Image Creators: Open Letter To U.S. Senators

By Jim Pickerell | 1439 Words | Posted 9/29/2016 | Comments
Getty Images is asking image creators to add their names to an open letter to U.S. Senators. The letter asks the Senators to say NO to Google’s anti-competitive Image Scraping practices that harm visual artists and other independent creators.

Will Stopping Google Image Scraping Solve Photographer’s Problems?

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 9/29/2016 | Comments (1)
Getty announced on April 27th that it would file a complaint against Google with the European Commission concerning Google’s anti-competitive business practices. On May 20th, to the chagrin of CEPIC, they announced they would not pursue a copyright case against Google in U.S. courts  

Blame Game

By Jim Pickerell | 1622 Words | Posted 9/28/2016 | Comments
It does little good to blame someone else for how things have changed. We’re not going back to the old ways. The important thing is to figure out how to move forward. As might be expected not all readers agree with my take on where the industry is headed. A month or so ago a reader wrote: “When you write articles you must be impartial. The problem is you are very close to the Picture agencies that are destroying Photographer’s jobs. So its very difficult for you to be impartial.

Selling Stock: Purpose And Goals

By Jim Pickerell | 741 Words | Posted 9/28/2016 | Comments
A month or so ago a reader wrote, “When you write articles you must be impartial. The problem is you are very close to the Picture agencies that are destroying Photographer’s jobs. So its very difficult for you to be impartial.” Since then I have been doing a lot of thinking about “impartial,” It may be time for me to provide a clear explanation of how I see my role as editor of Selling Stock.

How Good Is Visual Image Search?

By Jim Pickerell | 946 Words | Posted 9/27/2016 | Comments
Photographers are discovering that Getty is being paid fees by Pinterest for images it doesn’t represent.

Getty Images Launches Adobe Creative Cloud Plugin

By Jim Pickerell | 841 Words | Posted 9/26/2016 | Comments
Getty Images has launched an Adobe Photoshop plugin that allows user to find images in the Getty collection and then edit watermarked images in Photoshop. If any image found and manipulated in this manner is later purchased, the edits will be applied to the licensed content.

Flickr Marketplace Concedes Defeat

By Jim Pickerell | 337 Words | Posted 9/22/2016 | Comments
An increasingly competitive marketplace has led Yahoo-owned Flickr Marketplace to bow out of the stock photography market. After Getty Images terminated its agreement with Flickr in March 2014 that had enabled Getty to add almost 900,000 images from Flickr photographers to the Getty Images collection, Flickr decided it would set up its own Flickr Marketplace to market the images from its photographer community.

PicturEngine Update

By Jim Pickerell | 3363 Words | Posted 9/21/2016 | Comments
After publishing my analysis of PicturEngine last week (9/14) Justin Brinson, PicturEngine CEO, made extensive comments. I’ve decided to re-publish the entire story with Justin’s comments inserted where he indicated.  I hope this gives readers a clearer understanding of this new search engine.

Stock Photo Revenue Trends Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1492 Words | Posted 9/21/2016 | Comments (6)
One-hundred thirty-seven photographers from 27 countries responded to our Stock Photo Revenue Trends  survey. Forty-seven percent of the respondents were from North America and 14% from the UK. The rest were spread rather evenly among other countries.

Adobe Stock Launches Contributor Site

By Jim Pickerell | 418 Words | Posted 9/20/2016 | Comments
Adobe has launched the public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor Site, a new platform that enables creatives to upload and sell their photos, illustrations, videos and vectors to the world’s largest creative community.

Industry Growth: 1992 - 2016

By Jim Pickerell | 1245 Words | Posted 9/19/2016 | Comments
Recently, I was asked for my thoughts on stock photo industry revenue growth between 1992 and 2016 with particular attention to the intermediate 8 year periods leading up to 2000 and 2008. I was also asked to make an estimate of the number of professional photographers in the world for the same years. I’ll deal with revenue growth first and the professional photographers later.

DMLA 2016 Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 747 Words | Posted 9/16/2016 | Comments
The 2016 Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) annual conference will be held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City on October 27-29. DMLA is known for its exceptional educational programming related to current industry issues.

EU Draft Directive on Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 487 Words | Posted 9/15/2016 | Comments
On 14 September 2016 the European Commission published its copyright package including a draft directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market for promoting a “fair and efficient European copyright-based economy”. CEPIC represents hundreds of picture agencies and hundreds of thousands of photographers. CEPIC’s members have been digitizing visual content from the advent of the Internet. They license the resulting digital asset for all kinds of commercial uses, to newspapers, magazines, advertising, broadcasters, off and on-line, etc.

Foto Sushi: New Stock Image Library

By Jim Pickerell | 431 Words | Posted 9/15/2016 | Comments
A new stock photo source called Foto Sushi, LLC has launched a custom library of unique portrait photography suitable for any project. This small collection of what many photographers will classify as very simple images is interesting because it was created by Jon Anderson, a seasoned Art Director and Creative Director, who believes he has identified an unfulfilled need of his colleagues – image buyers.

PicturEngine Nears Public Launch To Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 1406 Words | Posted 9/14/2016 | Comments (1)
After years of development PicturEngine is about ready to begin promoting its search engine to customers. It has more than 500,000,000 keyword searchable images from 64 stock photo agencies and hundreds—soon to be thousands—of individual photographers.

Future Imagery Trends According to Shutterstock Research

By Jim Pickerell | 306 Words | Posted 9/14/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock has published a infographic on The Top Trends Shaping The Future Of Imagery. Photographers looking to produce the kind of imagery customers want to buy may want to make note of these trends outlined by Keren Sachs, Director of Content Development at Shutterstock and Offset.

Curation By Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 1157 Words | Posted 9/13/2016 | Comments
In the last few months I have argued that the stock photo industry needs smaller, better curated image collections. However, many of the major image collections have consciously decided that a totally opposite strategy is the best course of action. Agencies want to leave the curation process up to their customers.

Mega Expansion Continues With Australian Office

By Jim Pickerell | 1023 Words | Posted 9/12/2016 | Comments
The Mega Agency is partnering with the News and Entertainment division of Australia’s premier photo agency, Snapper Media, the two companies announced today, September 12th, 2016. The Snapper News and Entertainment division will operate under Mega’s name and both partners are confident the new venture will become an even more formidable player in the Australasian markets.

Can Assignment Photography Replace Some Stock?

By Jim Pickerell | 301 Words | Posted 9/12/2016 | Comments
Are graphic designers trying to raise their clients to the next level of quality becoming frustrated with generic images and insisting on more images that relate specifically to the brand. Here’s what one website design company in Pittsburgh is doing. Top Hat IMC, a Pittsburgh website design company, has launched its very own in-house brand photography service.

Trend Survey Deadline Approaching

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 9/8/2016 | Comments
The last day to respond to the Stock Photo Revenue Trends Survey that we launched last month will be September 17, 2016. For more information about the survey see here. The good news, so far, is that 13% of the respondents earn over $80,000 a year from stock sales alone.

Shutterstock Launches Adobe Photoshop® Plugin

By Jim Pickerell | 294 Words | Posted 9/8/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that its vast collection of 100 million high-quality photos and illustrations is now accessible within Adobe Photoshop® software through its new custom built plugin. With more than 100,000 new images added every day, the Shutterstock plugin boasts the largest collection of photos and illustrations that can be licensed directly within the Creative Cloud desktop application.

Archive Value Of News Pictures

By Jim Pickerell | 2756 Words | Posted 9/7/2016 | Comments
I have a theory that a very high percentage of the uses of editorial or news pictures occur in the first month or two after they are shot. Newpapers, magazines and websites use the images when they are fresh and then move on to the next news happening. Of course, certain events will have historical value and key images from these events may be used over and over in future years – Iwo Jima flag raising, World Trade Center, Hindenburg crash, etc.– but it seems to me that such situations represent a very small percentage of overall use.

Alamy Provides Huge Benefits To Photography Students

By Jim Pickerell | 351 Words | Posted 9/6/2016 | Comments
Students who have decided to study photography at the post secondary level (college or university) should sign up for the Alamy Student Scheme and begin to get a realistic idea of the value of their work in the marketplace. Alamy can help the student learn what customer’s want.

Shutterstock Acquires The Kobal Collection and The Art Archive

By Jim Pickerell | 316 Words | Posted 9/6/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has acquired of over 700,000 images from two prominent photo collections: The Art Archive and The Kobal Collection. Both collections, previously held by UK-based The Picture Desk, are now available to Shutterstock Premier customers globally.

Agencies – Buyer and Supplier Relationships

By Jim Pickerell | 1321 Words | Posted 9/2/2016 | Comments
Yesterday, I talked about why the business of licensing rights to stock photos - as currently structured - is Designed To Fail unless some major changes are made. Two of the changes needed are: (1) make finding the right image for a project much easier for the buyer, and (2) improving supplier efficiency.