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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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Photos Found On Social Media Aren’t Free To Publish

By Jim Pickerell | 654 Words | Posted 12/12/2018 | Comments
In the case of Jonathan Otto vs. Hearst Communications, Inc. in the Southern District Court of New York, Judge Gregory Woods has found that news organizations may not use personal images posted on social media without permission. In the event that personal images are use the infringer is legally liable to pay damages to the creator.

Where Users Find The Images They Need

By Jim Pickerell | 568 Words | Posted 10/25/2018 | Comments
The images created by photographers who are trying to earn a portion of their living from their work represent very small minority of the total images that can be found on the Internet. Every day the number of images on the Internet that require licensing becomes a smaller and smaller percentage of the total. While there may be 2 billion unique images online that photographers have on offer for licensing, that number is a very small percentage of the total images available for viewing.

Picture Researcher Needed

By Jim Pickerell | 1257 Words | Posted 8/6/2018 | Comments
Recently, I received a call from the developer of a real estate website who is looking for a picture researcher to help him find images to illustrate the stories he will publish on his website. He is looking for “free” pictures, but has determined that it takes too much time, and is too much hassle, to do the research on the free sites himself. He is willing to pay someone to do that research, but not pay for the photographs.

VCG Closes 500px Marketplace: Abandons Creative Commons

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 7/2/2018 | Comments
On Saturday Visual China Group (VCG) shut down 500px Marketplace and replaced it with a distribution partnership arrangement. China users will be able to license the images through VCG who acquired 500px earlier this year. Getty Images will handle all licensing in the rest of the world.

Unsplash: How Free is Free?

By Jim Pickerell | 670 Words | Posted 2/21/2018 | Comments
Since its launch in 2013 Unsplash has been providing a platform where photographers can upload their images for the enjoyment of others. The photographers allow anyone to use their images for free, for any purpose and without credit. While the photo library only contains 400,000 photos (compared to the 180 million on Shutterstock), the company says it’s had more than 48 billion photo views and 310 million photo downloads since launch. Currently, it is seeing 10 photo downloads per second.

Dealing With Free Image Use Requests

By Jim Pickerell | 612 Words | Posted 1/9/2018 | Comments
Recently, Owen Franken asked how I would deal with a request for personal blog use of an image. He receives such requests rarely. He received the following from Andrew Skladowski in Australia. See my comments on things to consider regarding such a request.

Pickit Establishes Offices In Redmond Washington

By Jim Pickerell | 370 Words | Posted 12/8/2017 | Comments
Tim Hinchliffe has reported on the Sociable blog that Swedish stock image startup Pickit has announces its entry into the US market by establishing an office in Redmond, Washington to be closer to Microsoft.

Do All Google Searchers Expect FREE Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 588 Words | Posted 12/4/2017 | Comments
Jim Domke, creator of the Domke Camera Bag, recently commented about my Can Customers Find You article. He said, “Those searching for photos on Google or Bing are searching for FREE photos.” I disagree.

Unsplash: Can Those Selling Stock Images Compete With Free?

By Jim Pickerell | 1033 Words | Posted 7/19/2017 | Comments
More and more photographers are willing to give their images away rather than trying to earn some revenue from their use. Unsplash is one of many free sources for image. Can photographer who are trying to license rights to their images compete with the availability of free?

What Does Image Curation Mean?

By Jim Pickerell | 495 Words | Posted 6/29/2017 | Comments
I just received a press release from Envato Elements that offers “inspiring and ready-to-use photos, templates, fonts and assets” for $29 a month. They say Envato Elements “now includes 200,000 hand picked photos” from its PhotoDune collection of 9 million photos. (Actually, there are currently 244,085 photos in the Elements collection.)

Free Image Use: Is It Indicative Of What Paying Customers Will Buy?

By Jim Pickerell | 516 Words | Posted 11/10/2016 | Comments
Dreamstime, with over 50 million stock images, and more than 16 million users has added 10,000 new images to its now 20,000 image library of free images available at www.dreamstime.com/free-photos.?? Dreamstime also uses artificial intelligence-driven data from its companion site Stockfreeimages.com to dynamically adjust recommended image content based on user preferences.

CAIA Image: Photographer Collective

By Chris Ryan | 840 Words | Posted 6/21/2016 | Comments
Editor's Note: I recently asked Chris Ryan of CAIA Image to explain how their company came into existence as a stock photo production company, and how it operates. He sent me the following and said, "we are always looking for new contributing artists whose work we think is truly outstanding."

Photographers Don’t Understand Creative Commons

By Jim Pickerell | 447 Words | Posted 8/24/2015 | Comments
TechDirt reports that photographer Art Dragulis took a photo of Swain’s Lock along the C&O canal in Maryland and uploaded it to Flickr. Roughly four years later, he discovered Kappa Map Group was using his photo for the cover of its Montgomery County, Maryland atlas. He sued for copyright infringement. And he LOST.

Who Owns The Rights?

By Jim Pickerell | 747 Words | Posted 1/23/2015 | Comments
Have you gotten tired of reading all the “terms and conditions” on the social media sites? Or have you just given up and assumed they are OK. If you really read (and understand) all the terms on these sites is there any time left to engage on the sites? Is there any time left to take pictures?

“Monkey Selfie” – Who Owns The Copyright

By Danita Delimont | 418 Words | Posted 8/22/2014 | Comments
You may have seen references to the “Monkey Selfie” and Wikimedia’s claim that there can be no copyright on the photo. Wikimedia claims it can use the photo without any licensing because it was the monkey that took the photo. Photographer David Slater supplied the equipment the monkey used and made the image available to the world. (The monkey hasn’t figured out how to use the Internet yet.) Get more information about the copyright debate.

Is Pay-Per-View The Future For Web Use?

By Jim Pickerell | 419 Words | Posted 5/19/2014 | Comments
Blend Images and Danita Delimont Stock Photography have recently joined the IMGembed community. IMGembed went live in March 2013 and currently has millions of images in its collection. Previously, we have reported on Getty’s embedding strategy and PressFoto’s ImageRent. IMGembed offers another approach to the pay-per-view strategy for monetizing images.

“Usage Rights” Image Filters On Google And Bing

By Jim Pickerell | 889 Words | Posted 1/16/2014 | Comments
Google has just made it much easier for searchers to find images they can legally use for FREE – even for commercial uses. Bing introduced this feature last July. Go to Google. Use the images search feature and search for any subject. Click on “Search Tools” and under that click on “Usage Rights.” The default search is “not filtered by license,” but the searcher can change that to any one of the following:

Should Wallpaper Use Be Free?

By Jim Pickerell | 580 Words | Posted 9/3/2013 | Comments
Many Internet users seem to believe that it is OK to use any image they find online for wallpaper on their site. The next step is to grab a bunch of images they like and create a site that makes the images available to others for free wallpaper use. And, once they’ve gone to the trouble to create a site the site owners figure they might as well make a little money by selling a few ads.