Dealing With Model Releases

By Michael McCloy | 596 Words | Posted 5/14/2021 | Comments
It should come as no surprise that, in recent years, online waivers and release forms have grown in popularity, especially during the past year. They’ve made it much easier to collect information while maintaining pandemic-approved standards. The stock photo industry, for example, has benefitted from online photo release forms. It provides an effective and efficient way to collect releases from models and online waivers will continue to be utilized as a better approach to signature-collecting. 

WebPurify: New DMLA Sponsor

By Jim Pickerell | 306 Words | Posted 8/14/2018 | Comments
WebPurify, a full-service digital content moderation and review company with over 12 years experience is a new sponsor of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). The Irvine, CA based company’s mission is to maintain the quality and integrity of media libraries. WebPurify’s offers a combination of live content moderators and AI technology that can be a huge asset to stock photography websites in helping to curate, manage and moderate the copy associated with images and videos.

ICL vs Plus Registry

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

Adobe Showcases New Features At MAX 2015 Conference

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

Getty Makes 35 Millions Photos Free For Blog Use

By Jim Pickerell | 1068 Words | Posted 3/6/2014 | Comments
Getty Images has made it possible for anyone to easily embed and share its imagery – at no cost – for non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels through a new embed tool. Free Pictures For Anyone Who Blogs.

Shutterstock Instant: New Search Algorithm

By Jim Pickerell | 463 Words | Posted 6/4/2012 | Comments
Late last week Shutterstock sent out a press release introducing – a little pre-maturely it turns out – a new image discovery tool called “Shutterstock Instant.” In fact, if you go to the Shutterstock site there is no evidence that this feature exists. It turns out it is still a prototype. As with all prototypes when it is finally released to the public it may be quite a bit different than it is today.

20/20 Software Releases Image Expert

By Jim Pickerell | 174 Words | Posted 5/29/2012 | Comments
20/20 Software recently announced the release of Image ExpertTM. The 20/20 Software Image Expert is an advanced workflow and image processing application. It provides image analysis using a set of rules provided by the library; image conversion, image resizing, renaming, and metadata import/export. New Paradigm For Exclusive Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 2395 Words | Posted 5/3/2012 | Comments
RM photographers Take Note!! With the launch of Yuri Arcurs has taken away your last best argument for why professional art directors and graphic designers should go to traditional RM sites to license the images they need.

The Pleasures of Keyword Perfect

By Spencer Grant | 913 Words | Posted 9/7/2011 | Comments
Few stock photo tasks are as idiosyncratic as keywording. Some photographers just use their mental vocabularies while others consult a thesaurus. I know a photographer who has blocks of often-used synonyms he cuts and pastes into the right place. Everyone does it differently.

Fingerprint Your Images

By Jim Pickerell | 576 Words | Posted 5/20/2011 | Comments
Image fingerprinting could be a solution for many of the problems photographers face in trying to protect their images. The technology for providing, in camera, a unique fingerprint of every image a photographer creates is already available. All that has to happen is for the camera manufacturers to build this technology into the next models of their professional equipment. 

How To Become A Pro Photographer: Part 2 - Camera Gear

By Daniel H. Bailey | 1928 Words | Posted 10/13/2010 | Comments
This is the second of five articles where Dan Bailey discusses what it takes to make the jump from amateur photographer to pro and work towards making a living with photography. This article focuses on the types of gear and professional expertise you'll need to gain as you make the transition. In future articles, he'll discuss, Marketing and Self-Promotion, The Business of Photography and how to put it all together and get started in a photography career.

pacaSearch to Launch to Buyers in January 2010

By Jim Pickerell | 741 Words | Posted 12/17/2009 | Comments
In January2010, pacaSearch will roll out a major marketing campaign to picture buyers to promote its new pacaSearch software. At a recent demonstration at PictureHouse in New York, Lee Horton, Multimedia Editor of K12 Inc. said, “Learning about the functionality and usefulness of [pacaSearch] put a big smile on my face. As a photo editor and art buyer, I search multiple sites daily. This tool puts more control in my hands. I can keep the results pages in tabs with fewer keystrokes, page toggles and site crashes. The relative percentages, predictive text and term definitions create a tight, clean search environment. With the launch of pacaSearch, I can successfully and accurately find imagery in less time, with less hassle, while having more agency resources at my fingertips. Thank you, PACA.”