Career? Interview with Jim Pickerell

By John Martin Lund | 6797 Words | Posted 4/27/2010 | Comments
Jim Pickerell has a long history in stock photography as a stock shooter, an agency owner, and an industry analyst. In this wide-ranging interview he shares his experience and insight on the future of stock photography.

ASPP Reinvention Weekend Highlights Multimedia as Area of Future Demand

By Jim Pickerell | 866 Words | Posted 4/26/2010 | Comments (1)
The opportunity to interact with editors from publishing companies, picture researchers, stock agents and photographers at the American Society of Picture Professionals' Reinvention Weekend in Boston provided a clearer picture of where the business of producing images for publication is headed.

Alamy To Launch New Look, Creative Section

By Jim Pickerell | 401 Words | Posted 4/23/2010 | Comments
Alamy is due to launch a new look for its home page and a new format for search results on Monday, April 26. The new site also features a creative imagery section targeting the advertising and design markets.

Hollingsworth Collaborates with Jalbum

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 135 Words | Posted 4/23/2010 | Comments
Jack Hollingsworth is continuing his business reinvention by collaborating with photo-sharing community Jalbum. Hollingsworth is producing a series of online photography tutorials.

Reflex Launches Micro and Subscription Plans

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 66 Words | Posted 4/23/2010 | Comments

VII's Mayes Comments on Partisan Reporting

By Jim Pickerell | 348 Words | Posted 4/22/2010 | Comments
Stephen Mayes, director of VII Photo, offers his view on NGO-funded projects. "The question of journalists' independence when funded by NGOs is entirely appropriate, and VII is sensitive to the issue," he told Selling Stock.

NGOs Fund Photojournalism: Slippery Slope?

By Jim Pickerell | 456 Words | Posted 4/22/2010 | Comments
Can the reader trust the reporting not to be biased when photojournalism projects are funded by non-profit and non-governmental organizations?

Corbis Launches Web and Mobile Product

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 268 Words | Posted 4/21/2010 | Comments
Corbis Images has introduced a Web and mobile-resolution product that offers stock images starting at $5.

Universal Images Group Distributes Images of Titanic Voyage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 245 Words | Posted 4/21/2010 | Comments

Street Vending Photographs In NYC: Experiences and Suggestions

By Dexter Lane | 1456 Words | Posted 4/20/2010 | Comments
Street vending your photography is not for everybody.  But if you can live within the income limits, are innovative, like the outdoors, and truly enjoy people- you can have a lot of fun.  Experience and suggestions from NYC.

Magazine Advertising Shows Promise in Q1

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 224 Words | Posted 4/20/2010 | Comments
Publishers Information Bureau has reported first-quarter advertising revenue for magazines. Though total revenue is down 4% compared to the first quarter of 2009, three of 12 ad categories have shown improvement.

CEPIC Opens New Media Conference Registration

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 200 Words | Posted 4/20/2010 | Comments
Coordination of European Picture Agencies is hosting separate new media and metadata conferences on Wednesday before its Dublin Congress begins on Thursday, June 10. Registration for the two Wednesday events is now open for those not attending the congress (both events are included in the congress registration fee).

Getty Images, BAT Extend Partnership

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 67 Words | Posted 4/19/2010 | Comments

AP Images Adds Video, Editorial Assignment Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 213 Words | Posted 4/19/2010 | Comments
AP Images, the commercial photo division of The Associated Press, has rolled out two new services: video and editorial assignments.

The Image Works Reps National Maritime Museum of London

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 58 Words | Posted 4/16/2010 | Comments

PicScout ImageExchange in Open Beta

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 117 Words | Posted 4/16/2010 | Comments
PicScout's ImageExchange is moving into an open, no-registration-required beta testing period.

U.K. Election Rivals Misuse Microstock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 47 Words | Posted 4/16/2010 | Comments (1)

Tony Stone Joins Microstock Company Vivozoom

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 352 Words | Posted 4/15/2010 | Comments (5)
In a news certain to shock many a traditionalist, the godfather of stock photography Tony Stone has joined the executive management team of microstock newcomer Vivozoom. Stone will lead the company's creative strategy.

Census Information Sheds Light on Education Image Use

By Jim Pickerell | 565 Words | Posted 4/14/2010 | Comments
For those who think that the use of photography in education will remain the same, here are some numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

NachoFoto Launches Real-Time Visual Search

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 224 Words | Posted 4/14/2010 | Comments
California-based NachoFoto has launched an image search engine that offers a different take on the currently available alternatives: a time factor.

VII Photo Launches Online Division, Magazine

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 237 Words | Posted 4/13/2010 | Comments
VII Photo has announced its expansion into the Web and mobile space, beginning with VII The Magazine. The new publication will be syndicated through a number of online outlets.

Google Buys U.K. Visual Recognition Startup Plink

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 218 Words | Posted 4/13/2010 | Comments
For those who have been wondering what Google is up to regarding images, this news may sound like the other shoe dropping: the leading search engine has purchased U.K.-based visual search company Plink.

Motion Cover Of VIV Magazine

By Jim Pickerell | 26 Words | Posted 4/12/2010 | Comments

Potential Market for Straightforward Content

By Jim Pickerell | 939 Words | Posted 4/12/2010 | Comments (2)
Ernie Monteiro of Time Inc. Content Solutions is looking for new images by sending a letter to many photographers.

Photojournalism: What Crisis?

By Stephen Mayes | 1887 Words | Posted 4/9/2010 | Comments
There is talk about a crisis in journalism, which generally takes the form of angst-ridden journalists, editors and news folk in general asking, “How do we maintain the commercial status quo without which journalism as we know it will be gone?” The question is sincere and extends beyond the fear of losing jobs; there is a genuine concern that the investigative and informative roles of the news media will be lost with a high cost to the civic health of our society. It’s not about finding new ways to do old things, but time to radically rethink our business models by redefining out products, our partners, and our clients. This article is about reinvention and redefining what we do.

Photolibrary Offers News, Celeb Imagery; Eyes Editorial Space

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 68 Words | Posted 4/9/2010 | Comments
CEO Glenn Parker says that Photolibrary has commenced its drive into the editorial space.

New Vector Releases from Traditionals

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 117 Words | Posted 4/9/2010 | Comments
Getty Images and Ingram Publishing have announced releases of vector products this week.

Glowimages Launches Wellness Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 67 Words | Posted 4/8/2010 | Comments

U.K. Digital Economy Bill Sheds Orphan Works Clause

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 135 Words | Posted 4/8/2010 | Comments
U.K.'s first attempt at an orphan-works legislation has failed. Clause 43 was removed from the Digital Economy Bill by the House of Commons.

Transtock Adds Exclusive HD Video

By Jim Pickerell | 159 Words | Posted 4/8/2010 | Comments
Transtock, Inc., a stock photography library with a comprehensive collection of professionally created transportation-related still photography is expanding into high-definition video. Thanks to recent exclusive agreements with several major contributors, Transtock is now providing access to automotive HD footage.

iStockphoto Celebrates 10

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 115 Words | Posted 4/7/2010 | Comments
iStockphoto has gone from a Web site started in a basement to arguably the most successful stock photography business and profitable social network. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a mini-site and more than $20,000 in giveaways.

Photo Industry Follows Google Books Rejection with Lawsuit

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 264 Words | Posted 4/7/2010 | Comments
After the courts denied requests to join on the creators' side of the Authors Guild et. al. v. Google, several photo and creative organizations, along with a few individual photographers and illustrators, have filed a separate class action against the search engine.

Correction: Pickerell Statement Misattributed to Bain

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 61 Words | Posted 4/7/2010 | Comments
In "Do Publishers Use Microstock?" the last paragraph was misattributed to Barnes & Noble photography director Chris Bain. The statement was made by article author Jim Pickerell: "So, if you're a photographer who has a collection of some niche subject that simply can't be shot today, there is a chance you'll make a sale. Otherwise, things are not looking too good."

Do Book Publishers Use Microstock?

By Jim Pickerell | 840 Words | Posted 4/6/2010 | Comments
Only a couple years ago, a researcher for a major book publisher said the company would never use microstock for a textbook, because of the "difficulty of securing rights." Though that was puzzling given typically solid microstock releases, I came away believing that maybe the textbook market was a last bastion of hope for photographers trying to license images at rights-managed prices. But things have changed.

Ubiquitous Use Debate Misses Mark

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 538 Words | Posted 4/5/2010 | Comments (3)
Chris Barton, a photographer and the managing director of Photographers Direct, has written an article highlighting multiple uses of the same microstock image and asking why a reputable company would do this to itself. There are numerous answers, and most are so mind-bogglingly simple as to make anyone wonder why stock-industry insiders are still having this meaningless debate.

iStockphoto First Quarter 2010 Suggests Microstock Slowdown

By Jim Pickerell | 962 Words | Posted 4/5/2010 | Comments
As Selling Stock posited in January, iStockphoto's first quarter seems to confirm that microstock has reached a plateau. Our analysis reveals that a group of the company's top shooters are experiencing a slight drop in average downloads compared to the end of 2009.

iStockphoto First Quarter 2010

By Jim Pickerell | 972 Words | Posted 4/2/2010 | Comments
In January we published an analysis of the units licensed in 2009 by a group of iStockphoto’s most successful contributors and asked the question “Has Microstock Reached a Plateau?” The first quarter 2010 results seem to confirm this is the case. As a baseline, on June 1, 2009 we did a count of the total number of images licensed in May 2009 by a group of 196 out of the 250 top selling iStock contributors. (Information on some of the top 250 was not available.) There were 442,533 images licensed by this group in that month. Average monthly sales were up only 5% by the end of 2009, but they were down 1% to only 3.9% by the end of March 2010. See the full analysis and the implications for the future.

Last Days to Influence U.K. Digital Economy Bill

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 278 Words | Posted 4/2/2010 | Comments
"Agitation works: MPs want re-electing. Deadline 6 April," warns stop43.org.uk. The Web site, named after clause 43 of the proposed U.K. Digital Economy Bill, was launched by nine U.K. photography groups to prevent what they see as orphan-works exploitation.

Promotional Dollars Continue Shift to Digital

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 316 Words | Posted 4/1/2010 | Comments
As the photo industry struggles with pricing and licensing structures to accommodate digital uses, such uses keep growing. Every month brings new evidence of advertising, marketing and communications budgets steadily moving in the direction of the Internet, with predictions that 2010 will see digital spending surpassing print.

PhotoXpress Doubles Membership Since Launching Pay Product

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 56 Words | Posted 4/1/2010 | Comments

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