Shutterstock Acquires Amper Music

By Jim Pickerell | 293 Words | Posted 11/13/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced the buyout of AI-driven music platform Amper Music for an undisclosed sum. The move adds to a growing trend of stock image sites getting involved in rights-free music. Earlier this year, Adobe inked a deal to carry rights-free music catalogs from both Epidemic Sound and Jamendo, while Getty Images also hosts a royalty-free music library by Epidemic Sound.

New Stock Photo Marketing Strategy

By Jim Pickerell | 4539 Words | Posted 11/9/2020 | Comments (2)
Those setting prices for photography are focused entirely on profits for agency managers and compensation for capital investment. They give very little consideration to the well being of creators. Compensation for stock photos is widely out of balance with production costs. Changes are needed. Photographer need more control over how their work is priced and a larger share of the fees customers pay.  With new technology such changes are becoming increasingly possible.

Will AI Kill Stock Photography?

By Jim Pickerell | 898 Words | Posted 11/6/2020 | Comments
We are living in a time when Artificial Intelligence is dramatically changing the way visual content is created. It may not be long before stock photographers are no longer needed to produce photos for commercial use. Photographers will still create photos for personal use and their own entertainment, but visual content for commercial purposes will be created by graphic artists using AI to tell the story and produce the effects their customer needs.

Pixabay Knowingly Distributes Stolen Images For Free

By Robert Kneschke | 491 Words | Posted 11/4/2020 | Comments
This story first appeared in German on Robert Kneschke's website. Why photographers give away their pictures on platforms such as Pixabay remains mostly incomprehensible to me even after this article. Sometimes, however, the authors do not even know that someone else is illegally offering their images for free.

Creative Insights From Adobe

By Jim Pickerell | 276 Words | Posted 10/29/2020 | Comments
Adobe Stock has released Adobe Stock Creative Insights, a data report revealing information collected from Adobe Analytics on 149+ million U.S. visits and millions of asset uploads to Adobe Stock between January 2019 and September 2020. As recently revealed in Adobe’s State of Creativity survey, 91% of creatives admit that COVID-19 and nationwide protests have inspired them to incorporate real-world issues into their work, with 87% reevaluating the subject matter of stock imagery in campaigns.

Shutterstock Q3 2020 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 990 Words | Posted 10/27/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q3 2020 revenue of $165.2 million up 4% compared to $159.1 million in Q2 2019 and down from $159.2 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download was $3.79 per-image compared to $3.40 in Q3 2019 and $3.61 the previous quarter. Total image and video downloads for Q3 were 43.4 million compared to 46.3 million a year earlier and down from 44 million from the previous quarter. At the end of the quarter Shutterstock had over 350 million images and 20 million video clips in its collection, for a total of 370 million pieces of content.

Stock Photography As A Career

By Jim Pickerell | 3135 Words | Posted 10/26/2020 | Comments (6)
Hopefully this story about my photo career will help young photographers understand how difficult it will be to make long-range plans for their future. Many businesses are changing at an increasingly rapid and unpredictable pace. Whatever you think you want to do in your 20s may turn out to be impractical, or unfeasible, sooner than you expect. What seem like an exciting opportunity today may soon disappear.

Adobe Artist Development Fund

By Jim Pickerell | 941 Words | Posted 10/26/2020 | Comments
Adobe has announced that they are putting together a $500,000 Artist Development Fund to commission artists from “underrepresented communities” to create diverse assets for AdobeStock’s portfolio. It is still unclear as to exactly the type of images they will be asking photographers to shoot. Also unknown is whether the contracts will only go to photographers from “underrepresented communities” to do the shooting, or whether they may go to any photographer who is willing to shoot “underrepresented community” subjects.

DMLA Virtual Conference Starts Sunday

By Jim Pickerell | 345 Words | Posted 10/21/2020 | Comments
The first Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) virtual conference starts Sunday. Online sessions for the week-long conference will begin most days at 11:00am EDT and end by 5:00pm EDT. All sessions will be available online and you can attend from the comfort of your home. No need to travel.

Shutterstock Expands Service With Editorial Video

By Jim Pickerell | 460 Words | Posted 10/19/2020 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has announced the addition of Editorial Video, a new premium, full-service editorial video offering that is now available for license. Critical Past, Celebrity Footage and Viral Hog are just a few of the new partners who will distribute their engaging video content worldwide through Shutterstock’s Editorial Video. In addition, current partners’ epa and London Entertainment will begin providing high-quality video via the new service.

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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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