What Is “Commercial” Stock Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 712 Words | Posted 6/16/2016 | Comments (2)
Have we lost sight of what commercial stock photography is? Have we become so obsessed with “real life” and “natural” the we think that anything that is arranged or posed is bad? Does an image have to shock to be good stock?

Image Brief Updates Terms And Conditions

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 6/16/2016 | Comments
Image Brief has made some changes in its terms and conditions. One of the major changes is that they are introducing Social Media Pricing. Photographer may op-out of social media pricing for their RF images, but if they don’t act within 30 days they will automatically be opted in.

StockFood Now Part Of Hubert Burda Media

By Jim Pickerell | 338 Words | Posted 6/16/2016 | Comments
Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader, it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world. StockFood will retain its current workforce and its independence as a company. Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany´s largest media companies and market leader in food media.

Does RM Licensing Still Make Sense?

By Jim Pickerell | 783 Words | Posted 6/15/2016 | Comments (1)
Does licensing images as RM make sense anymore? If you’re licensing your images as RM the following are a few things to think about from both the customer and the image creator points of view. If you really want to license your work you must consider why fewer and fewer customers are buying RM images.

National Geographic Creative Looking For Senior Photo Editor

By Jim Pickerell | 335 Words | Posted 6/14/2016 | Comments
National Geographic Creative is looking for a new Senior Photo Editor. Based in Washington, DC this person will review submissions from National Geographic Creative talent, assess which assets would be of commercial value and make determinations as to how they can best be directed for monetization.

Visual China Group’s Image Collections

By Jim Pickerell | 1670 Words | Posted 6/13/2016 | Comments
Visual China Group has provided a list of the third party image collections it represents. The combined totals of RM and RF images in these collections is over 10.5 million images. It has been believed that VCG represents all the images in the Getty Images collection, but that appears not to be the case.

Microsoft And Google Make Peace

By Jim Pickerell | 223 Words | Posted 6/10/2016 | Comments
On April 22, 2016 Google and Microsoft announced officially that they had buried the hatchet. Reflecting a changing relationship, the two sides drop complaints to regulators around the globe. Why should stock photographers care?

Don’t Customers Have Enough RF Images Already?

By Jim Pickerell | 720 Words | Posted 6/9/2016 | Comments
At the recent CEPIC conference one attendee asked, “Why do customers continue to buy RF images? Don’t they already have enough? If they get unlimited rights to everything they own, why don’t they just use the images they have already purchased and never need to buy another image again?”

Getty Images And Virtual Reality

By Jim Pickerell | 483 Words | Posted 6/7/2016 | Comments
Getty Images has launched the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group, a new business dedicated to the creation and global distribution of virtual reality (VR) content.

Pond5 Launches Customer Sweepstakes

By Jim Pickerell | 282 Words | Posted 6/6/2016 | Comments
Pond5, the largest provider of royalty-free digital video assets, announces the Pond5Million Sweepstakes celebrating the company’s milestone of 5 million videos uploaded to the platform and its growing community of more than 40,000 artists.

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