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.

Stock Photography’s Historic Earnings Decline For Creators

By Jim Pickerell | 2900 Words | Posted 10/19/2020 | Comments (6)
Many photographers who have entered the stock photo business in the last 5 to 10 years have trouble understanding why photographers who have been producing stock photos since the 1980s and 1990s are so unhappy with how the business had declined. I’d like to provide a little historical perspective.

Adobe Launches Free Stock Image Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 1072 Words | Posted 10/14/2020 | Comments (3)
Adobe Stock has launched a Free Stock Image Collection containing about 70K images (50K pictures, 15K Vectors and 6K video). The first version has been built from the work of a few top contributors who have a significant volume of images in the main collection.

Stock Photography Has A Diversity Problem

By Jim Pickerell | 655 Words | Posted 10/10/2020 | Comments (1)
An article in Popsugar says stock photography has a diversity problem.  According to the author more stock images of black and brown people are needed.

Check Out Google Images Search And Licensable Badge

By Jim Pickerell | 650 Words | Posted 9/25/2020 | Comments
In my previous story about the Google Licensable Badge I made a mistake about when the badge would actually go live. It actually started appearing on the site on 31 August 2020. It will be interesting to see how much Google’s new Licensable Badge will help or hinder stock photo sales. To test it I did a search for “Office Workers.” Then you are given several options including one for “Clip Art” which seems to be all illustrations. and another for “Stock Photos”.  I clicked Stock Photos and among the options given are “Royalty Free” and “Stock Photography”.

Dreamstime Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

By Jim Pickerell | 400 Words | Posted 9/25/2020 | Comments
Dreamstime has announced the start of a celebratory month to mark its 20th anniversary this September. Dreamstime.com was registered in 2000 and disrupted the stock photography market by lowering prices manifold and enabling many photographers to join the industry. In 2004, it gained a top 3 position and has continued to experience sustained and rapid growth, evolving from a handful of photos to featuring 145+ million files in its online library and employing its own proprietary AI, PhotoEye, for filtering the now steady 3 million monthly approvals in 2020.

IPTC Photo Metadata Conference 2020

By Jim Pickerell | 378 Words | Posted 9/25/2020 | Comments
The IPTC, the global standards body of the news media will be conducting its 2020 IPTC Photo Metadata Conference online this year and it is entirely free for anyone to attend. The conference will take place on Tuesday 13 October 2020 from 15:00 to 18:00 UTC time. (That’s 11:00 to 14:00 EDT.)

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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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