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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.

Pond5 Uses Artificial Intelligence To Auto-Tag Images

By Jim Pickerell | 373 Words | Posted 4/30/2015 | Comments
Pond5, has unveiled auto-tagging technology that they claim is the first of its kind in the stock media industry. Built with artificial intelligence, this pioneering feature automatically generates keywords for each photo and video uploaded to the Pond5 platform.

Shutterstock Panorama

By Jim Pickerell | 338 Words | Posted 4/28/2015 | Comments
Want to know more about the people who are producing images that are licensed at microstock and subscription prices? Shutterstock Panorama is worth a look.

EyeEm Gets $18 Million In VC Funding

By Jim Pickerell | 258 Words | Posted 4/21/2015 | Comments
EyeEm has raised $18 million in new venture capital and currently has a community of 13 million photographers across 150 countries.

Pond5 Introduces Backlots and Backlots+

By Jim Pickerell | 271 Words | Posted 4/9/2015 | Comments
Pond5, unveiled two new types of video content today—Backlots and Backlots+. Provided by partner CT Image, these digital backlots allow editors to flawlessly simulate background scenery from 25 of the world’s major cities in their video productions.

Shutterstock Workshops

By Jim Pickerell | 217 Words | Posted 4/7/2015 | Comments
If you’re thinking about submitting images to Shutterstock you might want to check out the next ShutterTalk Live streaming workshop, “Preparing Your First Photo Submission,” on Thursday, April 9 at 11am EST.

Shutterstock Eliminates Daily Download Limits

By Jim Pickerell | 388 Words | Posted 4/6/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock continues to make it easier customers to get the images they need via their subscription products. Until last week customers that purchased a subscription were limited to 25 downloads a day and a maximum of 750 per month for customers in the U.S. and Canada.

EyeEm Market Opens

By Jim Pickerell | 330 Words | Posted 4/1/2015 | Comments
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.

Scoopshot Partners With Newzulu Expanding Crowdsourced Journalism

By Jim Pickerell | 379 Words | Posted 3/31/2015 | Comments
Global crowd-sourced media platform and live-streaming company, Newzulu, and mobile photo and video crowdsourcing service Scoopshot, have partnered to collect and market citizen generated content and offer untapped revenue opportunities to brands and publishers around the world.

Alamy Contract Changes

By Jim Pickerell | 586 Words | Posted 3/30/2015 | Comments
In mid-February Alamy published changes in its standard contract that were due to go into effect April 1st (45 days later). A number of photographers, particularly in the UK, had issues with certain clauses and a lively discussion ensued on the EPUK website.

Marcel Saba Launches Vault Archives

By Jim Pickerell | 266 Words | Posted 3/27/2015 | Comments
Vault Archives has announced its debut into the stock photography industry. The New York-based agency offers the editorial and commercial photography market high-end imagery that is tastefully curated with authentic real life moments.

Getty’s Turnaround Potential

By Jim Pickerell | 1208 Words | Posted 3/26/2015 | Comments
I’m getting more frequent requests from long/short hedge fund investors about Getty Images’ turnaround potential in 2015. Getty’s $550 million of 7 percent unsecured notes due in October 2020 are selling for approximately 50 cents on the dollar. Investors are trying to determine if that is a good price, or if they could go even lower. (Getty also has about $2 billion in additional debut.) Here’s some of what I tell them.

Is Stock Too Expensive? Must Prices Go Down?

By Jim Pickerell | 425 Words | Posted 3/24/2015 | Comments
Back in the early 2000s Graphic Designers started complaining that Royalty Free stock was too expensive and began looking for less expensive ways to get the photos and illustrations they needed for their projects. That was the birth of microstock. Now Christian Toksvig, former Getty Images VP, Christian Toksvig,, thinks there is new demand for still lower prices. He has founded StockUnlimited and is offering unlimited vector downloads for $9.99 per month.

Novel Expressions Looks To Fill Void

By Jim Pickerell | 168 Words | Posted 3/24/2015 | Comments
Royalty free stock image agency Novel Expression and Jenn LeBlanc of Illustrated Romance are launching the Exclusive Jenn LeBlanc for Novel Expression collection. The initial collection will feature images of male and female same sex couples in both contemporary and historical costumes.

Old Stock Agencies Never Die – Imagestate Liquidated Again

By Jim Pickerell | 198 Words | Posted 3/20/2015 | Comments
Under the title “Imagestate Media Partners Limited – In Liquidation” the Joint Liquidator in the UK reported on 6 March 2015 that Imagestate had been liquidated.

MPEVImages: What’s In A Name?

By Jim Pickerell | 876 Words | Posted 3/18/2015 | Comments
Bond traders are asking “If Getty Images changed its name, but had all the same content and pictures, would this have a significant impact on sales/marketing?” The reason for this question is that revenue has been declining for Getty for at least eight quarter and it is becoming increasing apparent that there is likely no way to turn the business around.