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Got To Keep Producing

By Jim Pickerell | 753 Words | Posted 3/28/2014 | Comments
Recently, on the “Stock Photography, buy and sell your images” group on LinkedIn photographer Pierre Charrlau complained that his Getty Images sales have “greatly diminished” and wanted to know if others were having the same experience.

Average RM and RF Prices At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 588 Words | Posted 3/27/2014 | Comments
On its web site for Flickr contributors Getty asks, “What are the average prices for RM and RF?” and then gives the following answer. “The average licensing fee for royalty free ranges from $175 to $225. And for rights managed licensing, keeping in mind that uses and fees vary widely; the average is around $550-$650.”

Fotolia's Dollar Photo Club

By Jim Pickerell | 436 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments (1)
Fotolia has decided that in order to attract more customers to their microstock offering they need to lower prices for professional users. They have created a members-only Dollar Photo Club and are promoting it to readers of Graphic Design USA (GDUSA).

Brianna Wettlaufer Named CEO Of Stocksy

By Jim Pickerell | 231 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Stocky United, Brianna Wettlaufer has been appointed CEO of the company. Wettlaufer, who was co-founder and former VP at iStockphoto, (which was acquired by Getty images for $50 million in 2006) brings over 10 years of leadership and innovation to her role.

Copyright Registration Fees Go Up

By Jim Pickerell | 272 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
The United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has published a final rule establishing adjusted fees for copyright registration. The new fee structure will go into effect on May 1, 2014. The fee for an application filed online will increase from $35 to $55. The fee for an application filed on paper will increase from $65 to $85.

Safe Blogging

By Jim Pickerell | 495 Words | Posted 3/24/2014 | Comments
Be careful what you write in your blog. It’s not private. Over the weekend I received a request from a former mid-level employee of a stock agency who wanted me to delete from our Selling Stock archive a story that was published in 2009.

PACA On Image Embedding

By Jim Pickerell | 343 Words | Posted 3/24/2014 | Comments
PACA’s mission has always been to support a healthy and sustainable market for licensing the use of photographic images, as well as to encourage and support innovative ways for photography to be legally used in the rapidly changing marketplace.  Clearly, models for licensing of photography have had a difficult time keeping pace with changes brought on by the Internet, social media, and the blogosphere.

Don’t Be Evil

By Jim Pickerell | 1269 Words | Posted 3/21/2014 | Comments (1)
The informal corporate motto for Google is “Don’t be evil.” This motto is sometimes incorrectly stated as Do no evil. But the company’s image search tool facilitates and encourages theft. The same is basically true of Bing and Yahoo.

U.S. Court Of Appeals Overturns Lower Court Copyright Registration Decision

By Jim Pickerell | 405 Words | Posted 3/19/2014 | Comments
After many years, the Ninth Circuit finally entered a decision in the Alaska Stock, LLC v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (HMH) case.  In Anchorage U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland had originally tossed the federal lawsuit after finding that the photographs had been improperly registered with the Copyright Office.

Subjects In Greatest Demand

By Jim Pickerell | 815 Words | Posted 3/18/2014 | Comments (1)
A reader asked if anyone produces a list of the stock photography subjects that are in greatest demand. As far as I know such a list does not exist. In very general terms the subjects in greatest demand are model released people in business and family situations, but to be useful it is necessary to get much more specific.

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This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.

Jim Pickerell launched his career as a photographer in 1963. In 1990 he began publishing a regular newsletter on stock photography. In 1995 the information was made available online as well as in print and was gradually expanded to a daily service. Click here for Pickerell's full biography.