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Articles by Jim Pickerell

Visual Steam 2014 Buyers Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 537 Words | Posted 9/17/2014 | Comments
In June 2014, Visual Steam surveyed thousands of U.S. art buyers, art directors, art producers, creative directors and marketing professionals to better understand stock image buying behavior today (still photography and motion). The company has published the results of its 2014 Buyers Survey. 100% of the respondents are buyers of stock photography.

How Will iStock Prices Affect Gettyimages.com Sales?

By Jim Pickerell | 1103 Words | Posted 9/16/2014 | Comments
Yesterday, I outlined how iStock’s new pricing strategy may affect contributors. But, the bigger worry for iStock exclusive contributors and Getty Images may be what happens on gettyimages.com. Here’s why.

New iStock Prices Released

By Jim Pickerell | 1088 Words | Posted 9/15/2014 | Comments
Over the weekend iStock launched its new prices to compete with Shutterstock. The following chart shows the credit packages available at both iStock and Shutterstock and the average price per credit.

Seeing Declining GI Sales? Think Search Return Order

By Jim Pickerell | 2184 Words | Posted 9/12/2014 | Comments (3)
Are your Getty Images sales declining? It may have nothing to do with the quality of your images, the subjects you shoot or your keywording. It could be that customers rarely, if ever, get a chance to see your images. Currently Gettyimage.com has 4,278,804 RM and 6,034,642 RF images on the site for a total of 10,313,446 in the creative section of the site. Getty has images from 103 different RM collections and 98 RF collections.

Licensing Photo For iPhone 6 Background

By Jim Pickerell | 543 Words | Posted 9/12/2014 | Comments
Photographer Espen Haagensen didn’t know his photo of the Milky Way had been chosen for the background image on iPhone 6 until a colleague who was watching the iPhone 6 announcement gave him a call.

Declining Employment In Motion Picture Industry

By Jim Pickerell | 415 Words | Posted 9/10/2014 | Comments
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the motion picture and sound recording industry has dropped from as high as 368,000 in 2013 down to just 298,000 in August, a 19% drop in just over two years. (See MarketWatch story for more details.

Photographers Settle Litigation Over Google Books

By Jim Pickerell | 236 Words | Posted 9/9/2014 | Comments
A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google that ends four years of litigation over copyrighted material in Google Books. The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rightsholders and users communicate clearly and efficiently about rights in works. Further terms of the agreement are confidential.

Prime.500px: Is It A Place To License Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 1027 Words | Posted 9/8/2014 | Comments (1)
Is Prime.500px.com a viable market for stock photographers? It advertises itself as offering “Inspirational Royalty Free Photos” and certainly there are some beautiful images in the collection.

Microsoft Backs Down On Bing Image Widget

By Jim Pickerell | 213 Words | Posted 9/8/2014 | Comments
Computerworld reports that following a lawsuit from Getty Images, Microsoft has temporarily removed the beta of the Bing Image Widget from its website. However, for those people who uploaded the Widget prior to the Getty challenge the Widget still works.

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over New Bing Photo Widget

By Jim Pickerell | 291 Words | Posted 9/4/2014 | Comments (2)
Reuters reports that Getty Images claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York on Thursday that a new Microsoft product that allows website publishers to embed digital photographs on their sites is a “massive infringement” of copyrighted images.

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.