Premium Access Pricing

By Jim Pickerell | 916 Words | Posted 9/11/2020 | Comments (1)
A Getty Images photographer asked if I could explain how Getty calculates its Premium Access (PA) deals where prices for image use vary widely? He pointed out that on his most recent statement he had a number of PA sales for $0.11 and one for $286.00. The vast majority of PA sales (roughly 60% of all sales) are near the low end, but there are also occasional extreme outliers.

Google Licensable Badge Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 672 Words | Posted 9/9/2020 | Comments
Last week Google announced it’s intention to launch Google Licensable Badge a function that will place a badge on images which require licensing before use when they are found by anyone doing a Google search. It is expected the launch will happen in the next couple of months.

Stock Photography Future

By Jim Pickerell | 1060 Words | Posted 9/8/2020 | Comments (1)
A young man studying photography wrote recently and asked if I could supply him with some accurate stock photography analysis. I told him I could, but he wasn’t going to like what I had to say.  (This article is free to all readers, but there is a number of links within the story that require payment if readers want more detailed information.)

DMLA Conference Schedule

By Jim Pickerell | 244 Words | Posted 9/8/2020 | Comments
The schedule for the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) Conference, October 25-30 is now available here. Online sessions for the week long conference will begin most days at 11:00am EDT and end by 5:00pm EDT. There will be two keynote addresses. On Monday at 11:00am Paolo Malabuyo, Director of UX at YouTube will speak on Embracing Complexity.

Colorsport Archive Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 413 Words | Posted 9/8/2020 | Comments
With the decline in public sporting events due to Covid-19, and thus the need for photo coverage, many sports photographers have seen a significant decline in demand for their services. But media companies still have time slots and space to fill. Consequently, they are turning more to documentaries and coverage of historical events to fill their gaps. In the UK this is great news for archies like Colorsport whose collection of sporting imagery goes back to the 1880s.

Self-Employed Photographer Dilemma

By Jim Pickerell | 1449 Words | Posted 8/28/2020 | Comments
If you are a U.S. photographer hoping to earn at least a portion of your future living expenses from selling or licensing rights to the images you produce, it is time to seriously reassess your business plan. If photography is a hobby. If the pictures you produce are for personal enjoyment and their earning potential is unimportant. If you have no need to earn revenue from your efforts, by all means continue to take pictures. But recognize that no matter how great your images might be, in all likelihood any future financial compensation you receive will be miniscule compared to the time and effort expended.

DMLA 2020 Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 300 Words | Posted 8/28/2020 | Comments
The Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) Conference will be virtual this year and available to registered attendees for a full week from October 25th through Friday the 30th.? It is expected that there will be nearly 25 sessions, including two keynotes, nine panels and more than a dozen roundtables, all conveniently stretched over the week and available to you from the comfort of your home.

Google Licensable Badge

By Jim Pickerell | 318 Words | Posted 8/21/2020 | Comments
The Google Licensable Badge concept has been discussed for more than two years and seems to be getting closer to a release. Photographers will need to put a code in the IPTC header of each of their images. When a Google search finds such an image it will display the Licensable Badge with the image indicating that the image needs to be licensed for use. The viewer can then click on the badge and determine where they need to go to negotiate a license for use.

Analysis Of Adobe Stock Portfolios

By Robert Kneschke | 1249 Words | Posted 8/21/2020 | Comments (1)
In June German photographer Robert Kneschke did an indepth analysis of the portfolios on the Fotolia website. Adobe displays all the images it represents on both the Adobe Stock and Fotolia websites, but less information is displayed on Adobe. The following information should be an accurate picture of what can be found on Adobe Stock as well as Fotolia.

Reinvent Yourself Using Your Photo Skills

By Jim Pickerell | 514 Words | Posted 8/14/2020 | Comments
If you’re a freelance photographer trying to earn a living taking pictures, and finding photo jobs few and far between during this Covid 19 pandemic, you should read this story. Adam Pratt is one of many freelancers who has seen the demand for his services as a photographer decline. As a result he has re-invented his business. He has been able to use his photography skills and training to turn from taking pictures to organizing personal photos for families.

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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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