What Kind Of Images Are In Demand?

By Jim Pickerell | 1147 Words | Posted 8/11/2020 | Comments
If you would like insight into the kind of images that are in demand and what you should be shooting you might want to take a look at AdobeStock. Adobe offers some features other major agencies don’t. Exploring the site could help you decide what kind of images might earn the most money for you.

Getty “Market Freeze” Update

By Jim Pickerell | 175 Words | Posted 8/11/2020 | Comments
After publishing our article “Getty’s RF ‘Market Freeze’: Expensive Customer Mess?"  I received the following clarifying message from Matthew McKibben, Getty Images, PR Manager in The Americas. He said:

Getty’s RF “Market Freeze": Expensive Customer Mess?

By Robert Kneschke | 853 Words | Posted 8/7/2020 | Comments
Getty Images offers customers anything they want,  but their decisions don't  always seem well thought out. In November 2019, Getty Images ended the "right managed" license model, with which image buyers were able to buy, among other things, exclusive image rights for certain regions, industries, etc., which they called the "Market Freeze" feature.

What Stock Photo Customers Need

By Jim Pickerell | 1555 Words | Posted 8/5/2020 | Comments
ustomers need a better way to quickly review a selection of images than most stock photo sites offer. They don’t need more images. They need to be able to review the best images quickly.   Twenty-five years ago this was possible by reviewing the images that had been placed in tightly edited major agency print catalogs. Now that editing is gone. The current marketing goal seems to be to throw as many images as possible at customers and force them to spend their time doing the editing. Historical trends indicate that most customers have found the mages used by other customers to be most useful for their purposes as well. Most customers are not looking for an image that has never been used.

Death Of Photography As A Profession

By Jim Pickerell | 1236 Words | Posted 8/4/2020 | Comments (1)
I define Professional Photographers as individuals who are earning a significant portion of the money they need to support themselves and live comfortably from licensing use to the images they produce. The number of such individuals is disappearing rapidly. All indications are that the number will continue to decline.

Stock Photography: Is Volume The Answer?

By Jim Pickerell | 1402 Words | Posted 7/29/2020 | Comments (1)
I can remember when I was primarily an assignment photographer and occasionally sold outtakes from assignments on the side. Most of the income I needed to support my family came from assignments. Stock sales gave us a little extra. Demand for stock started to grow and it became harder for me to get assignments as I was working in an area where the competition was stiff from a lot of top quality experienced photographers. Buyers wanted to pay a little less than it cost to do an assignment. They liked having instant access to the stock image they needed and not having to spend a lot of their time organizing assignment shoots.

Shutterstock Q2 2020 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1453 Words | Posted 7/28/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q2 2020 revenue of $159.2 million down 2% compared to $161.7 million in Q2 2019 and down from $161.3 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download was $3.61 per-image compared to $3.44 in Q2 2019 and $3.42 the previous quarter. Total image and video downloads for Q2 were 44 million compared to 46.6 million a year earlier and down from 46.8 million from the previous quarter. At the end of the quarter Shutterstock had over 340 million images and 19 million video clips in its collection,

Shutterstock Partners With Microsoft: Gives Advertisers Free Images

By Jim Pickerell | 252 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to give brands access to the stock photography company’s library of images for use in ads. The API integration with Microsoft Advertising will give advertisers on the Microsoft Audience Network FREE ACCESS to millions of commercially licensed images.

What’s Fair Compensation?

By Jim Pickerell | 203 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments (1)
Shutterstock’s gross revenue in 2019 was $648,500,000. Total royalties paid out to all contributors in 2019 was about $181,730,000. Total Shutterstock stock owned by Jon Oringer is worth over $650,000,000.

Getty Helps Designers Take Advantage Of Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 346 Words | Posted 7/24/2020 | Comments
A Getty Images photographer reports that he gets a lot of sales to a Scottsdale, Arizona company called Design Pickle that offers full design services to businesses. Getty licenses these photo uses for $0.17. The photographer gets a $0.03 royalty for his work.

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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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