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Stocktrek Images Introduces $35 Web And Mobile Resolutions

By Jim Pickerell | 135 Words | Posted 4/11/2014 | Comments
Stocktrek Images with specialized image collections in Healthcare and Biomedical Science, Armed Forces, Military Aviation, Space, Weather, Astronomy and Dinosaur Art has introduced a $35 price for web and mobile use of its images. The new web and mobile sizes of 600-800 pixels are ideal for use on web sites, online ads, digital magazines, periodicals, mobile applications, tablets, and other handheld devices.

Getty Launches iStock Subscriptions To Compete With Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 1150 Words | Posted 4/10/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has launched its iStock subscription offering in an attempt to compete with Shutterstock. There are two levels of iStock subscriptions – iStock Essentials and iStock Signature. With iStock’s offering customers can download 250 images a month with the monthly plan or 750 images a month with the annual plan. With Shutterstock there is a daily limit of 25 images a day (750 a month) regardless of which plan you purchase.

Getty Images Opens Entries for 10th Annual Grants Program

By Jim Pickerell | 511 Words | Posted 4/7/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has announced the call for entries for its Getty Images’ grants programs for 2014.  The grants will include  – The Grants for Editorial Photography, Creative Grants and the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize – as well as the Emerging Talent Award. The deadline for entry and Applications is May 15, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. GMT (London Time). For more information see  http://www.gettyimages.com/grants.

Dreamstime Releases WordPress Plug-In

By Jim Pickerell | 189 Words | Posted 4/3/2014 | Comments
Dreamstime has released a plugin for WordPress that enables WordPress users to easily access and embed free and commercial content from Dreamtime’s 22.5 million image library.

Average RM and RF Prices At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 588 Words | Posted 3/27/2014 | Comments
On its web site for Flickr contributors Getty asks, “What are the average prices for RM and RF?” and then gives the following answer. “The average licensing fee for royalty free ranges from $175 to $225. And for rights managed licensing, keeping in mind that uses and fees vary widely; the average is around $550-$650.”

Fotolia's Dollar Photo Club

By Jim Pickerell | 436 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
Fotolia has decided that in order to attract more customers to their microstock offering they need to lower prices for professional users. They have created a members-only Dollar Photo Club and are promoting it to readers of Graphic Design USA (GDUSA).

Brianna Wettlaufer Named CEO Of Stocksy

By Jim Pickerell | 231 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Stocky United, Brianna Wettlaufer has been appointed CEO of the company. Wettlaufer, who was co-founder and former VP at iStockphoto, (which was acquired by Getty images for $50 million in 2006) brings over 10 years of leadership and innovation to her role.

“Perfectly Imperfect” - New Food Trend From StockFood

By Jim Pickerell | 453 Words | Posted 3/17/2014 | Comments
StockFood has released a new collection of food images that points to a new trend in food photography, and to a certain extent in stock photography as a whole. They call their collection “Perfectly Imperfect” which describes the spirit of spontaneity that is increasingly in demand in every type of photography.

Getty: A Three Month Review

By Jim Pickerell | 1487 Words | Posted 3/14/2014 | Comments
In all the excitement about 35 million FREE images it is worth looking back at some of things that have been happening at Getty Images in the last three months. After watching revenue decline for the fifth straight quarter, and many of its top producers cut back on production or stop supplying new images altogether, Getty evidently decided that their turn-around strategy wasn’t working and they needed to make some radical changes.

Carlyle Should Be Talking To Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 1650 Words | Posted 3/12/2014 | Comments
Carlyle Group should be trying to sell Getty’s Midstock division (iStock, Thinkstock and Photos.com) to Shutterstock before the value of that segment of Getty’s business collapses. Carlyle should recognize by now that Getty Images has been a bad investment. It is the time to cut losses.

PantherMedia Relaunches Website

By Jim Pickerell | 504 Words | Posted 3/12/2014 | Comments
The German microstock agency PantherMedia (http://www.panthermedia.net), a German microstock agency with 28 million images in its collection, has relaunched its new website with the most comprehensive update in 10 years. Besides the clear new design, the website offers new products, new licences and additional features.

Will Getty Insist On Keeping Contributors In The Dark?

By Jim Pickerell | 715 Words | Posted 3/11/2014 | Comments
Photographers, illustrators, Getty’s Image Partners (stock agencies), and trade associations representing Getty photographers should be asking Getty to supply creators with a limited amount of the data collected when Getty embeds creator's images on a web site for FREE.

Getty Terminates Agreement With Flickr

By Jim Pickerell | 814 Words | Posted 3/11/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has announced to its Flickr contributors that it has provided notice to terminate its existing agreement with Flickr. The original 5-year agreement went into effect in July 2008. Getty has been unable to come to a new agreement at this time. Getty says they continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr.

More On Getty’s Embed Tool

By Jim Pickerell | 1182 Words | Posted 3/7/2014 | Comments
See the previous story. It looks like a high percentage of the RM and RF images in the Creative Stock Images of the www.gettyimages.com cannot be accessed using the Embed Tool. This may not be the slam dunk Getty is hoping for.

Getty Makes 35 Millions Photos Free For Blog Use

By Jim Pickerell | 1068 Words | Posted 3/6/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has made it possible for anyone to easily embed and share its imagery – at no cost – for non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels through a new embed tool. Free Pictures For Anyone Who Blogs.

Shutterstock To Acquire WebDAM

By Jim Pickerell | 330 Words | Posted 3/5/2014 | Comments
Shutterstock has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WebDAM, a leading provider of web-based digital asset management software.

Fotolia Announced $5,000 Prize For iPhone Image

By Jim Pickerell | 458 Words | Posted 3/5/2014 | Comments
Fotolia has announced that it will award a prize of $5,000 USD for the best selling image in 2014 that was uploaded to its new Instant Collection for iPhones. In addition, every image accepted in the Instant Collection before the end of April, will instantly earn $1. Now everyone has a chance to sell smartphone images, regardless of technical ability or expensive equipment. Contest details here: http://us.fotolia.com/instantcontest.

iStock To Launch Subscription Service

By Jim Pickerell | 958 Words | Posted 3/4/2014 | Comments
iStock has announced that in April it will launch a subscription product based on the Thinkstock subscription product. The low priced Thinkstock product has been the fastest growing part Getty Images’ business.

iStock Accounting Problems

By Jim Pickerell | 718 Words | Posted 2/27/2014 | Comments
Over 9,000 iStock photographers have received notices that they were overpaid for sales made through the Partner Program (PP). Getty plans to reclaim the overpayments by deducting the amount from the future royalty payments owed the contributors over the next six months. It is unclear exactly how much the total overpayment was, but based on what some photographers are being told will be deducted from their accounts it could have been millions of dollars.

Image Licensing Trends

By Jim Pickerell | 612 Words | Posted 2/26/2014 | Comments
Earlier this week I wrote about the average price per image licensed at Getty. This article will examine some of the publicly available and widely reported numbers related to the number of images licensed.

Photos.com To Be Consolidated With Thinkstock

By Jim Pickerell | 526 Words | Posted 2/25/2014 | Comments
On March 10, 1014 Getty Images plans to close down Photos.com and move virtually all the content and operations to Thinkstock. Thinkstock currently offers more than 14 million images. Added to Photo.com’s 5.5 million image that will put Thinkstock in the 20 million image range.

Shutterstock Reports $235.5 Million For 2013

By Jim Pickerell | 1234 Words | Posted 2/21/2014 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported a record 28 million downloads and $68 million in revenue for Q4 2013. The company’s revenue for all of 2013 was $235.5 million, up from $169.6 in 2012. About 28% of the revenue was paid out to contributors in royalties.

Alamy Introduces Stockimo An iPhone App

By Jim Pickerell | 782 Words | Posted 2/19/2014 | Comments
Alamy has jumped into the mobile photography business with Stockimo, a new iPhone app that lets photographers upload pictures taken from their iPhone. Stockimo is open to anyone. Alamy contributors who were with the company before the Stockimo launch will receive a 50% royalty. Contributors who are new to Alamy and just submitting iPhone photos will receive a 20% royalty.

Getty Photojournalists Receive Six World Press Photo Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 365 Words | Posted 2/17/2014 | Comments
Getty Images’ photojournalists Brent Stirton, Sara Lewkowicz, Chris McGrath, Ezra Shaw, Al Bello and Quinn Rooney have been awarded top honors at World Press Photo, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.

How To Find Stock Images That Accurately Portray Modern Women

By Jim Pickerell | 867 Words | Posted 2/11/2014 | Comments
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and author of Lean In, has worked with Getty Images to try to identify 2,500 images that portray woman in more empowering ways than many of the stock images of old-fashioned stereotypes found in today’s advertisements and media. Photographers may want to review the "leanincollection" for shoot ideas.