Archive for December 2010

29 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

New iStockphoto Category Waives Model Releases -- Photographers can broaden their submission pool of images by contributing to an "editorial use only" category. iStockphoto is now accepting images for use under a new "editorial use only" licensing agreement to be rolled out in early 2011.
TAKEAWAY: Good to see iStock is establishing this division. What a breath of fresh air! Uninformed photo columnists have been fanning the fires of the myth that model releases are required for most photographs, even editorial photographs. Editorial photos inform and educate the public. Your picture(s) will apear in books and magazines. Not in advertisements... If your pictures are intended for a a commercial purpose such as advertising- yes, you might be required to have a model or property release. The courts have always ruled in favor of free press with the homily: “Everyone in public, in public situations, has little or no ‘privacy’ when it comes to photography. We live in a free society. “Don’t confuse commercial photographs with editorial photographs. You are free to photograph in public when your picture(s) is used for educating and informing the public. Perhaps in China or Cuba, you wouldn’t have this freedom, but in most states in the USA, you’ll have no problem taking and publishing such pictures. Any publisher you deal with will not ask for a model or property release in such situations. In our two marketlettesr, Photoletter and PhotoDaily, the editors NEVER ask for a model release. They know their First Amendment Rights

22 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

WHAT SIZE? -- More megapixels bring more and better sales
Luca: “In the microstock business, the file size has become a real issue. Regardless of the overall quality of your productions, there are times that a buyer needs a big image. Many buyers, we know, just need a 600*400 photo to make their blogs look better. Anyone can produce images that small.
“However, many buyers work in in advertising, and just can’t please themselves with a photo smaller than a postal stamp. They need huge files, and this is what I want to talk you about.” SOURCE: Luca

-- iStockphoto has opened for editorial imsges. iStockphoto has announced to its community of more than 85,000 contributing artists that in January it will begin accepting images for use under a new “editorial use only” licensing agreement to be rolled out in early 2011. These images will be available to those needing non-released imagery such as news outlets, publishers, magazines, bloggers and presenters. SOURCE: Marco
TAKEAWAY: Editorial stock photography must be financially attractive if iStock is breaking into it.

15 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

MULTI EXPORTS -- The picWorkflow Export Plugin (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) makes it faster and easier than before to transfer your images from your hard-drive to microstock stock photo agencies.

CONTENT DISTRIBUTION FREE SERVICE -- You are invited to try LightBurner Beta, a new free microstock content distribution and analytical service. LightBurner customers can submit images to 14+ pre-integrated microstock photography agencies:
SOURCE: Pixamba Ltd.; email: support@pixamba(dot)com
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08 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

EASY WORKING -- Introducing Tools for Stock Photographers with a Contest. A new microstock service was just launched today by Robert Davies, the picNiche‘s man: picWorkflow – Online Stock Photo Workflow and Analysis The ‘Mission’ of picWorkflow is to provide a high level of service for photographers, achieving these goals: To make managing your portfolio, big or small, as simple as possible. To do whatever possible to increase your sales and market-relevance . To provide safe and secure storage for your images and their related data . To help make running a photography business on any scale easier than ever before. Also look for a contest to earn a free credit package.

ACQUISITION -- Fotolia acquires clients of microstock agency Polylooks who ceases operations and transitions customers to Europe's leading microstock agency.

01 Dec, 2010 | Posted by: psnotes

INSIDE REPORT -- The Reality of Being a Microstock Photographer. Nicole S. Young: “I went back and forth on whether or not I should post this (this has been sitting as a draft for more than a few weeks), but I realized it was something that should be said. Hate it or love it, it’s the truth. My goal is not to discourage photographers from pursuing their dreams (if being a full-time microstock photographer is one of them), but rather to just tell the truth from my perspective on the last four+ years I’ve been involved with microstock photography.”
PHOTO: Nicole