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Articles from September 2010

What's Up With Stock Photography

By Ellen Boughn | 363 Words | Posted 9/30/2010 | Comments (9)
A better question might be, “What’s NOT up with stock photography?”  Answer? Royalties, number of paid productions, royalty free and rights managed revenues and photographer satisfaction.

PhotoAlto Upgrades Website

By Jim Pickerell | 134 Words | Posted 9/30/2010 | Comments
PhotoAlto has announced that it has just completed a year long project in which the company re-designed and rebuilt is website incorporating only the latest search and web technology. Visitors will immediately note streamlined stylistic and design changes, and will be presented with an enhanced choice of search features, quicker browsing speeds, a simplified thumbnail display, and an all around increased ease of use and intuitiveness to the website.

Scammers Prey On Unsuspecting Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 973 Words | Posted 9/29/2010 | Comments (1)
Photographers marketing their images through online web sites should be alert to common art scams that seem to be growing in frequency. This is particularly true for those trying to sell physical works of art (fine art prints).

Going Pro: Rise Of The Amateur

By Jim Pickerell | 1044 Words | Posted 9/28/2010 | Comments (2)
Many professional photographers are disturbed by the changes taking place in their careers. Photographers who dream of earning their living taking pictures will, at the very least, find that goal much harder to achieve than it was for their predecessors. Amateurs have taken over an increasing share of the business. And their share will continue to grow. The shift from professional control of the market to significant amateur involvement is irreversible and will accelerate. That doesn’t mean that no one will be able to earn a living as a still photographer. But many fewer will do it successfully than was the case in the past. There is no way to predict the amount of the market amateurs will finally control, but it will be significant. 

iSyndica Closes Its Doors

By Jim Pickerell | 160 Words | Posted 9/28/2010 | Comments
iSyndica, the automation service that allows photo and video producers to batch-upload content to multiple stock-selling and photo-sharing Web sites, has announced that it will be closing its doors as of October 10, 2010. Effective immediately, contributors will no longer be able to place orders for credits or storage, or change their subscriptions.

ASPP Selects Barbara Smetzer as 2010 Picture Professional of the Year

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 123 Words | Posted 9/27/2010 | Comments

Photolibrary Relaunches Web site, Opens Paris Office

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 9/27/2010 | Comments (1)

New Group Proposes iPad Photo Use Fees to Publishers

By Jim Pickerell | 757 Words | Posted 9/27/2010 | Comments
As we move forward in the digital publication age, a group of celebrity photo agencies has untied into the Editorial Photo Agency Guild, which is leading the way in attempting to establish some pricing principles for the use of photos in iPad applications. The need for a unified approach in bargaining became apparent when People magazine announced its plans to launch an iPad application and provide it free to print subscribers.

Going Pro: Video

By Jim Pickerell | 2071 Words | Posted 9/24/2010 | Comments
In theory, there should be major growth in demand for video in the near future. However, people have been making that prediction for more than a decade, and it still doesn’t seem to be happening. In fact, videographers who were among leading sellers of video clips a decade ago are now reporting that their sales are down 50% from what they were just three or four years ago. It is unclear whether this decline only applies to a select few or if revenues are down across the board. At the same time, it is apparent that video as an industry is growing, offering still photographers an opportunity to transition or at least diversify.

Corbis Trends Reports Return to Predict Shift from Tech to Touch

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 280 Words | Posted 9/23/2010 | Comments
Corbis has released The Human Touch, a creative trends report that highlights a new balance between the convenience of technology and personal interaction. The trend builds on the techno-backlash observed by researchers for several years.

Is Average RPI a Useful Measure?

By Jim Pickerell | 730 Words | Posted 9/23/2010 | Comments (2)
The average annual income or a large group of photographers is pretty meaningless. It depends greatly on how many images a photographer has in a collection, generally how productive he is, the kind of imagery he shoots, whether his work is represented by a single agency or many agencies, which agencies in particular, and probably a number of other factors.

Going Pro: Video

By Jim Pickerell | 2090 Words | Posted 9/23/2010 | Comments
In theory there should be a major growth in demand in the near future for video. However, people have been making that prediction for more than a decade and the demand still doesn’t seem to be taking off. In fact, videographers who were among the leading sellers of video clips a decade ago are now reporting that their sales are down 50% from what they were just three or four years ago.

Friday, Sep 24: Photoshelter Offers Live Online Seminars

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 75 Words | Posted 9/22/2010 | Comments

Graphic Design USA Stock Survey: Pro Use of Microstock Skyrockets, RM Falls

By Jim Pickerell | 270 Words | Posted 9/22/2010 | Comments (2)
The 24th annual Graphic Design USA stock survey shows increasing use of microstock by professional graphic designers.

Getty Launches Multimedia Competition

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 198 Words | Posted 9/22/2010 | Comments
This week, Getty Images launched its annual multimedia “Mishmash” challenge that asks creatives to produce short videos using Getty content. The company said last year’s competition received an overwhelmingly positive response.

PACA, PicScout Reach Out to Students

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 60 Words | Posted 9/22/2010 | Comments

Gross Margin and Real Profit

By Jim Pickerell | 1974 Words | Posted 9/21/2010 | Comments (7)
iStockphoto COO Kelly Thompson says the company cannot keep growing profit at the old royalty rates, so they have to reduce what they are paying suppliers. The problem is not that the company does not have substantial profits. Rather, it is Getty Images’ arbitrary standard for what the gross profit margin in the stock photo industry should be that causes the problem.  

Going Pro: The Wedding Option

By Jim Pickerell | 1589 Words | Posted 9/16/2010 | Comments (1)

Many who got into the photography business by shooting stock are finding that relying on stock income alone is insufficient and increasingly unpredictable. In looking for other ways to earn money using their photographic skills, some are exploring the wedding business.

Klein’s New York Digs

By Jim Pickerell | 95 Words | Posted 9/16/2010 | Comments (3)

iStockphoto: Calculating Based on Number of Credits vs. Value Disadvantages Some Contributors

By Jim Pickerell | 483 Words | Posted 9/16/2010 | Comments
I asked iStockphoto COO Kelly Thompson why the company choose to base “redeemed credits,” the number that serves as the basis for the new contributor royalties package, on the number of credits downloaded rather than the monetary value of the credits.

Going Pro: The Wedding Option

By Jim Pickerell | 1610 Words | Posted 9/15/2010 | Comments
Many who got into the photography business by shooting stock are finding that relying on stock income alone is insufficient and increasingly unpredictable. In looking for other ways to earn money using their photographic skills, some are exploring the wedding business.

Develop Your Art Niche With Google Alerts

By John R Math | 826 Words | Posted 9/14/2010 | Comments
If you are not familiar with, or have not used Google Alerts to monitor your art niche, this article can be a very important new tool for you to use on a regular basis. Google Alerts will help you monitor very specific sections and segments in your area of expertise or it can be a great research tool for areas and subjects that you would like to be involved with in the future.

PicScout Releases Video

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 28 Words | Posted 9/10/2010 | Comments

Getty Awards $120K in Grants, Reps McClatchy-Tribune

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 243 Words | Posted 9/10/2010 | Comments

Getty Images recently bestowed $120,000 onto nine lucky winners of the company’s coveted editorial photography grants. In a separate announcement, the company revealed a new editorial imagery representation agreement with McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

iStock Revolution

By Jim Pickerell | 1706 Words | Posted 9/10/2010 | Comments (2)
Beginning in 2011, iStockphoto will implement major changes to how it calculates photographer royalties. In addition, the company will soon launch a small higher-priced Agency Collection containing images from some of the major traditional royalty-free brands and invited iStock contributors. Contributor reactions are predictably negative, but how will it shake out form a macro perspective?

Revolution At iStockphotos

By Jim Pickerell | 2133 Words | Posted 9/10/2010 | Comments
iStockphoto has announced a major restructuring in how photographer royalties will be calculated in 2011 and beyond. In addition, within the next few weeks they will create a small, higher priced Agency Collection with images from shooters from some of the major traditional RF brands and selected iStock contributors who will be invited to submit images to the Agency Collection.

Pricing Textbook Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 2761 Words | Posted 9/9/2010 | Comments (3)
There are two primary factors that should be considered when quoting a price for textbook use: image size (1/4, 1/2 or full page) and size of the print run. This article provides a historical perspective on pricing images for textbook uses and offers an update for the current economic climate.

Photoshelter Updates ‘SEO Cookbook’

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 60 Words | Posted 9/9/2010 | Comments

Getty Images Launches New Contributor Tools

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 146 Words | Posted 9/9/2010 | Comments
Getty Images’ contributors can now promote work sold through gettyimages.com using the new online Artist Digital Toolbox—and receive a commission.

Plainpicture Opens NY Office

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 102 Words | Posted 9/9/2010 | Comments

SAA Survey: The Microstock Divide

By Jim Pickerell | 1643 Words | Posted 9/8/2010 | Comments (3)
One of the questions of the Stock Artists Alliance spring survey asked: “What other issues would you like to see SAA address in the year?” The answers, particularly with regard to the general attitude toward microstock, were very revealing.

SAA Survey: Overview

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 366 Words | Posted 9/8/2010 | Comments
The results of the Stock Artists Alliance February survey paint a familiar picture of the past 18 months: declining revenues and continued division over microstock.

Going Pro: Marketing

By Jim Pickerell | 2620 Words | Posted 9/7/2010 | Comments (2)
If you have decided on a career as a freelance photographer, your vocation will be marketing and your avocation, or sideline, will be photography.

PACA Congress Focuses on Content

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 90 Words | Posted 9/3/2010 | Comments

Sylvan Promises Money in Microstock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 130 Words | Posted 9/3/2010 | Comments
Though Ellen Boughn got there just a few months sooner, photographer and veteran iStockphoto inspector Rob Sylvan has authored Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell, available from Peachpit.

Trends in Newspaper Circulation and Advertising

By Jim Pickerell | 301 Words | Posted 9/3/2010 | Comments
The World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper Publisher has released its annual World Press Trends report covering 223 countries.

ASMP Announces Strictly Business 3

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 161 Words | Posted 9/2/2010 | Comments
The popular Strictly Business conference series from the American Society of Media Photographers returns in January 2011.

Picturehouse: New Name, 2010 Image Expo

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 126 Words | Posted 9/2/2010 | Comments
Visual Connections—the freshly rebranded Picturehouse Marketing US—is hosting the 2010 Image Expo at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York on October 13.

Alert: Avoid Under-pricing Textbook Print Run Extensions

By Jim Pickerell | 915 Words | Posted 9/2/2010 | Comments (3)
Photographers should be alert for textbook publisher requests for new image licenses to extend print runs on books that have already been printed without obtaining such licenses. In many cases, image owners may be entitled to high retroactive usage fees for copies already printed and distributed, as well as a fee for the new books the publisher intends to produce.

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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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