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Articles from July 2012

3D Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 277 Words | Posted 7/31/2012 | Comments (2)
ZPartners have launched and is inviting still photographers to contribute. The site also provides photographer guidelines for producing 3D photos.

Story First. Story Last.

By Charles Gupton | 358 Words | Posted 7/31/2012 | Comments
With video it is all about the story. Still photographer Charles Gupton talks about the importance of focusing on the story first rather than just looking for great visuals and hoping that they will hang together later.

Stock Photography: Future Growth Potential

By Jim Pickerell | 4084 Words | Posted 7/30/2012 | Comments (1)
In the future, will it be possible for more photographers to earn a better living than they are currently earning producing stock images? More and more photographers are jumping into the stock photo business every day and many hope to make it a career. Here’s a dozen reasons why future revenue growth for this industry seems unlikely. I’ve discussed all these issues before, but it seems useful to briefly itemize them all in one place.

Video Selling Strategy: Give Stills Away For Free

By Jim Pickerell | 274 Words | Posted 7/24/2012 | Comments (1) has launched an initial archive of 100,000 free images mostly comprised of still frames pulled from HD videos that are available on

Alamy vs. Microstock

By Jim Pickerell | 570 Words | Posted 7/23/2012 | Comments
On the MicrostockGroup blog there has been a debate as to whether it is better to try to license images through Alamy rather than on microstock sites given that the license fees  and royalty percentages are so much higher.

Pond5 and Adobe Make Using RF Video Easier

By Jim Pickerell | 206 Words | Posted 7/23/2012 | Comments
Pond5 and Adobe have teamed up to develop a one-of-a-kind plug-in that gives video editors seamless access to the largest collection of over 1.1 million royalty-free stock videos, including 330,000 royalty-free music tracks and sound effects, all exclusively within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

Selling Your Stock Photo Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 667 Words | Posted 7/20/2012 | Comments
The stock photo industry seems to be going through another round of acquisitions and consolidations as owners of small, niche agencies find it difficult to compete in today’s market where there is a glut of supply, relatively flat demand and declining prices. Many agency owners are looking for ways to retire or move onto something else. I regularly get request asking “What is my company worth?”

PACA's 17th International Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 7/18/2012 | Comments
PACA’s (Picture Agency Council of America) 17th International Conference will be held this year in Chicago from October 19th through the 21st at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.  In addition to PACA members the event is open to all ‘sister’ trade organizations for the image, illustration and advertising industry. These include:

Fotolia Expands Into Latin America and Australia

By Jim Pickerell | 155 Words | Posted 7/18/2012 | Comments (1)
Fotolia has moved to expand its service in Latin American and Australia just two months after private equity firm KKR took a 50% stake in the company.

Five Ways To Succeed In Stock Photography

By John Martin Lund | 707 Words | Posted 7/17/2012 | Comments (1)
John Lund is one of the world’s most successful stock photographers. His images have a clean, graphic, conceptual style and generally illustrate business concepts. His images are often humorous. Using photoshop and digital tools he creates images that put people and animals in impossible situations, but they are done so skillfully that viewers often ask,  “Did that really happen?” The following are five tips for succeeding in stock photography.

AP France Acquired By dapd Media Holding

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 7/17/2012 | Comments
On July 12, 2012, the dapd media holding AG, via its French subsidiary Sipa News, took over the French service of Associated Press (AP). After Sipa Press and Diora News, this is the third company dapd has taken over in France. This takeover makes dapd the largest agency partner of AP worldwide. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

YouTube’s Penetration Of News Delivery Business

By Jim Pickerell | 909 Words | Posted 7/16/2012 | Comments
We are rapidly moving toward a time when consumers will get more of their news via YouTube rather than from commercial television. On average 22 million people watch the evening news on the three U.S. broadcast channels each night. But, when there is a major event YouTube views regularly eclipse that number. During Japan’s tsumani disaster in March 2011 the 20 most viewed news-related videos on YouTube that focused on the tragedy were viewed more than 96 million times.

Beating The Summer Heat

By Jim Pickerell | 691 Words | Posted 7/13/2012 | Comments (1)
The summer heat in Washington has got me thinking about air conditioning. That brought to mind a story I did back in 2006 about air conditioning photos and microstock. It all started when a customer asked for a stock picture of an air conditioning repairman working on a home system to use in a small yellow pages ad.

Tom Bean Wins Copyright Infringement Case Against John Wiley & Sons

By Jim Pickerell | 279 Words | Posted 7/12/2012 | Comments
In late March In the case of Tom Bean vs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Judge Frederick J. Martone GRANTED partial summary judgment to the plaintiff on the issue of defendant's liability for copyright infringement of 26 images used in seven titles.

Granger Collection Represents National Geographic Vintage Material

By Jim Pickerell | 381 Words | Posted 7/12/2012 | Comments
Thousands of images from the National Geographic Stock: Vintage Collection are now available at The Granger Collection. The rare historical catalogue, part of the National Geographic Image Collection, documents the world and its inhabitants, including indigenous people, their cultures, the environment, and the natural world from the 1880s through the 1970s.

SuperStock Acquires Science Faction Images

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 7/9/2012 | Comments
Jacksonville, FL based SuperStock has acquired Seattle based Science Faction Images. The 40,000 tightly edited high-end science and high technology images in the Science Faction collection will allow SuperStock to “better serve our clients in publishing and advertising,” according to Lanny Ziering, CEO of SuperStock.

Using Social Media To Market Photo Services

By Jim Pickerell | 38 Words | Posted 7/6/2012 | Comments
ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) has published a free guide designed to assist photographers in unilizing social media to market their businesses. The guide can be downloaded at

Getty On Track To Get New Private Equity Owner

By Jim Pickerell | 443 Words | Posted 7/5/2012 | Comments
At least five private equity firms are bidding to buy Getty Images from Hellman & Freedman (H&F) in a leveraged buyout worth an estimated $4 billion.

Trends At iStockphoto: Unit Sales Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 3983 Words | Posted 7/3/2012 | Comments
Based on our recent analysis of sales made by 193 of iStockphoto’s top sellers, total company downloads may have declined by as much as 22% in the first 6 months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. This story will walk you through how we collected the data, arrived at this number and explain why such a small sample of contributors is representative. Reaching Out To Amateurs

By Jim Pickerell | 847 Words | Posted 7/2/2012 | Comments
Professional photographers shooting travel photos have another new competitor. is collecting iPhone photos from tourists and selling them for $10 each. To get started uploading pictures all the photographer needs to do is go to iTunes and download the app.or go to The photographer receives a 50% royalty, payable through PayPal monthly.

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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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