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Articles from March 2013

Falling Prices: Issue To Be Discussed At CEPIC

By Alfonso Gutierrez | 2616 Words | Posted 3/29/2013 | Comments (1)
The CEPIC Congress in Barcelona June 10 – 14, 2013 attracts stock agents from around the world. Pricing will be one of the key issues discussed – specifically falling prices and the impact they are having on stock agencies and professional photographers. I posed a series of questions to a few industry leaders. This story is a response from Alfonso Gutierrez, CEO of age fotostock.

A Photograher’s Guide To Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 292 Words | Posted 3/28/2013 | Comments
PhotoShelter and ASMP have partnered to produce and distribute a new guide that discusses photographer’s rights under the U.S. copyright law and explains what they must do to protect their work.

Global Design Trends 2013: Decline In Photo Use

By Jim Pickerell | 426 Words | Posted 3/28/2013 | Comments
Shutterstock has released an infographic that forecasts several design trends for the year ahead. In 2012 Shutterstock delivered 76 million image downloads giving them a wealth of data from which to draw conclusions.

Getty Connect: Miniscule Usage Fees

By Jim Pickerell | 1264 Words | Posted 3/27/2013 | Comments (1)
Last summer Getty Images launched an API initiative called Connect by Getty Images that made it possible for then to collect a share of the advertising revenue when an ad appears on a page where a Getty Image is shown. One of the first companies to use the API was Yahoo. In the February statements Getty is reporting royalties from some of the early pay-per-view deals. The numbers being reported have alarmed a number of Getty’s contributors.

Bruce Livingstone Launches Stocksy

By Jim Pickerell | 471 Words | Posted 3/26/2013 | Comments (1)
Bruce Livingstone founder of iStockphoto has launched Stocksy has been designed as a co-op and pays photographers a 50% royalty on each sale. At the end of the year, the company divides 90% of its profits equally among contributors and other shareholders.

Alamy Launches New Look Website

By Jim Pickerell | 401 Words | Posted 3/26/2013 | Comments
Alamy’s new website is the latest step in the company’s efforts to improve the online experience for creative and editorial customers. The company has taken a phased approach to the site re-design and is initially launching with a new homepage, search results, image pop-up and lightbox tool.

ImageBrief Closes $700,000 Investment Round

By Jim Pickerell | 407 Words | Posted 3/22/2013 | Comments
ImageBrief has raised a $700,000 round of financing from Square Peg’s Paul Bassat and Justin Liberman as well as other Australian investors. Originally based in Australia, the company has raised $2.2 million thus far.

Dismal State Of News Media In 2013

By Jim Pickerell | 620 Words | Posted 3/21/2013 | Comments
In its annual study of the State of News Media the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that employment at U.S. newspapers in 2012 was down 30% from its peak in 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978.

Struggling To Make Money In Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 781 Words | Posted 3/20/2013 | Comments
A reader wrote "Strikes me that there is so much fragmentation in the stock image space it’s hard for anyone, especially the photographers, to make money." He thinks we need a better way for people to search and license images. See my comments. Let me know if you have other ideas.

Social Sites Strip Photographer Metadata

By Jim Pickerell | 285 Words | Posted 3/19/2013 | Comments
The International Press Telecommunications Council  (IPTC) has released a new study into the use of images by social media websites. Among those that remove photographer metadata from the images they host are Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

Depositphotos Launches Clashot: Mobile Application

By Jim Pickerell | 489 Words | Posted 3/15/2013 | Comments
Depositphotos has created, a platform that allows image creators using mobile devices to share their images and potentially earn revenue from some of them.

Photo Researchers Re-brands Itself As Science Source®

By Jim Pickerell | 260 Words | Posted 3/15/2013 | Comments
After 56 years in the stock photography business, Photo Researchers Inc. has re-branded itself as Science Source®, a name which they feel "better reflects our primary focus on science, medicine, natural history, space and technology."

What Can Be Done About Pricing?

By Jim Pickerell | 899 Words | Posted 3/14/2013 | Comments (1)
The number one issue for photographers is “what can be done to stop the steady down hill slide in the price paid to use an image?” Unfortunately, the answer is NOTHING! Look at the numbers and understand why.

A Career In Visual Communications

By Jim Pickerell | 537 Words | Posted 3/11/2013 | Comments
If you are a young person who wants a career in visual communications where are the opportunities likely to be? They are least likely to be in print publishing. This article presents statistics that explain why and gives some insights into the potential for video.

By Jim Pickerell | 922 Words | Posted 3/7/2013 | Comments
Given the competition in the world of professional photography, anything that can help a photographer find customers is worth considering. A reader recently called my attention to that allows art buyers to provide a detailed outline brief of their image needs for current projects. Photographers can review the briefs and submit images for the projects.

Leading Advertising Photographers Join Novus Select

By Jim Pickerell | 166 Words | Posted 3/7/2013 | Comments
Novus Select has announced the addition of David Burnett, Holly Wilmeth, John Hafner and Joseph Puhy to its existing roster of talented artists centered around advertising. All have shot advertising and branding projects for top brands including GM, FedEx, Canon, Cabela’s and more.

Time Warner Expected To Dump Many Magazines

By Jim Pickerell | 363 Words | Posted 3/5/2013 | Comments
In the digital age there is declining interest among consumers and advertisers in print publications. Investors have little confidence that there will ever be a recovery or revival of print. They want the companies they invest in to shed marginally profitable assets and focus on the much more profitable businesses of film and television. Publishers like Time Warner are looking for ways to reduce their print publication exposure and concentrate their investments on assets that offer better growth potential.

Pond5 Acquires Pixmac and Expands International Presence

By Jim Pickerell | 349 Words | Posted 3/5/2013 | Comments
Pond5 Inc. has acquired the assets of Pixmac, a leading stock imagery network based in the Czech Republic. With millions of stock photos and illustrations distributed in 17 languages and in multiple currencies, the acquisition of Pixmac accelerates Pond5’s strategy to offer a global marketplace where media makers can connect with fellow artists.

LOOK3 Festival Set For June 13-15

By Jim Pickerell | 311 Words | Posted 3/5/2013 | Comments
For the third consecutive year, Corbis will be the exclusive media broadcast partner of the LOOK3 festival in Charlottesville, Virginia from June 13-15. The festival is designed to bring together the international photography community, creating opportunities for attendees and artists to share images, ideas and inspiration.

Find An Image On Bing: What Use Allowed?

By Jim Pickerell | 1136 Words | Posted 3/1/2013 | Comments (2)
Anyone who reads the comments on Selling Stock knows that travel photographer Bill Bachmann is a strong advocate of Rights Managed licensing and adamantly opposed to ever making any of his images available as Royalty Free. Imagine his surprise when he discovered that someone had found one of his images on Bing, grabbed it and used it as a background for another photo. And the other photographer was so proud of what he had done that he explained that the image he created was a "Bing Royalty Free background with model added."

Entertainment Photographer Eric Charbonneau Signs With Invision

By Jim Pickerell | 311 Words | Posted 3/1/2013 | Comments
Eric Charbonneau, a renowned entertainment photographer with over 25 years of experience, today signed with Invision, the multimedia entertainment agency jointly owned by The Associated Press and some of the world's leading entertainment photographers.

Over Two Million Stock Footage Clips Available At

By Jim Pickerell | 199 Words | Posted 3/1/2013 | Comments
Over two million preview clips from over forty top footage collections are now available through ( By partnering with many of the world’s most prestigious footage companies, including Getty Images, FootageBank, Framepool, CNN ImageSource and Shutterstock, has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive online stock footage databases, and a powerful production resource.

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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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