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Articles from June 2009

New York Times Journalist Takes Heat for Questionable Use of Flickr

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 491 Words | Posted 6/30/2009 | Comments (1)
Flickr continues to be the testing ground for appropriate user practices when it comes to images. When The New York Times' contributor Sonia Zjawinski wrote about her penchant for printing out images she finds on the photo-sharing Web site and using them as wall art, readers' reactions were far from favorable. Yet some of the rules for such image uses remain confusing.

Corbis Updates Storied

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 69 Words | Posted 6/29/2009 | Comments

Photopreneur Releases '99 Ways To Make Money From Your Photos'

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 249 Words | Posted 6/29/2009 | Comments
Photopreneur, a blog dedicated to sharing money-making opportunities for photographers on the Web, has released 99 Ways to Make Money with Your Photos. The 340-page print book, which took over a year to produce, is billed as a comprehensive guide to making money with photography for both seasoned professionals looking to reinvent themselves and hobbyists that want to learn the basics of part-time stock production.

TinEye Helps Recover Licensing Fees

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 43 Words | Posted 6/29/2009 | Comments

Getty Images: Cloud Flickr

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 170 Words | Posted 6/26/2009 | Comments
The recently launched Flickr Collection has entered the second phase of its marketing campaign, which Getty Images refers to as the social networking and creative inspiration experience.

GlamourKey Offers Red One Royalty-Free Footage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 6/26/2009 | Comments

Reinvention: Shooting With Red One

By Jim Pickerell | 751 Words | Posted 6/26/2009 | Comments (3)
Many stock photographers are looking for new directions and ways to reinvent their businesses. Jonathan Ross is putting some effort into shooting video with the Red One camera.

Educational Image Categories

By Jim Pickerell | 141 Words | Posted 6/25/2009 | Comments
The following is a list of general categories of imagery that are often used by educational publishers. This list is used by the Universal Images Groups and by Encyclopaedia Britannica in categorizing images for their purposes. In one sense the list might be viewed as covering all types of imagery, but if you think of each category in terms of images that might have an educational application you see that many images that might broadly fit into the category will have little or no education value. 

Masterfile Offers Free e-Wallpaper

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 37 Words | Posted 6/25/2009 | Comments

AP Images Adds Blend, North Wind to New B2B Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 66 Words | Posted 6/25/2009 | Comments

Ferry and Kasmauski Win First Getty Images' 'Grants for Good'

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 184 Words | Posted 6/25/2009 | Comments
In the inaugural year of the Getty Images Grants for Good program, photographers Stephen Ferry and Karen Kasmauski have been chosen from over 400 applicants to receive $15,000 grants each. Grants for Good are designed to support photographers in helping non-profits communicate more effectively.

Traditional Royalty-Free Pricing To Continue Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 807 Words | Posted 6/25/2009 | Comments (2)
If the figures in "Getty Images: Why Are Photographer Revenues Dropping?" are reasonably representative, there are at least two major and closely related issues to be considered: the downward trend of royalty-free pricing and oversupply.

iStockphoto Launches New Search and High-End Collection, Confirms Revenue Projections

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 328 Words | Posted 6/24/2009 | Comments
In March, iStockphoto chief operating officer Kelly Thompson told Selling Stock that the company was working on a new search algorithm and a premium image collection. This Wednesday, iStock launched both. Thompson also confirmed that the Getty-owned microstock leader is on track to break another revenue record this year.

Teams from Portugal, Australia Win Getty-Sponsored Young Lions Competition

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 157 Words | Posted 6/24/2009 | Comments
Teams from Portugal and Australia have won the print and media Young Lions Competition at the 56th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Getty Images has sponsored Young Lions for 12 years. The company was the exclusive content provider and provided technical support to competitors throughout the process.

C-Registry Adds Bulk URL Upload and Image Recognition Functions

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 588 Words | Posted 6/23/2009 | Comments
First previewed during last year's PhotoPlus Expo and in beta since then, The Copyright Registry has announced the addition of two new functions: bulk upload of URLs and image recognition. Both help identify content owners and usages online.

Getty Images: Why Are Photographer Revenues Dropping?

By Jim Pickerell | 879 Words | Posted 6/23/2009 | Comments (1)
Earlier this month, Selling Stock published statistics showing that many of the leading microstock sellers have begun to see substantial drops in the number of images licensed. Rumors abound that traditional sellers have been experiencing similar declines. Several of Getty Images' leading photographers have provided Selling Stock with detailed breakdowns of their March 2009 sales, which offer some insight into the current state of the industry.

SIS/Images.com Reps Encyclopaedia Britannica

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 6/22/2009 | Comments

PACA Conference To Take Place in Miami

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 62 Words | Posted 6/22/2009 | Comments

Blend Revisits Rights-Ready with New Flex Packs

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 411 Words | Posted 6/22/2009 | Comments (1)
Las Vegas-based Blend Images has launched a product it calls Flex Packs, designed to simplify and offer more flexibility in licensing rights-managed imagery for commercial uses.

Engaging in Business of Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 580 Words | Posted 6/19/2009 | Comments
Given the rather pessimistic predictions of "Opportunities for Professional Stock Photographers," photographers and stock agents ought to consider several career decisions.

Opportunities for Professional Stock Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 779 Words | Posted 6/19/2009 | Comments (3)
More and more young people aspire to a career in photography. They sell some of their images and believe that, if they work hard, they can be successful. Often, they hope to become full-time stock photographers, so they can shoot what they want, when they want, and eventually achieve fame and fortune. Yet the hard reality is that opportunities for professional stock photographers are in a decline, which will continue in the years ahead.

Will Opportunities for Professional Stock Photographers Decline?

By Jim Pickerell | 397 Words | Posted 6/18/2009 | Comments (6)
Last week, I made the statement on my Facebook page that opportunities for professional stock photographers would decline in next few years. Several of my friends and colleagues responded.

StockShop Launches Royalty Free Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 59 Words | Posted 6/18/2009 | Comments

Corbis Trend: Corporate Responsibility 2.0

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 261 Words | Posted 6/18/2009 | Comments
The corporate movement toward social responsibility is not a passing fad, says the latest Creative IQ Trends Report from Corbis. Businesses are increasingly embracing philanthropic programs and practices that embody consumer attitudes, which center on the environment, education and ethics.

Global ImageWorks Reps Soul Train

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 122 Words | Posted 6/18/2009 | Comments
Footage boutique Global ImageWorks has struck a deal with Direct Holdings America/Time Life to represent the motion content of Soul Train, which currently holds the record for the longest first-run nationally syndicated U.S. TV show.

Getty Images, Compassionate Eye Announce Fourth Annual Shoot

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 87 Words | Posted 6/17/2009 | Comments

Deutsche Telekom Enters Micro Segment

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 362 Words | Posted 6/17/2009 | Comments
Deutsche Telekom, the thriving German telecommunications leader and owner of leading global mobile phone service T-Mobile, has launched a microstock business. Operating since the first week of June, Polylooks combines a microstock media store with an online community and a photography magazine.

Bridgeman Reps The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 81 Words | Posted 6/15/2009 | Comments

Framepool Reports U.S. Expansion Success

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 267 Words | Posted 6/15/2009 | Comments
Munich-based footage company Framepool is touting new high-profile accounts in the North and South American advertising, film and television markets. The deals follow the company's recent expansion into the region.

Corbis Offers Retna Celebrity Imagery

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 118 Words | Posted 6/12/2009 | Comments
Corbis and Retna have announced a partnership that adds 250,000 red carpet, film, music, fashion, celebrity and news images from the Retna archive to the Corbis offering, with additional images to be added weekly.

Keedup Launches Micro Keywording Standard

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 231 Words | Posted 6/12/2009 | Comments (1)
New Zealand keywording company Keedup has announced the launch of a streamlined keywording service aimed at the microstock market segment. The service relies on a 15-word standard that captures the most important technical, literal, thematic and conceptual keywords.

Reaching the B2SB Market

By Jim Pickerell | 975 Words | Posted 6/11/2009 | Comments (2)
Those selling images to big business at traditional prices must develop a different strategy for addressing the B2SB (small business) market. The strategy needs to embrace the idea of pricing based on value received, so big businesses that receive greater value from the images they purchase continue to pay reasonable fees for that value.

Corbis Releases Sygma Opening Video

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 30 Words | Posted 6/11/2009 | Comments

Shutterstock Releases Survey: Designer Use of Stock Up in Down Economy

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 294 Words | Posted 6/11/2009 | Comments
New York microstock company Shutterstock says a recent survey shows that over 40% of traditional buyers are using more stock photography this year compared to last. The survey was conducted by Pennsylvania-based International Communications Research.

Where Have The Customers Gone?

By Jim Pickerell | 483 Words | Posted 6/10/2009 | Comments (4)
Traditional stock-photo sellers wonder why there does not seem to be any growth in demand for their product. The 2006 U.S. Census Bureau statistics of U.S. businesses could provide some clues.

CEPIC Announces Executive Committee

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 150 Words | Posted 6/10/2009 | Comments
Following the recent election of Image Source founder Christina Vaughan as its new president, the Coordination of European Picture Agencies has announced a seven-member executive committee that will head its work for the next two years.

iStockphoto Changes Download Information Display Policy

By Jim Pickerell | 345 Words | Posted 6/9/2009 | Comments
As of June 4, iStockphoto has modified how it displays the number of downloads for each file and contributors. Rather than exact numbers, downloads are now reported as approximations, such as >20, >300, >1,000 or >10,000.

Veer Marketplace Opens Contributor Section

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 253 Words | Posted 6/9/2009 | Comments
Veer Marketplace, the Corbis-owned microstock brand that replaces SnapVillage, is now accepting submissions from photographers and illustrators. Unlike its ill-fated predecessor, the Marketplace offers contributors all of the features that have become standard for microstock Web sites, including FTP capabilities and bulk-upload tools.

Harris Joins Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Picture

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 50 Words | Posted 6/8/2009 | Comments

Fotosearch Continues Library Growth

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 69 Words | Posted 6/8/2009 | Comments

AP Images Updates Web Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 232 Words | Posted 6/8/2009 | Comments
Last in a string of increasing activity out of AP Images, the image division of the Associated Press, is an enhanced commercial Web site targeting professional image buyers.

U.S. Copyright Office Adjusts Fees To Discourage Paper Registrations

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 307 Words | Posted 6/5/2009 | Comments
A new fee schedule for copyright services will take effect on August 1, assuming Congressional approval. The new rates reflect the 2007 reengineering and increased automation of the U.S. Copyright Office, general economic factors and the fairness and accessibility of the copyright system.

FolioLink Touts New Flash-Based Photo Web Sites

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 133 Words | Posted 6/5/2009 | Comments (2)
While others providing similar services are stepping away from Flash, Virginia-based FolioLink has announced new scaling technology available in its latest Flash-based photographer Web site design. It allows photographers to upload large images that will display equally well on large monitors and iPhones.

Vaughan Elected President of CEPIC

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 113 Words | Posted 6/4/2009 | Comments
Christina Vaughan, the founder and chief executive of leading royalty-free producer Image Source, has been elected president of the umbrella industry group Coordination of European Picture Agencies Press Stock Heritage. The announcement was made during this week's CEPIC congress in Dresden.

Age Fotostock to Implement Imense Similar Image Search

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 53 Words | Posted 6/4/2009 | Comments

Foto S.A. Becomes Exclusive Russian Rep for Corbis

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 57 Words | Posted 6/4/2009 | Comments

Using Microstock Data To Determine What Sells

By Jim Pickerell | 723 Words | Posted 6/4/2009 | Comments (1)
One thing microstock has done for all stock photographers is give them access to better statistical data than has ever been available in the traditional industry. Getty Images, because it was a public company, used to provide the industry broad statistical data that was helpful, but that changed when the company went private in early 2008. Now, Alamy is the only traditionally priced company that gives image producers useful information beyond the individual's personal sales.

Image Source Launches Cross-Media Pack

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 110 Words | Posted 6/4/2009 | Comments
The new product category from London-based Image Source combines multiple still images and footage clips that use the same models, styling and location under one royalty-free license.

Photoshelter Publishes SEO Cookbook Supplement

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 38 Words | Posted 6/3/2009 | Comments

Getty Images Appoints Motamedi VP of Entertainment

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 82 Words | Posted 6/3/2009 | Comments
Getty Images has promoted Roxanne Motamedi to the post of vice president of entertainment for North America. The former executive director of entertainment has led the division since 2001. Motamedi is responsible for the North American entertainment divisions of Getty Images, WireImage, Film Magic and Getty Images/WireImage Video, as well as their worldwide activities, such as assignments, distribution and production.

Three Months of iStock Sales: Has Microstock Reached Plateau?

By Jim Pickerell | 705 Words | Posted 6/3/2009 | Comments (1)
Leaving out iStock shooters that prefer to remain anonymous, 124 of the 150 top iStock contributors licensed 431,708 combined gross units in March. This number dropped to 380,934 in April and went slightly up to 387,500 in May. These totals suggest that iStock sales may have reached a plateau, but several more months of data is needed to help determine the level and why.

Ikon Images Launches Illustration Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 104 Words | Posted 6/2/2009 | Comments
Stock-industry executive Tim Lund and D├ębut Art founder Andrew Coningsby have announced the London launch of contemporary illustration collection Ikon Images.

Bilderlounge Rebrands as Beyond Fotomedia

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 75 Words | Posted 6/2/2009 | Comments

LTU, PixPalace, TNS Media Intelligence Enter Image-Tracking Business

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 329 Words | Posted 6/2/2009 | Comments
The newest image publication-tracking service, PixTrakk, has French-American roots. Image-search and recognition company LTU Technologies, operating out of Paris and Washington D.C., French photo portal PixPalace and leading U.S. research and information provider TNS Media Intelligence have partnered to provide to the photo industry a new system to track print and Web-based image uses.

SNAPIG Announces New Management

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 60 Words | Posted 6/2/2009 | Comments

Chart: Sales Results Of iStock Top Sellers

By Jim Pickerell | 1511 Words | Posted 6/2/2009 | Comments
The chart in this story provides details of the number of image downloads in the last three months of images belonging to 124 of iStockphoto's most productive contributors. Based on the statistics supplied by istockcharts, I have tracked sales for the last three months of the top 150 producers. Of the 150, twenty-six have asked to remain anonymous, so it was only possible to see specific figures for 124 contributors. The combined gross units licensed in March by this group was 431,708. That dropped to 380,934 in April and was 387,500 in May.

Corbis Revamps Web Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 439 Words | Posted 6/1/2009 | Comments
"In refreshing the site, we wanted to provide the best customer experience possible," says Pablo Supkay, product owner for Corbis.com. Corbis has redesigned all of the user interactions across the site, from price check to lightbox functionality, in an effort that took an entire year.

Keedup Launches Celebrity Keywording Vocabulary

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 59 Words | Posted 6/1/2009 | Comments

The Image Works Adds Photography by Altman

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 70 Words | Posted 6/1/2009 | Comments

Westend61 To Launch Westendmotion

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 41 Words | Posted 6/1/2009 | Comments

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