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.

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.

Free Stuff

More Free Articles

Other Recent Stories

Microstock
Eleven Year Shutterstock Growth Trends
The chart below allows you to easily track the growth trends of Shutterstock quarter-by-quarter over the last 11-years and see the number of images in the collection, number of downloads and the gros...
Read More
Shutterstock Q4 2020 Financial Results
Shutterstock has reported Q4 2020 revenue of $180.9 million up 9% compared to $166.4 million in Q4 2019 and up from $165.2 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download was $3.91 per-image compa...
Read More
Nikon Moving Manufacturing To Thailand
I purchased my first Nikon camera in 1958 when I lived in Tokyo. At that time Nikon was the premier Japanese camera company. Nikon has announced that they will now move all manufacturing of new equi...
Read More

More from Microstock

Macrostock
Colorsport Archive Sales
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 com...
Read More
Getty “Market Freeze” Update
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 sa...
Read More
Stock Photography: Is Volume The Answer?
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. Sto...
Read More

More from Macrostock

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive email notification when new stories are posted.

Follow Us

About This Site

This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.

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.

Top Categories