Cannes Lions Ridicules Stock Photography

By Jim Pickerell | 509 Words | Posted 4/30/2014 | Comments
A lot of people like to ridicule stock photography and hold it in contempt like “Truly Awful Stock Photography” or “Unsalable Stock Photos” or “20 Worst WTF Stock Photos,” but we’re not sure what the organizers of The 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity are trying to do.

2014 CEPIC Congress In Berlin

By Jim Pickerell | 262 Words | Posted 4/9/2014 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress scheduled to be held in Berlin on June 4 through 7, 2014 is less than 2 months away. Already nearly 350 stock photo agents and industry suppliers are signed up to attend. For a full conference program see here.

ASMP – Business as unUsual Webinars

By Jim Pickerell | 494 Words | Posted 4/2/2014 | Comments
ASMP has announced two webinars later this month that should be of value to stock photographers and stock photo agents. Both are free if you sign up and listen at the scheduled time. These webinars will also be recorded and made available within a week after the event through a web link. ASMP members will be able to listen to them for free. Non-members will be charged a fee of $4.99.

Videos From Microstock Expo 2013

By Jim Pickerell | 447 Words | Posted 2/28/2014 | Comments
If you couldn’t make it to the Microstock Expo (MExpo) in Berlin last November now from the comfort of your home or office you can see and hear all the discussions that took place during the two-day conference. Of course, this material will be particular interest to microstock shooters and distributors, but even if you are licensing your work at RM or traditional RF prices you will find that many of the discussions provide important insights into where the stock photo industry is headed.

Visual Connections Chicago 2014 Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 283 Words | Posted 12/16/2013 | Comments
Visual Connections has announced that Visual Connections Chicago (), the leading forum to meet and learn from image/footage buyers, will be moving to a new venue in 2014. Bookings for the Thursday, April 24, 2014 event will open on Wednesday, December 18 at 10am ET.

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2014 Competition Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 331 Words | Posted 12/4/2013 | Comments
The 2014 “Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year” competition with a top prize of £5,000 has been announced. Professional and amateur photographers can submit their food images until January 31, 2014. The winner will be selected in London and announced on April 23, 2014 in a festive ceremony at the London’s “Mall Galleries.“

Changing Stock Photography World

By Jim Pickerell | 1539 Words | Posted 11/19/2013 | Comments
As happens every fall there is a whirlwind of photo conferences – PACA Annual Conference, Visual Connection and PhotoPlusExpo (all in New York), and this year Microstock Expo in Berlin. In light of everything I’ve seen and heard between October 20 and November 17, 2013 I’ve provided a few observations as to where I think the stock photo industry is headed.

Convergence of Video and Stills

By Julian Jackson | 961 Words | Posted 7/30/2013 | Comments
Video is starting to become the new essential for stills libraries. Although the two majors have had motion divisions for years, most UK photo-libraries avoided video for a number of reasons: technical complexity, bandwidth and the uncertainties of a new market, compounded by the economic difficulties of the past few years.

PACA 2013 Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 213 Words | Posted 6/26/2013 | Comments
Registration is now open for the 18th Annual PACA Conference in New York City October 20-23, 2013. PACA will be teaming up with Visual Connections to bring a 3-day event, which will feature the PACA Conference on days 1 and 2 and Visual Connections on day 3.

Visual Connections New York 2013 Opens for Booking

By Jim Pickerell | 191 Words | Posted 6/5/2013 | Comments
Booking opened on June 4 to prospective exhibitors at Visual Connections New York 2013, which will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd immediately following the PACA International Conference on October 21st and 22nd.

Creative Job Openings

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 5/31/2013 | Comments
On May 22nd iStockphoto partnered with the Art Director’s Club to host Portfolio Night in more than 20 cities around the world. The Portfolio Night events were designed to connect aspiring young creatives with renowned advertising creative directors in hopes they would receive feedback on their work and ultimately secure career opportunities. For those who were unable to attend here is some of the information that was provided.

June 11th: Photocentric Day At CEPIC

By Jim Pickerell | 356 Words | Posted 5/23/2013 | Comments
At the CEPIC Congress on June 11th the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will sponsor the second annual "Photocentric Day," a day of inspiration and learning with the theme: How can the professional generate revenues in the digital world?

Holding The Pricing Line

By Jim Pickerell | 910 Words | Posted 4/16/2013 | Comments
In recent discussions with agents operating in Europe it seems that it has become impossible to hold the line on pricing. They say there is always a competitor willing to undercut any rate.

Falling Prices: Issue To Be Discussed At CEPIC

By Alfonso Gutierrez | 2616 Words | Posted 3/29/2013 | Comments
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.

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.

Image Source Announces Photographer Workshops

By Jim Pickerell | 531 Words | Posted 2/20/2013 | Comments
Image Source has announced the dates and locations of its latest series of photographer workshops, starting in London on March 12, 2013 and ending in Los Angeles on March 21st with additional workshops in Copenhagen, Milan, Munich and New York.

Is Anything Real?

By Jim Pickerell | 330 Words | Posted 11/7/2012 | Comments
In her presentations “The Fixer” at Photo Shelter’s Luminance event in September, retoucher and illustrator Amy Dresser beautifully demonstrated that there is no reality in photography any more. You'll be amazed at what she can do with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Luminance 2012

By Jim Pickerell | 164 Words | Posted 9/14/2012 | Comments
The Luminance 2012 event held in New York this past week was the first-of-its-kind event designed to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture and photography. Given how the Internet and digital technology is impacting and changing how images are created, distributed and used, those who hope to earn revenue from their images must constantly examine new trends and innovation and be prepared to adjust their business strategies.

Klein To Receive Global Leadership Award

By Pat Hunt | 268 Words | Posted 9/12/2012 | Comments
On November 5, 2012 Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images will receive an award for Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration (GLIC) at Suffolk University in Boston. The award will be presented by the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership (CICL) and in an acceptance speech Jonathan will describe the innovative practices that Getty Images has employed that are transforming the digital media industry.

PhotoPlus 2012 Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 335 Words | Posted 9/7/2012 | Comments
The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is scheduled for October 24-27, 2012 . The 4-day event begins on Wednesday, October 24 with WPPI University, a one-day series of seminars designed to sharpen the creative and business skills of photographers. The PhotoPlus Conference that runs from Thursday through Saturday offers more than 90 educational seminars and hands-on labs for attendees to hone their skills, learn new techniques, and participate in discussions. For registration information check here.

PACA's 17th International Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 7/18/2012 | Comments
PACA’s (Picture Agency Council of America) 17th International Conference will be held this year in Chicago from October 19th through the 21st at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.  In addition to PACA members the event is open to all ‘sister’ trade organizations for the image, illustration and advertising industry. These include:

Aurora Multimedia Workshop

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 4/19/2012 | Comments
The Aurora Multimedia Workshop designed to prepare photographers for creating effective multimedia projects will examine the challenging new world of visual storytelling from May 29 through June 1, 2012 at the University of Colorado campus in Bolder.

Keynote Speakers At CEPIC

By Jim Pickerell | 321 Words | Posted 4/19/2012 | Comments
At the CEPIC Congress in London on 16 through 18 May each day will begin with an inspiring key note address. The speakers are listed here.

PDN Outdoor Photo Expo

By Jim Pickerell | 285 Words | Posted 4/16/2012 | Comments
The second annual PDN Outdoor Photo Expo (OPE) will be held in Salt Lake City August 1-4, 2012 and registration is now open. Outdoor Photo Expo is the only educational conference and trade show dedicated to outdoor photography, including adventure, landscape, nature, outdoor sports, travel and wildlife.

CEPIC Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 4/13/2012 | Comments
The CEPIC Congress, the premier international event for those who license rights to stock photography is only a little more than a month away.