22 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
--Pixels.com Promises Photographers Full Licensing Control of Their Images - Gannon Burgett: “In an attempt to potentially flip the imaging licensing market on its head, Pixels.com
has launched a new platform that puts the photographers in control
for a change. SOURCE: http://petapixel.com/2014/04/16/pixels-com-promises-photographers-licensing-control-of-their-images/
08 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
Getty Image's Race To The Bottom
- Beate Chelette: “No matter how much our industry dislikes Getty Images and can blame them rightfully so for their part in the rapid decline of image valuation
– they are anything but stupid. There had to be something about this move. And it wasn’t until I read Rohn Engh’s
piece that he sent to me that I had my big AHA moment
. “ http://www.photobizcoach.com/2014/03/31/gettys-race-bottom/
More info: http://www.photosource.com/makeover.html
01 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
Making Its Best Archival Photos and Footage Available Through a New E-commerce Website - Chris Artis: “Reuters
, one of the world's largest multimedia news providers, launches Reuters Access
, a one-stop self-service e-commerce site offering the rights to Reuters best archival pictures and video for sale directly to small and medium sized customers in the United States. SOURCE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reuters-launches-reuters-access-making-its-best-archival-photos-and-footage-available-through-a-new-e-commerce-website-2014-03-25?
Will REUTERS sniff out the GettyImages
"Makeover" (see The Last Word
below) and begin monetizing the REUTERS photo database? Stock photographers beware! -RE
25 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
NEW PROFIT CENTER
-- Reuters Starts New Photo Licensing Site. Sandra Oshiro: “While our large publishing customers across the globe will continue to enjoy enterprise-level access to our content coupled with unmatched client support and service, now smaller businesses
can get Reuters award-winning photography
and video via an easy to use, elegant, and self-service e-commerce solution
,” said Jason Fox, Reuters global head, product, technology and program management, in a news release. – SOURCE: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Newsletter/Article/Reuters-Weighs-Into-Photo-Licensing-With-New-e-Commerce-Site
18 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
WITH A CATCH!
Getty Images Free Photos - John Lund: “I have had a number of requests to comment on Getty’s “Embed Program”, and while I am no expert, I will at least share a few thoughts. The gist of the program is that people are now free to use most of the photos handled by Getty Images for non-commercial use by using provided embed code. The photos remain on the Getty servers (an important aspect as we shall see)” SOURCE: http://blog.johnlund.com/2014/03/getty-images-free-photoswith-catch.html
TAKEAWAY: Gettyimages has recognized that there's great wealth to be gained by this new turn of events. Mailing lists are big business in our new world of Big Data. Their stock should rise -and I don't mean photos. –RE
Existing Content Agreement Expires - Flickr and Getty Partnership ‘Terminated’
- DL Cade: "Originally announced in 2008 the partnership has been going strong for almost 6 years now as Getty scoured the Flickr archives and invited contributors into its network. “Today we are announcing that we provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr,” reads the email. “Our original agreement reached its end,
and while we continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr, we have not agreed to a new agreement at this time.” SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/pnk3a29
11 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
Getty fights copyright infringement by making 35 million stock images free
- David Greenway: “The newly unveiled feature will see images from news, sports, entertainment and stock collections, as well as the Getty archives, available in much the same way as YouTube allows its videos to be embedded. Getty has reserved the right to monetize the embedded images with advertising
in the future but for the moment will be utilizing the data that it gains from the knowledge of who is using their images. http://www.htxt.co.za/2014/03/06/getty-fights-copyright-infringement-making-35-million-stock-images-free/
-- Trunk Archive Acquires North American Licensing Rights.. Conor Risch: “Statements from both Magnum
focused on the possibilities for Trunk to do a better job generating revenue from the archive than Magnum
has. Trunk Archive represents more than 250 photographers around the world for secondary image sales.” SOURCE: http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2014/03/trunk-archive-acquires-north-american-licensing-rights-for-magnum-photos.html
CONNECTING WITH EDITORS
-- The process of gathering and distributing editorial has changed irrevocably over the past decade. Yet the sourcing of photographers and media workers hasn’t. Matthew Craig
tells Olivier Laurent how he aims to change that with his new startup business
. An online platform connecting newsrooms with freelance staff, Blink
lets editors know where a photographer lives or is currently located, as well as the type of work he or she has done in the past. SOURCE: http://www.bjp-online.com/2014/02/blink-aims-to-connect-photographers-with-editors/
25 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
-- Cliched Stock Photography – And Why Good Designers Avoid It! - Jess DelBalzo: “Stock photography permeates the advertising industry like a rotten egg. We’ve all seen these overused images
in email newsletters, on websites, even in fliers and postcards that we receive offline.
18 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
-- Sheryl Sandberg project aims for less sexism in stock photography
- Jennifer Dunning: “In real life, women aren't often found laughing alone while eating a salad, or balancing a baby and work obligations, in heels, while maintaining a perfectly wrinkle-free skirt suit. She has teamed up with Getty Images
to release a collection of photos that show women and families in empowering roles -- among them tattooed moms, diaper-changing dads, active elderly people, skateboard-riding girls, and weightlifting women.
PHOTO: Gladskikh Tatiana via Shutterstock
04 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
-- New Niche Stock Image Website, Offers Unique Photos of Models With Disabilities - Deborah Davis, co-owner of a new stock photography website with images of people of disabilities,
became part of the disabled community when a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down at 18 years old. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1705714
10 Dec, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
A Series Of Creative Research Reports showcasing new photography collections shot with emerging cultural and societal trends
in mind. SOURCE: http://trends.corbisimages.com/?cid=cb_em_1113_amr_1_Life_Corp
PHOTO: Corbis Images
19 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
MOBILE STOCK PHOTOS
-- Foap Founder: Community Is Key to the Business -Tom Grasty: “The mobile stock photography business is getting a lot of attention lately. In the last few months, Scoopshot, EyeEm and Foap — three leading startups in the space — have collectively raised close to $9 million in funding.
To gain some insight, I sat down with David Los, CEO and co-founder of Foap, who, with the launch of “Foap Missions”
in March, has made community the cornerstone of his company’s business strategy. SOURCE: http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2013/11/foap-founder-community-is-key-to-the-mobile-stock-photo-business/
05 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
Closing The Barn Door After The Horse Is Gone
– John Lund: “One never knows if an image is going to sell in stock, let alone do well, but I believe this photo has a lot of the qualities that make for a successful stock image. First of all, I think it is a concept that can apply to a lot of messages. The idea is one of prevention and of timeliness. “Have You Backed Up Your Data
?” could easily be a headline that would go with this photo of an escaping horse…after the barn doors are being closed. Prevention is a difficult concept
to illustrate. http://blog.johnlund.com/2013/10/closing-barn-door-after-horse-is-gone.html
IMAGE: John Lund
07 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
'PAID-FOR' ONLINE MEMBERSHIP
-- Magnum Photos
prepares a new platform. Magnum Photos is planning the launch of a membership scheme in a bid to capitalize on its social media communities while reducing the financial burdens associated with the copyright infringement
of its pictures. SOURCE:
20 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson
NEW AGENCY LAUNCHES
-- NW Stock Photos launched this month. NW Stock Photos
serves clients seeking professional photographs for editorial, marketing, corporate and fine-art uses, according to company founder Peter James. They will include businesses, publications, websites, local governments, interior designers, photography collectors and more, he said. SOURCE: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/08/13/3144981/bellingham-photographer-selling.html
30 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
: EyeEm and Scoopshot
attack stock photo industry from different angles - David Meyer: “Finland’s Scoopshot and Germany’s EyeEm have both revealed new trenches of funding that will help them invade the stock photo space with mobile snaps.
They both have interesting tech to help them get there. Thanks to serious advances in smartphone camera quality, it’s increasingly possible to take a saleable shot on your handset — and European startups know it. SOURCE: http://gigaom.com/2013/07/17/taking-stock-eyeem-and-scoopshot-attack-stock-photo-industry-from-different-angles/
LUCKY SHOT SPOT
-- Journalist launches PicFair as image licence marketplace – Alastair Reid PicFair, a platform giving anyone the opportunity to license and sell images for use by the media, launched into public beta recently. In what PicFair's founder Benji Lanyado describes as "three clicks" for copyright holders
between signing up and putting images on the market, and two clicks for people wanting to license the image, the platform is intended to simplify and democratise the image licensing process. http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/picfair-launches-as-marketplace-to-license-images/s2/a553641/
PHOTO: Darren Burns
17 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson
BLACK STAR RISING.
The venerable stock photo agency collects memories of the golden age of stock photography in a limited edition book by Lumiere Press.
At its zenith, Howard Chapnick was director of Black Star in those days. When Jeri and I were visiting in New York in 1985, he interviewed us for a series of articles he was writing for Popular Photography Magazine.. Here was the result. http://www.photosource.com/chapnick.html
09 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
PROMISES MUCH AND DELIVERS LITTLE?
Could it be that stock photography is
the best business ever? Fabrice Grinda: “What is surprising about this
business to me is how high the take rate is
. Most marketplace businesses
take between 1 and 20%. What is staggering about the stock photography
marketplaces is that they take 50-75% of the sales price. “ SOURCE:
18 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
JOINS THE RANKS
-- National Geographic
has launched an in-house agency
to sell its own collections of photography and video stock, as well as to offer its pool of photographers to commercial clients Olivier Laurent: “The in-house agency, called National Geographic Creative,
is a new portal that "gives professional content buyers immediate access to hundreds of photographs and footage as well as National Geographic's pool of award-winning photographers and filmmakers,"
says the 125-year-old magazine.
04 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
THE OL’ DAYS
-- Stock Photography: Then & Now – Ron Avery: The internet
completely changed how the world worked not to mention stock agenices. It became big business. Individuals, not just businesses, could gain access to images and reproduce them very easily. People began to rely on images
instead of text. http://blog.productionhub.com/post/49260634057/stock-photography-then-now
PHOTO of Audrey Hepburn
by Sid Avery
28 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
BY THE PEOPLE
-- A Photo Agency Managed by the Crowd
- Paul Melcher: “Symbiostock
is an open-source WordPress theme
allowing any photographer to create a local stock agency with his or her images. However, it is in its hidden feature that Symbiostock is extremely powerful: Each database is networked to all others
so that when an image buyer performs a search on one site, he also gets results from databases he didn’t even know existed. http://rising.blackstar.com/a-photo-agency-managed-by-the-crowd.html
14 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
-- Pixiq.com site goes down,
leaving authors and readers in the lurch
apparently shut down the popular photography blogging site Pixiq today, only a few days after serving notice to all their bloggers, stating that the staff would no longer be required.
Sterling Publishing (who operates the Pixiq brand
) from shutting down the entire Pixiq.com site, posting a message on the site’s homepage stating that the site no longer is active.
The message reads “Thank you for visiting www.pixiq.com
. Sorry, this website is no longer active. For information about Pixiq books, please visit www.sterlingpublishing.com
”, and it appears that Pixiq just flicked off the switch, weeks before
their contracts with the bloggers expired. http://photocritic.org/what-happened-to-pixiq/
-- Award-winning Photojournalist Announces Launch of New Photo Agency. Kevin Vandivier,
is currently seeking top photographic talent in major markets worldwide for his new online photo agency, The Gathering of Photographers (TGOP).
30 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
Choosing A Stock Photo Agency – John Lund: “There are hundreds of stock photo agencies out there, and more seem to spring up every day. In the volatile and every changing stock photo industry it can be important to diversify. You never know when an agency may fold
or undergo a dramatic turn for the worse, or when some upstart agency (remember iStockphoto) will come along and upset the apple cart. here are thirteen important points to keep in mind. http://blog.johnlund.com/2013/04/choosing-stock-photo-agency.html
PHOTO: John Lund
26 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson
A RACE TO ZERO
-- Getty Sales And Numbers For Thought
– John Lund: “In the stock industry choices have to be made about price vs. volume and which direction both photographers and agencies are going to choose. Make that choice wisely! http://blog.johnlund.com/2013/02/getty-sales-and-numbers-for-thought.html
05 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st
-- Stock Agency Alamy Enters Mobile Photography Market - Olivier Laurent: “Alamy, an international stock agency, has announced that it will now accept photographs for its Live News service
taken with mobile phones and compact cameras. "We have come a long way since the first camera phone was launched in 2000 and Alamy is keeping pace with this change," says Alamy's CEO James West. ‘We want to allow our contributors to upload News, Sport and Entertainment images to us using the camera they have ready at hand - whether it is a digital SLR, a compact camera or a smartphone.
This is a recognition of the quality news images that can now be taken by cameraphones and the like.’" SOURCE:
22 Jan, 2013 | Posted by: st
WHAT’s THE DEAL? -- Getty Signs Deal With Google, Gives Photographers Pittance
– Tim Barribeau. “No one gets into stock photography expecting mammoth payouts, but a new revelation about a deal between Getty and Google
fired up a number of photographers about just how little they're getting. APhotoEditor
has discovered that when Google expanded the number of stock images that Google users could add to Google Drive
documents, they did so through a deal with Getty
.. SOURCE: http://www.popphoto.com/news/2013/01/getty-signs-deal-google-gives-photographers-pittance
18 Dec, 2012 | Posted by: st
-- A Stock Agency is Actually Raising Its Royalty Rates
. Why? – David Walker: “London-based stock photo distributor Image Source
has announced that it will pay a higher royalty rate–60 percent, compared to its usual 40 or 50 percent–for all images it accepts from its US contributors from now through December 31, 2013. Could the pendulum in the moribund business of stock photography be swinging back? http://pdnpulse.com/2012/12/a-stock-agency-is-actually-raising-its-royalty-rates-why.html
14 Aug, 2012 | Posted by: bswenson
Well, whatdaya know…. It’s come to this…
THAR SHE BLOWS !! !
-- The Carlyle Group and Getty Images Management to Acquire Getty Images from Hellman & Friedman for $3.3 Billion
. Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and Getty Images management announced today they have formed a partnership to acquire Getty Images. SOURCE: www.fastmediamagazine.com
10 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st
IF IT’S BROKEN, FIX IT. Alamy
and other big-wigs of the industry got together recently. The choir and the preachers came to the conclusion that they should
not continue to dig the same hole deeper. They asked for ideas. Got any?
SOURCE: News Release. TAKEAWAY:
It would be nice if our stock photography industry could look to a parallel creative industry such as music or art that successfully emerged from a mercantile crisis like ours. None to be found. The lessons learned would be invaluable. The Internet has made the distribution of photos a new game. Individuals and independent non-pro photographers can employ the power, and the coming muscle of search -- and make it their ally to circumvent any need for that darling of the last century,--the classic stock photo agency
-. . –RE
WANNA BUY IT?
The owners of Getty Images
have retained bankers to examine a possible sale or public offering of the business they took private four years ago for $2.4bn. Anupreeta Das: An auction for a potential sale of Getty Images Inc
. has progressed to the second round, with several private-equity firms putting in initial bids of around $4 billion, people familiar with the matter said. SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304708604577504923941988382.html?mod=W
PHOTO: Getty Images
29 May, 2012 | Posted by: st
-- Paul Melcher: “AP launches new photo agency. Just on the edge of their announced possible IPO / sale, and while everyone thought the battle for editorial photography supremacy was over, easily won by the Seattle gargantua , here comes from the outfield a new agency that could create havoc. Called Invision Agency
, it is a spinoff of the 150 years old Associated Press."
21 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st
SUPPLY AND DEMAND
-- A New Approach – John Lund: “A new stock agency with the intriguing name “Evolve Images”
has opened its doors. The three founders of Evolve, Mark Ippolito, Robert Henson, and Jonathan Solomon certainly have a ton of experience between them having held numerous positions at such leading stock agencies as Getty Images, Corbis, Blend Images, PhotoDisc, and Comstock. What they are offering is a highly curated collection, a new method of pricing that seems sort of a RF and RM hybrid, and the promise of “sustaining a creative economy”. http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/02/evolve-imagesa-new-approach.html
14 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st
-- John Lund: “What I Know
About The Stock Photo Industry. As demonstrated by this stock photo interpretation of the fable of three blind men and an elephant, it is almost impossible to gain a full understanding of the stock photo industry as a contributing photographer.
PHOTO: John Lund
24 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st
FLAILING AND THRASHING
-- Photography And Dealing With Change. John Lund
lets us know “change”
ain’t always easy. He says, ”Sometimes the best way to deal with change is to take a deep breath and relax.” http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/01/photography-and-dealing-with-change.html?
-- Top Editorial Contributors Get a Share of Demotix’s Ad Revenues
. Photopreneur: “Demotix might just have created a new revenue model for editorial photographers and aspiring photojournalists.
The crowd-sourced news agency, which has licensed images to publications and outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and the BBC, is to begin paying contributors a share of its advertising revenue. http://blogs.photopreneur.com
PHOTO: source: DEMOTIX (Death if Ian Tomlinson)
HEAD OF THE LINE
-- Rights Licensing Is All About Visibility – Jim Pickerell:
“As I said in my most recent post, getting the images seen by potential customers is the big problem. Here’s a list of the number of images in a few categories at 4 of the major distributors. Statistics show that the vast majority of customers choose an image from those found in the first 300 reviewed
in a web search. So the question is how do you get your images shown in that first 300. http://rising.blackstar.com/rights-licensing-is-all-about-visibility.html
17 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st
-- Jim Pickerell: “One of the first things to decide is whether you are committed to licensing your images as RM or traditional RF
, or whether you are willing to accept the microstock
philosophy of volume sales at much lower prices. http://rising.blackstar.com/licensing-images-in-todays-market.html
CORBIS BUYS NMA
-- Stuart Elliott: “Corbis, the digital media company owned by Bill Gates that licenses the intellectual property rights to photographs, music and public personalities, is expanding again by acquiring the NMA Group in Los Angeles, a pioneer in the realm of branded entertainment
, which helps marketers weave products into the plots
of movies and television shows. SOURCE: NYTIMES;
TAKEAWAY: He giveth and he taketh away.
Mr. Bill Corbis Gates, who is famous for his foundation that supports third-world countries’ opportunities to better themselves, now increases his personal empire by investing in “branded entertainment”. What’s that? It’s the shameless insertion of commercial products into films, novels, or any visual endeavor where the public helplessly is exposed to them. What’s wrong with familiar products being introduced into a film plot? For one thing, the masses tend to follow the film hero’s cinema style – like John Wayne and his cigarettes.
What products are they injecting into films today
that may prove injurious to future generations. In the context of how we, the public, will allow a minor violation to eventually lead to a greater violation, this principle is now sliding into the theaters themselves. You’ve probably experienced the tastelessness of movie theaters subjecting their pre-show audiences to “commercials.” –even though you paid to see the movie, not the commercials.
10 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st
BUSINES IS GREAT!
-- John Lund: “People often ask me, as small talk of course, how business is, or if I am staying busy. As a self-employed person I am as busy
as I want to be. As someone trying to maintain a successful photography career
there is no shortage of work to do! As for how business is, it’s great! I am certainly not making as much as I was a couple of years ago, but my income appears to be stable and I still believe there is ample opportunity for growth. http://blog.johnlund.com/2012/01/busines-is-great.html?
PHOTO: John Lund
-- REALITY: For each photo to you have in your pro-file, there is a photobuyer that is seeking it, right now, somewhere in the world. This
is a step in the right direction in helping you make the match with that photobuyer. How long it will take depends on how this type of technology will advance. These days, as you know, innovation comes quickly. Be on your toes to look into this one. -RE
03 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st
DESCRIPTIVE VISUAL REFERENCE
-- is how Depositphotos
describes the Editorial Images
it accepts at its agency. Depositphotos
has expanded its license policy to accept non-model released and non-property-released
images for editorial use as a descriptive visual reference
to current events, newsworthy stories, social events, places and/or products. http://www.sys-con.com/node/2097599
20 Dec, 2011 | Posted by: st
-- A Rare Look at Corbis’ Massive Underground Photo Storage
Davis: “Former limestone mine in Pennsylvania is home to 15 million images
, including some of the worlds most iconic.” http://www.popphoto.com/news/2011/12/rare-look-corbis%E2%80%99-massive-underground-photo-storage-facility
02 Nov, 2011 | Posted by: st
Science Photo Library Introduces ‘One Client All Uses License’ – Marco: “Science Photo Library, a leading provider of scientific and specialist imagery has created a unique license. “One Client All Uses”
allows image buyers to purchase a rights managed image at one price,
for use by one client or company for all manner of uses. This includes things like brochures, newsletters, events, magazines, presentations, e-shots and websites.”. http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2011/10/25/science-photo-library-introduces-one-client-all-uses-license/
In other words, Royaly Free
28 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st
-- Paul Melcher: “Just imagine, if you will, that publishers would get paid to use your images. Just imagine that publishers would actually generate a profit directly from your photographs.
All that and you would also make more revenue at the same time . Don’t you think you would be the most popular photographer/ photo agency ? “
Stock photography will move in the right direction if the company, Stipple,
is able to convince the art buying public that Stipple will work for us, the independent stock photographer. The venture capitalists have been convinced. Stipple recently received $2 million in funding.
21 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st
START ‘EM YOUNG
-- Marco:“Alamy Gives Students 100% Royalties – In a bid to engage with the next generation
of picture professionals, Alamy, the world’s largest online stock photo site, is launching a new
initiative called ‘100% Royalties’. The campaign will see Alamy offering photography and design students 100 percent royalties on all sales over a two year.period Alamy is offering the scheme to 30 educational institutions in both North America and the United Kingdom,
and will launch at the start of the Autumn 2011 term time.
31 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st
AP, CORBIS TEAM UP
—A long time in coming. Financial details of the arrangement between the AP (Associated
Press) and Corbis weren't disclosed. The agreement covers more than 10 million digital photos, with the AP and Corbis supplying about 5 million each. SOURCE: Michael Liedtke ; http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/23/2371487/ap-corbis-team-up-in-bid-to-profit.html