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Articles from April 2012

Photographers Setting Prices

By Jim Pickerell | 648 Words | Posted 4/27/2012 | Comments (1)
Many photographers, upset with the low prices their distributors are charging for uses, have become enamored with the idea that PicturEngine will allow them to set their own prices for use of their work. That may not work as well as they hope.

Getty Takes Over Operation of Lonely Planet

By Jim Pickerell | 358 Words | Posted 4/26/2012 | Comments (2)
Getty Images will become the sole global distributor for Lonely Planet’s 420,000+ travel images as of July of this year. The collection from approximately 370 photographers has been built up over the last 14 years.

AP To Distribute Fotolia Images

By Jim Pickerell | 206 Words | Posted 4/26/2012 | Comments
The Associated Press and Fotolia have announced a collaboration giving customers access to millions of royalty-free images. AP Images customers will be able to buy editorial, rights-managed and royalty-free images, including millions from Fotolia, on

PicturEngine: A Unique Portal For Microstockers

By Jim Pickerell | 896 Words | Posted 4/25/2012 | Comments
Non-exclusive microstock photographers whose images sell frequently on the current microstock sites may want to take a hard look at PicturEngine’s new portal and marketing strategy.
Photographers set the price for the use of their images and receive 100% of the fee customers pay.

Bridgeman Art Doodle

By Jim Pickerell | 219 Words | Posted 4/24/2012 | Comments
Bridgeman Art Library has introduced an iPad app called Bridgeman Art Doodle Live that is a fun way to introduce adults and children alike to the joys of art. The app is available at the AppStore for £1.49.

APA Short Video Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 83 Words | Posted 4/24/2012 | Comments
The winners of APA’s (American Photographic Artist) 2012 Short Video Contest have been announced. Those interested in seeing the winning videos should click here.

Marketing PicturEngine

By Jim Pickerell | 1527 Words | Posted 4/23/2012 | Comments (2)
Previously we wrote about the new search engine PicturEngine. The key question is not how well the search works, the number of images they offer or the chance for photographers to ask for higher prices for their work. The key question is how will they make customers aware that their site exists? The question is marketing.

Video Supply Grows

By Jim Pickerell | 535 Words | Posted 4/20/2012 | Comments
Alamy reported this week that it is moving into stock video with an initial offering of over 100,000 video clips from some of the most respected stock video agencies and videographers around the world including: Corbis, Blend,  Image Source, Rubberball, Specialist Stock, DV Archive, Spotmatik, Wave Break Media and Aqua Geo Graphic.

Aurora Multimedia Workshop

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 4/19/2012 | Comments
The Aurora Multimedia Workshop designed to prepare photographers for creating effective multimedia projects will examine the challenging new world of visual storytelling from May 29 through June 1, 2012 at the University of Colorado campus in Bolder.

Keynote Speakers At CEPIC

By Jim Pickerell | 321 Words | Posted 4/19/2012 | Comments
At the CEPIC Congress in London on 16 through 18 May each day will begin with an inspiring key note address. The speakers are listed here.

World’s Most Downloaded Man

By Jim Pickerell | 517 Words | Posted 4/18/2012 | Comments
Everywhere Brazilian photographer Ferando Martins, head of Brazil’s Câmera Clara Photography Studio, looked he kept seeing the same face. Jesper Bruun, a native of Denmark, was everywhere. He was a tourist in Australia, a rockstar in France, a family man in Bolivia.  He and a young woman were customers for Banco do Brasil and he is also pictured as a call center worker for Deutsche Bank. Martins’ customers seemed to prefer using images of Bruun rather than images Martins could produce.

PicturEngine: New Portal

By Jim Pickerell | 1738 Words | Posted 4/17/2012 | Comments (1)
A new search engine called PicturEngine is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere. It has recently been released in Beta after four years in development. The founder, Justin Brinson, also owns two agencies: Corner House Stock Photos and Picturesque.

PDN Outdoor Photo Expo

By Jim Pickerell | 285 Words | Posted 4/16/2012 | Comments
The second annual PDN Outdoor Photo Expo (OPE) will be held in Salt Lake City August 1-4, 2012 and registration is now open. Outdoor Photo Expo is the only educational conference and trade show dedicated to outdoor photography, including adventure, landscape, nature, outdoor sports, travel and wildlife.

CEPIC Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 4/13/2012 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress, the premier international event for those who license rights to stock photography is only a little more than a month away.

Corbis Announces Partnership with LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

By Jim Pickerell | 295 Words | Posted 4/13/2012 | Comments
For the second consecutive year Corbis will be the exclusive media broadcast partner p with the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Va. from June 7-9.

Alamy’s Novel Use

By Jim Pickerell | 744 Words | Posted 4/12/2012 | Comments (1)
Back in 2008, in an effort to try to compete with microstock, Alamy introduced its Novel Use licensing model. This strategy allowed the company to license RM and traditional RF images for very limited small uses without risking loss of revenue when these same customers wanted to make larger uses of the images.

What Value Exposure?

By Jim Pickerell | 780 Words | Posted 4/11/2012 | Comments (2)
Publishers are asking for free pictures more frequently. Usually they argue that the recognition a photographer receives from having his or her pictures appear in their publication is all the compensation the photographer should expect. Often they don’t even publish a byline.Thus readers have no way of knowing who took the picture.

Global Digital Photography Market

By Jim Pickerell | 294 Words | Posted 4/10/2012 | Comments
BCC Research has released an extensive report on the global digital photography market which is defined as the market for products that enable digital photography. This market generated $65.6 billion in revenue in 2010 and $68.4 billion in 2011. The market is expected to grow at a 3.8% compounded annual rate and reach $82.5 billion by 2016.

Production Cost vs. Value To The Customer

By Jim Pickerell | 1451 Words | Posted 4/9/2012 | Comments
Photographers lament the low prices being paid to use some of their “unique and unusual  images,” particularly when the images are costly to produce and unlikely to be in high demand. Some photographers, particularly those with unique scientific/nature images, believe that specialist agencies are “shooting themselves in the foot” when they place such images with Getty, Corbis and Alamy. These major distributors dramatically discount the prices they charge for the use of images regardless of how much they cost to produce.

Shutterstock Adds New Members to Board of Directors

By Jim Pickerell | 474 Words | Posted 4/5/2012 | Comments (1)
ShutterstockImages LLC has announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors.   Steven Berns, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Revlon, Jeff Epstein, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oracle, Thomas Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate, and Jonathan Miller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corp.'s Digital Media Group, bringing the total number of board members to six. The new appointees bring diverse experience to Shutterstock's board, managing complex, multi-market businesses across internet, media and technology sectors.

NBCUniversal Adds Footage Screening Clips to

By Jim Pickerell | 383 Words | Posted 4/5/2012 | Comments has added over 30,000 preview clips from the archives of NBC News to its search platform of over 1.8 million stock footage clips. Through this developing alliance, users will be able to screen preview clips from stock footage collection, and NBC News will reach a new and growing user base worldwide for its stock footage licensing business.

Alamy Passes 30 Million Images Mark

By Jim Pickerell | 151 Words | Posted 4/2/2012 | Comments
Alamy has moved effortlessly past the 30 million image milestone and is currently adding 1 million new images every month to its pool of editorial and creative stock imagery.  Included in the new offering is a much stronger position in the celebrity image space.

Masterfile No Longer For Sale to Arius3D

By Jim Pickerell | 285 Words | Posted 4/2/2012 | Comments
IIn August of 2011 Arius3D Corp made an offer to purchase Masterfile for $21.4 million in a bid to expand into the 2D market. Since then Arius3D has been trying to raise the financing necessary to close the deal. Several tentative closing dates have passed, the last being March 31, 2012, and it has now been announced that the deal “will not close,” and the offer to purchase is not being extended.

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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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