Archive for January 2012

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.”

CITIZEN JOURNALISM -- 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.

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.

17 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st

TODAY’s MARKET -- 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.

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.
PHOTO: John Lund

INSIDE CAPTIONS -- 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 program, Stipple, 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.