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25 Most Photographed Cities

By Jim Pickerell | 1063 Words | Posted 10/9/2015 | Comments
Using GPS data – both manually and automatically entered -- 500px has put together a selection of beautiful images from the 25 most photographed cities of the world. These images are worth enjoying.

How Publications Could Grow Revenue (And Have More To Pay For Photos)

By Jim Pickerell | 862 Words | Posted 10/7/2015 | Comments (1)
As more and more information consumers all over the world turn to the Internet for Information print publications are losing money. They can’t earn enough from Internet advertising to cover their costs. Traditionally, revenue from advertising has covered 50% or more of the total costs of operating a publication.

Questions For Braut At DMLA Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 545 Words | Posted 10/6/2015 | Comments
Scott Braut, Head of Content at Adobe, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) (formerly PACA) annual meeting in New York on Monday October 26, 2015 at 9:00am. Single session passes for the keynote address only are available for $65. For more information, see here under events. (Hint: you may need to expand your window.)

Shutterstock To Distribute Red Bull Media House Video Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 257 Words | Posted 10/6/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. and Red Bull Media House agree to market and license a remarkable video collection filmed at some of the most remote locations around the world. Customers of Shutterstock will have access to thousands of rare aerial, time-lapse, slow motion, adventure, wildlife and landscape footage, all with the simplicity of a royalty-free license.

Adobe Showcases New Features At MAX 2015 Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 1266 Words | Posted 10/5/2015 | Comments
At Adobe MAX 2015 in Los Angeles today Adobe outlined its vision for a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere. More than 7,000 graphic designers and photographers attended.

Adobe Releases User Trends Study

By Jim Pickerell | 376 Words | Posted 10/5/2015 | Comments
In a world where everyone is a content creator, publisher and editor, who do consumers most trust, and what do they expect from the content they consume? A new study from Adobe of 2,000 US consumers addresses these questions and more, revealing some surprising shifts in the content landscape:

Are You Watching Trends In Online Ads?

By Jim Pickerell | 715 Words | Posted 10/2/2015 | Comments (2)
Have you been watching the ads lately when you do online searches? Yesterday, I was reading a news story on Yahoo about U.S. manufacturing and three different Adobe Creative Cloud ads were delivered in connection with that one story. Two of the ads included the “St” icon promoting Adobe Stock.

Dissolve Launches Premium RF Stills Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 374 Words | Posted 10/2/2015 | Comments
Stock footage provider Dissolve has launched its premium royalty-free stock photography collection. It includes over 200,000 photos hand-picked from some of the world’s most acclaimed photography agencies, bringing the number of stock elements Dissolve licenses to over 1 million.

CEPIC 2016 Will Be In Zagreb

By Jim Pickerell | 438 Words | Posted 9/30/2015 | Comments
CEPIC has announced that its 2016 Congress will be held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, beginning May 25th thru the 27th, 2016. This annual event brings together stock photo distributors from all over the world. The 2015 event was held in Warsaw, Poland and attended by over 400 people from 32 countries representing all aspects of the picture industry -- stock and press agencies, cultural heritage, video vendors and producers as well as crowdsourcing and microstock companies.

New Site Up And Running

By Jim Pickerell | 682 Words | Posted 9/30/2015 | Comments has just completed a major redesign of its stock footage search and screening platform. The new streamlined user interface, which came online in mid-August, makes it easy and intuitive for users to proceed from a footage search to a footage purchase.

Efficient Market

By Jim Pickerell | 443 Words | Posted 9/29/2015 | Comments
Recently, an investor looking for information about Shutterstock, Getty Images and Adobe asked me if the stock photo market functions efficiently? Here’s what I told him.

Corbis & NetSeer Announce In-Image Advertising Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 742 Words | Posted 9/28/2015 | Comments (2)
Corbis and NetSeer have announced the launch of the industry’s first global programmatic platform for premium in-image advertising. The platform enables advertisers to programmatically target and buy premium In-Image advertising content while providing new monetization opportunities for publishers to thrive utilizing the visual content on their websites.

Keep An Eye On Flickr

By Jim Pickerell | 1386 Words | Posted 9/25/2015 | Comments
Flickr is curating its collection of over 10 billion images and contacting selected photographers to determine if they want to participate in Flickr Marketplace. The Marketplace is expected to prepare images for licensing by many of the industry's RF and Microstock stock photo distributors and to pay image creators 51% or what Flickr receives.

Video Resources For Colleges and Universities

By Jim Pickerell | 222 Words | Posted 9/24/2015 | Comments
Video education is red hot. For over a year Matthew White and Domenick Propati, CEO of have been working to develop Footage Access, an electronic service that allows students and faculty members at Colleges and Universities to research, download, and have limited free use of stock and archival footage in their non-commercial projects.

What’s Happening To Editorial Pricing?

By Jim Pickerell | 1025 Words | Posted 9/22/2015 | Comments (1)
Recently, I received some second hand information about a major editorial agency in Europe that licensed about 70,000 in 2007. The number of images licensed was up to about 400,000 in 2014. Sounds great. But, here’s the rest of the story. The average price paid for each use in 2007 was about $167.00.  The average price for each use in 2014 was a little over $12.00. Consequently, in spite of the almost 6 times growth in the number of images used in 2014 compared to 2007 the total revenue generated in 2014 was less than half that generated in 2007.

Dawn Airey Appointed Getty Images CEO

By Jim Pickerell | 624 Words | Posted 9/21/2015 | Comments
The Getty Images Board of Directors has appointed Dawn Airey to the role of Chief Executive Officer, as of October 12, 2015. Co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein is stepping up to the role of Chairman, as announced on the company’s 20th anniversary in March of this year.

Ad Blocking

By Jim Pickerell | 648 Words | Posted 9/18/2015 | Comments (1)
Are you tired of ads for things you absolutely don’t want of need interrupting your favorite news or entertainment TV shows? Almost one-third of every hour is taken up with ads. When you’re trying to read something online do the pop-up ads that are often very difficult to get rid of interrupt your reading and train of thought? Many in the general population want to get rid of these annoyance, but how is that likely to affect revenue for image producers?

Growth Of Digital Advertising

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 9/17/2015 | Comments
According to Zenith Optimedia total worldwide ad spend was about $510 billion in 2014 and Internet advertising (incluiding mobile) was about $122.4 billion in 2014. By 2017 digital is expected to be almost one-third (32.3%) of all global advertising or about $188 million.  

Adobe Stock Makes Sharing Images Easier For Teams

By Jim Pickerell | 377 Words | Posted 9/16/2015 | Comments (1)
Adobe has made it easier for companies with multiple designers (a creative team) to access, manage and license images from one shared Adobe Stock subscription at no extra cost. The service called “Pooled Images” allows an unspecified number of team members to have access to the same Adobe Cloud account.

Dissolve To Add Still Imagery To Offering

By Jim Pickerell | 322 Words | Posted 9/14/2015 | Comments
Stock footage provider Dissolve has announced that it will add royalty-free photography to its creative offering on October 1 of this year. The move comes after two years of steady revenue growth and a burgeoning reputation in the footage-licensing market.

Shutterstock Hires Editorial Shooters

By Jim Pickerell | 433 Words | Posted 9/11/2015 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has hired photographers Chelsea Lauren, Rob LaTour, Stephen Lovekin, and Andrew H. Walker to bring the best event photography and celebrity portraiture to the company.

Visual Stream Announces Results of Art Buyer Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 844 Words | Posted 9/10/2015 | Comments
VisualSteam has announced the results of its annual survey of art buyers regarding the use of stock photography and video. Getty Images, iStock Photos, and Shutterstock take the top 3 spots (in that order) as the go-to resources for art buyers.

National Geographic Sold to 21st Century Fox

By Jim Pickerell | 284 Words | Posted 9/10/2015 | Comments
The New York Times reports that the National Geographic Society have been sold to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $725 million.

Scoopshot’s New Direction

By Jim Pickerell | 854 Words | Posted 9/9/2015 | Comments
Scoopshot’s new focus on providing image buyers with professionally produced on-demand photography, produced to precise specifications, is a dramatic reversal from the company’s existing strategy of supplying User Generated Content (UGC).

SuperStock Moves To Subscriptions With Purestock

By Jim Pickerell | 277 Words | Posted 9/8/2015 | Comments
SuperStock has launched Purestock, a subscription service that currently has about 3 million images, vectors and video clips. All the material on Purestock has been sourced from an entirely different set of contributors than those who supply Superstock and none of the Superstock images can be found on Purestock.