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has extended its server infrastructure to NYI’s
data center in Los Angeles, to serve the company's growing West Coast customer base. Searching for images on the West Coast will now be as fast as on the East Coast. NYI successfully oversaw Alamy’s upgrade for North America, and now the company will manage the West Coast activity.
Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has released some of the results from its
25th annual survey of graphic designers to determine their use of stock imagery. A total of
1,008 readers responded to the survey with 96 percent saying they use
stock imagery in their work and 60 percent using it at least 20 times a
year. Both represent new highs for the survey.
Fotolia has released a major update to their website which offers improved navigation and usability. This story explains some of the changes.
has made an undisclosed investment in Demotix
following the media distribution partnership between the two companies announced in March
The Associated Press
and Corbis Images
have announced a comprehensive cross-distribution partnership that provides customers access to more than 10 million images covering an unparalleled range of breaking news, sports and entertainment, archival and creative images.
Masterfile has upgraded its website with a suite of timesaving tools for creative professionals. "The new Masterfile.com
is a game changer. It makes the task of sifting through millions of images an enjoyable, rewarding and ultimately creative experience," says Steve Pigeon, President.
plans to buy Masterfile Corp
. for $21.4 million, in a bid to expand into the traditional 2D market. Under the deal's terms, full consideration will be paid in cash, unless Masterfile opts to receive $12 million of the purchase price in stock. The Masterfile portion of the business will continue to operate under its current brand name and under the direction of Steve Pigeon, founder and president.
Recently a photographer asked how to price extended educational use of
an image that was first licensed by the publisher for textbook use two
years earlier. Initially the image was printed full page, inside. Now
the publisher wants virtually all rights for 20 years. This story explains how I would approach the problem.
Every professional photographer in the world should add his or her name to the PLUS Registry
. It’s FREE. It will take a couple minutes at most. And it may help someone who wants to pay you money
to find you.
Within the framework of Visa pour l'Image
is organizing a roundtable with photographers, picture agencies and photographers cooperatives exploring the "Relationship between Agencies and Photographers: Art + Commerce or Photographers and Agencies - Making this Symbiotic Relationship Work"
, which operates a network of digital content licensing marketplaces, has announced that ImageCollect.com
, its celebrity picture marketplace launched just five months ago has more than 1,500,000 mostly “red carpet” images available for download. The company expects to have more than 4 million images on its site before the end of the year. The collection includes archival imagery from companies like Globe Photos and current content being supplied by top entertainment photographers.
Equidyne Holdings LLC
, innovating in the field of digital and visual media, has announced the launch of a new subsidiary, Visual Steam
. Visual Steam is a new kind of sales services organization supporting the content licensing and creative services industries. The company’s goal is to generate revenue for clients. Visual Steam offers contract sales services to handle all or part of a client's sales efforts, customized training programs, workshops and complimentary marketing services.
The picturemaxx image search engine is unique in its approach to
providing an image search experience that benefits customers –
particularly editorial - as well as agencies trying to license images.
The company is headquartered in Munich with offices in New York, London,
Berlin and Vienna. Virtually all German speaking media customers (97%)
use picturemaxx as their primary source for finding content. This story explores the advantages and disadvantages of this system for both the customer and the image creator.
Lee Torrens and Amos Struck, leading microstock industry analysts, have organized the first ever, Microstock Expo and Conference
that will be held in Berlin, Germany. The event is scheduled for 5-6 November 2011 at the andel’s Hotel Berlin
and is likely to be the forerunner of regular annual events.
The 2011-12 school year is about to begin. The use of printed books is
declining. Many school systems will expand their use of computer and
iPads this school year. Beginning in kindergarten children will be
taught using digital devices.
iStockphoto COO Kelly Thompson will be moving from Calgary to Manhattan in September to become Senior Vice President, Product Development for Getty Images. He will lead a team of Getty Images and iStock Product Managers as they evolve the packaging and positioning of iStockphoto.com, Thinkstock.com, Photos.com and Clipart.com.
: James West, CEO of Alamy, provided a detailed explanation of the company's Alamy Permium Account strategy on the Alamy blog. For more information about this read our story
published last week and contributor comments on the Alamy blog
It’s time to institute a new pricing model. In the ‘80s the only pricing
model was Rights Managed (RM), but the term itself wasn’t even invented
until the ‘90s. Back then every price was based on usage and there was
no other option. In the early ‘90s Royalty Free (RF) was introduced. In
the early 2000s microstock came into existence. Now, it is time to
introduce a fourth model which I will call Use Pricing (UP). The
following would be some of the characteristics of Use Pricing.
In May Peter Phun published an article on BlackStar Rising entitled “It’s Time for Pro Photographers and Hobbyists to Call a Truce
.” The article has received a lot of comments. I would like to weigh in with my thoughts on the difference between professionals and non-professionals.
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