3D Stock Photography

Posted on 7/31/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

ZPartners have launched www.stock3dphotos.com and is inviting still photographers to contribute. The site also provides photographer guidelines for producing 3D photos.

Phase one of the rights-managed stock photo website is the Contributor Portal, an ingestion engine that will allow photographers and artists to upload stereoscopic 3D, multi-view and lenticular content.

There are currently over 1300 samples available under categories such as abstract, conversions, high speed, science and people. 3D Stock Photos also offers 3D glasses, 3D advertising services, lenticular and 2D->3D conversion services and consultations.

If you are a good 2D or 3D photographer and have a good grasp on what makes a high-quality 3D image, then you can register on the Contributor Portal.  You must first upload 3 images for evaluation before being cleared to upload further. Editors will evaluate your work and inform you if you have qualified. Once you have 3 qualified images, the quota will be lifted and you'll be able to upload your library. The owners are asking for content in all subject areas, “to meet advertising and high-end consumer content”.

“The time is right for 3D stock photography as technology is changing at a rapid pace and glasses-free displays are becoming more and more common,” said Harvey Jewett, Chief Marketing Officer of ZPartners, Inc.

“Using a Rights-Managed model combined with the relatively lower volume of 3D images in the world compared to 2D  will mean more revenue opportunity for our contributors,” Jewett continued.  “3D is a new avenue for income and offers an escape from the ‘race to the bottom’ issues facing the 2D industry.”

“The days are early, but growth is beginning to explode in advertising and the deluge of consumer devices has just begun.”

Copyright © 2012 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


  • Jeffrey Cooper Posted Jul 31, 2012
    It's a tad early to have announced to the world :) We had originally intended to announce to a smaller audience of 3D specialists to work out the kinks in the system. However, you are welcome to contact us at info@stock3dphotos.com.

  • Boris Starosta Posted Aug 5, 2012
    I purchased this article to obtain some analysis from Jim Pickerell about the site/service/agency/market potential of 3d stock images. Instead, I see that the information provided is not much more than marketing talk from a company principal and some other information that could have been gleaned from the stock3dphotos.com site itself.
    With all due respect, I am disappointed in this article.
    Boris Starosta

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