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Articles from September 2011

YPA To Award Five Young Photographers Scholarships

By Jim Pickerell | 321 Words | Posted 9/30/2011 | Comments
The Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), has awarded scholarships to five talented young photographers from across the US: Katie Koti, Yale University; Kathya Maria Landeros, Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Hayden Myrick, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Alena Reyes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Kevin Truong, Pratt Institute.


By Jim Pickerell | 2009 Words | Posted 9/30/2011 | Comments
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will be launching a series of 10 free webinars on the “The Future of Art & Commerce” on October 5, 2011 between 1:00 and 2:30 pm EST.  In the first session Susan Carr and Richard Kelly will deal with What Everyone Should Know About Copyright. Click here to register for this event. For details on all 10 webinars which will take place about every other week through March 2012 click here.

VII Photo Agency Announces Changes

By Jim Pickerell | 529 Words | Posted 9/29/2011 | Comments
The owners of VII Photo Agency have announced the revised roster of photographers represented by the agency. They include: Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Stefano De Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Davide Monteleone, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Tomas van Houtryve and Donald Weber and VII's veterans Marcus Bleasdale, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, Christopher Morris, Franco Pagetti, Stephanie Sinclair and John Stanmeyer.

SuperStock Launches Value-Priced Image Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 260 Words | Posted 9/28/2011 | Comments (1)
SuperStock, a leading stock photography agency specializing in Contemporary, Travel, Fine Art, and Vintage imagery, has launched SuperFusion, a new collection of value-priced royalty-free images gathered from around the world.  The collection features images from top professional photographers including microstock stars Yuri Arcurs, Ron Chapple, and Andres Rodriguez.

Visual Connection Image Expo

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 9/28/2011 | Comments
Visual Connections (formerly Picturehouse Marketing US) will be hosting its annual Image Expo at the Altman Building in New York City on Thursday, October 20th. This is a unique one-day opportunity for image buyers, researchers, designers, art directors, and other users of images and footage to discover new sources of imagery. More than 70 exhibitors from all around the US, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Germany and France will be showing what they have to offer, and learning from the people who use their images.

Making Photography A Career: Run Your Numbers

By Jim Pickerell | 1744 Words | Posted 9/27/2011 | Comments
Many who enjoy photography and have had some success at licensing rights to their images dream of quitting their “day job,” giving up a regular pay check and taking pictures full time. This story offers a few things to think about that apply both to photographers who hope to do commercial assignments and those who want to license rights to stock images.

Corbis Portfolio Collections: Behind the Image

By Jim Pickerell | 338 Words | Posted 9/23/2011 | Comments
Corbis Images (, has highlighted nine of its signature collections and described some of what went into the thinking when creating the collection. The imagery in these collections ranges from commercial images, to unforgettable moments in history to natural wonders and iconic celebrities.

PACA 16th International Conference.

By Jim Pickerell | 349 Words | Posted 9/23/2011 | Comments
The 2011 PACA International Conference, the premier annual event in the U.S. for those interested in stock photography, will convene in a little less than a month at the New York Marriott East Side in midtown Manhattan. It runs from Friday, October 21st through Sunday October 23rd.

Stipple Marketplace: the Next Generation of Image Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 982 Words | Posted 9/22/2011 | Comments
Stipple Marketplace, the San Francisco based company with the goal of turning editorial images into e-commerce storefronts for consumers, has developed a system that allows publishers to earn money from the images they publish, not just sell ads around those images.

Corbis Updates Search Engine

By Jim Pickerell | 2341 Words | Posted 9/21/2011 | Comments
If you haven’t visited the Corbis web site for a while it may be time to take another look. In 2010 Corbis decided that it was time to update the search technology they had been using since 1995. The project involved a series of architectural changes with two primary aims – improving performance (speed of delivery) and relevancy of the search results delivered. This story discusses some of the changes and modifications.

By Jim Pickerell | 851 Words | Posted 9/15/2011 | Comments (1)
Spaces Images is a niche agency founded by people and lifestyle Jonathan Ross about a year ago. However, there are no people in the pictures this agency represents. In tracking 13 years of sales he and his wife and business partner Amy noticed that many of their best selling images did not include people. They then set out to build a collection that contains property released images of locations where man lives, works and plays, but without any people in the images. Most of the have strong graphic and design elements.

Iberfoto Now Distributed by The Image Works

By Jim Pickerell | 208 Words | Posted 9/15/2011 | Comments
The Image Works ( editorial stock photography agency has announced the addition to its archive of imagery from the Spanish based Iberfoto picture library. The library consists of over 1.2 million photographs, artistic works and prints, focusing on Hispanic Culture from Spain and Latin America.

Volume Based Photojournalism

By Paul Melcher | 665 Words | Posted 9/14/2011 | Comments (4)
Paul Melcher takes a look at where photojournalism is headed and outlines four key changes that will dramatically alter the future of photojournalism. He also acknowledges, though not with any sense of satisfaction, that the new photojournalism is taking some cues from the successful microstock model.

A Cut of a Cut of a Cut…..

By Jim Pickerell | 1605 Words | Posted 9/9/2011 | Comments (1)
While fees charged customers for stock photo use have been steadily declining, there is another issue that should be of equal concern to image creators. That is the percentage they receive of the gross fee the end user pays. This can be complicated and not the number many photographers think it is.

Reaching The Next Generation

By Jim Pickerell | 477 Words | Posted 9/8/2011 | Comments (2)
In an effort to engage with the next generation of picture professionals, Alamy and Dreamstime have launched separate initiatives to benefit students.

The Pleasures of Keyword Perfect

By Spencer Grant | 913 Words | Posted 9/7/2011 | Comments (2)
Few stock photo tasks are as idiosyncratic as keywording. Some photographers just use their mental vocabularies while others consult a thesaurus. I know a photographer who has blocks of often-used synonyms he cuts and pastes into the right place. Everyone does it differently.

Numbers To Think About

By Jim Pickerell | 986 Words | Posted 9/6/2011 | Comments
In a little over a year the number of images represented by the top four microstock sites has increased by 41%. Fotolia has had a 59% increase. The number of people contributing images to Shutterstock has grown by 37% and now totals 313,393. This wouldn't be bad if demand were growing at the same rate, but it's not. Demand seems to be relatively flat and at iStockphoto seems to be declining. How will these numbers affect everyone who produces stock images? Read more.

Worldwide Advertising Spend Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 365 Words | Posted 9/1/2011 | Comments
According to eMarketer world advertising spend is expected to be about $500 billion this year. The online portion of this spend will make up about $80.2 billion, or 16.1% of the total. By 2015 online advertising spend is expected to reach $132.1 billion and be 22% of total advertising spend.

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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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