Unemployment For Self-Employed Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 788 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
The good news is that under the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act virtually all self-employed freelance photographers should be able to qualify to receive $600 in federally funded COVID-19 pandemic benefits for up to 13 weeks. In addition, some may also qualify for up to 26 weeks of regular state unemployment. This program extends coverage to those who ordinarily would not qualify for state unemployment, including the self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers.

Re-launch Of House of Pictures Website

By | 446 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
House of Pictures, the picture agency for premium interiors, has been part of Image Professionals GmbH since October 2019. The Munich-based agency group unites various leading specialist picture agencies under one roof. The website www.houseofpictures.com has undergone a complete re-launch, presenting new agency content, updated functions and a revised, fresh design.

Shutterstock Footage Library Available for Mobile Users 

By Jim Pickerell | 271 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that its footage offering is now available for license in SD, HD, and 4K for customers using iOS and Android applications. With over 17 million videos in the collection, searching, saving and licensing footage content allows customers to create engaging video content from a mobile or tablet device.

Another Gutting Of Copyright Protection For Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 336 Words | Posted 3/27/2020 | Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court says sovereign immunity protects state governments from copyright infringement lawsuits and has decided that it is OK for U.S. states to grab any photo they can find and use it without notifying or compensating the creator. The specific case that brought the matter to the nation’s highest court was filed by Rick Allen, an independent film producer and director in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who in the 1990s filmed the salvaging of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, that had run aground at Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718.

Making Money When You Can’t Produce New Images

By Jim Pickerell | 659 Words | Posted 3/26/2020 | Comments
“Sheltering in Place” will certainly hurt many photographers. Photographers won’t be able to get out to shoot new images. Customers won’t be coming to your studio. You might be able to shoot still lifes in your home, but getting props may be difficult. So what can you do to pay your bills? One possibility, particularly if you have a large stock photo collection, is to check out Canva and see if they will pay a one-time fee to purchase rights to a significant number of your images for inclusion in their Free collection that they make available to their Graphic Design customers.

What Is Canva?

By Jim Pickerell | 872 Words | Posted 3/26/2020 | Comments
When the question of market leaders in the stock photo industry comes up the names photographers usually think about are Getty Images, Shutterstock, AdobeStock, iStock and Alamy. Maybe they should be thinking about the Australian company Canva. The users and buyers of photographs are people who design products that needs visuals. Canva has been built to provide a host of services designers need to do their jobs.

Will EyeEm Be The Main Future Supplier Of Stock Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 684 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
As I pointed out in yesterday’s story EyeEm is the single largest supplier of stock images to Getty’s Creative Collection. Currently 8,005,719 of the 30,472,764 images in Getty’s Creative Collection have been supplied by EyeEm. That’s 26% of the total collection making EyeEm by far the largest contributor to Getty Creative.

CEPIC Congress Rescheduled

By Jim Pickerell | 176 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
Due to the unforeseeable circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic the CEPIC Congress 2020 cannot be held from 27 to 29 May. In order to avoid the negative impact this cancellation would cause registered delegates, CEPIC has been able to secure new dates of 30 September to 2 October 2020 at the existing venue, Gran Meliá Victoria in Palma de Mallorca. There will be a Welcome Reception on 29 September.

Copyright Office Changes Due To Coronavirus

By Jim Pickerell | 264 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
This week, the U.S. Copyright Office announced some changes in its special handling requirements and some additional information about the impact of the coronavirus on the copyright registration system. You can find the complete announcement here

Getty Creative Collection Transformation

By Jim Pickerell | 2640 Words | Posted 3/18/2020 | Comments
In the last four years there has been dramatic shifts within the Getty Images Creative Collection. It is unclear how this has affected gross revenue generated as Getty has stopped providing a public breakdown of the revenue segments of its business. Nevertheless, it is believed that since 2016 annual gross Creative revenue has consistently generated about $280 million of the company's roughly $850 million in gross revenue.

Google Licensable Image Badge

By Jim Pickerell | 661 Words | Posted 2/24/2020 | Comments (1)
Since June 2018, CEPIC has been actively collaborating closely with Google, and later with IPTC, and DMLA to find a way to make Google Image Search users aware that certain image found need to be licensed.  On Wednesday February 26th at 3pm EST there will be an online Zoom meeting on Google Images Licensable Badge – Nuts & Bolts with Doug Dawirs, Senior Technical Adviser of the DMLA and hosted along with industry experts to explain, and gather input, on the upcoming UI, Schema.org and IPTC changes.  To register in advance for this meeting go here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpMucu-trDIu6pKIFcgRfuu5EPnVgsQlHQ

Shutterstock Full Year 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1392 Words | Posted 2/13/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2019 revenue of $166.4 million up 3% compared to Q4 2018 and up from $157.42 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download averaged $3.44 per image, up from $3.40 in Q4 2018. Total image and video downloads for Q4 were up to 47.7 million compared to 46.8 million a year earlier. At the end of the year Shutterstock had over 314 million images and 17 million video clips, for a total of 331 million pieces of content in its collection.

Alamy Acquired By PA Media Group

By Jim Pickerell | 375 Words | Posted 2/11/2020 | Comments
Alamy has been acquired by PA Media Group a  UK-based news and information business. Founded 20 years ago, Alamy has one of the world’s most diverse creative and editorial stock imagery collections, comprising almost 200 million photographs, vectors and 360-degree panoramic images sourced from a network of over 100,000 photographers and 650 picture agencies and archives. . The business has close to 100,000 customers in more than 150 countries, working across a range of sectors including publishing, design, advertising and broadcast.

Alamy Sale: What Does It Mean?

By Jim Pickerell | 625 Words | Posted 2/11/2020 | Comments (3)
Alamy may be the fifth largest company in the in the stock photo industry (after Getty Images, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and iStock) and has been doing reasonably well in a very sick industry. Alamy’s latest reported sales figures are for 2018 and can be found on the Companies House website.  on October 17, 2019. This report was recorded on October 17, 2019 and shows that Alamy had gross annual sales of £22.7 million ($29,305,500 ).

CORRECTION - Future Demand For Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 87 Words | Posted 2/5/2020 | Comments
CORRECTION - Please re-read yesterday's story on Future Demand For Photography. I made a serious math error in the original story. The situation for photographers is much worse than earlier reported. Unsplash’s statistics page currently reports 70,263,886 downloads per month. The combined monthly downloads of Shutterstock, Getty and Alamy only total about 16,433,333 downloads, or about 24% of Unsplash's monthly totals.

Future Demand For Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 2/4/2020 | Comments (5)
A reader asked recently, “Is it true that Unsplash is now getting more downloads than Getty, Shutterstock and Alamy combined?” According to Unsplash’s statistics page they currently have 70,263,886 downloads per month. Based on Shutterstock’s last quarterly report they have about 15,433,333 downloads monthly. Their downloads per quarter haven’t changed much quarter-to-quarter over the last two years so I think this number is a pretty good average and not really growing.

DynaLite Files Bankruptcy

By Jim Pickerell | 346 Words | Posted 2/4/2020 | Comments
A key tool for professional photographers for more than 50 years will no longer be available to  future photographers as DynaLite Inc. files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (all assets will be sold off to pay creditors).

Freepik Company Appoints Oliveira CMO

By Jim Pickerell | 292 Words | Posted 1/31/2020 | Comments
Freepik Company, a platform of free and exclusive graphic content, has signed Rod Oliveira to a newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer in a move to strengthen an area of great strategic relevance for the brand.

Deep Fake Images

By Jim Pickerell | 603 Words | Posted 1/29/2020 | Comments
It won’t be long until commercial image users, and possibly news outlets, will no longer need photos taken by human photographers. This will particularly be true for photos of people. Every image will be digitally created from existing photos and nothing will have any relevance to reality.

Photo District News Has Folded

By Jim Pickerell | 75 Words | Posted 1/29/2020 | Comments
Photo District New, the preeminent publication for professional photographers in the U.S. has folded. See the sad story of its demise in ProPhotoDaily. Individuals thinking of, or trying to establish, a career as a photographer should carefully consider whether this line of work has any long term future if the business is not healthy enough to support an industry publication for professionals. This certainly is another nail-in-the-coffin of the idea of photography as a career.

Stock Photography: Passive Income Source

By Jim Pickerell | 770 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments (1)
I just read a story on Passive Income. The writer suggests that stock photography is one way to earn passive income and says it “is income you earn from things you would normally do in your spare time, or when you’re not working at a salaried job.” Active Income, on the other hand is the salary you get from the work you do by investing time and effort directly in return for money; if you don’t work, you don’t earn. Whether you are a teacher, a builder, a banker, a software developer, an athlete, an actor, or a doctor, you have to work to earn a living.” The time you spend working is tied to the income you receive.

CreativeMarketplace New York 2020

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments
In 2019 among the most successful creative industry events in New York were footageMarketplace and imageMarketplace. This year these two events have been combined and renamed creativeMarketplace New York 2020. The event will be returning on April 1, 2020 to the Midtown Loft at 267 Fifth Avenue (29th St & 5th Av.) in New York City and will be open from 9:30am to 7:00pm.

Shutterstock Annual Music Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 650 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock says it is excited to announce a new annual music subscription for only $199 per-year or $16.60 per-month. This subscription gives the user the freedom to download as many tracks as needed, whenever they need them, for one low yearly price. Those interested may visit the pricing page to start their subscription.

2020 CEPIC Congress In Mallorca

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 1/20/2020 | Comments
The 2020 CEPIC Congress, the largest networking hub for agencies worldwide will take place at the Gran Melia Victoria in Palma de Mallorca from 27 to 29 May 2020 with a welcome reception on May 26th. Registration is now open. For fees and other registration details check out this link.

Lean In or Step Back

By Jim Pickerell | 1241 Words | Posted 1/17/2020 | Comments
The “Lean In” concept in business generally suggests the idea of moving forward on an idealized path. Chest out. Chin up. Figuring it out along the way. Watch out, world — here I come. “Step Back” is more about taking the time to assess the overall business landscape and consider long term risks and potential, and the likelihood of achieving long term goals. After carefully assessing one makes a decision as to whether to aggressively Lean In on the path they have been headed, or make radical adjustment in direction for their long term good. It is time for everyone in the stock photography business to “Step Back.”