Scoopshot Launches Professional Service

Posted on 12/21/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Scoopshot has launched Scoopshot PRO that makes commissioning a photographer easier than ever. The service gives the media, ad agencies and other companies access to a global pool of professional and accredited amateur photographers, and the ability to set, manage and pay for assignments.
Using Scoopshot’s web platform, buyers can search for photographers by location and expertise and view a portfolio of their recent work to assess the style and quality of their work. Buyers can select the photographers from whom they would like to receive quotes, brief them on the assignment, and commission the photographer that best meets their needs and budget.
Buyers can choose from up to four licensing options, ranging from basic one-off use of images through to unlimited use in editorial and advertising. Transactions are conducted via Scoopshot’s secure web platform, making the service quick and easy for all parties. A forthcoming update to Scoopshot’s iOS and Android smartphone apps will see Scoopshot PRO integrated, allowing editors to search for professional photographers ‘on the go’. Photographers will also be given the opportunity to receive an alert when an assignment for them is available.

The service is free for photographers to join and Scoopshot takes a commission per assignment that is considerably lower than many stock photo companies, which typically take around 60-80% commission depending on how the image will be licensed.
“Finding a quality photographer in the right location, who you can trust to take the pictures you need quickly, is a big challenge for many companies today, including media and ad agencies,” said Niko Ruokosuo, CEO, Scoopshot. “Often publications will resort to flying a photographer out to the scene, or settling for a compromise and using an untested local photographer or buying a stock photo. Not only can this be expensive it can be incredibly time consuming to complete all of the necessary admin and arrange payment.”

“Searching and finding the photos you need from millions of stock photos can be frustrating as well, and you can end up acquiring a photo used by many others. With the launch of Scoopshot PRO we’re offering a faster and easier way to acquire bespoke content. By joining our network, freelance photographers can get more work, make more money, and cut out the hassle of completing supplier forms and chasing up unpaid invoices,” added Mr Ruokosuo.
Scoopshot PRO is already proving popular with photographers. More than 2,000 freelance photographers signed up to the service prior to the launch, including many in the US and UK markets, of which 700 to date have been qualified. Scoopshot has also had interest from photographers in war zones, including Ahmed Deeb, an experienced photojournalist based in Gaza.
Award-winning, Denver-based photographer, Dan Jahn, explains why he signed up to Scoopshot Pro: “Photography has always been my passion, but since becoming a professional photographer I’ve found that more and more of my time is taken up with admin. Joining Scoopshot Pro’s network means I can spend more time taking pictures and less time chasing invoices. It’s a no-brainer.”

To join the Scoopshot Pro network create your portfolio here or to commission an image, visit:
Scoopshot Pro complements Scoopshot’s existing crowdsourcing service for mobile photography and video, which gives companies and the media access to a network of more than 167,000 mobile photographers in 177 countries.
Using Scoopshot’s free iOS and Android crowdsourcing apps, smartphone owners can upload interesting images and videos that they think the media may want to buy and publish, or respond to location-based tasks asking amateur photographers to snap specific images in return for a monetary reward.
To date, Scoopshot has paid out more than $300,000 to mobile photographers. Over 60 people have earned more than $1,000 by selling photos via the app, and one man has made more than $23,000.

For more about Scoopshot check out this story.

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, 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:  


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