B2B and Consumers

Facebook Fact Checking Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 228 Words | Posted 10/1/2018 | Comments
Since March Facebook had been researching and testing with 27 fact-checking partners in 17 countries around the world how to fact check false photos and videos. They are regularly onboarding new partners.

Getty To Supply Amazon Echo Users With Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 520 Words | Posted 9/17/2018 | Comments
Getty Images, has agreed to make Getty’s award-winning collection of sports, news, entertainment, archival and creative images available to enhance the voice responses from Alexa on all Echo devices with a screen. Exactly how image creators will be compensated for this use of their images has not been explained.

Travel Addicts: Photographer Couple Enlist Copytrack to Fight Image Theft

By Jonathan Appleby | 826 Words | Posted 2/28/2018 | Comments
Lance and Laura Longwell made it their life mission to travel. Despite both working 9 to 5s they found time to explore the world and in doing so set up TravelAddicts.net, an amazing site full of their adventures and stunning images from all corners of the globe. However, they soon had issues with image theft as their images were being used without permission. The Travel Addicts turned to Copytrack, the online compensation recovery portal, for help.

Shutterstock Provides Curated Collection For Amazon’s Customized Prints

By Jim Pickerell | 169 Words | Posted 3/9/2017 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced the availability of a curated collection of images within Amazon's newly launched Posters & Prints program. A dedicated Shutterstock storefront on Amazon will give customers access to thousands of images that they can select to have printed and delivered - all without leaving Amazon.

Programmatic Advertising At Getty Images

By Jim Pickerell | 747 Words | Posted 1/31/2017 | Comments
Getty is adding Programmatic Advertising content to its site. In June 2016 CEO Dawn Avery pointed out, that “Over 97 per cent of visitors come to our websites to look at – not purchase – amazing imagery.”  Getty is trying to find a way to earn some money from this 97% of users.

What Is An “Authentic” Photo?

By Jim Pickerell | 914 Words | Posted 1/13/2017 | Comments
What is an “Authentic” picture? Do they really sell? Photographers are being asked to produce more authentic pictures, but they are being given little or no information about what makes a image authethic, or how well such images are actually selling.

Envato Moving To U.S.

By Jim Pickerell | 280 Words | Posted 11/16/2015 | Comments
Envato, an Australian company that has provided resources and educational services to the graphic design community since 2006, has announced that it will expand its operations to the United States in 2016.

Bigstock Partners With WIX Website Builder

By Jim Pickerell | 349 Words | Posted 11/20/2014 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced a partnership between WIX and its Bigstock brand. Wix is a website creation tool designed for small businesses with 56 million users in 190 countries. Wix offers a “drag n' drop website building platform with HTML5 capabilities, 100s of designer made templates, top grade hosting, innovative Apps and tons of features for free.”

Barter: The New Way To Pay For Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 661 Words | Posted 7/17/2014 | Comments
As image users become more and more reluctant to pay much, if anything, for the images they need compensation for the use of photos may migrate to a barter system.

Licensing A Getty Image Found On Someone Else's URL Isn't Easy!

By Jim Pickerell | 1965 Words | Posted 4/1/2013 | Comments
Getty Images makes it hard for some customers to purchase RM images. See what I learned when I tried to license usage of 4 images from Getty. We complain about the unauthorized use of images online and then we make it almost impossible for many potential image users to find out how to license images legitimately.

Getty Connect: Miniscule Usage Fees

By Jim Pickerell | 1264 Words | Posted 3/27/2013 | Comments
Last summer Getty Images launched an API initiative called Connect by Getty Images that made it possible for then to collect a share of the advertising revenue when an ad appears on a page where a Getty Image is shown. One of the first companies to use the API was Yahoo. In the February statements Getty is reporting royalties from some of the early pay-per-view deals. The numbers being reported have alarmed a number of Getty’s contributors.

New Service Provides Credit & Revenue When Images Are Used On Social Media

By Jim Pickerell | 762 Words | Posted 9/10/2012 | Comments
PicScout has announced the launch of the ImageIRC Post-Usage-Billing Service designed to assure photographers and content licensors that their work will be properly acknowledged on social media platforms which embrace the ImageIRC Post Usage Billing solution.

Was The “Stolen Scream” Really Stolen?

By Jim Pickerell | 901 Words | Posted 9/5/2012 | Comments
In March 2011 we published a brief story about how Noam Galai’s picture of his screaming face had been used extensively all over the world without his permission. The image has gained a reputation as the “Stolen Scream.” But, was it really stolen or did the photographer effectively allow the uses.

Bridgeman Art Doodle

By Jim Pickerell | 219 Words | Posted 4/24/2012 | Comments
Bridgeman Art Library has introduced an iPad app called Bridgeman Art Doodle Live that is a fun way to introduce adults and children alike to the joys of art. The app is available at the AppStore for £1.49.

VC’s Explore Microstock Investments

By Jim Pickerell | 560 Words | Posted 3/30/2012 | Comments
Since the beginning of 2012 there has been an explosion of interest by Venture Capitalists in investing in microstock companies. This article examines the implications.

Making Stock Photography Profitable

By Jim Pickerell | 1405 Words | Posted 3/16/2012 | Comments
If your goal is to earn a full-time living from photography -- and particularly stock photography -- you need to read this series of 14 articles. They were originally written in the summer of 2010. Since then the general state of the photographic industry has continued to go downhill. These articles discuss key aspects of the business and issues that those who want to earn their living taking pictures must consider.

Print On Demand

By Jim Pickerell | 1306 Words | Posted 3/12/2012 | Comments
A few years ago when a photographer wanted to make his images available as posters or fine art prints he usually searched for a publisher with access to a network of retail outlets. Assuming the publisher thought the image had market potential he would normally would pay a one-time fee for the rights to make several thousand lithographic copies of an image and through retail contacts make the product available for customers to purchase. The Internet and Print-On-Demand (POD) technology has dramatically changed this market.

Future Of Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 1404 Words | Posted 3/1/2012 | Comments
ASMP’s “The Future of Licensing” webinar with Frederic Haber, of the Copyright Clearance Center; Henry Oh, entrepreneur and digital content distributor; Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director of ASMP and Richard Kelly, moderator was held yesterday and can be downloaded here. Licensing was defined as a process that allows a customer to use something that is too expensive for them to own outright.

Getty Images Announces Innovative Industry Leading API Platform

By Jim Pickerell | 636 Words | Posted 2/23/2012 | Comments
Getty Images, Inc. has announced the release of Connect by Getty Images, an innovative new content distribution service. This powerful and flexible API is designed to give Web publishers built-in access within their publishing tools to Getty’s images, as well as the search metadata associated with them.

The Changing Photography Business

By Jim Pickerell | 2328 Words | Posted 1/13/2012 | Comments
The photography business has changed dramatically -- and at a very rapid pace. Kodak is near bankruptcy and trying to sell off its photographic patents. Most of the photo labs that used to process film and make prints have long since gone out of business. Locally, Penn Camera Exchange the largest photo equipment supplier in the region is closing 5 out of its 8 stores. Professional photographers aren’t the only ones who are hurting.

Potential New Markets For Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 981 Words | Posted 6/22/2011 | Comments
After the recent CEPIC conference in Istanbul my wife and I joined a small group touring Turkey. The trip got me thinking about a potential future markets for still photography. Are you prepared to deal with these markets? Are you willing to sell to these customers?

Do Creatives Need Educational Publishers?

By Jim Pickerell | 1772 Words | Posted 6/20/2011 | Comments
Creatives need to start exploring ways to deliver their products – writing, photographs, illustration, video – to students, instructors and educational institutions without the aid of educational publishers.This article goes into some of the reasons why and how it could be accomplished.

BtoB or BtoC

By Jim Pickerell | 1691 Words | Posted 6/15/2011 | Comments
Given Internet capabilities, society is rapidly moving away from Business to Business (BtoB) transactions and more toward transaction where small Businesses sell all types of things direct to Consumer (BtoC). Some images will continue to be used in major ad campaigns and there will be other sales of stock photography at traditional prices, but the number of such requests will decline. Meanwhile image use by small businesses and individuals will increase dramatically. Photographers need to start focusing on how they can prepare themselves for the new market.

Snapfish Launches Microstock Offering

By Jim Pickerell | 452 Words | Posted 5/26/2011 | Comments
HP and LicenseStream have launched Snap Stock Images, a service of Snapfish and a new microstock photo licensing service featuring affordable images from photo enthusiasts and professional photographers. Currently, Snapfish has more than 100 million members in 22 countries. Professional image buyers, including small and midsize business owners, graphic designers, advertisers and marketers, will be able to access hundreds of thousands of images that are available on the site at launch. Many of the images were shot by amateurs, but images from Veer and LicenseStream are also available.

Costco Markets Corbis Imagery as Prints, Posters

By Jim Pickerell | 814 Words | Posted 12/1/2010 | Comments
With the introduction of The Costco Art & Image Gallery, Corbis and Costco will sell individual prints and posters as retail products. The images offered are a select group of some 20,000 professional pieces of fine art, photography and illustration from the Corbis collection of more than 6 million images.