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Who’s Got The Most Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 841 Words | Posted 10/1/2014 | Comments
Many stock agencies focus on the number of images they have in their collections. But does the customer really care? Rather than numbers, I think the customer is looking for where they can find (1) the right image, (2) quickly and easily and (3) at a price they can afford. Often sheer numbers don’t produce the best results.

Search Online For Your Name

By Jim Pickerell | 357 Words | Posted 9/26/2014 | Comments
Search for your name on Images.Google.com or Images.Bing.com. You may be surprised at the results. And there may be money waiting for you.

Getty Disconnect: Is More Images And Less Editing Working?

By Jim Pickerell | 703 Words | Posted 9/25/2014 | Comments
I recently received a note from a frustrated Getty Images RM photographer who has been with Getty since they acquired Tony Stone Images in the 1990s, and whose images have earned millions of dollars for Getty in more than two decades. This photographer would like to contribute more images to the RM collection, but is limited to 20 images per-quarter. Images were recently returned to him because he submitted them before the beginning of the new quarter.

Getty Images Drives It's Customers To Use iStock

By Jim Pickerell | 391 Words | Posted 9/25/2014 | Comments
Getty Images appears to be trying to drive its www.gettyimages.com customers to iStock where the customers can get images for a fraction of what they would cost on Gettyimages.com.

Dreamstime Creates More Personalized Search For Users

By Jim Pickerell | 445 Words | Posted 9/23/2014 | Comments
Dreamstime has announced the release of a new personalization feature, as well as a new social media function.

GDI: New Publicly Traded Stock Photo Company

By Jim Pickerell | 2293 Words | Posted 9/22/2014 | Comments
At the International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan earlier this month and in a later press announcement GDI Media Limited announced the aim to consolidate many smaller independent picture agencies into a single publicly traded company that will be traded on the AIM stock exchange in the UK.

How Will iStock Prices Affect Gettyimages.com Sales?

By Jim Pickerell | 1103 Words | Posted 9/16/2014 | Comments
Yesterday, I outlined how iStock’s new pricing strategy may affect contributors. But, the bigger worry for iStock exclusive contributors and Getty Images may be what happens on gettyimages.com. Here’s why.

New iStock Prices Released

By Jim Pickerell | 1088 Words | Posted 9/15/2014 | Comments
Over the weekend iStock launched its new prices to compete with Shutterstock. The following chart shows the credit packages available at both iStock and Shutterstock and the average price per credit.

Seeing Declining GI Sales? Think Search Return Order

By Jim Pickerell | 2184 Words | Posted 9/12/2014 | Comments
Are your Getty Images sales declining? It may have nothing to do with the quality of your images, the subjects you shoot or your keywording. It could be that customers rarely, if ever, get a chance to see your images. Currently Gettyimage.com has 4,278,804 RM and 6,034,642 RF images on the site for a total of 10,313,446 in the creative section of the site. Getty has images from 103 different RM collections and 98 RF collections.

Prime.500px: Is It A Place To License Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 1027 Words | Posted 9/8/2014 | Comments
Is Prime.500px.com a viable market for stock photographers? It advertises itself as offering “Inspirational Royalty Free Photos” and certainly there are some beautiful images in the collection.

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over New Bing Photo Widget

By Jim Pickerell | 291 Words | Posted 9/4/2014 | Comments
Reuters reports that Getty Images claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York on Thursday that a new Microsoft product that allows website publishers to embed digital photographs on their sites is a “massive infringement” of copyrighted images.

Getty Images Prestige: A New Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 374 Words | Posted 9/4/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has pulled together from its many collections a group of images that they call Getty Images Prestige. They say it is a “carefully curated selection of the world's most powerful imagery. Prestige images are distinguished by their unique aesthetic approach, exceptional craftsmanship and uncompromising quality - all available for use exclusively.”

So You Want To Be A Stock Photographer

By Jim Pickerell | 1248 Words | Posted 8/27/2014 | Comments
Recently Dennis Davis, an experienced Los Angeles corporate, lifestyle, and food photographer (see his portfolio) posted the following on a blog. “I am moving out of commercial assignment photography into selling my photography after the fact. I am looking for recommendations on stock agencies and methods for selling fine art images and video.

Missed Opportunities: Flickr Does It Again!

By Jim Pickerell | 966 Words | Posted 8/19/2014 | Comments
Over the years Flickr has built a very popular photo site that has attracted over 6 billion images from image creators. Many of these images (probably a very small percentage of the total) are excellent, marketable images. So good, in fact, that since 2008 Getty Images has added almost 900,000 of them to its Creative Stills collections.

Professional Food Photos With An iPhone

By Jim Pickerell | 398 Words | Posted 8/18/2014 | Comments
Will bloggers with the iPhone 5s and the VSCO Cam Photo App that enables control of focus, exposure and white balance change food photography and reduce the demand for professionally shot food images?

Wall And Poster Art

By Jim Pickerell | 641 Words | Posted 8/15/2014 | Comments
Stocktrek Images has a specialized image collection that is in high demand for wall and poster art. Their subjects include: Healthcare and Biomedical Science, Armed Forces, Military Aviation, Space, Weather, Astronomy and Dinosaur Art

Stock Agency Acquisitions

By Jim Pickerell | 1659 Words | Posted 8/14/2014 | Comments
Last week Taylor Davidson published a list of 86 acquisitions and IPOs in the imaging industry from 2004 to today. Included in his report are a lot of social media acquisitions that are probably of minor interest to my reader. In addition he left out a number of stock agency acquisition, many of which I believe are significant.

Flickr To Generate Revenue For Members

By Jim Pickerell | 1026 Words | Posted 8/6/2014 | Comments
Flickr has announced to its community of image creators that it will be offering a licensing option, but it has failed to explain when it will happen or exactly how it will work.

ImageBrief Sets Record For Highest Single Image Sale

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 8/5/2014 | Comments
ImageBrief reports that in July they made their highest single image sale ever, a $30,000 fee for a stunning aerial image of Rio de Janeiro taken by Flavio Veloso of Brazil Photos.

Can PIXterity Help You Get Better Prices For Stock Licenses?

By Jim Pickerell | 1028 Words | Posted 8/4/2014 | Comments
In the near future Tom Zimberoff, Founder and CEO of PIXterity, will be launching a new portal that proposes to supply member photographers with a huge amount of contemporary data (Big Data) that will enable them to know what image buyers are actually paying top producers for the images they purchase for their projects. Photographers who place their work exclusively with PIXterity are expected to get much better prices for their stock and assignment work. Currently there is a very interesting, long discussion on the LinkedIn Group of American Photographic Artists, APA that readers may find interesting.

VideoBlocks/Shutterstock Comparison

By Jim Pickerell | 833 Words | Posted 7/31/2014 | Comments
Can usage fees continue to drop? Most videographers think that Shutterstock’s prices for video clips at $19 for web use, $49 for an SD file, $79 for HD and $299 for 4K are about as low as prices could go. Any lower and videographers would no longer go to the trouble of creating new clips.

VideoBlocks: New Trends In Content Acquisition

By Jim Pickerell | 892 Words | Posted 7/29/2014 | Comments
Last week we published a story about AudioBlocks a new platform licensing royalty-free music by subscription. Today, I want to examine the parent company, VideoBlocks, that was launched in 2010 and licenses royalty-free video clips by subscription.

How Does iStock Define “Most Popular”?

By Jim Pickerell | 918 Words | Posted 7/28/2014 | Comments
At iStock the “Most Popular” search option used to show images in order of popularity based on the number of times each image had been downloaded during its life of on the site. The first image shown was the one with the most downloads; the 2nd image was the image with the second highest number of downloads, 3rd had the third highest number of downloads and so on. This was true as late as the end of June 2014.

VideoBlocks.com Launches New Music Platform, AudioBlocks.com

By Jim Pickerell | 331 Words | Posted 7/21/2014 | Comments
VideoBlocks.com, the first subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty-free stock video, has launched its third content platform, AudioBlocks.com. At $99 per year, AudioBlocks is the only subscription service to offer unlimited downloads of over 100,000 high-quality, royalty-free music tracks, sound effects and loops.

Ask James Take 3

By Jim Pickerell | 2200 Words | Posted 7/18/2014 | Comments
James West, CEO of Alamy, has just posted his latest answers to contributor questions at Ask James Take 3. Highlights of the 10 minute video include the fact that sales of iPhone photos acquired through its Stockimo app are selling “slightly better” per 1,000 photos than sales of the rest of the Alamy collection. He gave no indication as to how many of the 1 million images per month are iPhone produced images.