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Ask James Take 3

By Jim Pickerell | 2200 Words | Posted 7/18/2014 | Comments
James West, CEO of Alamy, has just posted his latest answers to contributor questions at Ask James Take 3. Highlights of the 10 minute video include the fact that sales of iPhone photos acquired through its Stockimo app are selling “slightly better” per 1,000 photos than sales of the rest of the Alamy collection. He gave no indication as to how many of the 1 million images per month are iPhone produced images.

Pond5 Raises $61 Million From Accel Partners and Stripes Group

By Jim Pickerell | 433 Words | Posted 7/16/2014 | Comments
Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for video footage and stock media, announced today that it has raised $61 million in equity financing from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. The funding is the first institutional investment for the company and will be used to fuel global growth, hiring, and product development.

Dreamstime Launches Dreamstime Companion iOS and Android

By Jim Pickerell | 553 Words | Posted 7/16/2014 | Comments
Dreamstime has released Dreamstime Companion, a new iPhone and Android free mobile app that enables photographers to upload their own images directly from their smartphones. The uploaded images can be purchased by Dreamstime's more than eight million users, the largest designer database in the stock photography industry. More than 2,500 new photographers join Dreamstime every month, and the site now has more than 15 million monthly unique visitors.

LightRocket Announces Major Cloud Storage Expansion

By Jim Pickerell | 397 Words | Posted 7/14/2014 | Comments
LightRocket.com has announced a major value boost by offering its members up to five times more default cloud storage (100GB for premium accounts) and expanded 100GB storage units, providing members with pay-as-you-go flexibility.

Getty Overhauls iOS Apps

By Jim Pickerell | 89 Words | Posted 7/11/2014 | Comments
According to Techcrunch.com Getty Images is overhauling its iOS App on gettyimages.com and iStock to make it easier for customers using mobile devices to source and purchase images. Also included in the Getty Images app will be Getty’s new Embed function, () unveiled last March that allows user looking for stock imagery for non-commercial use to download images at no cost so long as the image is hosted on the Getty servers and not pasted to the users own website or blog.

PantherMedia Acquires Digitalstock

By Jim Pickerell | 318 Words | Posted 7/9/2014 | Comments
After 10 years in operation, and with more than 800,000 images, the German microstock agency Digitalstock.de has decided to cease operations and provide customers and photographers with an exclusive offer to continue buying and selling photos online at PantherMedia.net.

Is RM The Only Place To Find Great Pictures?

By Jim Pickerell | 6795 Words | Posted 7/8/2014 | Comments
Many RM photographers still believe that microstock images are of much lower quality than RM and that customers who want images of the highest quality will continue to go to RM sites for the images they need. Unfortunately, they are only kidding themselves. (Note the difference in number of downloads in this story.)

Ask James 3 Coming Up

By Jim Pickerell | 187 Words | Posted 7/7/2014 | Comments
Alamy has launched another “Ask James”, where customers, contributors and journalists can ask CEO James West any questions they have about Alamy, Stockimo, or the industry in general. Get Your Questions In. Questions must be submitted via email to:  nfxwnzrf@nynzl.pbz no later that Thursday July 10th.

iStock: More Images Does Not Increase Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 5839 Words | Posted 7/4/2014 | Comments
For most of the 431 top iStock contributors adding more images to their portfolios does not seen to have had a significant impact on the growth in their number of downloads. In fact, those who grew their collections by the smallest percentage, or not at all, seemed to experience continued growth in sales. Seems counter intuitive.

Three Categories Of Image Creators

By Jim Pickerell | 6029 Words | Posted 7/3/2014 | Comments
Yesterday I provided a list of the 431 of the top iStock contributors in the order of the total number of image downloads they have had in their careers. In the coming week I will explore some other ways to look at the available data. It is important to recognize that not all the people on this list are photographers. I have separated them into three groups – Illustrators (I), people with a mix of illustration and photography in their collections (PI) and photographers.

iStock Downloads Continue To Decline, First Half 2014

By Jim Pickerell | 5418 Words | Posted 7/2/2014 | Comments
On average, there has been a continued decline in the number of downloads for 431 of iStock’s leading contributors during the first half of 2014.  I have been tracking the activity for these contributors for more than 2 year, and about half of them since 2009. Since these individuals joined iStock their images have been downloaded a combined total of at least of 54,291,100 times and a possible maximum of 56,658,200. (See for how I arrived at these numbers.)

Tracking iStock Downloads

By Jim Pickerell | 472 Words | Posted 7/2/2014 | Comments
Since early in 2009 I have been tracking downloads of 192 of iStockphoto’s most productive contributors. At that time istockcharts, a service of multimedia.de provided a daily listing of the total downloads of most of iStock’s contributors. This list could be indexed by downloads so it was easy to determine which contributors had the most iStock downloads in their careers.

StockFood Launches “you are what you crEATe” Food Blog

By Jim Pickerell | 421 Words | Posted 6/27/2014 | Comments
Fresh, brash and outspoken. With their uninhibited photographic style and unbridled joy of experimentation, food bloggers have conquered a huge fan community on the internet. No wonder even the traditional media are rolling out the red carpet for the new stars. Food bloggers get their own columns, produce cookbook best-sellers and operate cooking shows for an audience of millions. The most interesting among them are now at the center of a new blog where the food image agency StockFood once again lives up to its reputation as a trendsetter.

Scoopshot Expands Photo and Video Crowdsourcing

By Jim Pickerell | 472 Words | Posted 6/26/2014 | Comments
Scoopshot, reports that over 500,000 photographers and videographers from 177 countries contribute images to its service and that more than 70 leading media companies and brands including USA Today, News Corp Australia, Apple Daily, WAZ, Fiat, Finnair, Oxfam and many others use Scoopshot to gain instant access to a global pool of Scoopshooters. In the US, the Scoopshot user base has increased from 14,000 to nearly 50,000 in just six weeks.

New Photo Agencies

By Jim Pickerell | 195 Words | Posted 6/23/2014 | Comments
Paul Melcher’s latest on the “New Photo Agencies” is worth reading. He discusses the Community Builders, the Scrapers, the On Demanders and the Hybrids, and notes that “the barriers between pros and casual photographers are going to completely vanish.”

What About Corbis?

By Jim Pickerell | 203 Words | Posted 6/10/2014 | Comments
Every once in a while someone asks me if Corbis is a place to put their images? Corbis has a nice looking website and I assume they are still making a reasonable number of sales, but I never hear much about them. Photographers never tell me the are happy with Corbis sales, either in volume or price.

Stocksy Pays Photographers Almost $200,000 A Month In Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 6/5/2014 | Comments
Launched in March 2013, Stocksy continues to grow dramatically. The company is paying out almost $200,000 a month in royalties and is on tract to generate something in the neighborhood of $5 million in gross revenue in 2014.

PantherMedia Launches Premium Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 288 Words | Posted 6/4/2014 | Comments
PantherMedia has added a handpicked collection of fancy images to its archive of more than 28 million images. The Premium Collection is composed of special interest images like architecture, food, ecology and sustainability as well as people and lifestlye.

Is Volume Production Necessary To Grow Revenue?

By Jim Pickerell | 1362 Words | Posted 5/28/2014 | Comments
Most agencies are constantly trying to add new images to their collections, but a huge percentage of the images they already have are never licensed. Photographers are constantly encouraged to produce more and better pictures. If they cut back on production sales often decline. Since there is no way to be sure what customers will want in the future, agencies hope that if they keep adding new images they will eventually stumble onto something a future customer will want to buy.

Image Source Announces 'Monday Sparks' Campaign For Creatives

By Jim Pickerell | 254 Words | Posted 5/28/2014 | Comments
Image Source, has launched an uplifting email marketing campaign designed to inspire creative professionals at the start of the working week. Subscribers will be treated to an email with a motivational, thought provoking message from specially selected experts in the creative industry every Monday, straight to their inbox.

DisabilityImages.com Represents Design Pics Imagery

By Jim Pickerell | 447 Words | Posted 5/21/2014 | Comments
DisabilityImages.com, a leading stock source for high quality stock images of real people with real disabilities, has agreed to represent selected imagery from Design Pics. DisabilityImages serves a select group of customers with narrowly focused and specific needs. The company has developed a strong reputation in this niche, and has a thorough understanding of the needs of customers within this community.

New Photo Alliance In Nordic Region

By Jim Pickerell | 552 Words | Posted 5/20/2014 | Comments
TT News Agency, NTB, Scanpix Denmark and Scanpix Baltics have announced the formation of the Scandinavian Photo Alliance. The core of the new alliance is the former Scanpix group. The SPA expects to work on pan-Scandinavian initiatives spanning both editorial and commercial areas.
 

Is Pay-Per-View The Future For Web Use?

By Jim Pickerell | 419 Words | Posted 5/19/2014 | Comments
Blend Images and Danita Delimont Stock Photography have recently joined the IMGembed community. IMGembed went live in March 2013 and currently has millions of images in its collection. Previously, we have reported on Getty’s embedding strategy and PressFoto’s ImageRent. IMGembed offers another approach to the pay-per-view strategy for monetizing images.

iStock To Pay Contributors 100% Of May 14th Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 109 Words | Posted 5/12/2014 | Comments
iStock has named May 14, 2014 “100% Royalty Day.” As part of it’s efforts to celebrate Small Business Week in the United States iStock will pay all exclusive contributors 100% of all revenue collected on May 14, 2014 through cash and credit card file downloads.

Shutterstock Reports $72.8 Million For Q1 2014

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 5/9/2014 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported $72.8 million in revenue and total downloads of 29.7 million for Q1 2014. About 28% of the revenue was paid out to contributors in royalties. At the end of the quarter the company has 407 employees worldwide and over 55,000 active contributors.