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Adding Images To iStock: Contributor Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 6304 Words | Posted 7/6/2015 | Comments
An increasing number of iStock’s most productive contributors seem to be pulling back on their production of new images. Of the 430 photographers and illustrators we have been tracking for more than four years only 34% have added more than 100 images to their collections in the last six months. That leaves two-thirds of this group of contributors who have added fewer than 100 images or removed images from the collection.

iStock Photographer And Illustrator Comparisons

By Jim Pickerell | 5843 Words | Posted 7/6/2015 | Comments
Since 2009 I have been tracking the image downloads of some of iStock’s leading contributors. Beginning in 2012 I increased the number of individuals tracked on a semi-annual basis to 430. While 430 is only a small percentage of iStock’s total contributors which number more than 100,000 combined this small group has at least 55,479,000 downloads and given the way iStock reports these numbers possibly as many as 58,416,000 downloads. I believe these numbers represent about one-third of all iStock downloads since the company’s founding in 2002.

Sales For iStock Leading Contributors Continue To Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 787 Words | Posted 7/2/2015 | Comments
Downloads for 430 of iStock’s leading contributors have continued their steady decline in the first half of 2015.  Getty had hoped that the launch of iStock subscriptions in April 2014 and the launch in September 2014 of a single price for images, regardless of the file size needed, would turn iStock’s fortunes around and bring customers back from its competitors. Neither strategy seems to have worked.

Dreamstime Removes Daily Image Download Limits

By Jim Pickerell | 572 Words | Posted 7/1/2015 | Comments
Dreamstime, has altered its subscription plans to feature a monthly instead of daily quota of downloadable images, and is allowing the carrying over of unused downloads. The company says, “users will now effectively never ‘lose’ image downloads as unused downloads will roll over into the monthly quota amount, making Dreamstime the most convenient and flexible solution in the industry today.”

Magnum Nominates 6 Photographers For Membership

By Jim Pickerell | 249 Words | Posted 6/30/2015 | Comments
At its annual General Meeting (AGM), held this year in Paris member owned Magnum Photos nominated six new members: a record breaking number. They include: Matt Black, Carolyn Drake, Lorenzo Meloni, Richard Mosse, Max Pinckers and Newsha Tavakolina.

Newzulu Signs Partnership With Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 6/25/2015 | Comments
Newzulu Limited (ASX: NWZ) is pleased to announce that it has entered a strategic partnership and content syndication agreement (Agreement) with Alamy. Newzulu’s crowd-sourced news archive will be featured among Alamy’s collection of over 50 million images from which the platform has generated over US$154 million for its contributors in the last 15 years. Newzulu and Alamy will work together to generate revenue through the sale and licensing of Newzulu’s crowd-sourced content to Alamy’s editorial, creative and commercial clients worldwide.

Masterfile Update

By Jim Pickerell | 465 Words | Posted 6/24/2015 | Comments
Several of my readers have differing opinions with regard to the meaning of the term “no exchange of equity” as it appeared in Masterfile’s May press release. I thought it meant that no money changed hands. I asked Steve Pigeon, CEO of Masterfile, for clarification.

Pond5 Relaunches Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC Plugin

By Jim Pickerell | 190 Words | Posted 6/23/2015 | Comments
Pond5 has re-launched its free Pond5 plugin for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC which gives editors instant access to nearly 5 million royalty-free video and audio clips.

Unhappy With Image Pricing: Consider Picfair

By Jim Pickerell | 528 Words | Posted 6/22/2015 | Comments
Tired of giving up 70% to 80% (and often more) of what a customer pays to use your image to a distributor? Consider Picfair. Unhappy with the prices distributors are charging for your images and want more? Consider PicFair.

Microstock Image Revenue Will Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 562 Words | Posted 6/17/2015 | Comments
Thanks to Adobe Stock gross microstock revenue will start to decline. Let me explain why. I estimate that about $143 million of Shutterstock’s 2014 revenue came from subscription and that there were about 114 million subscription downloads. It all those customers were to switch to Adobe Stock they could probably get all the images they need for $43 million or less and save $100 million annually. Check out the numbers.

Will User Generated Content Kill Stock Photos?

By Jim Pickerell | 573 Words | Posted 6/17/2015 | Comments
Matt Munson, CEO of Twenty20, recently made the case for why User Generated Content (UGC) will be The Death Of Stock Photos. He argued that “stock photos do not depict reality” and that “brands that use them risk coming off as generic and out-of-touch” with consumers.

Adobe Stock Launched: Royalty Rates UP!

By Jim Pickerell | 779 Words | Posted 6/16/2015 | Comments
Adobe has launched [St] Adobe Stock as part of its Adobe Creative Cloud subscription offering. Creative Cloud customers are now able to launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop or After Effects, and add watermarked or licensed images to their Creative Cloud Libraries. This will allow them to access and work with images across multiple desktop tools.

Does Anyone Like Your Photographs?

By Jim Pickerell | 690 Words | Posted 6/12/2015 | Comments
Photocrowd is a relatively new social media site (launched in September 2013) that is designed to encourage photographers to shoot more pictures, work on assignments, participate in contests, build cool portfolios and socialize with each other.

Sourcing Images From Cell Phone Users

By Jim Pickerell | 309 Words | Posted 6/9/2015 | Comments
Should traditional agencies be making more of an effort to source images from cell phone users? Sixteen months ago Alamy introduced its Stockimo app and started accepting images into its collection that are taken with cell phones. To date about 350,000 images have been submitted and about 170,000 accepted.

Can Powerpoint Presentations Be An Important Market For Stock Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 1443 Words | Posted 5/27/2015 | Comments
Microsoft say that worldwide there are about 400 new powerpoint presentations being prepared each second. That works out to about 12.6 billion presentations a year. A significant percentage of them use multiple images. Some are the creator’s personal images. But the vast majority are grabbed from the Internet via Google, Bing, Flickr or somewhere else. If users paid even $1.00 for each image used in such presentations the annual gross revenue might be more than 5 times the revenue generated worldwide by the stock photo industry.

Masterfile’s European Operations Acquired By Mediapro

By Jim Pickerell | 335 Words | Posted 5/22/2015 | Comments
Masterfile Corporation (“MFC”) - a global licensor of premium stock images - has sold 100% of the shares of its European operations to Mediapro Mediamarketing GmbH of Vienna, Austria.  The transaction which closed on April 30th includes Masterfile companies in France, Germany, Italy and the UK (collectively “Masterfile Europe”). 

How To Get Tons Of Stock Photos Quickly

By Jim Pickerell | 241 Words | Posted 5/19/2015 | Comments
PicHit.Me, Microsoft and Shutterstock have teamed up to offer over $10,000 worth of prizes and Microsoft hardware to photographers who participate in the My World contest. Any photographer, amateur or professional, can enter and may interpret the theme of the competition any way they like. As a result PicHit will undoubtedly get images on every conceivable subject

Pond5 Partners With 48 Hour Film Project

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 5/19/2015 | Comments
Pond5 has announced a partnership with the 48 Hour Film Project, the largest and most dynamic timed film competition in the world. As the official stock media sponsor for all 135 cities participating in the competition, Pond5 is offering 100 hand-picked audio tracks to contestants for free. All participants will also receive $25 in Pond5 credit.

Stockmile Offers Free Images

By Jim Pickerell | 301 Words | Posted 5/15/2015 | Comments
Stockmile promotes itself as offering “FREE images” and says it has become an excellent source of photography, vector graphics, illustrations, clipart, handpicked bundles, and more for personal and business use.

LookLagoon Launches New Website

By Jim Pickerell | 335 Words | Posted 5/15/2015 | Comments
LookLagoon has launched a new website that features professional, high quality images of nature, wildlife, and landscapes. Individual photos are available under royalty-free licenses at prices that range from $3 to $10 depending on the file size of the photo purchased.

Declines In Average Royalties At Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 1290 Words | Posted 5/14/2015 | Comments
If the blogs are any indication more and more Shutterstock contributors seem to be complaining about declining revenue. While individual royalties may not have been as high as some would have liked, for several years they were at least going up steadily month to month to month, or compared to the same month a year earlier. Within the last year or so an increasing number of contributors are complaining about revenue stagnation or decline.

Microsoft Promoting PicHit.me – New Image Source

By Jim Pickerell | 1157 Words | Posted 5/12/2015 | Comments
The launch of Windows 10 later this year could dramatically change the way people find pictures. On April 29th during the annual Microstock Build Developers Conference in San Francisco Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella described how Microsoft intends to (1) Build the Intelligent Cloud, (2) Reinvent productivity and business process and (3) Create more personal computing.

Shutterstock Reports $97.5 Million For Q1 2015

By Jim Pickerell | 1261 Words | Posted 5/7/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported $97.5 million in revenue for Q1 2015, a 34% increase over Q1 2015. There were 33.4 downloads for the quarter. About 28% percent of revenue for the quarter was paid out to contributors in royalties. The average price per download was $2.87 up from $2.68 in the previous quarter and a 17% increase compared to Q1 2015. There were 51.6 million images in the collection as of March 31, 2015 plus 2.6 million video clips. At the end of the quarter the company had 542 employees worldwide.?

Shutterstock Premier Selects

By Jim Pickerell | 476 Words | Posted 5/6/2015 | Comments
In March, Shutterstock began testing a new collection called Premier Selects that is only available to Enterprise customers. For more about how it works check out https://premier.shutterstock.com

Dreamstime Releases New Mobile App

By Jim Pickerell | 460 Words | Posted 5/5/2015 | Comments
Dreamstime has announced the release of Stock Photos by Dreamstime, a new mobile phone app geared toward customers interested in purchasing and downloading images directly onto their smartphones and tablets. With the new mobile app, the Dreamstime team will be able to offer its popular, high quality digital images to an even greater range of on-the-go customers.