EyeEm Market Opens

Posted on 4/1/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

In August 2014 EyeEm announced that it would be introducing a “Market” aspect to its social media site. Market has finally been launched. EyeEm was established in 2011 and currently has over 13 million users who post photos taken with their cell phones and comment on each other’s work. It is unclear how many images are on the site.

Initially EyeEm would only accept mobile uploads. If someone wanted to post an image taken with a DSLR they needed to upload it to their cell phone and then transfer it to EyeEm. Now EyeEm will accept bulk uploads, but users must either email market@eyeem.com for information about the process or go to the users Market Dashboard and request bulk upload instructions for how to add a folder of images to Market. Once uploaded, these photos will also be visible in the users Community profile, but will not show up in their friends’ feeds.

The prices charged for images that do not have model or property releases, and thus can only be used editorially, are $20. If releases have been provided the image may be licensed for commercial use for $250. According to EyeEm’s FAQ (there is no English translation) a photo can sell for a minimum of 1 Euro. However, searching on the English site I could find no photos for such prices.

Keywording is very thin and more oriented to social activities of the image creator -- (this is where I just went, or what I just did) -- than to helping a buyer find images related to a particular subject. It is also possible to search for all the images posted by a particular creator by entering the creator’s name.

In another effort to help their contributors earn money from their images EyeEm has entered into an arrangement with Getty Images and posted a currated collection of almost 240,000 images in the RF section of GettyImages.com. These images are listed at prices ranging from $65 and $699 depending on file size delivered.

Copyright © 2015 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.  


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