Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pixels.com Gives Photographers Control to Set Their Own Prices for Digital Image Licenses

New Image Licensing Model Bucks Trend Set by Established Photo Services

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - Calling all photographers! Pixels.com has launched a new image licensing marketplace, and you're in control.

In an industry dominated by large corporations, low prices, and low commissions, photographers are often left powerless when it comes to controlling how their images are priced and licensed. Answering the call for better options and a new business model is Pixels.com founder, Sean Broihier. Pixels.com is a fundamental departure from the status quo in which photo service sites, such as Getty Images and Shutterstock, dictate low prices to their photographers and then compensate them with a small percentage of those prices -- typically around 20 percent.

Pixels.com allows photographers to set their own prices, control which licenses they want to sell (royalty-free or rights-managed), and even create their own custom licenses with their own terms and conditions. The business was inspired by the success of Broihier's print-on-demand business, FineArtAmerica.com, which is home to hundreds of thousands of artists and photographers who sell their images as canvas prints, framed prints, greeting cards, and more. FineArtAmerica.com allows artists and photographers to set their own prices for physical goods, and Broihier sees image licensing as a natural extension of this established, successful business model.

"The Pixels.com value proposition is clear -- photographers chose which licenses they want to sell, set their own prices for those licenses, and then we showcase their images on an established marketplace that already receives 10+ million visitors per month," said Broihier. "To cover our costs, we simply mark up the prices that are set by the photographers. We did it for prints -- now we're doing it for image licensing."

Do the Math
Pixels.com takes the price that is set by the photographer and marks it up 30 percent. The photographer earns the set price, and Pixels.com earns the markup. If a photographer sets his/her price at $100 for a royalty-free license, Pixels.com marks that up to $130.00. When it is purchased, the photographer keeps $100, and $30 goes to Pixels.com. In this example, the photographer takes home 77 percent of the sale price.

Views from Behind the Lens
"Photographers need as many outlets for their work as possible and Pixels.com gives them the flexibility to control their own prices and keep the majority of the license fee the customer pays. It's a great solution for photographers." Michael Grecco, Director, Photographer and Advocate

"Pixels.com is the whole package -- I self-manage my images, specify my licenses and pricing and can create custom licenses per image if I desire. I've sold my images online for many years and no other photo service site compares to what I'm offered through Pixels.com. Pixels.com is empowering successful photographers to make a living at this -- it's my dream website." James Bo Insogna, Bo Insogna Fine Art Photography

"Pixels.com is a game-changer for successful artists looking to image licensing as a new avenue for selling their work. Personally, I have licensed images of my artwork in the past and not only are the options limited, but the back and forth contract signings and negotiations are frustrating. Pixels.com is based on a proven and successful business model that I'm already familiar with through FineArtAmerica." Ken Powers, Powers Fine Art

Why it Works
Pixels.com's unique business model has opened up the image licensing industry to the world's most talented artists and photographers. Many of these artists and photographers have sold on FineArtAmerica.com since 2006 but were hesitant to try image licensing due to the industry-standard low prices and commissions.

"Artists and photographers are understandably frustrated with being dictated to by the leading companies in the image licensing space," added Broihier. "We're changing that. If you're an artist or photographer, you should be able to dictate the price for your images. This doesn't have to be a race to the bottom."

For buyers, Pixels.com offers millions of images that can't be found anywhere else online along with an easy-to-use search engine that allows them to quickly find images based on license type, medium, orientation, color, and more. "If you want to find an image of a painting that can be licensed to use on the cover of a book, you can do that in two clicks," added Broihier. "Due to our flexible pricing system, we've attracted artists and photographers who simply refuse to license their images anywhere else."

For more information, visit http://licensing.pixels.com/.

About Pixels.com
Pixels.com is an online image licensing marketplace that enables artists and photographers to self-manage their images, prices and licenses. With over 10 million visitors per month, the site features millions of photographs, paintings and illustrations, which can be licensed royalty-free and rights-managed from the world's greatest artists and photographers. Due to the flexible nature of Pixels.com's pricing and licensing system, the site has accumulated millions of unique, high-quality images from artists and photographers.








Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stockbo is Bringing Back the Soul to Stock Photography

Photographers are finally well compensated for their hard work.

Perth, Western Australia, April 02, 2014 - Stockbo, a just-launched stock photography agency, is shaking up the industry by promising fair treatment and compensation to photographers.

Launched at the start of March 2014, Stockbo is Perth’s latest creative / tech output which has set out to make purchasing images for commercial use – stock photos – more accessible, simplified, and fair.

Founded by four close friends with a passion for photography and a dream of bridging the gap between photographers and commercial clients, Stockbo’s mission is to cater to two often-overlooked aspects of the industry.

The primary goal is to ensure fair photographer treatment, with photographers treated as business partners and earning at least 50% of each sale. Contributing photographers are also welcomed with transparency and personal interaction.

“When we decided to start Stockbo and tackle this huge industry, the objective at the forefront of our minds was supporting our photographers. We have seen them as partners from the start and wouldn’t have it any other way. Photographers have even had a strong hand in the direction of the business and we have incorporated a lot of their feedback along the way,” says founder Ranjeev Sidhu.

Photographer Michal Bednarek says, “Stockbo brings in the soul factor to photography marketplaces. I chose Stockbo for the ease of use and great perspectives. But above all because they treat their contributors like good colleagues in a friendly office, and not like remote suppliers. I will support and will be supported by Stockbo.”

The other core focus is to maintain a high standard of quality. Stockbo provides a curated image collection, meaning that each image goes through a rigorous screening process.

“The feedback we gathered from image buyers is that existing platforms make it time consuming and challenging to find photos that stand out and truly captures what they want,” Ranjeev says. “That’s where we are directing our focus. We don’t want to be just another agency that churns out millions of images.”

“We have a two-phase review process: firstly, to approve photographers to ensure our style and quality standards match; secondly, each contribution is reviewed carefully for the following key attributes:
  • Inspiration
  • Beauty
  • Quality
  • Usefulness
  • Legal implications
“It may be a long process, but this ensures that people go ‘wow’ every time they visit the site.”

Marketer Brendan Collins from Bang Online Marketing - http://www.bangonline.com.au - agrees: “Stockbo has been a blessing for us, finding the right photo for clients is easy and the team is always there to support.”

Stockbo’s founders are excited about the future:

“We’ve had some fantastic feedback and interest, and it’s always great to put Perth in the spotlight. We’re excited to be spearheading the drive back to quality and fairness in the industry.” For more information visit http://www.stockbo.com








Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic March 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for March 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.



These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for March 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. Zazzle
  3. DepositPhotos
  4. 123RF
March was a BME. March has an increased of 10% compared to February and an increase of 41% compared to March 2013. It was the best month ever for Shutterstock, MostPhotos, Signelements, and Stockphoto.com.




(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Newsletter from iStockphoto - iStock Image Subscription


iStock Image Subscription

We’re excited to introduce image subscriptions, a new way to license photos and illustrations on iStock. Based on the Thinkstock subscription product that has been one of the fastest growing parts of our business since its launch, our new image subscriptions allow us to better serve customers with high volume licensing needs.

And it's clear that there are a lot of customers who love the ease and simplicity of the subscription model. Combining the right subscription offering with the amazing content at iStock will benefit both customers and contributors, so that's exactly what we're planning to do.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic February 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for February 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.



These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for February 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. Zazzle
  3. DepositPhotos
  4. Dreamstime
February was a pleasant surprise! It is the shortest month, but I still achieved an increase of 22% compared toe January and an increase of 30% compared to February 2013. It was the best month ever for Shutterstock.


(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monetise iPhone photos with Stockimo from Alamy

New app helps smartphone users sell their photos to everyone from designers to news agencies and publishers

Alamy, the largest online collection of imagery for photo buyers, which has already paid out over $140 million to photographers since 2001, today announced the launch of Stockimo, an app that turns smartphone photos into cash. Compared to similar apps, users can make more money out of their photos by using Stockimo because it plugs into Alamy’s existing sales and distribution network. Until April 30, 2014 any user that registers with Stockimo will earn a higher commission on all sales. The app is designed for the iPhone 4S and above and is available worldwide.

By signing up to Stockimo, users are able to upload and tag their iPhone photos. Uploads are reviewed by photo experts before going on sale on Alamy and through its established global sales and distribution network. With Stockimo, photographers can make more money compared to other mobile stock photo apps. Photos uploaded through Stockimo and sold through Alamy sell for the same price as those taken with professional camera equipment. Alamy’s customers include news agencies, publishers, designers, advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.

Alan Capel, Alamy head of content commented: “Smartphones have changed photography - they can capture a moment within seconds. With Stockimo, anyone can make money from the moments they capture on their phone. We’re trying to help put the value into smartphone photography and helping photographers cash in on their galleries of pictures. There’s a place for mobile pictures in the stock industry. We want to be the first choice app for creative people who take photos using their mobile phones and want to make some money and showcase their work to a global audience.”

James West, Alamy CEO said: “Our photographers don’t always have their cameras with them; they do always have their phone. Stockimo was created to give them, and budding photographers, a way of making money from their phone pictures.”

Key features of the app include:
  • The app is about simplicity. Users upload and tag any photo they’ve taken, including images which have been filtered using other apps
  • Photos are sold globally, with key markets in the US, UK, Germany and Australia
  • Users still own the photos they take but can also make money on the ones they sell
  • Stockimo is truly mobile first. Photo reviewers approve uploads on a smartphone without needing to touch a computer
  • Built for the iPhone 4S and above; designed for the iPhone 5S

Based on present figures, the average image sells on Alamy for $90. Photographers could make even more if images are sold to advertising agencies or publishers, with average prices reaching:
  • Advert $500
  • Book $150
  • Online $20

Alamy worked with award winning mobile app developer, Mubaloo to create Stockimo.

About Alamy:

 Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 44 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.

Notes about commission

Early bird offer - users who download the app before the 31 March 2014 will get 40% of each sale.
Standard commission -20% of each sale
Incentivised commission for existing Alamy contributors - Alamy contributors registered before Stockimo launched will get 50% of each sale.

Top tips for submitting photos

Take time on your keywording - Alamy customers search the library using keywords. So even if you have the perfect image for them, if they can’t find it, they can’t buy it.
Have enough images online – although people can start to make sales with just one image, we think about 100 images is a great size to start making sales.
Get the right releases – get a release when you can and understand when and why they’re needed.
Think commercially - who will buy this image? What will they buy it for? Follow trends – what is ‘now’ and what is up and coming?
Edit your image – get it ready to use, it'll make customers much more inclined to buy it.
Your image needs to say something – whether it's a literal illustration of a news story, or a conceptual image of a landscape, the image needs to have a purpose. If you can’t think how your image could be used, it probably isn’t right for stock.
Think about the copy – a lot of the images we sell will be used with text. Book covers, posters, billboards. So leave some space for the words.
Stand out from the crowd – there are two key ways to stand out from the crowd in stock. You can either shoot niche subject matters or your images need to scream ‘look at me’.

How it works

- Upload your smartphone photos
- Describe each image with a caption and tag key features and concepts
- Submit and your photos will get rateD
- If your photos are accepted, they’ll go on sale at alamy.com and its distribution network
- The app will tell you when your photos sell
- You’ll get paid your share every month if you’ve made over $10
- There’s an early bird offer where you’ll earn 40% commission on every sale, after that it’s 20%
- You keep the copyright, your photos stay on Alamy to sell again and again







The largest photo contest ever on Photocrowd.com in conjunction with Alamy, the largest online stock photo agency

Win kit vouchers, a professional portfolio review, photo books and a bespoke contract with Alamy – where you get 100% commission for a year.

Stock photo agency Alamy has announced today that it’s working with Photocrowd to deliver its largest ever photo contest. The theme of the contest is ‘Circles’. From birthday cakes to signposts, eyes to berries, we want to see how photographers have captured the ever-present circle with their cameras.

Photocrowd’s exciting new contest site lets users vote on each other’s work, so anyone taking part can see in real-time how their images are doing, and which ones are winning. The expert judge – Alex Bortkiewicz, Director of Photography at Alamy – will be choosing her own separate selection of winning images at the end of the contest, and writing some expert reviews to explain her thinking.

The competition is open for entries from Tuesday 11th February and anyone who is interested can submit up to three images, completely free of charge. The competition closes when 1,000 images have been submitted. Alamy and Photocrowd want to be inspired by the entries.

Mike Betts co-founder of Photocrowd said: “This collaboration is really exciting, we love Alamy – the company and the concept – and it’s great to be working with them and their talented network of photographers. We’re aiming to reach 100,000 votes for a 1,000 image contest.”

Alex Bortkiewicz, Director of Photography at Alamy and expert judge commented: “Circles inhabit our everyday lives, not least that we live this on this spherical thing called Earth! This theme offers great scope for expressing the circular form and how it reveals itself to us in its many guises.”

Alex Bortkiewicz, has worked in photography for over 20 years starting at Tony Stone Images, later Getty Images as editor and art director based in the UK then US. She now works for Alamy recruiting photographers. She has judged photographic competitions, participates in international portfolio reviews and ia a regular commentator on trends in the industry.

The Crowd and Expert winners each get:
  • A £100 voucher for photographic equipment of their choice.
  • Incredible exposure for the winning images through Alamy’s social media channels.
  • The winning images featured in Photocrowd’s month-long anniversary exhibition in September 2014, as part of the international Oxford Photography Festival.
  • The offer of a bespoke contract to have their images represented by Alamy. They’ll receive an amazing 100% of all their sales during the first year.
  • The Expert winner also receives a professional portfolio review from Alex Bortkiewicz, Alamy’s Director of Photography, either remotely or in person as part of a visit to Alamy’s headquarters in the UK.
  • The Crowd and Expert runners-up each receive a copy of “Wood: Andy Goldsworthy” by Andy Goldsworthy and Terry Friedman.

About Alamy:
Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 44 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.

About Photocrowd
Photocrowd offers an innovative new approach to user-voted and expert-reviewed photo contests online. It’s a free-to-use online community for anyone with an interest in photography. It revolves around high-quality photography contests, set by working photographers, that are designed to be the most inspiring reason people can find to either shoot new work, or revisit their best shots. Users upload their images, then feedback is instant: live voting means they can see 'as it happens' what the Crowd thinks of their work. Then once a contest is completed, an expert judge produces their own separate ranking, and writes a series of detailed image reviews. It’s addictive, fun, and inspires you to pick up your camera!

Go to the Photocrowd website for full terms and conditions.