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Getty’s RF “Market Freeze": Expensive Customer Mess?

By Robert Kneschke | 853 Words | Posted 8/7/2020 | Comments
Getty Images offers customers anything they want,  but their decisions don't  always seem well thought out. In November 2019, Getty Images ended the "right managed" license model, with which image buyers were able to buy, among other things, exclusive image rights for certain regions, industries, etc., which they called the "Market Freeze" feature.

What Stock Photo Customers Need

By Jim Pickerell | 1555 Words | Posted 8/5/2020 | Comments
ustomers need a better way to quickly review a selection of images than most stock photo sites offer. They don’t need more images. They need to be able to review the best images quickly.   Twenty-five years ago this was possible by reviewing the images that had been placed in tightly edited major agency print catalogs. Now that editing is gone. The current marketing goal seems to be to throw as many images as possible at customers and force them to spend their time doing the editing. Historical trends indicate that most customers have found the mages used by other customers to be most useful for their purposes as well. Most customers are not looking for an image that has never been used.

Death Of Photography As A Profession

By Jim Pickerell | 1236 Words | Posted 8/4/2020 | Comments (1)
I define Professional Photographers as individuals who are earning a significant portion of the money they need to support themselves and live comfortably from licensing use to the images they produce. The number of such individuals is disappearing rapidly. All indications are that the number will continue to decline.

Stock Photography: Is Volume The Answer?

By Jim Pickerell | 1402 Words | Posted 7/29/2020 | Comments (1)
I can remember when I was primarily an assignment photographer and occasionally sold outtakes from assignments on the side. Most of the income I needed to support my family came from assignments. Stock sales gave us a little extra. Demand for stock started to grow and it became harder for me to get assignments as I was working in an area where the competition was stiff from a lot of top quality experienced photographers. Buyers wanted to pay a little less than it cost to do an assignment. They liked having instant access to the stock image they needed and not having to spend a lot of their time organizing assignment shoots.

Shutterstock Q2 2020 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1453 Words | Posted 7/28/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q2 2020 revenue of $159.2 million down 2% compared to $161.7 million in Q2 2019 and down from $161.3 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download was $3.61 per-image compared to $3.44 in Q2 2019 and $3.42 the previous quarter. Total image and video downloads for Q2 were 44 million compared to 46.6 million a year earlier and down from 46.8 million from the previous quarter. At the end of the quarter Shutterstock had over 340 million images and 19 million video clips in its collection,

Shutterstock Partners With Microsoft: Gives Advertisers Free Images

By Jim Pickerell | 252 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to give brands access to the stock photography company’s library of images for use in ads. The API integration with Microsoft Advertising will give advertisers on the Microsoft Audience Network FREE ACCESS to millions of commercially licensed images.

What’s Fair Compensation?

By Jim Pickerell | 203 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments (1)
Shutterstock’s gross revenue in 2019 was $648,500,000. Total royalties paid out to all contributors in 2019 was about $181,730,000. Total Shutterstock stock owned by Jon Oringer is worth over $650,000,000.

Getty Helps Designers Take Advantage Of Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 346 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments
A Getty Images photographer reports that he gets a lot of sales to a Scottsdale, Arizona company called Design Pickle that offers full design services to businesses. Getty licenses these photo uses for $0.17. The photographer gets a $0.03 royalty for his work.

Getty Market Freeze

By Jim Pickerell | 134 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments
Now that all of Getty Images’ Creative Image offering is Royalty Free the company seems to be trying go occasionally get a somewhat higher price for certain uses by offering a Market Freeze. They tell customers, “With Market-freeze, you can rest easy knowing we'll remove this image from our site for as long as you need it, with custom durations and total buyouts available.”

Best Microstock Distributors

By Jim Pickerell | 657 Words | Posted 7/21/2020 | Comments
Great Escape Publishing has published its first annual GEP Stock Photography Index 2020 which ranks, rates, compares and contrasts the top 10 online stock-photography sites.

Webinar Discusses Monetizing Footage Archives

By Jim Pickerell | 179 Words | Posted 7/21/2020 | Comments
Covid-19 has required everyone to re-think their business model and how they communicate with interested parties. Among the questions that footage professionals have are: How have they adapted to the exigencies of remote work? Is demand for archival content holding up? What can media companies do to fully unlock the commercial potential of their archival collections, and which technologies show the most promise in this evolution? See the webinar.

Still Images Or Video

By Jim Pickerell | 518 Words | Posted 7/15/2020 | Comments
If photographers are serious about trying to earn a portion of their living from photography they should probably focus on producing video rather than still images. Or maybe when they organize a video shoot also shoot some still images of the same situations. Recently, I was talking to Cameron Gough of Envato in Australia. He pointed out that the majority of the company’s earnings come from graphic related content and only about 10% to 20% of downloads are of still stock images. He also noted that video footage was the second highest type of content in demand without giving a percentage.

States Ignoring Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 201 Words | Posted 7/15/2020 | Comments
In March 2020, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling held that Congress lacked authority to abrogate state’s sovereign immunity from infringement suits in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990 (CRCA). When Congress passed the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, it was responding to pressure from filmmakers like Rick Allen – as well as movie studios, software companies, and many other IP stakeholders – who said states were abusing sovereign immunity to avoid paying licensing fees.

Our Royalty System Is Destroying Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 1376 Words | Posted 7/10/2020 | Comments
Since the 1980s “The legal and political environment has been tilted substantially in favor of shareholders and against workers,” according to Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard, and Anna Stansbury a Phd candidate at Harvard University. This story discusses the way this principal has played out in the stork photo business.

Why Businesses Need Professional Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 105 Words | Posted 7/10/2020 | Comments
The French publication BBN Times has published a report outlining four reasons why businesses should use professionally produced photos rather than pictures shot by their employees or amateurs. To read the full story which is in English click here.

Black Lives Matter Keywording Tip

By Jim Pickerell | 75 Words | Posted 7/9/2020 | Comments
Getty Images has passed along a keywording tip to its photographers who may be taking pictures related to Black Lives Matter.

List Prices Mean Nothing

By Jim Pickerell | 261 Words | Posted 7/5/2020 | Comments (2)
What’s an image worth? Owen Franken sent me his image (shown below)  of sliced duck in a Paris restaurant as it appears on the Getty Images website. The list price on Gettyimages.com for a large file is $475 Euros. If all the customer needs is a very small file, only suitable for online use, the price is only 50 Euros. Getty licensed this image to a customer in Canada for $0.14 and the photographer received $0.03 for his work. The photographer’s royalty share of the gross sale price is 20% so actually the photographer was only entitled to $0.028, but in a moment of generosity Getty rounded the payment to the next highest cent.

Is There A Need For A Publication Like Selling Stock?

By Jim Pickerell | 558 Words | Posted 6/23/2020 | Comments (3)
After reading my story “Copyright Protection For Photos Is Dead” Paul Melcher wrote, “If there is no more copyright, then there is no more licensing. If there is no more photo licensing then there is no more reason for the existence of ‘Selling Stock’"

Licensing Stock Footage

By Jim Pickerell | 291 Words | Posted 6/18/2020 | Comments (1)
Recently, I was asked to provide a list of some of the best agencies that license footage. I provided the following list and recommended that the videographer try to put the same clips with multiple agencies, non-exclusively, in order to maximize sales.  Pond5, Shutterstock, AdobeStock, iStock, Dissolve and Storyblocks.

Mobistok Empowers Photographers With New Selling Platform

By Jim Pickerell | 443 Words | Posted 6/18/2020 | Comments
Mobistok in Hamburg, Germany has announces a new platform for licensing uses to stock images which puts power back into the hands of photographers. Anyone who shoots images with their smartphones can go to Mobistok to put their imagery up for sale. While many stock photo websites make it a bit more difficult for individuals to sell their photos, Mobistok has been created from the ground up as a seamless way to sell photos and videos.

No Bottom Line Pricing

By Jim Pickerell | 1504 Words | Posted 6/17/2020 | Comments (3)
The stock photo industry has developed into a business with No Bottom Line pricing. Some customers can get as many images as they want for whatever they are willing to pay. That is why more and more frequently royalties paid photographers are in cents, rather than dollars. I can’t think of any other industry that operates this way.

DMLA and CEPIC Conferences

By Jim Pickerell | 390 Words | Posted 6/12/2020 | Comments
The two major trade associations for those who license stock photo images and video are CEPIC and DMLA. The DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association) is primarily a U.S. organization that usually has its annual conference in late October. CEPIC (Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage) is based in Europe, and usually draws attendees from around the world. CEPIC normally has its annual Congress in late May or early June. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was necessary to postpone its 2020 Congress. The 2020 Congress has now been re-scheduled to take place from May 19 through 21, 2021 with no actual Congress occurring in 2020.

Do Photographers Have Any Rights?

By Jim Pickerell | 592 Words | Posted 6/12/2020 | Comments (1)
A couple days ago we told you about the sad case of Stephanie Sinclair who had an image used by Mashable after she told them that $50 wasn’t a sufficient payment for permission to use her copyrighted image. After 4 years a judge in the Southern District Court of New York decided in Mashable’s favor saying that if a photographer posts a picture on a “public” Instagram account anyone can use that picture for any purpose whatsoever without permission or compensation.? But now Instagram tells Ars Technica, their TOS doesn't give companies like Mashable the right to make such uses.  Which legal opinion is right?

Copyright Protection For Photos Is Dead

By Jim Pickerell | 1364 Words | Posted 6/10/2020 | Comments (3)
One or my readers, Amyn Nasser, recently asked, “Isn’t it about time that ALL photographers started using copyright watermarks on all images that appear on social media platforms?" To a certain extent many photographers and agencies have tried for a decade or so to reduce infringement by placing watermarks on their images. For the most part the effort has been a total failure. This story will explain some of the reasons why.

Professional Photographer Dilemma

By Jim Pickerell | 798 Words | Posted 6/5/2020 | Comments
Photographers interested in licensing rights to the images they produce, or in showing their work in hopes of getting assignments, have a dilemma. The only way they can earn money is to advertise and show potential customers what they can do, but the very act of showing in today’s Internet environment creates a huge risk that the images will be grabbed and used without compensation.

Government Aid For The Self-Employed

By Jim Pickerell | 432 Words | Posted 6/4/2020 | Comments
Self-employed, freelance photographers are being hit especially hard by the covid 19 pandemic. Most normally work from one short-term job to the next. They tend to be paid by the job, or the project, not a salary. Often these jobs last only a day, or less in terms of hours spent. When everyone is sheltering in place and much of the country closed down it is impossible for many photographers to find any work at all. The CARES and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs have focused on helping salaried employees, not those who are self-employed.

Copyright Owners Bear the Brunt of Protecting Against Piracy, 512(c) Report Finds

By Nancy e. Wolff | 280 Words | Posted 6/3/2020 | Comments
On May 21, 2020, the United States Copyright Office published its long awaited 512 (c) report and issued recommendations. The Copyright Office’s report looks at Congress’ intent in enacting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which offered service providers safe harbors to provide incentives for internet platforms and copyright owners to cooperate in order to detect and deal with copyright infringements in the online environment. The Report looks at that balance in light of the changes in the internet in the past 20-plus years and concludes that the current operation of the section 512 safe harbor system is unbalanced, with copyright owners bearing too much of the burden to deter piracy<

Global Stock Photography Growth Potential

By Jim Pickerell | 781 Words | Posted 6/2/2020 | Comments (1)
One thing that has bugged me lately is the host of ads I receive almost daily offering detailed reports of "Global Stock Photography Market Potential Growth" for the next 5 years. I haven&rsquo;t paid for or read any of these reports, but I am pretty sure they are all scans. I hope no one is throwing their money away on these reports, or worst yet, believing them. The creators of these reports ask unsuspecting interested parties for fees ranging from $3,400 to $3,960 to read their fanciful industry growth predictions.

Appellate Court Decides Important Copyright Case In Favor Of Photographers

By Nancy e. Wolff | 945 Words | Posted 6/2/2020 | Comments
The Appellate Court of the Second Circuit in New York has decided an important important case for photographers regarding registrations and “Look Back” periods for copyright damages (Sohm v. Scholastic Inc., No. 18-2110, 2020 WL 2375056 (2d Cir. May 12, 2020). The court upheld the validity of the copyright registration procedure utilized by photography licensing agencies like Corbis Corporation, and held that courts may award copyright damages only for the three-year period preceding commencement of the action.

Future Income For Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 1216 Words | Posted 6/1/2020 | Comments
Photographers hoping to earn enough producing images to support themselves need to look for another line of work; one that has a better guarantee of income for time invested. The business of photographing meetings and events is unlikely to ever come back to where it was before Covid 19. As the world works its way out of this crisis, there will be fewer small or large group events and more Zoom meetings that are not conducive to photography. But stock photography isn't the answer either.

I'm Back

By Jim Pickerell | 209 Words | Posted 6/1/2020 | Comments
I've been on hiatus for about a month. My wife and I have just sold the home where we've lived for 42 years and moved into a condo apartment about one-third the size of our former residence. Making such a move, only about five miles from where we formerly lived, and getting rid of a huge amount of the stuff that we've collected over the years has been a challenge.

Shutterstock Reduces Royalty Rates Dramatically

By Jim Pickerell | 1547 Words | Posted 5/29/2020 | Comments (2)
On May 26th Shutterstock announced that in an effort to cut costs and increase profits as of June 1, 2020 it would dramatically reduce future royalty rates paid to contributors. The new rates will no longer be based on a contributor’s lifetime earnings. At the beginning of each year all contributors will start with zero downloads/licenses and a 15% royalty rate. Previous sales history will be disregarded when it comes to determining royalty percentage. The number of downloads needed to rise to a higher royalty level are as follows:

Shutterstock Ten Year History

By Jim Pickerell | 704 Words | Posted 5/1/2020 | Comments
The chart below allows you to easily track the last 10-year growth trend of Shutterstock quarter-by-quarter and see the number of images in the collection, number of downloads and the gross quarterly revenue at the end of each quarter. You can also see the average revenue-per-download and revenue-per-image-in-the-collection trends.

Can Stock Photography Be A Profitable Activity?

By Jim Pickerell | 1541 Words | Posted 4/28/2020 | Comments
Considering the cost of producing stock photos, it is hard to see how an average annual return of $0.49 per-image accepted into a stock photo collection can be enough to cover out-of-pocket costs let alone provide any kind of hourly return for time expended. Hourly return will certainly be far below the U.S. minimum wage.

Shutterstock Q1 2020 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1369 Words | Posted 4/27/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q1 2020 revenue $161.3 million compared to $163.3 million in Q1 2019 and down from $166.4 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download remained flat at $3.42 per-image compared to Q1 2019 and down from $3.44 the previous quarter.

Footage Industry Pandemic Impact Survey Report

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 4/24/2020 | Comments
Footage.net has published the results of the Footage Industry Pandemic Industry Survey, which captures a real-time snapshot of how footage companies are responding to the pandemic-related disruptions that began to take hold worldwide in early March.

Cutcaster Closes On Saturday

By Jim Pickerell | 225 Words | Posted 4/24/2020 | Comments
Founder John Griffin has announced that he will be closing the microstock site Cutcaster on Saturday April 25, 2020 after nearly 12 years of operations. He gave everyone a few days notice so buyers could make use of any existing funds they have on account and he encouraged contributors with more than $5 on account to request a payout before the closing deadline.

ITV Extends Exclusive Shutterstock Distribution Deal

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 4/24/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced a three-year extension to its long-standing exclusive distribution deal with the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV. Currently, this collection contains 40 million news, sports, entertainment and archival photos and they add 20,000 images of current events daily.

Shutterstock New Footage Subscription Offer

By Jim Pickerell | 470 Words | Posted 4/17/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc has launched an annual subscription for Shutterstock Footage. Shutterstock’s collection of 18+ million HD and 4K video clips are now available for license through a range of cost-effective monthly plan options or for less than $9 per clip through an annual plan.

Elaine Vitt New DMLA Executive Director

By Jim Pickerell | 202 Words | Posted 4/13/2020 | Comments
The Digital Medial Licensing Association has appointed Elaine Vitt as Executive Director. Ms. Vitt brings a unique set of skills to DMLA, with significant experience in journalism, international marketing & communications, non-profit trade association management, event planning and content generation.

VisualSteam Stock Buyer Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 4/10/2020 | Comments
VisualSteam’s “7th Annual Survey of Creative Pros: Stock Image Licensing” is a must read for stock image creators and stock agency managers who want insights into what leading, major stock photo buyers need, where they are going to purchase images and what they are looking for in the way of service. It is well worth the $79.99 price.

Better Search Algorithms Needed

By Jim Pickerell | 1314 Words | Posted 4/8/2020 | Comments
Stock photo agencies need to pay more attention to the time limitations of their customers and provide more efficient search options. As image collections get larger and larger searching for the right image becomes harder and harder for the image buyer and requires more and more of that buyer’s time. The problem with the current default search procedures is that customers must look through too many irrelevant images before they find one they can use.

Design Pics Becomes Interim Manager Of Masterfile

By Jim Pickerell | 835 Words | Posted 4/7/2020 | Comments
Design Pics Inc., based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has assumed the interim management of Masterfile during the bankruptcy process. Masterfile first filed to restructure its business in April 2017 and was unable to make any royalty payments to photographers after January 2018. According to information supplied to creditors by Harris & Partners, the insolvency trustee, as of March 3, 2020 Masterfile had total assets of $270,000 and total liabilities of $4,092,654.41. They owe royalty payments for the images they licensed to 530 stock agencies and independent photo creators.

CORRECTION: Sheltering In Place Activities

By Jim Pickerell | 381 Words | Posted 4/4/2020 | Comments
It turns out that the link I provided for Alamy’s list of photo needs only works for me. Readers have found that when they click on the link it simply tries to open their Google Mail page in a browser. So here’s the list.

Productive Activities While Sheltering In Place

By Jim Pickerell | 632 Words | Posted 4/3/2020 | Comments
Most of the country, and the world, is now “sheltering in place” and doing everything possible to minimize contact with others. Under these conditions freelance photographers will find it very difficult to produce new, marketable images. The following are some ideas for ways to t productively occupy your time and better prepare to generate revenue when life gets back to normal.

Unemployment For Self-Employed Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 787 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
The good news is that under the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act virtually all self-employed freelance photographers should be able to qualify to receive $600 in federally funded COVID-19 pandemic benefits for up to 13 weeks. In addition, some may also qualify for up to 26 weeks of regular state unemployment. This program extends coverage to those who ordinarily would not qualify for state unemployment, including the self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers.

Re-launch Of House of Pictures Website

By Jim Pickerell | 446 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
House of Pictures, the picture agency for premium interiors, has been part of Image Professionals GmbH since October 2019. The Munich-based agency group unites various leading specialist picture agencies under one roof. The website www.houseofpictures.com has undergone a complete re-launch, presenting new agency content, updated functions and a revised, fresh design.

Shutterstock Footage Library Available for Mobile Users 

By Jim Pickerell | 271 Words | Posted 4/1/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that its footage offering is now available for license in SD, HD, and 4K for customers using iOS and Android applications. With over 17 million videos in the collection, searching, saving and licensing footage content allows customers to create engaging video content from a mobile or tablet device.

Another Gutting Of Copyright Protection For Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 336 Words | Posted 3/27/2020 | Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court says sovereign immunity protects state governments from copyright infringement lawsuits and has decided that it is OK for U.S. states to grab any photo they can find and use it without notifying or compensating the creator. The specific case that brought the matter to the nation’s highest court was filed by Rick Allen, an independent film producer and director in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who in the 1990s filmed the salvaging of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, that had run aground at Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718.

Making Money When You Can’t Produce New Images

By Jim Pickerell | 659 Words | Posted 3/26/2020 | Comments
“Sheltering in Place” will certainly hurt many photographers. Photographers won’t be able to get out to shoot new images. Customers won’t be coming to your studio. You might be able to shoot still lifes in your home, but getting props may be difficult. So what can you do to pay your bills? One possibility, particularly if you have a large stock photo collection, is to check out Canva and see if they will pay a one-time fee to purchase rights to a significant number of your images for inclusion in their Free collection that they make available to their Graphic Design customers.

What Is Canva?

By Jim Pickerell | 872 Words | Posted 3/26/2020 | Comments
When the question of market leaders in the stock photo industry comes up the names photographers usually think about are Getty Images, Shutterstock, AdobeStock, iStock and Alamy. Maybe they should be thinking about the Australian company Canva. The users and buyers of photographs are people who design products that needs visuals. Canva has been built to provide a host of services designers need to do their jobs.

Will EyeEm Be The Main Future Supplier Of Stock Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 684 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
As I pointed out in yesterday’s story EyeEm is the single largest supplier of stock images to Getty’s Creative Collection. Currently 8,005,719 of the 30,472,764 images in Getty’s Creative Collection have been supplied by EyeEm. That’s 26% of the total collection making EyeEm by far the largest contributor to Getty Creative.

CEPIC Congress Rescheduled

By Jim Pickerell | 176 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
Due to the unforeseeable circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic the CEPIC Congress 2020 cannot be held from 27 to 29 May. In order to avoid the negative impact this cancellation would cause registered delegates, CEPIC has been able to secure new dates of 30 September to 2 October 2020 at the existing venue, Gran Meliá Victoria in Palma de Mallorca. There will be a Welcome Reception on 29 September.

Copyright Office Changes Due To Coronavirus

By Jim Pickerell | 264 Words | Posted 3/20/2020 | Comments
This week, the U.S. Copyright Office announced some changes in its special handling requirements and some additional information about the impact of the coronavirus on the copyright registration system. You can find the complete announcement here

Getty Creative Collection Transformation

By Jim Pickerell | 2640 Words | Posted 3/18/2020 | Comments
In the last four years there has been dramatic shifts within the Getty Images Creative Collection. It is unclear how this has affected gross revenue generated as Getty has stopped providing a public breakdown of the revenue segments of its business. Nevertheless, it is believed that since 2016 annual gross Creative revenue has consistently generated about $280 million of the company's roughly $850 million in gross revenue.

Google Licensable Image Badge

By Jim Pickerell | 661 Words | Posted 2/24/2020 | Comments (1)
Since June 2018, CEPIC has been actively collaborating closely with Google, and later with IPTC, and DMLA to find a way to make Google Image Search users aware that certain image found need to be licensed.  On Wednesday February 26th at 3pm EST there will be an online Zoom meeting on Google Images Licensable Badge &ndash; Nuts &amp; Bolts with Doug Dawirs, Senior Technical Adviser of the DMLA and hosted along with industry experts to explain, and gather input, on the upcoming UI, Schema.org and IPTC changes.  To register in advance for this meeting go here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpMucu-trDIu6pKIFcgRfuu5EPnVgsQlHQ

Shutterstock Full Year 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1392 Words | Posted 2/13/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2019 revenue of $166.4 million up 3% compared to Q4 2018 and up from $157.42 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download averaged $3.44 per image, up from $3.40 in Q4 2018. Total image and video downloads for Q4 were up to 47.7 million compared to 46.8 million a year earlier. At the end of the year Shutterstock had over 314 million images and 17 million video clips, for a total of 331 million pieces of content in its collection.

Alamy Acquired By PA Media Group

By Jim Pickerell | 375 Words | Posted 2/11/2020 | Comments
Alamy has been acquired by PA Media Group a  UK-based news and information business. Founded 20 years ago, Alamy has one of the world’s most diverse creative and editorial stock imagery collections, comprising almost 200 million photographs, vectors and 360-degree panoramic images sourced from a network of over 100,000 photographers and 650 picture agencies and archives. . The business has close to 100,000 customers in more than 150 countries, working across a range of sectors including publishing, design, advertising and broadcast.

Alamy Sale: What Does It Mean?

By Jim Pickerell | 625 Words | Posted 2/11/2020 | Comments (3)
Alamy may be the fifth largest company in the in the stock photo industry (after Getty Images, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and iStock) and has been doing reasonably well in a very sick industry. Alamy’s latest reported sales figures are for 2018 and can be found on the Companies House website.  on October 17, 2019. This report was recorded on October 17, 2019 and shows that Alamy had gross annual sales of £22.7 million ($29,305,500 ).

CORRECTION - Future Demand For Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 87 Words | Posted 2/5/2020 | Comments
CORRECTION - Please re-read yesterday's story on Future Demand For Photography. I made a serious math error in the original story. The situation for photographers is much worse than earlier reported. Unsplash’s statistics page currently reports 70,263,886 downloads per month. The combined monthly downloads of Shutterstock, Getty and Alamy only total about 16,433,333 downloads, or about 24% of Unsplash's monthly totals.

Future Demand For Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 2/4/2020 | Comments (5)
A reader asked recently, “Is it true that Unsplash is now getting more downloads than Getty, Shutterstock and Alamy combined?” According to Unsplash’s statistics page they currently have 70,263,886 downloads per month. Based on Shutterstock’s last quarterly report they have about 15,433,333 downloads monthly. Their downloads per quarter haven’t changed much quarter-to-quarter over the last two years so I think this number is a pretty good average and not really growing.

DynaLite Files Bankruptcy

By Jim Pickerell | 346 Words | Posted 2/4/2020 | Comments
A key tool for professional photographers for more than 50 years will no longer be available to  future photographers as DynaLite Inc. files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (all assets will be sold off to pay creditors).

Freepik Company Appoints Oliveira CMO

By Jim Pickerell | 292 Words | Posted 1/31/2020 | Comments
Freepik Company, a platform of free and exclusive graphic content, has signed Rod Oliveira to a newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer in a move to strengthen an area of great strategic relevance for the brand.

Deep Fake Images

By Jim Pickerell | 603 Words | Posted 1/29/2020 | Comments
It won’t be long until commercial image users, and possibly news outlets, will no longer need photos taken by human photographers. This will particularly be true for photos of people. Every image will be digitally created from existing photos and nothing will have any relevance to reality.

Photo District News Has Folded

By Jim Pickerell | 75 Words | Posted 1/29/2020 | Comments
Photo District New, the preeminent publication for professional photographers in the U.S. has folded. See the sad story of its demise in ProPhotoDaily. Individuals thinking of, or trying to establish, a career as a photographer should carefully consider whether this line of work has any long term future if the business is not healthy enough to support an industry publication for professionals. This certainly is another nail-in-the-coffin of the idea of photography as a career.

Stock Photography: Passive Income Source

By Jim Pickerell | 770 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments (1)
I just read a story on Passive Income. The writer suggests that stock photography is one way to earn passive income and says it “is income you earn from things you would normally do in your spare time, or when you’re not working at a salaried job.” Active Income, on the other hand is the salary you get from the work you do by investing time and effort directly in return for money; if you don’t work, you don’t earn. Whether you are a teacher, a builder, a banker, a software developer, an athlete, an actor, or a doctor, you have to work to earn a living.” The time you spend working is tied to the income you receive.

CreativeMarketplace New York 2020

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments
In 2019 among the most successful creative industry events in New York were footageMarketplace and imageMarketplace. This year these two events have been combined and renamed creativeMarketplace New York 2020. The event will be returning on April 1, 2020 to the Midtown Loft at 267 Fifth Avenue (29th St & 5th Av.) in New York City and will be open from 9:30am to 7:00pm.

Shutterstock Annual Music Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 650 Words | Posted 1/23/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock says it is excited to announce a new annual music subscription for only $199 per-year or $16.60 per-month. This subscription gives the user the freedom to download as many tracks as needed, whenever they need them, for one low yearly price. Those interested may visit the pricing page to start their subscription.

2020 CEPIC Congress In Mallorca

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 1/20/2020 | Comments
The 2020 CEPIC Congress, the largest networking hub for agencies worldwide will take place at the Gran Melia Victoria in Palma de Mallorca from 27 to 29 May 2020 with a welcome reception on May 26th. Registration is now open. For fees and other registration details check out this link.

Lean In or Step Back

By Jim Pickerell | 1241 Words | Posted 1/17/2020 | Comments
The “Lean In” concept in business generally suggests the idea of moving forward on an idealized path. Chest out. Chin up. Figuring it out along the way. Watch out, world — here I come. “Step Back” is more about taking the time to assess the overall business landscape and consider long term risks and potential, and the likelihood of achieving long term goals. After carefully assessing one makes a decision as to whether to aggressively Lean In on the path they have been headed, or make radical adjustment in direction for their long term good. It is time for everyone in the stock photography business to “Step Back.”

Shutterstock 2020 Creative Trends Report

By Jim Pickerell | 495 Words | Posted 1/14/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has launched its ninth annual Creative Trends Report, identifying global and local trends that will influence design aesthetics and visual culture in 2020.

Insurer Must Defend McGraw-Hill In Infringement Case

By Jim Pickerell | 408 Words | Posted 1/14/2020 | Comments
A New York State appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling and held that an insurer must defend McGraw-Hill Education Inc. in underlying copyright litigation in the case of McGraw-Hill Educ., Inc. v. Ill. Nat’l Ins. Co.

DMLA & ACSIL Join Forces: Create Stronger Image Licensing Association

By Jim Pickerell | 575 Words | Posted 1/6/2020 | Comments
The leading trade association for moving-image licensors, 17-year-old ACSIL (Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors) has joined forces with the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) as of January 1, 2020. The DMLA, which began 70 years ago as a picture agency association, now represents all media licensors, and by adding ACSIL, a long-standing and respected moving-image association, will significantly increase membership and reach. 

Shutterstock Historic Gross Revenue

By Jim Pickerell | 390 Words | Posted 12/22/2019 | Comments
A reader wrote, “Over the years you’ve published Shutterstock’s gross revenue number. It would be good to see the ratio of corporate earnings to photographer earnings after this weeks 1 billion horn blow.”

Royalty Rates At iStock

By Jim Pickerell | 509 Words | Posted 12/18/2019 | Comments
It is getting harder and harder for image creators to get higher royalties on their images in iStock’s Signature collection. Royalties go up based on the total number of times images belonging to a particular creator are downloaded during the year. Download targets for Exclusive contributors have been around since 2017. At the beginning of the year the contributor starts with the ending royalty rate of the previous year. On January 1st iStock starts counting downloads for the year. Essential image downloads are counted as one while Signature Plus downloads are counted as 2. Some, but not all, downloads of Signature images through Gettyimages.com also count as 2. Others, probably mostly Premium Access sales, only count as 1.

Shutterstock Custom Assignments

By Jim Pickerell | 1548 Words | Posted 12/17/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock Custom assignments seem to be working well for some contributors. Below you will answers to my questions from two of of the more successful Custom Assignment contributors, Adrianne Haskins and Jeremy Pawlowski. Haskins is based in Tenessee and Pawlowski in Portland Oregon.  To see Pawlowski’s work check out this link and for Haskins work go to this site.

End Of Stock Photography As A Profession

By Jim Pickerell | 2025 Words | Posted 12/11/2019 | Comments
One of many reasons for the decline of stock photography as a profession is that it has become almost impossible for photographers to get a clear understanding of the various types of imagery, and the relative degree of demand, that users want and need. Once that was not the case, but now there is a total disconnect between image creators and image users.

Will Getty Eliminate iStock Exclusive Deals?

By Jim Pickerell | 832 Words | Posted 12/10/2019 | Comments
An iStock Exclusive photographer asked, “Given that Getty is ‘racing to the bottom’ and is about to eliminate Rights Managed from its collection, do you think our Exclusive contracts will be next?" I don’t think so. It seems to me that it will still be to Getty’s advantage to keep the Exclusive segment of iStock.

Shutterstock’s Global Contributor Community Surpasses $1 Billion in Earnings

By Jim Pickerell | 641 Words | Posted 12/10/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that its contributor base has reached $1 billion in earnings paid. The company released its Contributor Earnings Report, which breaks down the massive achievement shared among its global community of artists, photographers, videographers and musicians. The report showcases an overview of earnings by region, a snapshot of high-growth countries and features a selection of contributors who helped make the achievement possible.

Adobe Visual Trends For 2020

By Brenda Milis | 1417 Words | Posted 12/10/2019 | Comments
Each year, my team at Adobe Stock spends hundreds of hours pouring over thousands of pages of research reports, global news, search data, fine art, and fashion imagery and more to bring you the coming year’s creative trends. This year, we’re doing something a little bit different. For 2020, we’re excited to reveal not just four Visual Trends, but accompanying Motion Trends and Design Trends, too.

2020 Color Trends From Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 297 Words | Posted 12/4/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has launched its 2020 Color Trends report. By analyzing billions of pixel data from images downloaded, and then mapping each pixel to its closest named hex code, the report reveals which colors had the greatest growth between 2018 and 2019, as well as local favorites from around the world. Shutterstock’s 1.9 million customers include designers, marketers, creatives, and bloggers who are often working months in advance on campaigns and projects. Their download choices help to forecast trends in the year ahead.

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Over 'Objectionable' Content

By Jim Pickerell | 193 Words | Posted 12/3/2019 | Comments (1)
According to Reuters, the website of communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has said that one of Shutterstock’s domains was blocked in Russia on November 13th by the country's Attorney General because the site contained "insulting state symbols."

Where Getty Goes From Here

By Jim Pickerell | 1753 Words | Posted 12/2/2019 | Comments
Paul Roberts of the Seattle Times has recently interviewed Craig Peters, Getty Images CEO, and published an analysis of the company’s current situation entitled “Its Crunch Time For Seattle Based Photo Giant Getty Images, And For Photographers” that everyone in the industry may want to read.

RM Alive And Well At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 193 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments (1)
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the Death Of Rights Managed Licensing, but Alamy reports that it is alive and well at Alamy.  They say, “There’s been lots of discussion in recent weeks about the future of Rights-Managed licensing. Alamy has no plans to discontinue offering RM images and will continue to offer photographers a choice to license their photos as Rights-Managed or Royalty-Free."

Adobe Announces Plan To Authenticate Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 584 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments
Adobe has announced a plan to authenticate photos as way way of helping consumers determine if the images they see on the Internet are real or fake. How this will work hasn’t been fully spelled out, but is expected to be rolled out in “coming months” according to Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky (See the video of his presentation here.

Photononstop To Promote Roger-Viollet and France-Soir Collections

By | 335 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments
The Paris Council, the City of Paris has just granted Photononstop Group, for a period of five years, the cultural promotion and commercial exploitation of the digital reproductions of two heritage photographic collections: Roger-Viollet and France-Soir.

Victoria Bridgeman Stepping Down As CEO

By Jim Pickerell | 202 Words | Posted 11/25/2019 | Comments
Bridgeman Images announces that CEO, Victoria Bridgeman after twenty years with Bridgeman Images and the last eight as CEO has decided to step down at the end of the year and move on to new challenges. Dirk Hendrickx, currently Global Head of Sales and Marketing, has been appointed to succeed her at the start of 2020.

Premium Access At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 1351 Words | Posted 11/20/2019 | Comments (1)
For over a decade image creators have been discouraged by Premium Access pricing. I believe PA was first instituted around  2006 as a way for Getty to get a guaranteed monthly payment from some of its largest Enterprise clients rather than the company be being subject to the erratic monthly image needs of some of these customers where they might purchase a huge number of images one month and little or nothing the next.

Shutterstock Offers Unlimited Music Subscription

By Jim Pickerell | 280 Words | Posted 11/18/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced the launch of an unlimited monthly subscription for Shutterstock Music. The new plan is geared toward digital content creators, including YouTubers, podcast producers, and social media managers, offering a cost-efficient solution to licensing unlimited high-quality tracks at $149 per month.

Shutterstock Names Jarrod Yahes as CFO

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 11/17/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced that Jarrod Yahes is joining the Company as Chief Financial Officer, effective December 9th, 2019. In this role, Yahes, will lead Shutterstock’s Finance, Investor Relations, and Accounting functions. Jarrod will drive financial strategy and report to Jon Oringer, Shutterstock's Founder and CEO.
“Jarrod’s expertise in financial management and strategic growth, as well as his industry experience will be invaluable to our continued success as our company evolves,” said Oringer. “We are pleased to welcome Jarrod to our leadership team and look forward to his contributions to our business.”

Which Countries Produce The Most Stock Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 955 Words | Posted 11/16/2019 | Comments
A lot of the images being uploaded to major websites these days have little relevance to what the market needs. I decided to do searches on Shutterstock for country names to try to get some idea of the number of images from each location relative to what the likely demand is for such images.

Everett Collection Represents Photo Link Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 199 Words | Posted 11/15/2019 | Comments
The Everett Collection now represents the Photo Link Collection! A finely edited portfolio focusing on New York City celebrities during the 1970’s to 2000’s. Highlights include behind the scenes shots and life behind the velvet ropes inside Studio 54.

Growing Revenue At Shutterstock?

By Jim Pickerell | 1184 Words | Posted 11/15/2019 | Comments
I was asked recently what I thought Shutterstock could do to grow revenue. My answer was not much. I don’t think it will be possible to grow the downloads very much. Shutterstock has focused for several years on growing the number of Enterprise customers. But, I don't think that is likely to work either. The one thing they could do is raise prices on at least some of the images they license. See my thoughts on why this is a good idea that they are not likely to adopt.

Saving RM and Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1755 Words | Posted 11/13/2019 | Comments (1)
Getty’s decision to kill RM may be an opportunity for all those agencies and individuals who want to: (1) continue to license images for higher prices based on usage and (2) enforce their claims of copyright ownership. The key will be in providing a service that will help users, not just benefit image creators.

Value Of Copyright Ownership

By Jim Pickerell | 1098 Words | Posted 11/13/2019 | Comments
With the death of RM licensing on the horizon, photographers need to consider whether there is much, if any, value in owning a copyright. Photography has become a commodity like corn or soybeans. Read this story for what the industry can maintain a value for at least some of the professional images being produced.

Things You Missed At Adobe MAX

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 11/8/2019 | Comments
If you weren’t at the Adobe MAX 2019 conference in Los Angeles you might want to check out some of the videos of conference presentations. Some of the most exciting events were the 11 Sneaks –demos that showcased early-stage, cutting-edge R&D technology being developed in-house by Adobe employees. Adobe Max Sneaks feature AI photography, animation, and audio tools. These new product features may or may not make their way into the product roadmap, but underscore the innovation and creativity happening daily within Adobe’s four walls.

Death Of Rights Managed Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 1700 Words | Posted 11/6/2019 | Comments (2)
Getty is shutting down all Rights Managed licensing on www.gettyimages.com. This may effectively be an end to the entire marketing strategy of pricing stock images based on how they are used. While there are still a number of small and mid-sized agencies that continue to price images based on usage, it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to continue to build their image collections or attract many customers in the future. Every stock photographer and stock agent should read this explanation of Getty’s plans for “phased retirement of rights-managed creative images.”

Shutterstock Q3 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1921 Words | Posted 11/5/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q3 2019 revenue of $159.1 million up 5% compared to Q3 2018 and down slightly from $161.7 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download averaged $3.40 per image, which was the same in Q3 2018. Total image and video downloads for Q3 were 46.3 million, up from 43.9 million a year earlier, and down from 46.6 million in Q2 2019. At the end of the quarter Shutterstock had over 297 million images and 16 million video clips, or 313 million pieces of content in its collection.

Not Your Typical Stock From Depositphotos

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 11/1/2019 | Comments
Depositphotos has launched a new series of photo collections to battle stock photo cliches. The company’s content curators repurpose stock photos and compile collections on a weekly basis to highlight photos that are not typical stock photography.

CEPIC 2020 Congress Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 94 Words | Posted 11/1/2019 | Comments
It has been announced that the 2020 CEPIC Congress will be held on the Spanish island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea on May 27 through 29, 2020.

Future For RM Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 729 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
A 65-year-old photographer who has been selling his work as stock for many years and licensing his images as RM wrote recently asking my advice. He has a large collection of images and licenses a lot directly to clients, but over the years he has also made a small percentage of sales through stock agencies. See my advice.

DMLA Publishes Google Images Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The DMLA is publishing the initial results of our first Google Images Survey in anticipation of our 24th Annual DMLA Conference in LA. With our members representing over 80% of North American image and video licensing, and more than a third of our respondents C-level executives, the survey will provide the DMLA with data and member consensus to guide future engagement, advocacy and educational efforts.

PicRights Expands Copyright Enforcement Network

By Jim Pickerell | 175 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
PicRights Europe GmbH has expanded its enforcement network. To bolster their growing enforcement activities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, PicRights has added an experienced team in Vienna, Austria. As the newest enforcement partner, PicRights Austria will augment the long-established network in major markets in Europe, North America, India, Africa, South America and the Middle East, further cementing PicRights’ dedication to wide-ranging geographical coverage of key markets around the world for its clients.

CASE Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

By Jim Pickerell | 99 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The CASE Act, H.R. 2426, passed in the House of Representatives this week by an
overwhelmingly by a vote of 410-6. The bill still needs to pass through the Senate (and then be signed by the President) before it can be enacted into law.

Creating Model Releases With AI

By Jim Pickerell | 662 Words | Posted 10/10/2019 | Comments
Visual AI can do some incredible things. In 2019, using off-the-shelf AI and Machine Learning solutions from multiple vendors, media licensors can automatically tag massive image libraries, find landmarks or logos in images, and even get full-text captions that read like they were written by a person.  Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can pull text out of an image--even if it’s handwritten, or on some tiny visual element, like a road sign - and automatically translate it into 100+ languages.

DMLA Google Images Member Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 465 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
At CEPIC’s annual conference in Paris this June, Google Images’ Product Lead, Francois Spies, presented new functionality in development and expressed Google’s desire to work more closely with organizations like CEPIC and DMLA. These were encouraging words, on the heels of last years’ announcement at the DMLA’s 23rd Annual Conference of Google’s adoption of long-fought-for IPTC metadata fields.

Shutterstock Releases Background Removal Tool

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has released a background removal tool as part Shutterstock Editor users can now easily remove the background from any image in the Shutterstock collection or their own images. (Shutterstock images must be purchased before they can be modified.)

Shutterstock Launches Reverse Image Search For Video

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 10/3/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock’s ongoing efforts to make the creative life of its customers easier continues with the launch of reverse image search for video. This new feature makes it faster than ever to find exactly the right video clip in Shutterstock’s footage library.

Shutterstock Custom Launches Smart Brief

By Jim Pickerell | 442 Words | Posted 10/2/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has launched Smart Brief, a new streamlined and guided experience to make it easier for photo users to quickly and efficiently improve the quality of the brief for a photo shoot. With this update, clients spend less time inputting briefs and more time leveraging collaboration tools to quickly obtain high-quality branded content and reduce the approval process time.

Global List Of Newspapers

By Jim Pickerell | 132 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
A reader recently pointed me to a comprehensive index of global newspapers that may be of some use to readers. Links are provided to each publication. This index seems to be very thorough in its listing of publications in smaller countries, but when it comes to major market it seems to only list major national publication and few, if any, of the smaller local and regional publications.

DMLA 24th Annual Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 492 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual DMLA Conference will focus on “seizing the opportunity” as the content-streaming arms race generates more visual media production and visual content licensing - than ever imagined. The program will include 2 Keynotes, 6 full sessions and 15 roundtables delving into new technologies, sales and marketing strategies, hot legal topics, deep-dive educational opportunities and successful new business models with all-day networking and evening events sponsored by Google and PicRights.

House of Pictures Joins Image Professionals

By Jim Pickerell | 354 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
House of Pictures, the Copenhagen based interior and lifestyle feature agency, will become a brand of Image Professionals GmbH on October 1st, 2019. Pernille Schlosser, the founder and Managing Director will remain on board and in charge of the widely recognized boutique agency. House of Pictures, founded by Pernille Schlosser in 2000, is matching feature stories with high-end lifestyle publications around the world.

The Image Works Closing Soon

By Jim Pickerell | 196 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
The Image Works CEO Mark Antman has announced that after thirty-six years of operation The Image Works will be closing in the near future. He added, "We have had a fantastic run, but it is time for me to close the business, retire and move on."

Releases At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 167 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
Alamy has told contributors that they no longer need them to supply copies of releases when the images are submitted. However, they advise that it is best if the contributor would indicate in the Alamy Image Manager under the optional information tab that a release is accessible. Then the customer can request to see the release if it is needed.

Ad Downturn

By Jim Pickerell | 54 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
According to AdAge Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at WPP’s Groupm, weighed in with a blog post last week, saying “advertising growth is looking neutral to negative versus last year, with recent trends likely to continue.” Marketers, he stated, “need to be prepared for a downturn.” For more information see the full story.

DMLA Annual Conference October 27-29

By Jim Pickerell | 607 Words | Posted 9/20/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual Digital Media Licensing Association Conference will convene at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Los Angeles on October 27 - 29. This is a must attend event for senior officials from organizations in the business of licensing rights to stock images. For the entire program schedule check out this link.

AI Headshots Will Replace Real Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 402 Words | Posted 9/20/2019 | Comments
A huge percentage of ads both in print and online use portraits of someone who is using or endorsing the product or service in the add.  Shutterstock has 134,636 headshots in its collection and AdobeStock has 156,560. Many of these individual frames show 16 to 25 different headshots in the frame so the total variations is much greater. Alamy has 107,506 women and 62,011 men headshots. Getty has a total of 1,156,443 images with the keyword “headshot.”  

States Can Use Your Copyrighted Photos For Free

By Jim Pickerell | 1083 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
Did you know that U.S. States can sometimes use your copyrighted photos for free? The case of Allen v Cooper heading to the Supreme Court in November will test this right. Rick Gell, interim Executive Director of the DMLA has interviewed the association’s  Senior Legal Counsel Nancy Wolff of CDAS to try to understand how the state of North Carolina could claim this right and why the case has gotten all the way to the Supreme Court.

House Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act

By Jim Pickerell | 255 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
On September 10th the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed by voice vote the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 2426, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This legislation will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office.

Making Money With RF

By Jim Pickerell | 333 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments (2)
In response to my story RM Licensing No Longer Makes Sense Peter George Unger commented, “I have 9,200 images with Getty and every single one is RM. I am making on average $15,000 per year from them. Can you honestly tell me I can make more money than that on pathetic RF prices? for which they pay $0.25 cents per download. Which library would pay more then 15K on RF prices?

PhotoShelter And Greenfly Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 531 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
Libris by PhotoShelter and Greenfly Inc. have announced a strategic partnership to empower effortless content sharing across social media. This relationship unites Libris’ digital asset management platform for visual storytelling with Greenfly’s new product, Greenfly Connect, which fully automates the last-mile content workflow for social media. With the power of Libris and Greenfly, brands can now tap into the networks of their influencers and exponentially boost their reach across social platforms.

AdobeStock Revenue

By Jim Pickerell | 510 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
For a long time, I’ve been trying to get some idea of the revenue AdobeStock generates annually. Adobe doesn’t share that information, but I’ve finally arrived at a strategy that may help. I’ve contacted a few of Adobe’s major contributors and asked them what their total royalty earnings were from Adobe in the last year and the total number of images they have in the collection.

Science Photo Library

By Jim Pickerell | 88 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments
Science Photo Library has announced a change in its distribution and future presence in the French market. As of September they launched sciencephoto.fr to further strengthen their presence.

StockFood Becomes Image Professionals

By Jim Pickerell | 428 Words | Posted 8/27/2019 | Comments
Effective September 1, 2019, StockFood will become Image Professionals. The Munich-based media service provider StockFood GmbH originally focused on food photography, but has continuously expanded its scope of business in recent years and is now emerging with a new company name. Image Professionals will bring together all of the company's specialized agencies and services. However, only the company is being renamed. StockFood, the food photo agency, will remain unaffected.

Brand Magazines May Be New Market

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 8/22/2019 | Comments
Many brands are finding that their Internet marketing is not working as well as it did a year or so ago. The brands pay Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other web hosting services huge amounts of money to target potential customers with pop-up ads that often don’t seem to generate much in additional sales. Brands like Airbnb, Away, Bumble, Callaway Golf, REI Co-op and Goose Island Beer Co. are developing custom, specialized magazines that focus on what their brand has to offer. If this trend grows it may offer new work for assignment photographers with specialized connections or skills.

Photos Of Amazon Fires

By Jim Pickerell | 150 Words | Posted 8/22/2019 | Comments
It’s bad enough that social media users are grabbing photos they find on the Internet and using them without compensation or credit, but they are also using them in ways that totally mis-represents the story the image creator was trying to tell. Increasingly, not only is it impossible to believe anything you READ on the Internet, you can’t even believe anything you SEE on it either.

What To Do When Competitors Discount Prices

By Jim Pickerell | 489 Words | Posted 8/16/2019 | Comments
An editorial stock agent tells me that he is trying to hold the line, or increase, the prices he charges for images because his providers tell him that their costs are increasing. Meanwhile, a competitor who is offering dramatically lower prices in an attempt to win customers has entered the market. As a result, the agent's providers are seeing poorer sales. He asks for advice as to what he should do? I’ll give some answers, but I also want to invite my readers to chime in with any thoughts they might have, or strategies that have worked for them.

Creative Pros Use Of Free Content Goes Up

By Jim Pickerell | 273 Words | Posted 8/15/2019 | Comments
According to Leslie Hughes, Founder & CEO of iSPY Visuals, Inc.45% of Creative Pros are using FREE (CC0) content. Similar percentages are using microstock.  Leslie also operates Visualsteam where she conducts regular buyer surveys in an effort get a better understanding of the developing and changing needs for photos and illustrations. Check out this link for more information about Visualsteam’s 6th Annual Survey of Image Buyer.

Protecting Your Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1327 Words | Posted 8/13/2019 | Comments
Many U.S. photographers are hoping the CASE Act, a new law working its way through Congress, will help them protect their copyright and make it easier for them to go after infringers. The law will establish a Copyright Claims Board (CCB), a Small Claims court and eliminate the need to use the expensive Federal Court system to pursue infringers. Photography trade associations – ASMP, PPA, DMLA, NPPA, APA, NANPA – and other members of the Copyright Alliance have been seeking this change for over a decade.

Storyblocks To Close Marketplace

By Jim Pickerell | 198 Words | Posted 8/13/2019 | Comments
Storyblocks will be closing the Marketplace segment of its business on September 10th and moving back to a subscription only offering. Contributors who have outstanding payouts will receive those payments sometime after September 10th even if the amount owed has not met the minimum payout requirement.

Chasing Infringements

By Jim Pickerell | 1217 Words | Posted 8/9/2019 | Comments
Internet search technology has enabled professional photographers to discover more and more uses of their images. As a result, an increasing number of photographers are pursuing the users for compensation. Given how the system works customers who have legitimately licensed rights to use images are often required to do extra work to prove they did the right thing in the first place. This is not making these good stock agency customers happy. Some stock agencies fear that this extra hassle may drive some of their best paying customers to turn to more FREE images rather than bother with paid sources.

Small Claims May Not Save Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 141 Words | Posted 8/9/2019 | Comments (1)
The CASE Act which will establish a Small Claims system that targets copyright abuse is working its way through Congress. The bill has finally been passed in the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. Photographers interested in understanding some of the downsides of this bill should read this FREE Story.

Cathy Aron Retiring As DMLA Executive Director

By Jim Pickerell | 233 Words | Posted 8/9/2019 | Comments
Cathy Aron will be retiring as Executive Director of DMLA in the fall and Rick Gell will be taking over her duties. Over the summer Rick will be acting as Interim Executive Director as Cathy assists in the transition one day a week.

Shutterstock Q2 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1346 Words | Posted 8/6/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q2 2019 revenue of $161.7 million up 3% compared to Q2 2018 and down from $163.3 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download averaged $3.44 per image, compared to $3.41 in Q2 2018.?? Total image and video downloads for Q2 were 46.6 million, up from 45.2 million a year earlier, and down from 47.2 million in Q1 2019.

StockFood Studios: Pictures, Videos, and Recipes Made to Measure

By Jim Pickerell | 920 Words | Posted 8/1/2019 | Comments
StockFood has launched StockFood Studios, an innovative production service for food photography. The Munich-based food experts, whose international brand is synonymous with professional food photography, are expanding their portfolio to include commissioned productions. The website www.stockfoodstudios.com offers this new service.

User Generated Content

By Jim Pickerell | 638 Words | Posted 7/31/2019 | Comments
Forbes Magazine has a story entitled “Move Over Stock Photos, It’s Time For User Generated Content.” There certainly is an increasing demand for User Generated Content (UGC) and the market is being flooded with it, but there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding how much it is likely to take over the stock photo market.

RM Licensing No Longer Makes Sense

By Jim Pickerell | 1492 Words | Posted 7/30/2019 | Comments (3)
Photographers trying to license their images as Rights Managed (RM) need to give some serious though about whether this strategy is still in their best interests. In theory, licensing based on usage should enable a photographer to occasionally get higher prices for certain uses, rather than giving away all future rights and allowing multiple re-uses for a low Royalty Free (RF) license. The following are some reasons why this “theory” no longer works.

Risks Of Using Free Images

By Jim Pickerell | 552 Words | Posted 7/26/2019 | Comments
Free Images may not always be FREE. There are not only big legal risks for the users, but also potential time demands on users, creators and lawyers. Most users of Free images don’t recognize the risks they may be taking. One of the big questions for professional photographers is how to help those looking for free images to understand these risks.

Freepik Microstock Offering

By Jim Pickerell | 554 Words | Posted 7/26/2019 | Comments
Recently, I received a press release from Freepik.com. The name is a misnomer because not all the pictures on the site are free. They do have about 1,750,000 free vectors, icons and photos, all created or wholly owned by Freepik. In addition, they have over 4,185,000 Premium photos and illustrations supplied by about 8,000 individual creators and distributors of microstock. A little under half of the pieces of content are photos. The rest are illustrations, vectors and icons.

Selling Images Via The Internet

By Jim Pickerell | 766 Words | Posted 7/26/2019 | Comments
The Internet is a great place for selling things if the finished product must be delivered by FedEx or UPS. But if you’re trying to sell is a digital version of what you’re showing, then long range your business model doesn’t have much future. It’s too easy to “steal,” “appropriate” or whatever you want to call it.

Shutterstock Elements Offers Cinema-Grade Video Effects

By Jim Pickerell | 381 Words | Posted 7/17/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced its new footage offering—Shutterstock Elements. Over 3,000 elements captured on cinema-grade cameras and lenses have been added to the site, including transitions, lens flares, VFX (visual effects), video kits, film overlays, HUD (head-up display) and UI (user interface) elements. Compatible with all major video editing programs, Elements also includes detailed tutorials on how to optimize effects.

Will Photo Assignments Go The Way Of Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 874 Words | Posted 7/16/2019 | Comments
In the last decade we have all watched the decline of stock photography as more and more photographers got into the game, the total revenue spent by buyers grew very little if at all and even the best photographers have seen significant declines in their annual income. I suppose this benefited the buyers. Now they are able to get the images they need for much less than they had to pay before – and in most cases much less than their real costs of production.

Should Stock Photographers Shoot Verticals?

By Jim Pickerell | 877 Words | Posted 7/15/2019 | Comments (1)
In olden days when stock photographers were trying to produce images that might be used as covers or full page inside magazines it was advised that they turn the camera on its side and shoot verticals of as many situations as possible. But times have changed. Are verticals really selling today? Recently Robert Kneschke reported on his web site that he had reviewed 100 of his best selling images and not a single vertical was among the group.

Photo Infringers Are Mobilizing

By Jim Pickerell | 314 Words | Posted 7/15/2019 | Comments (1)
All the people who love to grab photos they find on the Internet and use them however they please are now mobilizing to stop the U.S. Congress from passing the CASE Act that would establish a small claims court system. These millions of photo users believe they should not be restricted in any way from doing whatever they want with the property of others. Photographers need to ACT NOW.

Getty Moving Rapidly To Eliminate RM

By Jim Pickerell | 3380 Words | Posted 7/9/2019 | Comments (1)
Getty Images is moving rapidly to eliminate RM images from its Creative collection. As of July 3rd, there were only 2,387,383 RM images representing about 8% of the total collection of 28,624,340 images. However, it gets worse. There are 54 independent distributors listed as having RM image collections on the site. But, if you search those collections individually you find that only 4 of them have any images for a total of 129,241 images. In most cases the searcher is told “zero results.” The vast majority of images still being licensed as RM are in the Getty wholly owned collections.

Are Your Images On Getty Being Seen?

By Jim Pickerell | 603 Words | Posted 7/9/2019 | Comments
It is interesting to note that when we searched the 210 individual collections and recorded the numbers in each the total came to 28,591,367. However, if you go to the site and search for all images you are only shown 26,240,654 images. For those who haven’t tried this you can simply go to gettyimages.com, enter any keywords and hit return. When the return come up with the “Filter” option on the left hand side of the screen remove the keyword, leave the search bar blank and click again. Now, you will be shown all the images for the “License Type” you have requested. Be sure the “License Type” is set on RF or RM. Then you can go to “Collections,” choose the one you want and see all the images in that collection.

iStock Facebook “Private” Group

By Jim Pickerell | 518 Words | Posted 7/4/2019 | Comments
A number of iStock contributors interact on the Facebook “private” group for iStock. In reviewing comments and complaints for the last couple years there seems to be general agreement that sales started to decline in late 2018 and the decline has continued into 2019. This is compared to what sales were in 2017 and early 2018.

Shutterstock Enterprise

By Jim Pickerell | 891 Words | Posted 7/3/2019 | Comments (1)
One of the big questions about Enterprise sales at Shutterstock is “Why do big customers want an Enterprise deal?” On average Enterprise customers are paying more per quarter than E-commerce customers. What additional services do they get? In 2018 Enterprise customers generated about 40.9% of Shutterstock’s total revenue, or about $254.8 million. The average Enterprise customer pays Shutterstock $6,370 per year, but they could be getting 750 images per month for $2,388 a year. Maybe they are using a lot of video at $63.16 per clip, but there must be other benefits justifying the paying of the much higher fees.

Free Images on Chinese Website “Xiaba.com”

By Jim Pickerell | 214 Words | Posted 7/3/2019 | Comments
On the iStock contributor forum Brenda Bazylewski of iStock contributor relations recently reported the following. “We (iStock) were recently made aware of the Chinese website, “Xiaba” which was offering iStock imagery for personal educational use only, free of charge. According to the terms of their license, the imagery could not be used for commercial or editorial purposes."

Free Images For Sketches, Internal Presentations And Pitches

By Jim Pickerell | 663 Words | Posted 6/27/2019 | Comments
A reader asked,  “Is it known how much money is lost when premier and enterprise customers are able to get high resolution images that they use for sketching, internal presentation or pitches at subscription prices and only pay for the ones they use in print?”? The answer if NO. Nobody had any idea, or is tracking, of how many images are used in this way compared to how many are actually used in delivered products. But, we do offer some related data of the loss through subscriptions compared to licensing based on use.

Fake Images

By Jim Pickerell | 419 Words | Posted 6/27/2019 | Comments (1)
When I got into photography one of the strengths of the profession was that what a viewer saw in a picture really happened. When a reporter wrote a story the reader often could not be sure that what was described was an accurate reflection of the truth. The photograph provided a level of truth. The viewer knew that what they were seeing really happened. The photograph may have been out of context with the general tenor of the overall event, but at least it was an accurate reflection of what was happening in the instant it was created.

Thinkstock Is Closed

By Jim Pickerell | 157 Words | Posted 6/27/2019 | Comments
Thinkstock is officially closed. The closing was first announced in April 2018. All the imagery is now available on iStock or Getty Images. Thinkstock annual subscribers will be offered a product that is made up of the same content that is currently available on Thinkstock, including the same iStock Essentials imagery.

CFO Steven Berns Leaves Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 6/26/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock announced yesterday that Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Steven Berns will depart from his roles at Shutterstock to pursue other opportunities, effective immediately to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Berns' departure is not due to a dispute or any matter relating to the Company's accounting and financial policies and operations.

Logos And Trademarks

By Jim Pickerell | 894 Words | Posted 6/24/2019 | Comments
Robert Kneschke’s story on Unsplash last week got me thinking about trademarks and logos. Professional photographers tell me that the inspectors for the major stock agencies – Getty, Shutterstock, AdobeStock and iStock – are increasingly rejecting photos with any identifying brand marks for fear of legal action by the brands.

Is The Unsplash Business Model For You

By Robert Kneschke | 1825 Words | Posted 6/20/2019 | Comments
A while ago, I tried here to understand the business model of Pixabay, who want to make money from free pictures. A similar company, but with greater international notoriety, is Unsplash. In 2013, as a simple Tumblr blog, this company took the stage where 10 free pictures were shared. There are currently over 1,000,000 free images online, which have received a total of over 1,006,650,155 free downloads. These and many other exciting figures can be found here on the statistics page of Unsplash.

Help Push Small Claims Bill Through Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 291 Words | Posted 6/20/2019 | Comments
The Copyright Alliance needs all image creators to help push the CASE Act – the bill to create a copyright small claims court for creators and small business owners – through Congress. On May 1, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) of 2019 (H.R. 2426 and S. 1273) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

Photography Marketplace Event In New York

By Jim Pickerell | 216 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
Next week a two-day Creative Marketplace event will take place in New York at the Midtown Loft, 267 Fifth Avenue (29th St & 5th Av.) from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. This event is designed to give image and footage buyers an opportunity to meet with creators and organizations that license creative content. There will be free seminars aimed particularly at the buyer, but which will also offer useful information for the creators.

Government Organizations Can Grab Photos Without Paying

By Jim Pickerell | 454 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
The Texas Appeals court has ruled that the state can infringe upon copyright without risking punishment under the state’s or federal government’s “takings” clause. More than two years ago, photographer Jim Olive discovered that his aerial photo of the Houston skyline (titled “The Cityscape”) was being used by the University of Houston, a public university, on its website to promote its C.T. Bauer College of Business without requesting permission or making payment.

Is Picture Research Dead?

By Robert Harding | 1080 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments
Robert Harding, CEO of Robert Harding Picture Library, recently sent a message to picture buyers asking the question “Is picture research dead?” Image creators need to carefully consider the implications of this message.

Unauthorized Use Dilemma

By Jim Pickerell | 1006 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments (1)
A reader asked about un-vetted contributions to microstock sites. She has discovered that her work is widely copied on the Internet and says she was unaware that microstock sites allow people to post images that are not their own. She asked if I could provide a list of microstock sites that don’t follow up to determine if the person submitting images or footage really created what they are submitting. Finally, who should she chase up if there is an infringement?

Who Are Macrostock Sellers

By Jim Pickerell | 1076 Words | Posted 6/11/2019 | Comments
A reader asked, “In the article written by Martin Lisius (Microstock-The Dark Side Of Image Licensing) he refers to non micro agencies as a possible answer to the low prices that photographers receive. When I search under the heading of macro stock on your site about the only name that comes up is Getty.  Do I understand this correctly?”

Dreamstime’s Case Against Google Continues

By Jim Pickerell | 539 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
In an opinion issued June 5th federal Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted only one part of Google’s motion for partial final judgment on the pleadings regarding the breach of contract and breach of implied covenant claims by Dreamstime.com that relate to a Google Play agreement.

Analysis Of Portfolios At Fotolia And Adobe Stock

By Robert Kneschke | 1288 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few months ago, I evaluated which countries most Shutterstock providers come from. Today, there should be some similar analysis of Adobe Stock's data, or Fotolia, because although the portfolios on both websites are identical, Adobe Stock will unfortunately see less information about it.

Which Countries Do Shutterstock's Pictures Come From?

By Robert Kneschke | 827 Words | Posted 6/10/2019 | Comments
A few weeks ago, the publicly traded image agency Shutterstock had released its second-quarter 2018 business figures. Among those figures, there was also the remarkable 204.2 million images Shutterstock currently offers. 41% of these were added in the last year alone. On my Facebook page there was a lively discussion afterwards, regarding exactly where  these many millions of pictures come from.

PicRights Adds Partner In South Africa

By Jim Pickerell | 305 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
PicRights, a global leader in copyright enforcement, has added a new partner in Johannesburg, South Africa to monetize copyright infringements for the world’s leading news agencies, stock image agencies and independent photographers. No other copyright compliance service offers its clients as much geographical coverage of key markets around the world.

MAXPPP Pursues Unauthorized Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 298 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
The photo news agency MAXPPP has selected two partner companies to monitor, recover and prosecute the use of its content on the internet, the newspapers and the magazines. The goal of the partnership: to increase by at least 50% its revenues related to fraudulent uses.

Shutterstock Rebranding Rex Features

By Jim Pickerell | 204 Words | Posted 6/4/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock is officially rebranding Rex Features as Shutterstock Editorial today. The company says: “Since 2015, we have been working toward the goal of expanding our editorial collection and service to customers around the world. Over the past four years, our talented Editorial team has built a robust offering, becoming a premier source of editorial images for the world’s media.

Microstock – The Dark Side Of Image Licensing

By Martin Lisius | 744 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments (1)
There are often two sides to an industry. The side the customer sees, and the "inside" that industry people see. This article is about the inside of the stock image industry and how Microstock has changed. It also offers photographers and videographers some ideas how to deal with the issues.

Shutterstock Editor Surpasses 5 Million Users

By Jim Pickerell | 506 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced that its free design application, Shutterstock Editor, has surpassed more than 5 million users. The tool helps users, including creatives, designers, and marketers, to speed up their design workflow with easy-to-use, powerful editing functionality and customizable templates.

Getty Images And APO Group Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 634 Words | Posted 6/3/2019 | Comments
Getty Images, and APO Group, a leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service, have announced a wide-reaching collaboration to promote integrated text, photo and video solutions to organizations operating across Africa and the Middle East.

Canva Has Huge Data Breach

By Jim Pickerell | 234 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
Canva, the Australian Graphic Design site that claims to have 50 million premium photos available via subscription, detected a data breach on May 24th of the records of 139 million customers.

Rights Managed Future At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 565 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
A stock agent asked if I had heard a rumor that Getty isn’t selling RM images anymore. The rumors are almost true. I did a story back in March entitled the "End of RM" where I reported that Getty Images personnel were telling some stock agency suppliers that in 3 to 5 years there will be no more RM licensing.

‘Topic Collection’ To Be Launched On PIXTA Website

By Jim Pickerell | 290 Words | Posted 5/30/2019 | Comments
Topic Images in Korea has announced to its suppliers that will be launching its ‘Topic Collection’ on the PIXTA website in an effort to deliver better sales and service to their partner agencies and offer a broad range of quality contents to its customers. Topic was acquired by the Japanese agency PIXTA in 2017.

Ad Agencies Turn Away From Stock To Assignments

By Jim Pickerell | 368 Words | Posted 5/27/2019 | Comments
As more and more consumer are turning to social media for information about the products and services they want to buy Ad agencies and brands are finding that they must up the quality of their offerings in order to get attention. According to Erik Radle, CEO of Dallas-based Miller Ad Agency, “People are finding out that the content has to just sing. It has to just dazzle. We’re spending a lot of time doing photo shoots because the days of stock photography being meaningful on social media are over. That just doesn’t cut it any more and will get you ignored.”

EyeEm No Longer Subsidizing Getty Sales

By Robert Kneschke | 1153 Words | Posted 5/27/2019 | Comments
A few years ago EyeEm decided to guarantee its photographers a minimum compensation for each image licensed through the Getty website regardless of what they received from Getty. Over the years they have steadily lowered that minimum and with the last sales report they have finally dropped the idea of a guaranteed minimum royalty. This article explores what happened.

Is Shutterstock Headed Toward Eliminating Creators?

By Jim Pickerell | 1265 Words | Posted 5/17/2019 | Comments
A reader wrote recently that he believes Shutterstock’s efforts to add huge quantities of image to its collection, as I discussed in recent article, is a “calculated plan” to eventually eliminate the need for photographers. He believes that by “feeding these images into their AI machines they will be able to learn exactly what their customers want.” Then, it is his contention, that Shutterstock will be able to “deliver custom made images (which Shutterstock would create) to clients.” He argues that ”this would just be machine work and there would no longer be a need for image makers or even computer graphic designers.”

imageMarketplace New York 2019

By Jim Pickerell | 230 Words | Posted 5/17/2019 | Comments
For ten years between 2007 and .2017 Visual Connections operated a fall expo in New York where visual media users could meet and network with stock agencies, artist reps, production companies, clearance and other service providers. There were also seminars about the business of sourcing and using visual media. They closed down their operation in 2017. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019 imageMarketplace New York 2019 (a London based company) will launch a new event with similar goals for influencers in the world of visual content.

Can Shutterstock Grow It’s Enterprise Business?

By Jim Pickerell | 534 Words | Posted 5/15/2019 | Comments
One of the big questions for Shutterstock is whether they can continue to grow the Enterprise segment of their business and how important that is to the eventual success of the company. In 2016 and 2017 they touted the success of Enterprise, but over the last 12 months Enterprise growth has been slowing and sales overall seem to be flattening.

Shutterstock Launches Self-Serve API Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 421 Words | Posted 5/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced the launch of its new self-serve API subscription plans. For the first time, developers, startups, and small and mid-sized businesses can build products and features that seamlessly integrate Shutterstock’s image collection and enable in-app image reselling, providing an additional revenue stream for customers when their end-users license and download images.

Small Claims Bill Moves Forward In Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 845 Words | Posted 5/8/2019 | Comments
The CASE Act (Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement) was first introduced in 2017, but the bill expired without being passed at the end of the last Congress, as is the normal process for all bills not passed. On May 1, 2019 the bill was re-introduced in both the House and the Senate.

The VCG Story Takes Another Turn

By Jim Pickerell | 1105 Words | Posted 5/8/2019 | Comments
Selling-Stock has managed to gather more information about what has been happening at VCG. According to sources sometime after the Corbis acquisition VCG decided to copy Getty’s Premium Access strategy and launch a PA plan of its own. In addition to all the Getty and Corbis creative and editorial images, the iStock images are also available to the customers who purchase a PA plan.

Fair Use Claim Rejected

By Jim Pickerell | 215 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
On April 26, 2019, the Fourth Circuit Court overturned a Northern Virginia District Court decision that allowed Violent Hues Productions, LLC’s to use a cropped version of a photo to promote a Film and Music Festival without compensation to the creator. Violent Hues had made no effort to request permission or compensate photographer Russell Brammer for the use and claimed “Fair Use” in court. (See July 2018 story.)

CEPIC Congress In Paris June 5 – 7

By Jim Pickerell | 780 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
It is less than one month until the annual CEPIC Congress convenes in Paris on June 5 thru 7, 2019. Each year this event is the single most important meeting of people from all over the world who are engaged in the picture licensing industry.

Seminar On Improving Video Content Discoverability

By Jim Pickerell | 210 Words | Posted 5/6/2019 | Comments
On May 9, 2019 Mark Milstein will be offering a seminar in New York on Time-based Metadata: The Key to Video Discoverability and Content Immortality. The presentation will be at B&H Photo.  Click here to register. You can also watch online.

ACSIL: Footage Revenue Worldwide $570 Million

By Jim Pickerell | 2047 Words | Posted 5/3/2019 | Comments
ACSIL and Thriving Archives have completed their fourth Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies (AGS4) since 2007 and estimate worldwide stock footage revenue in 2018 at $570 million, more than double what it was in 2007. Data for the survey launched in July 2018 was collected from 84 of the estimated 415 footage licensing companies worldwide.

Will More Images Grow Revenue?

By Jim Pickerell | 841 Words | Posted 5/2/2019 | Comments (1)
Will more images in an agency collection grow revenue? Is more choice always better? Shutterstock is adding 1,608,350 new images a week to its collection. That’s 229,764 new images a day. The average customer reviews 500 or fewer returns before changing search parameters. So how do they make it possible for customers to review all those new images?

Another Look At The Market In China

By Jim Pickerell | 643 Words | Posted 5/2/2019 | Comments
The stock photo market in China may be bigger, and more lucrative than many people think. Gaopin Images tells Selling Stock that their average gross sale to Chinese customers in 2018 was $35, 17% more than what Getty is earning worldwide and 44% more than the gross China sales Getty is reporting to its contributors.

Future Value Of Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 462 Words | Posted 4/29/2019 | Comments
I was asked recently to appraise the value of a collection of stock images that were being donated. Back in the 1990s and even the early 2000s this would have been a relatively easy task. I would look at the revenue the collection had generated in previous years, determine the rate of revenue decline year over year and assess, based on the type of imagery, the length of time they might continue to have commercial value.

Shutterstock Q1 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1194 Words | Posted 4/25/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q1 2019 revenue of $163.3 million up $6.7% compared to Q1 2018,  (excluding Webdam which was sold in the first quarter of 2018). The revenue was almost flat with the $162.1 million generated in the previous quarter. During the conference call CFO Steven Berns pointed out that traditionally revenue for Q1 is very similar to revenue in Q4 of the previous year. Revenue per download averaged $3.42 per image, compared to $3.40 in Q1 2018.

Shutterstock and AP Renew Multiyear Distribution Deal

By Jim Pickerell | 229 Words | Posted 4/23/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced the renewal of its agreement with The Associated Press (AP) to distribute AP’s daily global photo output for license to customers based in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.

Future Of Copyright In The US

By Jim Pickerell | 88 Words | Posted 4/23/2019 | Comments
On April 8, 2019 there was a roundtable discussion at the Copyright Office’s with regard to the immunity Internet Service Providers are entitled to under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if they comply with various provisions. The content creator community has been hoping that the U.S. might follow the lead of the European Parliament and provide some additional protections for creators.

Another VCG Update

By Jim Pickerell | 749 Words | Posted 4/22/2019 | Comments
VCG is still offline in China and there is no clear indication when they may be able to resume operations. It appears that VCG’s standard prices have ranged from tens to thousands of yuan. Thus, they could be as low $5 to $10 for the use of an image. Such prices seem to fit with the gross sales prices Getty Images has been reporting, minus a reasonable share for the selling agency. We also know that in a very few cases customers have paid well over $600 to use an image. However, It is unclear what the usage conditions have been for the extremely low prices or anything in between. Maybe VCG’s standard price packages have been very similar to those of Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. We don’t know.

Questions From China About VCG

By Jim Pickerell | 1320 Words | Posted 4/19/2019 | Comments
Photo World Magazine in China asked for my views on four issues related to the VCG copyright dispute. The following are my responses to the questions.  I’ve decided to share these comments with my readers. In addition, at the bottom of the story there links to some other stories on Selling-Stock.com that provide additional information

VCG’s Problems Continue

By Jim Pickerell | 509 Words | Posted 4/16/2019 | Comments
As we reported last week Visual China Group (VCG) in China was forced to close down itd website over the issue of offering the “Black Hole” photograph without giving “clear and visible” credit as required by the Creative Commons license.

Shutterstock Launches “View in Room” Augmented Reality For Mobile  

By Jim Pickerell | 326 Words | Posted 4/16/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, has announced the launch of its first Augmented Reality (AR) feature, available on the Shutterstock customer iOS application. The latest update to the iOS application includes a new “View in Room” button that allows users to access their camera phone and virtually position any of Shutterstock’s 250 million images against the wall in a room of their choosing.

Brianna Wettlaufer Joins Adobe

By Jim Pickerell | 194 Words | Posted 4/15/2019 | Comments
Brianna Wettlaufer, former Co-Founder and CEO of Stocksy, has joined Adobe Stock as Head of Content. A longtime creative industry veteran and innovative entrepreneur Brianna has held numerous leadership roles in the stock photo industry including Vice President of Development at iStock among others. Brianna resigned her position at Stocksy last August for personal reasons.

Adobe Release 2019 Visual Trend, Brand Stand

By Jim Pickerell | 101 Words | Posted 4/15/2019 | Comments
Adobe has released its latest 2019 Visual Trend report called Brand Stand. The trend report explores consumers’ desire for companies that align themselves with important social issues and how brands like Nike and Gillette are driving this trend with high-impact creative that takes a stand.

VCG Violates Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 229 Words | Posted 4/12/2019 | Comments
Techcrunch reports that VCG grabbed the first black hole photo released by the European Southern Observatory and immediately made the image available for sale for either editorial and commercial use without any attribution to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHT), an array of radio telescopes that captured the black hole image.

In Defense Of Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 919 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments (3)
More and more photographers are expressing frustration with Getty Images and saying they are pulling their images. Many are looking for another distributor that will charge higher prices and offer a better royalty share. I hate to defend Getty, but to be fair today’s low prices are not all their fault. If we go back to the early 2000s Getty tried to keep prices at reasonable levels, but once iStock and Shutterstock came on the scene, and got some traction, there was no way for Getty to hold out forever.

Envato Acquires Twenty20

By Jim Pickerell | 400 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments
Envato, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has solidified its place as one of the key players in the stock photography market with the acquisition of stock photo subscription service Twenty20. The Los Angeles-based company that started out as a way for people to print Instagram photos onto canvas, boasts more than 350,000 creative contributors to its library of more than 45 million authentic, crowd-sourced photos.

Rawpixel Changes Terms And Conditions

By Jim Pickerell | 414 Words | Posted 4/11/2019 | Comments
Rawpixel is an agency in the microstock arena that everyone in the stock photo business should be aware of. The company is headquartered in the UK, but its creative hub in Bangkok, Thailand. The company is the leading contributor to Shutterstock with over 1,000,000 pieces of content in the collection.

Will Terapixel Resolution Help Professional Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 179 Words | Posted 4/9/2019 | Comments
Will Quantum Dots make the next generation of camera technology so much better that it will dramatically separate the quality of the work of professional photographers from those using smartphones and give the professional a new leg up? A story on thephoblographer.com points out that the Quantum Dot technology is much more efficient than the CMOS technology used today.

Intel Grabs Copyright?

By Jim Pickerell | 332 Words | Posted 4/4/2019 | Comments
Some photographers attending the Intel press and analyst event on April 2, 2019 interpreted the following notice to all entrants as a move to grab the copyright of any photos the photographer might take.

Will CGI Reduce The Need For Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 83 Words | Posted 4/4/2019 | Comments
Fstoppers has an interesting story on the impact CGI may have on commercial photography and photographers in the not too distant future. Earlier this week I wrote about the declining need for professional photographers in the future. Rather than buying camera equipment and spending time and effort learning how to take pictures anyone interested in the visual arts as a profession might be better advised to find a comfortable chair, sit down at their computer and learn CGI rather than being a photographer.

Will There Be A Future Need For Professional Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 790 Words | Posted 4/2/2019 | Comments (1)
Young people (those in their 20s and 30s) interested in a career as a photographer should think hard about that decision. Yes, there will always be a demand for photographs, but will those who want photographs be willing to pay enough to make it a business for image creators?

European Parliament Approves New Copyright Rules

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 4/2/2019 | Comments
With its “Copyright in the Digital Single Market” directive the European Parliament took a giant step last week toward empowering creatives and news publisher to negotiate with the Internet giants for a share of the revenue received as a result of their distribution of creative content they do not own. The new copyright rules also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Travel Photographer Closes Website

By Jim Pickerell | 264 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments (2)
Rick Strange, a very successful UK travel photographer with over 45 years experience is closing his www.worldtravelphotographs.com website after over 4 years of very disappointing sales. Considering the excellent quality of his work, this may be a cautionary tale for any photographer considering trying to market work from a personal website rather than using a stock agency.

StockFood Takes Over Look Travel Photo Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 468 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments
On April 1, 2019, StockFood GmbH will take over the German travel photo agency Look. All employees, including their long-standing customer advisors and photo editors, will join the StockFood team. For decades, Look (lookphotos.com) has been known as the leading German travel photo agency. From the very beginning, the name "Look" has been synonymous with the group's mission.

PhotoShelter Adds To Management Team

By Jim Pickerell | 308 Words | Posted 3/20/2019 | Comments
PhotoShelter, the leading digital asset management platform for visual storytellers, today announced two dynamic additions to the company’s management team: Kristine Muccigrosso and Daniel Salerno. Muccigrosso joins as the VP of Customer Success and Salerno as the Director of Talent and People Operations.

PIXTA Makes Business Alliance With Naver OGQ Market In South Korea

By Jim Pickerell | 194 Words | Posted 3/19/2019 | Comments
The Japanese microstock agency PIXTA which purchased Topic, a South Korean premium stock agency a couple years ago, has decided to make a business alliance with OGQ Co.,Ltd. in their "Naver OGQ Market." Naver is Korea's version of Yahoo or Google. The sales price for each image use will be 200 South Korean Won. This is equivalent to about $0.18 in U.S. dollars.

Winning Copyright Infringement Cases Gets Harder

By Jim Pickerell | 161 Words | Posted 3/15/2019 | Comments
Two unanimous opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 4, make winning a copyright infringement case more difficult. See a full report on the Digital Media Licensing Association website here.

Huawei Uses Fakes Photos To Sell P30 Smartphones

By Jim Pickerell | 151 Words | Posted 3/15/2019 | Comments
Huawei is using photos created with a DSLR to promote their new P30 Smartphone Pro Camera rather than photos actually taken with the camera. This is the third time they have been caught using DSLR stock photos to promote the use of their smartphones. They seem to have no qualms about misrepresenting their products to the public and potential buyers.

Getty To Push Exclusive RM

By Jim Pickerell | 701 Words | Posted 3/13/2019 | Comments
Getty Images sent out the following notice to image suppliers yesterday. Be sure to also see Getty Simplifying RM Exclusivity where I analyze the pros and cons of this plan for image creators. They said, "We will soon begin including a base level of Exclusivity into RM licenses called Market Freeze, which will allow customers exclusive use of an image for the combination of use, industry, geography, and duration of any commercial use license."

Getty Simplifying RM Exclusivity

By Jim Pickerell | 1012 Words | Posted 3/13/2019 | Comments
Will Getty’s move to simplifying RM Exclusivity be good for Image Creators? The following are several things RM contributors should think about. In particular, contributors who have co-exclusive agreements with Getty should question this new deal. See Getty To Push Exclusive RM for the full release on this new program

The End Of RM

By Jim Pickerell | 1002 Words | Posted 3/11/2019 | Comments (1)
Getty Images personnel are telling some stock agency image suppliers that in 3 to 5 years there will be no more Rights Managed licensing. Everything will be RF. Currently, only 21% of the images in Getty’s Creative collection are RM. That is down from 55% in 2007, the last time Getty supplied detailed figures on gross sales of the various collections. Getty is also putting pressure on individual photographers to switch their RM images to RF.

How The Value Of Stock Photos Has Declined

By Jim Pickerell | 530 Words | Posted 3/7/2019 | Comments
Back in 2007 I was called on to place a value on a collection of wildlife stock images that were involved in a legal action. At the time I based the per-image value on the “average annual return-per-image” of the Getty Images collection. By dividing the gross 2006 RM revenue by the total RM images in the collection I determined that the average annual gross license fee for an RM image was $335.

PantherMedia Representing 360Cities

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 3/7/2019 | Comments
PantherMedia is now representing the work of the largest provider of 360 °/VR media provider, 360Cities. 360 °/VR media are ideal for use in education, publishing, advertising and film, as well as in the development of mobile apps and games. 360Cities has been curating high-quality, fully 360 ° interactive panoramic photos for over 10 years, working with thousands of passionate VR photographers and videographers from around the world.

What’s An Image At Getty Worth?

By Jim Pickerell | 736 Words | Posted 3/5/2019 | Comments (3)
Yesterday, I received a call from a travel photographer who recently started contributing his work to Getty Images. He has about 200 images from various locations around the world in the collection. He just received a sales report for 3 Premium Access sales, each for royalties of under $1.00. He wanted to know who he could contact at Getty about such ridiculously low royalties.

Finding The Right Image Gets Harder For Creatives

By Jim Pickerell | 707 Words | Posted 2/28/2019 | Comments
Did you know it takes Creatives twice as long to find an image that will work for their project as it did just 4 years ago? This is one of the facts that was uncovered in Visualsteam’s Annual Survey of Creative Pros. This 35-page report is packed with other information and insights that should help image licensors and image creators as they plan for the future. The report can be purchased for $69.95 by contacting fnyrf@ivfhnyfgrnz.pbz

Image Creators Need Better Sales Information

By Jim Pickerell | 865 Words | Posted 2/27/2019 | Comments (2)
Image creators need better information about the kind of content that is selling. Are customers looking at higher priced content? Can creators earn more money if their images are in a collection like Offset where images are licensed for much higher prices? Should creators produce more stills? Should they buy new equipment and start shooting video that sells for higher prices? Shutterstock’s quarterly reports to investors aren’t very helpful in this regard.

Shutterstock 2018 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1218 Words | Posted 2/26/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2018 revenue of $162.1 million up $6.7% compared to Q4 2017. (The comparison excludes the 2017 revenue from Webdam which was divested in Q1 2018.) The revenue was also up $9.5 million from Q3 2018. Revenue per download averaged $3.40 per image, compared to $3.33 in Q4 2017. (Much of this growth is probably due to increased sales of video content offered at much higher prices than still image content.)

CEPIC Disappointed With Aspects Of EU Copyright Directive

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 2/25/2019 | Comments
CEPIC expresses its extreme disappointment at the EU copyright Directive as we see that last minute compromises were reached that will directly hurt CEPIC members specialized in fine art, history and vintage photography. Some of these libraries are attached to cultural institutions and contribute to their financing – this not only by “selling postcards” as the agreed compromise text implies.

Pricing For Today’s Stock Photo Market

By Jim Pickerell | 537 Words | Posted 2/21/2019 | Comments
An agent who has operated a small, specialist agency specializing in RM licensing for years contacted me recently and asked the following question. “I’m reworking (or trying to figure out) image pricing in bundle form (similar to OFFSET STOCK PHOTOS). I’m wondering if you’ve talked to them about whether their program might/might not be working?" Here’s my response.  

Pearson Sells U.S. Textbook Business

By Jim Pickerell | 195 Words | Posted 2/18/2019 | Comments
Pearson has sold its U.S. schools course materials business to the private equity groups Nexus Capital Management LP for $250 million. Nexus will pay an initial $25 million and a further $225 million by way of a vendor note due in the next three to five years for the business, which provides textbooks and resources for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

WPPI Bans Member: Rescinds Past Awards

By Jim Pickerell | 239 Words | Posted 2/18/2019 | Comments
Australian photographer Lisa Saad has been accused of using other people’s photos to compete in, and win, various photo competitions in in Australia, the United States and other countries.

Low Slow Sales Growth For Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 752 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock will report its fourth quarter 2018 numbers on February 26, 2019. If the last three years are any indication, it is unlikely that there will be much evidence of additional sales growth. I’ve put together a chart of quarter-by-quarter sales since the beginning of 2014. The chart offers some interesting insights, particularly in regard to what has been happening in the last three years since the beginning of 2016.

EU To Modernize Copyright Rules

By Jim Pickerell | 389 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission have come to a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe. This will bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors including the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizens.

Spending For Wedding Photography Flat

By Jim Pickerell | 168 Words | Posted 2/15/2019 | Comments
Spending for weddings in the U.S. in 2018 was down 4% from $25,764 in 2017 to $24,723 in 2018. The photography segment of this spending breaks down as follows according to The Wedding Report.

Signs Of The Times

By Jim Pickerell | 187 Words | Posted 2/12/2019 | Comments
Kodak, now going by the name of Kodak Alaris. has announced the sale of its PPF (Paper, Photochemicals and Film) unit as soon as March 2019. Just last month they promised to re-introduce Ektachrome in 120 and sheet film later this year, but this week it was reported that they will be selling the company.

Mint Images Distributing Spaces Images Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 143 Words | Posted 2/12/2019 | Comments
We missed the announcement last December that Mint Images had signed a worldwide exclusive distribution agreement with Spaces Images to represent the over 15,000 images its collection. These images are now available for direct licensing from Mint Images, and through Mint’s distribution partners around the world.

Successful Stock Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 724 Words | Posted 2/8/2019 | Comments (1)
If you want to know what it takes to be successful in stock photography you may want to listen to what Steve Heap and Todd Klassy have to say. Both approach the stock business in non-traditional ways. Both have seen continued annual growth in revenue in the last few years despite the fact that many other photographers are seeing a plateau or decline in revenue.

Dreamstime vs Google

By Jim Pickerell | 431 Words | Posted 2/8/2019 | Comments
U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California recently granted Google's motion to dismiss the antitrust claim filed by Dreamstime.com LLC but allowed claims of breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing to move forward.

Getty Demanding Agencies Supply Them RM Exclusively

By Jim Pickerell | 611 Words | Posted 2/4/2019 | Comments
Sources tell me that Getty is demanding that U.S. agencies with RM images in its collection make those RM images fully exclusive through gettyimages.com. Otherwise Getty will terminate the Agreement. One theory for doing this is that Getty wants to be able to grant exclusive licenses through e-commerce sales. If Getty knows they have total control of a given image, then they would be able to grant exclusive licenses without the need to do any checking with the parent agency that represents the image to see if exclusive rights are available. This would be similar to the arrangement that Stocksy has with its photographers.

More On Apple’s Photo Contest

By Jim Pickerell | 250 Words | Posted 2/1/2019 | Comments
Last week I reported on Apple’s new global photography contest. The 10 winning images will be used extensively in a massive advertising campaign including product packaging and billboards. The official contest rules say the winning entries will have “No cash value.”

Decline Of Images Requiring Production Planning And Costs

By Jim Pickerell | 719 Words | Posted 1/29/2019 | Comments (3)
In the not too distant future there will be few, if any, new professional images created that require pre-planning, paying for models, renting locations, building sets, acquiring props, or anything that adds to the cost of producing such images. Currently the costs of producing a large segment of images in demand far exceeds the revenue generated from licensing such images. Producers trying to earn their living from such production will find it necessary to drop out of the market.

Visualsteam’s 6th Annual Survey Of Image Buyers

By Jim Pickerell | 129 Words | Posted 1/29/2019 | Comments
Visualsteam has just released it’s 6th annual survey of image buyers. This 35-page report prepared by Leslie Hughes who has decades of experience in the stock photo business always offers deep insights into what image buyers are looking for and the problems they face.

Direct Selling Of Stock Images

By Jim Pickerell | 2110 Words | Posted 1/25/2019 | Comments (3)
The stock agency sales model no longer works for most photographers trying to earn a portion of their living from the images they produce. Prices for the use of photos have declined so dramatically that it no longer makes much sense for professional photographers to spend much time or effort producing stock images on speculation.

How Much Has The Value Of A Great Photo Declined?

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 1/23/2019 | Comments (1)
Want to know how much the value of a great photo that is used in advertising has declined? In 2001 Microsoft paid $135,000 to use Chuck O'Rear's image of a green rolling hillside with a pale blue sky to launch a major advertising campaign for Windows XP software. How much do you think Apple is willing to pay for an iPhone photo that will be used heavily in iPhone advertising? Hint: If you're a photographer you won't be surprised, but you also won't be happy!

Copyright Office Outlines Challenges Facing Visual Creators For Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 226 Words | Posted 1/22/2019 | Comments
The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress detailing the results of the Office’s public inquiry on how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations, are registered, monetized, and enforced under the Copyright Act of 1976. The document is entitled, “Copyright and Visual Works: The Legal Landscape of Opportunities and Challenges.”

Mint Images Representing Londolozi Photography Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 380 Words | Posted 1/22/2019 | Comments
As of 1 September 2018, Mint Images obtained worldwide distribution rights for The Londolozi Photography Collection.  Both companies are very excited to be working together.  The collection is available for direct licensing from Mint Images, and through Mint’s distribution partners around the world. 

Shutterstock’s 2019 Creative Trends Report

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 1/16/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has published its eighth annual 2019 Creative Trends Report. This year’s eleven design styles, many of which echo the past in a playful and in a decadent way, predict the top influences for design and visual production in 2019.

Copyright Thief

By Jim Pickerell | 279 Words | Posted 1/14/2019 | Comments
A reader called my attention to an article I wrote in 2010 where the “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that online rights infringements costs the U.S. economy roughly $58 billion in total output every year.” The reader wanted to know how much that might be today.

ABACA and ddp group Announce Strategic Partnership

By Jim Pickerell | 268 Words | Posted 1/14/2019 | Comments
Paris based photo agency ABACAPRESS and German ddp group, each a leading press
photo agency in their country, will join forces to increase photo production for their
core business, and to develop innovative services for new markets and corporate
brands.

Shutterstock Launches New Ad Campaign

By Jim Pickerell | 331 Words | Posted 1/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced it is launching its first brand marketing campaign in six years. The ‘It’s not stock, it’s ShutterstockTM’ message is designed to showcase the unparalleled quality and depth of Shutterstock’s creative asset repository driven by more than 550,000 contributors from around the globe, as well as highlight the proprietary search and discovery technologies that inspire the creative professionals who use Shutterstock to find the perfect asset every time.

Aurora Photos Sold To Cavan Images

By Jim Pickerell | 319 Words | Posted 1/8/2019 | Comments
Aurora Photos has been sold to Cavan Images. The official transition date is Feb 1, 2019. Aurora was founded in 1993 as an agency specializing in offering images related to Outdoor Adventure, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Nature’s Beauty and remote travel to adventure destinations.

News Photography In The Digital Age

By Jim Pickerell | 259 Words | Posted 1/4/2019 | Comments
According to, The State of News Photography 2018, published by the World Press Photo Foundation and authored by Adrian Hadland and Camilla Barnett photographers and photojournalists are finding working patterns in the media world increasingly difficult and many are facing more financial stress.

Fake Assignment Scams

By Jim Pickerell | 224 Words | Posted 1/4/2019 | Comments
PhotoShelter has reached out to its more than 80,000 photographers to alert them to fake assignment scams that are being sent through the contact form on their PhotoShelter website. There is no reason to believe that the scammers are only contacting PhotoShelter member as it would be easy for then to run the same scam on any photographer who has a website and offers a way to be contacted.

Don’t Ignore Customer Needs

By Jim Pickerell | 1279 Words | Posted 1/3/2019 | Comments
In response to the article I published last week where I suggested that what is needed is a system that enables photographers to deal directly with customers Macintosh Smith commented “Isn’t this what PhotographersDirect.com has tried to establish?" Photographers Direct is a good first step, but in my opinion it has some major flaws. Consequently, I suspect it is generating very little traffic.

Stock Photo Agencies: Outlived Their Usefulness

By Jim Pickerell | 4385 Words | Posted 12/27/2018 | Comments (2)
This long read outlines the step-by-step changes in the marketing of stock images over the the last 30 to 40 years. It makes clear why the production of stock images is no longer a viable business for most photographers and other image creators. At the end of the article, I have outlined some of the changes I believe need to be made in the relationships between image creators and customers in order to return the business to a profitable occupation for those who produce images.

Stock Photo Pricing: The Future

By Jim Pickerell | 48 Words | Posted 12/21/2018 | Comments
In the last two years I have written a lot about stock photo pricing and its downward slide. If you have time over the holidays you may want to review some of these stories as you plan your strategy for engaging in the stock photo business in 2019.

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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.

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