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Knowing What To Shoot

By Jim Pickerell | 1466 Words | Posted 9/25/2018 | Comments
Stock agencies do a very poor job of advising photographers what to shoot. Most successful businesses try to keep the people producing their products well informed about what is selling and what isn’t. They don’t want their workers wasting time (and costing them money) producing products no one wants to buy.

Getty Creative Collection: 2016 & 2018

By Jim Pickerell | 2142 Words | Posted 7/11/2018 | Comments
This story provides some comparative figures of the 205 brands represented in the Getty Images Creative collection between August 2016 and June 2018. There were 15,001,453 images in the collection in 2016 and 23,922,471 today, a 37% increase overall in two years.

ICL vs Plus Registry

By Jim Pickerell | 1472 Words | Posted 2/13/2018 | Comments
After I published my article proposing the development of an Image Creator Locator or ICL, several readers pointed out that the Plus Registry is designed to accomplish the same goal. See here for how ICL differs from Plus in its aims.

IPStock Launch Blockchain Ecosystem For Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 611 Words | Posted 1/12/2018 | Comments
IPStock, run by Geneva based company Intellectual Property Depository and Management (IPDM) that develops a unique fintech platform for visual digital assets, has announced the launch of pre-ICO for its blockchain registry of visual digital content copyrights.

Copytrack Comments On KodakOne

By Jim Pickerell | 421 Words | Posted 1/12/2018 | Comments
Kodak have just started their new project “KodakOne” and already their shares have skyrocketed. In 2012 it was a different story as they were on the verge of bankruptcy, but they are slowly fighting their way back with their new idea. But what’s all the hype around the new project “KodakOne”?

Is The Customer Always Right?

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 9/27/2017 | Comments
In a speech at PhotoPlus Expo in 1998 Jonathan Klein told the stock photography community, “We also know that the stock photography industry has not historically focused on the needs of customers and, frankly, needs to in order to SURVIVE!, That is where we are now.” Getty Images developed a strategy that was totally focuses on "the customer," but it hasn't necessarily worked out.

What Kind Of Images Are In Demand?

By Jim Pickerell | 939 Words | Posted 9/5/2017 | Comments
What kind of pictures do companies really want for their ads? What are they actually buying? In this story we'll look at some ways to get more of what customers want to buy into the images collections. And, maybe less of the images that just sit there and no one ever want to use them.

Watermarks On Photos: Easily Removed

By Jim Pickerell | 250 Words | Posted 8/18/2017 | Comments
Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright.

How Many Images Does It Take To Make Money?

By Jim Pickerell | 966 Words | Posted 7/3/2017 | Comments
Stock Performer recently published an article entitled “Are you uploading enough files to make money from microstock?” The article offers some interesting statistics. However, there are some other issues that need to be considered like, “Is More Automatically Better.”

Understanding Editorial At Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 304 Words | Posted 2/24/2017 | Comments
An editorial photographer in London pointed out to me today that he has to notify Shutterstock when his pictures are used in order to get paid. Evidently Shutterstock doesn’t know that it is standard practice of many publications in the UK not to notify the agency when they use an image. Instead, they wait for the agency or the photographer to call them or send them an invoice.

iStock Statements Delayed

By Jim Pickerell | 316 Words | Posted 2/21/2017 | Comments
Back in November iStock contributors were told that “Due to the complexity of the work required (in the iStock Royalties and Unification Project) we are pushing back most of the changes by about a month.” Given the new system for calculating subscription royalties that was being introduced, January statement would not be available until February 20th and royalties would be paid on February 25th. February 20th has passed. Still no statements.

Getty Unification: Image Ingestion

By Jim Pickerell | 607 Words | Posted 11/23/2016 | Comments
Once Getty’s Unification Project is fully implemented one of the issues Getty and iStock photographers will need to consider is where to upload new images in order to minimize effort and maximize sales and revenue.

Chasing Infringements

By Jim Pickerell | 915 Words | Posted 11/7/2016 | Comments
ImageRights monitors use of the work of more than 8,000 professional photographers and photo agencies worldwide to assist them in ensuring that their intellectual property rights are protected.  Notable clients include Magnum Photos, CPi Syndication, Nunn Syndication Ltd., Playboy Enterprises, and Lickerish Ltd.

Big Data: Is Stock Industry Using It Effectively?

By Jim Pickerell | 821 Words | Posted 10/18/2016 | Comments
There is a lot of talk about how Big Data will save the industry, but are the major stock image distributors using the data they collect effectively? Given the huge number of images currently in major databases, it would seem that a very high percentage of them are never viewed by anyone. If the distributors are collecting data properly, they should know which images are reviewed by customers and which aren’t. If there are lots of images that are never reviewed by customers, is there any way to generate revenue from those images.

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.

PicturEngine Nears Public Launch To Customers

By Jim Pickerell | 1406 Words | Posted 9/14/2016 | Comments
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.

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.

Understanding Which Stock Images Will Sell

By Jim Pickerell | 893 Words | Posted 8/26/2016 | Comments
Of the millions of stock images which ones are actually being purchased and used by customers? Photographers trying to earn a living need better information about exactly what images are selling so they don’t waste time shooting things no one is interested in buying.

Is Knowing Which Images Get The Most Downloads Enough?

By Jim Pickerell | 1307 Words | Posted 8/26/2016 | Comments
I have been told that there are at least 650 million images available for easy licensing in various databases around the world. This doesn’t include all the images that can be found by searching Google, Bing and the social media web sites where other images can be found, but not easily licensed. Only between 1% and 4% of these are ever licensed. Do photographers need better information so they don't waste so much time shooting all those images no one wants to use?

What Does Shutterstock Need For Growth?

By Jim Pickerell | 1698 Words | Posted 7/25/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock investors often ask my opinion of stock photo industry’s future and the potential for Shutterstock’s growth.  I tell them growth will slow significantly. Demand from customers willing to pay for the images they use will decline. Shutterstock has grabbed about all the customers they can from Getty so there is not much potential for growth there. Adobe will take a much bigger share of the market. Recently an investor asked me, “What would you do if you were Shutterstock?” Here’s what I told him.

Melcher/Pickerell Colloquy

By Jim Pickerell | 2236 Words | Posted 5/3/2016 | Comments
Paul Melcher disagrees with much of my pessimism about the future of the stock photo industry. I have the greatest respect for Paul and his opinions. He is founding director of Melcher Systems and has been working in the stock photo space for more than 20 years. He has a thorough understanding of our industry. He has done much more in depth research of the tech side of the industry than I have, and has much better contacts and networking in that space. For these reasons, it is important for my readers to carefully consider what he has to say.

Shutterstock Contributor App Upgraded

By Jim Pickerell | 146 Words | Posted 4/15/2016 | Comments
The Shutterstock Contributor App that contributors may obtain from the Apple App store has been upgraded to allow contributors to directly attach, upload and manage model and property releases to their images from their phones.

Protecting Your Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1407 Words | Posted 3/16/2016 | Comments
It is getting harder and harder for photographers to protect their copyright. With PicScout, TinEye, Google Image Search and other reverse image search solutions it is easy enough to locate uses of specific images online. But, it can be very laborious to search one-by-one for particular images in a large collection, and it can be costly to have someone like PicScout do it for you.

Why Does Information Have To Be Free?

By Jim Pickerell | 1305 Words | Posted 10/21/2015 | Comments
What amazes me is why all the smart people in the publishing world think they have to give away all their information when they put it on the Internet. In theory if you get enough “eyeballs” then you can sell more ads and the revenue from the ads will cover your costs and generate a profit. But, that theory is not working.

Adobe Showcases New Features At MAX 2015 Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 1266 Words | Posted 10/5/2015 | Comments
At Adobe MAX 2015 in Los Angeles today Adobe outlined its vision for a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere. More than 7,000 graphic designers and photographers attended.