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Articles from April 2012
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 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.
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 APImages.com
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CEPIC Congress
, the premier international event for those who license rights to stock photography is only a little more than a month away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Footage.net users will be able to screen preview clips from NBCUniversalArchives.com stock footage collection, and NBC News will reach a new and growing user base worldwide for its stock footage licensing business.
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.
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.