Yuri Speaks

By Jim Pickerell | 952 Words | Posted 7/26/2013 | Comments
Yuri Arcurs has written a long post entitled “Microstock sees its first major setback in 6 years and here’s why.” In it he explains (1) why he is pulling his images out of all microstock agencies except iStockphoto and his own Peopleimages.com, (2) why he decided to go exclusive with Getty, (3) why mobile, crowd sourced photography is “a serious threat to stock photography” and (4) why he has invested $1.4 million in Scoopshot. This article is a must read for everyone in the industry.

Crowd Sourced Photojournalism

By Jim Pickerell | 1359 Words | Posted 7/22/2013 | Comments
We are moving rapidly toward a time when a large portion of the news photographs we see will be crowd sourced. There may be no way to slow this trend, but it raises some serious questions for those trying to earn a living as news photographers, or those who hope to take up this career in the future.

Yuri Arcurs Invests $1.2 Million in Scoopshot

By Jim Pickerell | 455 Words | Posted 7/16/2013 | Comments
Backed by Yuri Arcurs, Scoopshot is launching a new service for crowdsourcing photography on-demand in minutes after the customer makes a request. Scoopshot gives photo buyers the ability to instantaneously place assignments in front of the company’s global network of 280,000+ mobile photographers.

Smartphone Photographers Sell Pictures

By Jim Pickerell | 624 Words | Posted 7/11/2013 | Comments
An increasing number of mobile phone photographers in Europe are contributing images to Scoopshot. The company recently released the total number of images uploaded to the five tasks that photographers have found most interesting. Amazingly, 27,788 images were submitted to a request from WAZ Media Group in Germany for pictures of interesting coffee cups.

Scoopshot To Launch Web Platform

By Jim Pickerell | 392 Words | Posted 5/28/2013 | Comments
Scoopshot is scheduled to release a new web-based platform later this month that will make task creation publicly available. This is expected to increase the number of users, the quality of the content, create more brand visibility and increase user engagement for their media partners.

Mobile Images At iStockphoto

By Jim Pickerell | 374 Words | Posted 5/2/2013 | Comments
Since the fall of 2012 iStockphoto had been accepting pictures taken with mobile devices. Currently they have 7433 images on the site. So far, they do not allow contributors to upload their photos directly from their mobile devices. It is not clear whether they are accepting images from contributors who only shoot with a camera phone, or whether they are just encouraging their regular contributors to also submit some images they shoot with their phones.

Selling Instagram Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 289 Words | Posted 4/18/2013 | Comments
The Instagram community of 100 million users will have a new way to market their images with the August 2013 launch of InstaStockImages.

Scoopshot Partners With Ebyline

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 4/17/2013 | Comments
Scoopshot, the global crowdsourcing photo and video service has announced a global alliance with Ebyline, a company which helps media publishers, agencies and brands to collaborate with professional freelance journalists worldwide by providing workflow tools.

Depositphotos Launches Clashot: Mobile Application

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

Mobile Goes Mainstream

By Jim Pickerell | 326 Words | Posted 2/1/2013 | Comments
Mobile photography has made huge strides in a short time. Customers are using images shot with mobile devices. Image distributors are accepting mobile images into their collections. And the quality improves with each new generation of phones. iStockphoto has just published list of mobile photography tips that will help photographers produce images of commercial quality with their mobile devices.

Alamy Accepts Mobile Phone Images

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 1/23/2013 | Comments
The ever increasing demand for instant and breaking news images and the huge improvement in the quality of phone and compact camera photographs has prompted Alamy to begin accepting photographs for its Live News service from mobile (cell) phone cameras and compact cameras.

Blend Images Launches Camera Phone Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 434 Words | Posted 11/20/2012 | Comments
A sure sign that camera phone images have become mainstream in the commercial image world is the announcement by Blend Images that it has added Memento, a new camera phone stock image collection, to its offering.  Memento will feature strongly conceptual and illustrative commercial content and will be available for licensing at www.blendimages.com and stock resellers worldwide in early 2013.

Dreamstime Seeking Images Created With Mobile Phones

By Jim Pickerell | 435 Words | Posted 11/14/2012 | Comments
Today more than a quarter of all photos taken are taken on smartphones. No longer is the mobile phone just a communication device. Now users can take pictures with their phones anywhere, anytime without worrying about heavy equipment or camera settings. As of this month Dreamstime has started accepting both editorial and commercial pictures that are shot using a mobile phone.

Foap Receives $500,000 in Funding

By Jim Pickerell | 308 Words | Posted 11/14/2012 | Comments
Foap, the site that licenses crowdsourced travel images taken by iPhone user, has received an additional $500,000 in funding from Jade Global Investments. David Los, co-founder of Foap, attributes the company’s growth to a first-mover advantage in offering iPhone users an opportunity to monetize photos already stored on their phones.

Is Instagram A Professional Tool For Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 317 Words | Posted 11/7/2012 | Comments
After Hurricane Sandy many news organizations will be thinking hard about covering breaking news events with iPhone’s and delivering the images via Instagram. Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for Time Magazine, hired five professional photographers to cover the event with their iPhones rather than their digital SLRs. By delivering the images via Instagram Time was able to show customers a more comprehensive report faster that would have been possible with a traditional approach to the assignment.

Instagram and Camerphones As Tools

By Jim Pickerell | 130 Words | Posted 10/8/2012 | Comments
John Lund has written an interesting blog post about why He Hates Instagram.

iStock Accepts Photos Created With Mobile Devices

By Jim Pickerell | 603 Words | Posted 9/4/2012 | Comments
iStock has made it official.  They are encouraging contributors to shoot with cell phones and accepting those images into the general collection. The next generation of stock photography – from RM to RF to Microstock to Cell Phones -- is upon us. See iStock’s Creative Brief.

Photographer Earns $19,000 From Cellphone Pics

By Jim Pickerell | 449 Words | Posted 8/7/2012 | Comments
We recently reported on Foap.com, a Swedish site where photographers can sell pictures they take using their cellphones. Now the developers of the Finnish company Scoopshot, which offers a similar service, tell us that their best selling photographers, Arto Mäkelä, has earned more than $19,000 from pictures he ha taken on his Android smartphone and uploaded to the free-to-download Scoopshot app.

Foap.com: Reaching Out To Amateurs

By Jim Pickerell | 847 Words | Posted 7/2/2012 | Comments
Professional photographers shooting travel photos have another new competitor. Foap.com is collecting iPhone photos from tourists and selling them for $10 each. To get started uploading pictures all the photographer needs to do is go to iTunes and download the app.or go to foap.com. The photographer receives a 50% royalty, payable through PayPal monthly.

How Will Mobile Devices Change The Photography Market?

By Jim Pickerell | 494 Words | Posted 1/26/2012 | Comments
Mobile communication is rapidly changing the way the world gets information. More and more of the information we need will be delivered via mobile devices. This shift is likely to change the demand for visual materials. Here are some things to consider as you plan for the future.

iPhoneography: The Future??

By Jim Pickerell | 1036 Words | Posted 12/22/2011 | Comments
The core business of providing pictures for commercial and consumer use has moved from hiring a professional photographer to shoot an assignment, to RM stock, to RF and then to microstock. The next paradigm shift will be iPhoneography. Learn how this may impact you. Check out Jack Hollingsworth's two day workshop on the subject