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Articles from April 2014

Cannes Lions Ridicules Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 509 Words | Posted 4/30/2014 | Comments
A lot of people like to ridicule stock photography and hold it in contempt like “Truly Awful Stock Photography” or “Unsalable Stock Photos” or “20 Worst WTF Stock Photos,” but we’re not sure what the organizers of The 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity are trying to do.

Search and Compare Major Microstock Sites

By Jim Pickerell | 749 Words | Posted 4/29/2014 | Comments
Buyers looking for microstock images want to know which of the many available sources offers the best licensing models, terms and price. Now with the beta version of http://www.microstock.photos customers can simultaneously check the offerings of 9 or the most popular microstock sites and see who offers the best deal. This search tool is free to use.

Stock Photo Inventory For Sale

By Jim Pickerell | 197 Words | Posted 4/29/2014 | Comments
Image Makers Stock Photography, Art & Illustration is looking for expressions of interest in purchasing the agency’s inventory which consists of 32,230 tightly-edited and extensively-keyworded digital images. Currently there are 172 individual artists, photographers & illustrators under contract.

PressFoto Introduces ImageRent

By Jim Pickerell | 813 Words | Posted 4/28/2014 | Comments
PressFoto, has launched ImageRent, a new service that makes more than 3.5 million stock photos immediately available for commercial, editorial or personal use online at a minimal cost. The maximum file sizes available are 72dpi, 600x600px web size images.

Creative Trends From Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 65 Words | Posted 4/25/2014 | Comments
The creative team of Getty Images has just released a 132 page online book that gives examples and discusses the kind of photography customers currently want. It’s called Creative InFocus and provides a glimpse of the new ideas and flavors the Getty team expects imagery to grow into over the next year. It is well worth a read.

Stipple Shuts Down

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 4/23/2014 | Comments (1)
Stipple, the San Francisco-based technology company, founded in 2010 with the vision of turning editorial photos into storefronts for consumers has closed its doors.

Growth In Number Of Images Licensed

By Jim Pickerell | 1472 Words | Posted 4/22/2014 | Comments
Recently, I received a request from Clive Thompson, columnist with Wired Magazine, asking about the number of stock photography images licensed annually. He was more interested in the increase/decrease of the number of images sold than in any impact it might have had on revenue. Here’s what I told him.

Getty Photographer Get Surprising Insights Into Pinterest

By Jim Pickerell | 861 Words | Posted 4/21/2014 | Comments (1)
Getty photographers are getting some surprising insights into the use of their images on Pinterest as they review their Getty sales reports this month. For many photographers over half the reported sales are for “Pinterest/Portal” usage. The gross fee paid to Getty for such usages is $0.03 and the photographer’s royalty share is $0.01.

Stocktrek Images Introduces $35 Web And Mobile Resolutions

By Jim Pickerell | 135 Words | Posted 4/11/2014 | Comments
Stocktrek Images with specialized image collections in Healthcare and Biomedical Science, Armed Forces, Military Aviation, Space, Weather, Astronomy and Dinosaur Art has introduced a $35 price for web and mobile use of its images. The new web and mobile sizes of 600-800 pixels are ideal for use on web sites, online ads, digital magazines, periodicals, mobile applications, tablets, and other handheld devices.

Getty Launches iStock Subscriptions To Compete With Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 1150 Words | Posted 4/10/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has launched its iStock subscription offering in an attempt to compete with Shutterstock. There are two levels of iStock subscriptions – iStock Essentials and iStock Signature. With iStock’s offering customers can download 250 images a month with the monthly plan or 750 images a month with the annual plan. With Shutterstock there is a daily limit of 25 images a day (750 a month) regardless of which plan you purchase.

2014 CEPIC Congress In Berlin

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 4/9/2014 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress scheduled to be held in Berlin on June 4 through 7, 2014 is less than 2 months away. Already nearly 350 stock photo agents and industry suppliers are signed up to attend. For a full conference program see here.

Permission Machine

By Jim Pickerell | 1170 Words | Posted 4/8/2014 | Comments
The Permission Machine (PM) is a startup in Belgium that is trying to educate social media users that they need permission to use the images they find on the web and provide them with a simple, easy way to license uses.

Getty Images Opens Entries for 10th Annual Grants Program

By Jim Pickerell | 511 Words | Posted 4/7/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has announced the call for entries for its Getty Images’ grants programs for 2014.  The grants will include  – The Grants for Editorial Photography, Creative Grants and the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize – as well as the Emerging Talent Award. The deadline for entry and Applications is May 15, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. GMT (London Time). For more information see  http://www.gettyimages.com/grants.

The Fire Hose

By Peter Krogh | 634 Words | Posted 4/4/2014 | Comments
Peter Krogh has written a disturbing report about how the value of imagery is about to be slashed once again. It’s called The Fire Hose concept. We have reprinted his report with his permission. Peter is also author of the DAM Book (digital asset management) and a group of publications on the use of Lightroom 5. For information about these publications see here.

Dreamstime Releases WordPress Plug-In

By Jim Pickerell | 189 Words | Posted 4/3/2014 | Comments
Dreamstime has released a plugin for WordPress that enables WordPress users to easily access and embed free and commercial content from Dreamtime’s 22.5 million image library.

ASMP – Business as unUsual Webinars

By Jim Pickerell | 494 Words | Posted 4/2/2014 | Comments
ASMP has announced two webinars later this month that should be of value to stock photographers and stock photo agents. Both are free if you sign up and listen at the scheduled time. These webinars will also be recorded and made available within a week after the event through a web link. ASMP members will be able to listen to them for free. Non-members will be charged a fee of $4.99.

Will People Steal Anyway?

By Jim Pickerell | 1316 Words | Posted 4/1/2014 | Comments
Some say the whole idea of setting up image registries is a waste of time because everyone will continue to go to Google, Bing and Yahoo and grab anything they find believing it is their right.

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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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