Data Management

Steps To Solving The Infringement Problem

By Jim Pickerell | 1399 Words | Posted 10/18/2012 | Comments
If we want to reduce copyright infringements we must make it easier for people to be honest. Reasoned education is not working. Aggressive pursuit of infringements is not slowing the number of infringements. This story suggests three steps that are technologically possible today and which the industry ought to be exploring.

Google Algorithm Change May Discourage Infringement

By Jim Pickerell | 494 Words | Posted 8/23/2012 | Comments
Google has made a change in its search algorithm that may discourage web site creators from using unlicensed photos. Such use could result in their entire site appearing lower in search rankings and thus seldom, if ever, seen as a result of a Google search.

ASMP Offers Model/Property Release App

By Jim Pickerell | 222 Words | Posted 8/20/2012 | Comments
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has created a free Model/Property Release app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) that makes it easy for photographers to enter their own and the models information. The forms require that a photo of the model be attached to the release before it can be completed. Once the form is filled out the model, the photographer and a witness can each sign the form using their finger or a pen in the same manner as electronic credit card purchases are normally signed. Then, a PDF of the completed release can be emailed to the photographer and the model.

Permanently Imbed Metadata

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 12/13/2011 | Comments
A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but permanently attached descriptions are worth a lot more as photos travel through the digital world. A campaign has been launched calling for the embedding of descriptive and rights information in digital media and retaining it during the whole life cycle.

Shhh! Don’t Tell The Big Distributors

By Jim Pickerell | 1999 Words | Posted 10/19/2011 | Comments
The big distributors are missing a huge opportunity to capture an even larger share of the market than they already control. Learn how visual search could help them grow revenue and take market share from the small suppliers.

Corbis Portfolio Collections: Behind the Image

By Jim Pickerell | 338 Words | Posted 9/23/2011 | Comments
Corbis Images (, has highlighted nine of its signature collections and described some of what went into the thinking when creating the collection. The imagery in these collections ranges from commercial images, to unforgettable moments in history to natural wonders and iconic celebrities.

Stipple Marketplace: the Next Generation of Image Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 982 Words | Posted 9/22/2011 | Comments
Stipple Marketplace, the San Francisco based company with the goal of turning editorial images into e-commerce storefronts for consumers, has developed a system that allows publishers to earn money from the images they publish, not just sell ads around those images.

The Pleasures of Keyword Perfect

By Spencer Grant | 913 Words | Posted 9/7/2011 | Comments
Few stock photo tasks are as idiosyncratic as keywording. Some photographers just use their mental vocabularies while others consult a thesaurus. I know a photographer who has blocks of often-used synonyms he cuts and pastes into the right place. Everyone does it differently.

Visual Steam: Sales Resource for Content Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 8/16/2011 | Comments
Equidyne Holdings LLC, innovating in the field of digital and visual media, has announced the launch of a new subsidiary, Visual Steam. Visual Steam is a new kind of sales services organization supporting the content licensing and creative services industries. The company’s goal is to generate revenue for clients. Visual Steam offers contract sales services to handle all or part of a client's sales efforts, customized training programs, workshops and complimentary marketing services.

PhotoShelter Unveils Redesigned Shopping Cart & New E-Commerce Features

By Jim Pickerell | 307 Words | Posted 6/15/2011 | Comments
PhotoShelter ( has unveiled a full redesign of its e-commerce checkout process in addition to several new e-commerce features that can help photographers sell more images from their PhotoShelter websites. Over 70,000 photographers use PhotoShelter websites and tools to sell photo prints and products, or license their photography as rights managed, royalty free or personal use downloads.

Getting Images Seen

By Jim Pickerell | 2038 Words | Posted 6/9/2011 | Comments
Today, the biggest problem for professional photographers is how to get their images seen by potential customers. Most photographers would agree that the way to get the widest possible exposure for their work is to get their images on Sources at Getty Images tell me that 96% of the company’s sales come from images customers find on the first three pages of the search returns. Customers have a choice as to how many thumbnails they want to see on any given page -- with a maximum of 100 allowed -- so three pages of images would be a maximum of 300.

Disintermediating: Can Photographers Go It Alone?

By Jim Pickerell | 2006 Words | Posted 5/16/2011 | Comments
An increasing number of stock photographers are fed up with low prices and low royalty percentages and are looking for a way to get out of the whole agency/distributor rat race. Many are setting up their own sites and are looking for ways deal more directly with their customers. They recognize that they won’t make as many sales, but feel that the higher fees they will receive for each use will generate more total income in the long run. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that by licensing their images directly to end users photographers would receive 10 or more times the revenue for each image licensed compared to what they are receiving from their agencies now.

Enhancing Google Search With ImageExchange

By Jim Pickerell | 1480 Words | Posted 12/2/2010 | Comments
At first glance, PicScout’s new ImageExchange interface that isolates images that are easily licensable from any Google or Yahoo! search, and displays them in a right-hand panel next to all the returns delivered by these search engines, would seem to be a very helpful tool for professional users looking for images they can license legitimately.  In fact, the returns delivered may be more misleading than useful.

PicScout Steps Up ImageExchange

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 217 Words | Posted 11/16/2010 | Comments
PicScout, which says it now commands the world’s largest index of fingerprinted and owner-identified images, released a new user interface for Google and Yahoo! The company is acting on research findings that show 70% of creatives using the two search engines to find images.