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Articles by Jim Pickerell

Shutterstock Tests Lower Prices

By Jim Pickerell | 140 Words | Posted 8/28/2015 | Comments
Image users on the MicrostockGroup website report that Shutterstock has “dropped the price of single On Demand sales from 2 for $29 to $9.99 for each image.”

500PX Moves To Two-Tiered Pricing Model

By Jim Pickerell | 311 Words | Posted 8/28/2015 | Comments
Previously, 500PX had priced the images in its Marketplace at flat rates of $50 for web resolution, $250 for print resolution, and $750 for products for resale. Now they have introduced a second tier for images their editors deem of lower quality. The flat rate prices for images in this tier, called Core, are $35 for web resolution, $150 for print resolution, and $300 for products for resale. The prices for the first Prime tier will remain the same.

Earn Money When Your Images Are Photocopied In The UK

By Jim Pickerell | 459 Words | Posted 8/27/2015 | Comments
Every year millions of images are photocopied and used by commercial organizations around the world without any direct compensation to the image creator. Often this is because there is no practical way to track such usages, or because the creator cannot be easily identified. Nevertheless, commercial organizations recognize that they have an obligation, and a liability, to compensate creators for such uses.

Changing Demand For Images

By Jim Pickerell | 380 Words | Posted 8/26/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock has released a new infographic with information about how demand for certain subject matter is changing compared to a year ago. They have also included sample image in each category to give photographers a sense of what customers want.

ZUMA Press Partners With Australia’s Fairfax Media

By Jim Pickerell | 249 Words | Posted 8/26/2015 | Comments
ZUMA Press Inc. (www.zumapress.com), a leading visual media provider for the editorial community, has announced that it is now representing images from Fairfax Syndication (www.fairfaxsyndication.com), the most comprehensive range of Australian content from a portfolio of over 300 publications and websites.  

PDN PhotoPlus + Expo 2015

By Jim Pickerell | 482 Words | Posted 8/25/2015 | Comments
Over 4 days (October 21-24) attendees to this year’s PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York City will have their choice of more than 100 seminars that include Photo Walks and Master Classes featuring the latest techniques and trends for photographers, filmmakers and digital imaging specialists.

Workbook Sponsors Visual Connections New York Image Expo 2015

By Jim Pickerell | 230 Words | Posted 8/25/2015 | Comments
Workbook, the leading marketing resource for commercial photographers and illustrators, will be the Principal Sponsor of this year’s Visual Connections Image Expo 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York on October 28.

Photographers Don’t Understand Creative Commons

By Jim Pickerell | 447 Words | Posted 8/24/2015 | Comments
TechDirt reports that photographer Art Dragulis took a photo of Swain’s Lock along the C&O canal in Maryland and uploaded it to Flickr. Roughly four years later, he discovered Kappa Map Group was using his photo for the cover of its Montgomery County, Maryland atlas. He sued for copyright infringement. And he LOST.

Customer Risks When Using RM Images

By Jim Pickerell | 743 Words | Posted 8/21/2015 | Comments (1)
When Rights Mananged images are represented by multiple distributors it is possible for agencies that had nothing to do with an initial license to collect a fee for secondary uses. Consider this situation.

Getty’s Bonds And Loans Rally

By Jim Pickerell | 220 Words | Posted 8/21/2015 | Comments
According to Bloomberg (July 30th) Getty Images Inc.’s bonds and loans rallied as a report to creditors showed improving profit after several quarters of sinking earnings.

About Jim Pickerell

Jim began his career in 1963 as a freelance photojournalist in the Far East. His first major sale, a Life Magazine cover, was a stock photo of the overthrow of the Ngo Dinh Diem government in Saigon, Vietnam.

He spent the next ten to fifteen years focusing on assignment work, first as an editorial photographer, and later in the corporate area. He regularly filed his outtakes with several stock agencies around the world.

As the stock side of his income grew, Jim studied the needs of the stock photo market, and began to devote more of his shooting time producing stock images. At about this time the 1976 change in the copyright law went into effect, and the industry began to see rapidly growing demand by commercial and advertising users for stock images.

In the early 80's he helped establish the Mid-Atlantic chapter of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and served as Vice President, President and Program Chairman over a period of six years. He served on the national board of ASMP for two years, was on the committee that produced the ASMP Stock Handbook in 1983, and was active in the fight to reverse the IRS rules that required capitalization of all expenses of stock photo production.

In 1989 he published the first edition of Negotiating Stock Photo Prices, a guide to pricing hundreds of stock photo uses. The fifth edition was published in 2001. In 1990, he began publishing Selling-Stock, a bi-monthly newsletter dealing with issues of interest to stock photographers and stock photo sellers, with particular focus on issues related to marketing stock images. Selling-Stock is recognized worldwide as the leading source of in-depth analysis of the stock photo industry. As a result of his many years in the industry and his work with Selling-Stock, Jim has an expert understanding of the stock photo industry, its standard practices and developing trends. He frequently provides consulting services on stock industry issues to photographers, stock agents and individuals in the investment community.

In 1993, his daughter, Cheryl, joined him in the business. Together they established Stock Connection, an agency designed to provide photographers with greater control over the promotion and marketing of their work than most other stock agencies were offering. The company currently represents selected images from more than 400 photographers.

At age 76, Jim continues to follow stock photo industry developments on a day to day basis and expects to continue to do so far into the future.