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Articles from July 2009

Clients Push for Speculative Design Work

By Jim Pickerell | 818 Words | Posted 7/31/2009 | Comments (4)
Designers are currently upset at the increasing push by customers toward doing spec work. As a photographer, I'd like to offer a little perspective.

Advertising Effectiveness: Eye of the Beholder

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 389 Words | Posted 7/31/2009 | Comments
A recent Linkedin and Harris Poll study of consumers and advertisers involved in the advertising decision-making process revealed disparate views. Apparently, those who determine the look-and-feel of an ad campaign are not necessarily in sink with their target audience's opinion. Still, both sides agree on some approaches, such as ads that are entertaining or funny.

PACA Conference Emphasizes Tech

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 184 Words | Posted 7/31/2009 | Comments
The Picture Archive Council of America has announced a conference program that emphasizes emerging technologies and survival in the current economic conditions. The 14th annual event will be held in Miami in mid-October, and early-bird registration discounts end on August 15.

iStock Welcomes Stock.xchng to Getty Images Family

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 514 Words | Posted 7/30/2009 | Comments
Since Getty Images finalized its acquisition of Jupiterimages in February, traditional and microstock industry insiders have been waiting to see how the leader will integrate former Jupiter brands. This week saw another step in this relatively quiet process: iStockphoto announced that it took over management of the Internet's leading free image Web site Stock.xchng.

SuperStock Seeks Comptroller, Acct Exec

By Jim Pickerell | 139 Words | Posted 7/30/2009 | Comments
With all the depressing news, it is good to hear some good industry news occasionally. SuperStock is looking to hire a comptroller and an account executive.

Veer Marketplace Exits Beta

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 188 Words | Posted 7/29/2009 | Comments
Corbis-owned Veer has fully launched of Veer Marketplace, the first microstock community to be part of a traditional agency's Web site. The Marketplace was initially announced in February and has gradually added features and functionality since.

What's a TIME Magazine Cover Worth?

By Jim Pickerell | 320 Words | Posted 7/29/2009 | Comments (7)
TIME used Robert Lam's photo of a jar of coins on the cover of the magazine, with the headline "The New Frugality." The copy read: "The recession has changed more than just how we live. It's changed what we value and what we expect---even after the economy recovers." Lam received $30 for use of the image, which suggests we should expect a lot less.

BlogHer Selects PicApp as Exclusive Image Partner

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 163 Words | Posted 7/29/2009 | Comments
Women's blog network BlogHer has integrated PicApp as a publishing tool for its 54,000 members and 60 editors. According to founder and chief executive officer Lisa Stone, BlogHer chose PicApp to have "a single source of premium, legal images from prestigious content providers."

AudioMicro Adds Hollywood Edge, Raises Quality Bar

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 115 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments
LA-based has announced a licensing deal with the Discovery Communications-owned sound effects library The Hollywood Edge. The move adds 55,000 professional-quality sound effects to the crowdsourced audio marketplace.

Fotolia Launches Premium Subscription

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 71 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments

Greenberg, Reznicki Release Copyright Registration Course Through Kelby

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 106 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments
Noted attorney Edward Greenberg and commercial photographer and former Professional Photographers of America president Jack Reznicki have released a new video-based course on copyright registration. Specifically, the two New Yorkers address the intricacies of the new online copyright registration system.

ImageSpan Announces Alliance with liveBooks

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 201 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments
LicenseStream creator ImageSpan and liveBooks, a porftolio Web-site company, have forged a partnership to provide customized services to liveBooks' 5,000 photographer-customers.

Newsprint Consumption Declines, Editorial Photog Competition Increases

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments
If you are among those who think newspapers and magazines will always be with us because customers want them, consider that this year's newsprint consumption in the U.S. is down to a third of what it was in 1990.

Top iStockphoto Earners: June 2009

By Jim Pickerell | 1816 Words | Posted 7/28/2009 | Comments
The numbers below show the number of downloads for each of 124 of iStockphoto’s 150 top earners in the months of March, April, and May of 2009, based on total download statistics supplied daily by iStockphoto and compiled by istockcharts.

The Image Works Reps Ullstein Bild

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 61 Words | Posted 7/27/2009 | Comments

Imense Adds Ingram

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 33 Words | Posted 7/27/2009 | Comments

GlamourKey Releases Green-Screen RF Footage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 342 Words | Posted 7/27/2009 | Comments
Florida-based GlamourKey is a stock business that uses green-screen technology to offer royalty-free fashion and glamour stock footage of models with keyed-out backgrounds. The company says it is the first in the world to offer this type of product.

Reinvention: The Backcast Concept

By Jim Pickerell | 735 Words | Posted 7/27/2009 | Comments (1)
If you sell pictures for use in print publications, take a look at Backcast Online Magazine---not so much for the content, although it is great, but for the concept, which could be a huge new opportunity and salvation for editorial photographers.

AP To Build Content Registry

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 253 Words | Posted 7/24/2009 | Comments
Skyrocketing infringement rates and the seemingly inevitable arrival of an orphan-works legislation have scared the bejeezus out of content owners and inspired companies such as PicScout and The Copyright Registry to develop new products. The Associated Press is in both camps: the cooperative just announced that it is building an online registry of content to monitor its use, protect it from infringement and enable new business opportunities.

Mary Evans Reps Alinari in U.K., U.S.

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 79 Words | Posted 7/24/2009 | Comments

Outside The Box Thinking On Information Delivery

By Jim Pickerell | 887 Words | Posted 7/24/2009 | Comments
The advertising model for funding the costs of newspaper and magazine content creation and delivery seems to have outlived its usefulness. Is there an alternative to meeting the needs of advertisers, content creators and consumers?

SAA to Join AVA

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 373 Words | Posted 7/23/2009 | Comments
On Wednesday, the Stock Artists Alliance announced to its members that it intends to pursue a merger with the Association of Visual Artists: "It has been a tough, but essential, reality for us all to acknowledge that as a small association in an industry that's been hard hit by internal and external challenges, SAA needs to adapt in order to continue to serve you, our members, as effectively as possible," reads the letter signed by a six-member SAA board, lead by president Shannon Fagan, and past SAA presidents Leland Bobbé, David Sanger, Zave Smith and Roy Hsu.

Mauritius Reps Kilian

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 64 Words | Posted 7/23/2009 | Comments

PhotoPlus Gets Top Marks in Post-Show Purchases

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 181 Words | Posted 7/22/2009 | Comments
Photo District News is beginning to prepare for this year's convention by touting the results of a recent survey that ranked PDN PhotoPlus Expo #1 in timely purchases following the trade show.

Is Piracy The Problem?

By Jim Pickerell | 771 Words | Posted 7/22/2009 | Comments (1)
The European Union's telecommunications chief Viviane Reding recently said that it is not piracy that is destroying the recording industry's business model, but a failed business model that is leading to piracy. This sentiment applies as much to the imaging industry as the recording industry, and it should be a wake-up call to business owners.

Everett's Karen Bernstein Dies at 60

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 100 Words | Posted 7/21/2009 | Comments
Karen Bernstein, a 30-year industry veteran and longtime international business development consultant to the New York-based Everett Collection, has passed away after a 3-year battle with a brain tumor.

ITN Source Touts Deals in U.K. and China, Launches YouTube Book Channel

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 408 Words | Posted 7/21/2009 | Comments
ITN Source has won a competitive bid to supply 210 hours of content to Digital Images for Education. Scheduled to launch next summer, the initiative is financed by the JISC Collections, whose mission is to support U.K. education and research by delivering affordable, relevant and sustainable online content. ITN has also announced a similar deal in China and the launch of its seventh YouTube channel, with programming that targets book readers and provides marketing opportunities to publishers.

Need 'A Little Respect'?

By Jim Pickerell | 752 Words | Posted 7/21/2009 | Comments (3)
Recently, a very talented and successful photographer who produces both rights-managed and traditional royalty-free images was bemoaning the sorry state of the stock photo industry. He said: "We need a little respect [for our work]."

Ad Spending Confidence Rebounds, Improves For Most Major Media

By Joe Mandese | 322 Words | Posted 7/20/2009 | Comments (1)
Ad spending plans are trending upward for most major media, according to the most recent data from an every-other-monthly tracking report surveying the "advertising confidence" of key media decision-makers.

London's National Portrait Gallery To Pursue Wikipedia; BAPLA Supports Litigation; Wikipedia Denies Wrongdoing

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 607 Words | Posted 7/20/2009 | Comments (1)
Last week, the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies alerted its members that it is supporting the National Portrait Gallery in its intent to pursue legal action against Wikipedia. Following the download of 3,000 high-resolution images from the its Web site and their subsequent appearance on Wikimedia Commons, the Gallery has attempted to discuss the issue with the online encyclopedia and, in the absence of a response, issued a lawyer's letter to a Wikipedia administrator. Wikipedia is saying the Gallery does not have a case, as the public has the right to access public-domain content.

Transtock Launches RF Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 44 Words | Posted 7/17/2009 | Comments

SAA getMETAsmart Serves 800 Pros in First Wave

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 132 Words | Posted 7/17/2009 | Comments
The Stock Artists Alliance reports that the first two months of its getMETAsmart program have seen nearly 800 picture professionals attend seven free seminars across the U.S. In addition to SAA-sponsored sessions on metadata, five events included presentations on search-engine optimization by online-archive company Photoshelter.

Demand for Print Declines

By Jim Pickerell | 148 Words | Posted 7/17/2009 | Comments
A recent WhatTheyThink survey found that 70% of the owners of printing businesses in the U.S. expect 2009 revenues to decline compared to 2008. If less is being spent to create printed products, less is being spent on the photographs that are used in them.

Framepool Offers Apollo 11 Motion Content

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 69 Words | Posted 7/16/2009 | Comments

Ingram Releases Creative Symbol Collection 2

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 109 Words | Posted 7/16/2009 | Comments
London-based Ingram Publishing announced the release of Creative Symbol Collection Part 2, which consists of 5,000 vector images. The entire collection is also available through PurestockX as single-file downloads.

Microstock Representation: Choices Get More Complex

By Jim Pickerell | 928 Words | Posted 7/16/2009 | Comments
iStockphoto's move to segment its microstock collection into standard-priced images and the premium Vetta collection, priced 10 times higher, complicates the choices of contributors when trying to determine where to place images in order to maximize return. Should photographers enter into exclusive agreements with iStock in hopes that some of their images will be selected for the Vetta collection, or continue to distribute their images through multiple microstock sites?

GumGum Raises $2.6 Million

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 220 Words | Posted 7/15/2009 | Comments
California start-up GumGum has closed a Series A-1 financing round with $2.6 million in new financing from GRP Venture Partners and First Round Capital.

Google Adds Rights to Image Search Parameters

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 281 Words | Posted 7/15/2009 | Comments
Those looking for free images, bloggers in particular, are getting a lot of attention from media and technology companies. In addition to GumGum securing another round of financing and the recent launches of Fotoglif and OffiSync 2.0, both of which endeavor to make it easy to source free images online, Google has integrated sort-by-usage-rights into Google Images.

Reinvention: Ron Rovtar Goes From Stock to Real Estate

By Jim Pickerell | 891 Words | Posted 7/15/2009 | Comments (1)
Photographers need to be prepared for and anticipate career change. Consider the career of Ron Rovtar, a successful stock photographer in the 90s, now happily selling real estate and using his photographic skills to photograph architecture.

Fotoglif Pays Online Publishers to Use Photos

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 339 Words | Posted 7/14/2009 | Comments
Toronto-based Fotoglif has joined GumGum and PicApp in the ad-supported online image-licensing space. Former studio owner and Fotoglif founder Michael Betts says the business offers photographers a big opportunity, while also rewarding publishers financially.

Majority World Promotes "Green" Assignments

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 92 Words | Posted 7/14/2009 | Comments

VIEW Reps The National Trust

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 7/14/2009 | Comments

Getty Images, MLB Renew Agreement

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 215 Words | Posted 7/13/2009 | Comments
Getty Images and Major League Baseball Properties have announced a multi-year extension of their agreement, under which Getty will continue as the exclusive Major League Baseball commercial photo partner and licensor of its image archive.

Future of Advertising in Print

By Jim Pickerell | 573 Words | Posted 7/13/2009 | Comments (2)
"We have reset and won't rebound and re-grow," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the continued decline of print as an advertising medium during the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

OffiSync Integrates Google Image Search Into Microsoft Office

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 245 Words | Posted 7/10/2009 | Comments
OffiSync 2.0, released last week, has integrated Google Image Search, enabling users to easily find and insert images posted online into documents and presentations---to the chagrin of many a copyright owner.

ASMP Relaunches Site, Expands Resources

By Jim Pickerell | 243 Words | Posted 7/10/2009 | Comments (1)
The American Society of Media has launched a redesigned Web site with expanded resources available to all photographers and members of the photographic community---not just ASMP members.

Viewfinders Revamps Site, Implements PLUS Standard

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 187 Words | Posted 7/9/2009 | Comments
Photographer-owned Viewfinders has redesigned its Web site with an emphasis on improving search. The 10-year-old Portland agency that focuses on imagery of the Pacific Northwest also implemented PLUS Packs, the standard developed by the Picture Licensing Universal System Coalition.

Berman Joins Noor

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 44 Words | Posted 7/9/2009 | Comments

TopFoto Opens Gallery

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 73 Words | Posted 7/9/2009 | Comments

Alamy Continues QC Crackdown

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 107 Words | Posted 7/8/2009 | Comments
The growth of the U.K. stock retailer's collection has naturally led to more stringent quality control procedures.

Copyright Enforcement: Shifting from Prosecution to Buyer Acquisition

By Jim Pickerell | 718 Words | Posted 7/8/2009 | Comments (1)
Photographers and agencies are concerned about unauthorized image uses and the best ways to protect their copyright. The focus is often on catching the criminal---finding the individual who has made an unauthorized use---but there are two aspects to copyright protection that need to be considered. Much more attention should be paid to making it easy for individuals who find an image they want to use---whether on the Internet or in a printed publication---to locate the image owner and determine if a fee must be paid for the rights to use that image.

ArabianEye Launches Production, Representation Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 111 Words | Posted 7/8/2009 | Comments
Dubai-based ArabianEye announced the launch of stills production and photographer representation Web site

Getty Images Takes 4 U.K. Press Photo Awards

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 272 Words | Posted 7/7/2009 | Comments
Getty Images photographers won 4 of 16 prizes at The Press Photographer's Year 2009, a competition that recognizes press photography taken for the U.K. news media. Independent London photographer Rosie Hallam won the top prize, Photograph of the Year, for an image taken at an elephant orphanage in Nairobi.

Reinvention: Photographing Democracy

By Jim Pickerell | 653 Words | Posted 7/7/2009 | Comments (2)
Joe Sohm started out as a teacher of American history but became a full-time photographer, and for more than 30 years, has produced images of people and lifestyles in every state in the union in his personal quest to illustrate the depth and breath of all that American democracy represents. His Visions of America collection contains 28,000 tightly edited images. Sohm has had a very successful career licensing rights to these stock images---one image at a time, around the world, through multiple distributors. As the stock photo business changes, Sohm, always a man with a grand vision, has moved on to new things.

Splash News Releases Jackson Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 103 Words | Posted 7/6/2009 | Comments
Splash News is promoting a complete library of moving and still images on every aspect of Michael Jackson.

Kursiv Releases KIM Keywording 1.5

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 163 Words | Posted 7/6/2009 | Comments
Available as a free upgrade for existing users, KIM Keywording 1.5 offers several workflow improvements, including the ability to prioritize keywords.

Investment Opportunity: Shares of Blend Images

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 7/6/2009 | Comments
Want to be part owner of Blend Images, LLC, one of the leading stock-photo production operations in the world? Jack Hollingsworth, one of the two concept originators of Blend, is asking $250,000 for his shares in the company.

Dreamstime Launches Ranking Tool, Grows Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 146 Words | Posted 7/2/2009 | Comments
Nashville microstock Dreamstime has introduced Stock Rank, a photo-review tool that offers its community members a competitive way of testing their photo IQ. At the same time, Dreamstime announced that it has amassed 6 million images.

Trend: College Grads, Boomers Travel the World

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 200 Words | Posted 7/2/2009 | Comments
Multiple trend observers have highlighted the growing lifestyle trend of long-term travel. Brought on by recession, the trend has college graduates and baby boomers that have had difficulty securing employment setting out for open-ended trips.

Midstock Agency MediaFocus Integrates Credits

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 130 Words | Posted 7/1/2009 | Comments
Sarasota-based royalty-free retailer MediaFocus has announced the addition of image credits to its stock-photo Web site.

Why Price Discrimination Makes Sense

By Jim Pickerell | 1032 Words | Posted 7/1/2009 | Comments (3)
Market value for most products depends on how they are used---the value the customer receives. The distinguishing factor is often between renting and buying a product: from DVDs to photo equipment, renting based on value received is a very common practice, which has been all but eroded in the photo industry with the proliferation of microstock.

Korean ISP Integrates PicApp into Blog Platform

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 116 Words | Posted 7/1/2009 | Comments
Daum Communications, the largest Internet service provider in Korea, has integrated the PicApp image-licensing plugin into Tistory, a blog platform that services over 300,000 publishers and receives 159 million page views per month.

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