PicturEngine Empowers Agencies, Designers and Photographers with One Search

Posted on 11/14/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

PicturEngine has gone public with a promotion to the 95% of design professionals that use stock photography. For the first time, buyers looking for a comprehensive all-in-one search tool can review and license photography from all industry sources – and get no duplicates.

PicturEngine delivers relevant pictures quickly and easily and features unbiased searches with never-before-seen images from new sources, as well as images from trusted agencies. It's also completely commission free. For creators, all licenses are paid directly, allowing photographers to keep 100 percent of license fees. That’s a huge departure from a traditional agency, where the creator might typically receive only 20 to 30 percent of the license fee.

“Visual media plays an increasingly larger role in our lives, yet finding relevant visual content in this rapidly expanding industry continues to be a challenge,” Brinson said. “Rather than repeating an image search with a dozen stock photo agencies, PicturEngine combs through the entire stock photography industry in just one search. Finding the perfect image is finally easy and enjoyable.”

By seamlessly searching more than 500 million unique images from more than 65 stock photo agencies and hundreds—soon to be thousands—of individual photographers, buyers experience the best, most organized and user-friendly search in the industry. 
“PicturEngine is designed to be a quick, one-stop shop for those seeking visual content,” Brinson said. “From big general stock agencies to small niche agencies and individual photographers, PicturEngine searches every image and presents the results without bias or duplication.”

Brinson says PicturEngine is built to evolve and adapt as the industry does.
“New pricing models and increasing image sources are no problem for PicturEngine,” Brinson said. “We’re searching images in near real-time and can easily adapt to the growing industry; change is the one thing we know is constant.”
PicturEngine’s key differentiation point—an unbiased search—provides image buyers with more effective results because advertisers cannot pay to gain higher rankings above the organic results within the system.  

“Everyone is equal in our search, so with PicturEngine, the best image wins,” Brinson said.
For image creators our recently published analysis of PicturEngine can be found here.

PicurEngine has also recently instituted 2-way messaging in its offer system.  Photographers can now communicate/negotiate directly with image buyers on the site, even from their smart phones while on a shoot! Photographer’s do not receive the image buyers email address. The line of communication is open when an offer is made, and stays open until the license is paid.  The photographer has the option to accept, decline or make a counter offer. PicturEngine has also added a feature that allows the specific licensing terms and fees to be adjusted after communicating their individual needs directly to the image buyer.

Copyright © 2016 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.  


  • Larry Minden Posted Nov 14, 2016
    “Everyone is equal in our search, so with PicturEngine, the best image wins,”
    Not true in the sample searches I tried - images from the same sources routinely appear at the top irrespective of quality. They have a long way to go for the best images to appear at the top of search results.

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