Articles by Jim Pickerell

Shutterstock Custom Assignments

By Jim Pickerell | 1548 Words | Posted 12/17/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock Custom assignments seem to be working well for some contributors. Below you will answers to my questions from two of of the more successful Custom Assignment contributors, Adrianne Haskins and Jeremy Pawlowski. Haskins is based in Tenessee and Pawlowski in Portland Oregon.  To see Pawlowski’s work check out this link and for Haskins work go to this site.

End Of Stock Photography As A Profession

By Jim Pickerell | 2025 Words | Posted 12/11/2019 | Comments
One of many reasons for the decline of stock photography as a profession is that it has become almost impossible for photographers to get a clear understanding of the various types of imagery, and the relative degree of demand, that users want and need. Once that was not the case, but now there is a total disconnect between image creators and image users.

Will Getty Eliminate iStock Exclusive Deals?

By Jim Pickerell | 832 Words | Posted 12/10/2019 | Comments
An iStock Exclusive photographer asked, “Given that Getty is ‘racing to the bottom’ and is about to eliminate Rights Managed from its collection, do you think our Exclusive contracts will be next?" I don’t think so. It seems to me that it will still be to Getty’s advantage to keep the Exclusive segment of iStock.

Shutterstock’s Global Contributor Community Surpasses $1 Billion in Earnings

By Jim Pickerell | 641 Words | Posted 12/10/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that its contributor base has reached $1 billion in earnings paid. The company released its Contributor Earnings Report, which breaks down the massive achievement shared among its global community of artists, photographers, videographers and musicians. The report showcases an overview of earnings by region, a snapshot of high-growth countries and features a selection of contributors who helped make the achievement possible.

2020 Color Trends From Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 297 Words | Posted 12/4/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has launched its 2020 Color Trends report. By analyzing billions of pixel data from images downloaded, and then mapping each pixel to its closest named hex code, the report reveals which colors had the greatest growth between 2018 and 2019, as well as local favorites from around the world. Shutterstock’s 1.9 million customers include designers, marketers, creatives, and bloggers who are often working months in advance on campaigns and projects. Their download choices help to forecast trends in the year ahead.

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Over 'Objectionable' Content

By Jim Pickerell | 193 Words | Posted 12/3/2019 | Comments (1)
According to Reuters, the website of communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has said that one of Shutterstock’s domains was blocked in Russia on November 13th by the country's Attorney General because the site contained "insulting state symbols."

Where Getty Goes From Here

By Jim Pickerell | 1753 Words | Posted 12/2/2019 | Comments
Paul Roberts of the Seattle Times has recently interviewed Craig Peters, Getty Images CEO, and published an analysis of the company’s current situation entitled “Its Crunch Time For Seattle Based Photo Giant Getty Images, And For Photographers” that everyone in the industry may want to read.

RM Alive And Well At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 193 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments (1)
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the Death Of Rights Managed Licensing, but Alamy reports that it is alive and well at Alamy.  They say, “There’s been lots of discussion in recent weeks about the future of Rights-Managed licensing. Alamy has no plans to discontinue offering RM images and will continue to offer photographers a choice to license their photos as Rights-Managed or Royalty-Free."

Adobe Announces Plan To Authenticate Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 584 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments
Adobe has announced a plan to authenticate photos as way way of helping consumers determine if the images they see on the Internet are real or fake. How this will work hasn’t been fully spelled out, but is expected to be rolled out in “coming months” according to Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky (See the video of his presentation here.

Victoria Bridgeman Stepping Down As CEO

By Jim Pickerell | 202 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments
Bridgeman Images announces that CEO, Victoria Bridgeman after twenty years with Bridgeman Images and the last eight as CEO has decided to step down at the end of the year and move on to new challenges. Dirk Hendrickx, currently Global Head of Sales and Marketing, has been appointed to succeed her at the start of 2020.

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.