Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stockphotosecrets.com: 80 Surprising Stock Photography Trends 2015


Last year, we have asked image agencies for their take on the upcoming photography trends for 2014, and many of the 50 stock photo trends we published were spot on.

2015, we are going even further: 16 agencies replied to our request for their trends in photography, so we are presenting the top 80 photography trends 2015 and of course shooting ideas for photographers.

Among them, the return from Instagram like processed images to more natural light, enhanced with soft light and flares, the return to film and its rich shadows, and the mega trends of mature and senior adults becoming an important clientele will influence how big companies will use imagery to bring across their messages.

Continue reading at Stock Photo Secrets "80 Surprising Stock Photography Trends 2015"






Sunday, March 8, 2015

Stock Photography Sales Statistic February 2015

This is my stock photography sales statistic for February 2015. 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 2015:
  1. DepositPhotos
  2. Shutterstock
  3. Zazzle
  4. 123RF
The decline at Shutterstock for me is still continuing. Zazzle was also for me this month weaker. February decline by 20% compared to January and 34% compared to February 2014. It was the best month ever for 123RF, Pixtastock, and Canva.




(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stock Photography Sales Statistic January 2015

This is my stock photography sales statistic for January 2015. 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 January 2015:
  1. DepositPhotos
  2. Shutterstock
  3. Zazzle
  4. Fine Art America
The POD's saved me this month from dropping further. January was 2% better then December and almost exactly the same as January 2014. Hopefully I can regain in 2015 some of the losses at Shutterstock that I had in the last few month. It was the best month ever for Fine Art America, Pixtastock, and Canva.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 75,000 Free Media Clips

The collection includes 10,000 free video clips, all formatted in 4K or Full HD

NEW YORK, Jan. 20th, 2015. Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers. The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, thousands of sound recordings, and hundreds of 3D models.

“For years, all of this amazing public domain content has been locked up and inaccessible to the average media maker,” said Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. “They deserve better. Our Public Domain Project empowers media makers to take advantage of this incredibly rich library that’s rightfully theirs.”

The collection includes 5,000 never-before-seen video clips, digitized directly from the National Archives outside of Washington D.C. Other video highlights include George MeliĆ©s’ 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, along with footage from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, the World Wars, NASA rocket launches, and the International Space Station. Speeches from historical figures like Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy can be heard in the collection’s recordings, along with full performances from composers like Beethoven and Chopin.

Designed especially for media creators, the library’s enriched, standardized metadata allows users to easily search for content via aesthetic and technical qualities. In addition, footage sequences have been broken down into individual shots, saving video editors countless hours of work. Everything is instantly shareable and embeddable in social media and throughout the Web.

Based in New York, with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic, Pond5 recently raised $61 million from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. It currently employs a global team of over 80 people.

About Pond5
Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. Disrupting the traditional stock agency model with an open, dynamic marketplace, Pond5 invites media makers from all over the world to submit their own content and set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale - significantly higher than traditional players. Submissions are curated by the Pond5 team, and made available for immediate preview, purchase and download. All content is licensed under a simple royalty-free license that provides customers lifetime, worldwide usage rights across all media. Visit www.pond5.com.







Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shutterstock to Acquire Rex Features, Expands Focus on Editorial Imagery

LONDON and NEW YORK, January 15, 2015

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rex Features, the largest independently owned photographic press agency in Europe.

Rex offers media companies and advertisers images and videos that capture the world around us, including a live feed of tightly edited celebrity, entertainment, sports and news images and videos, along with access to a multi-decade archive of iconic images. With Rex’s editorial expertise and Shutterstock’s technical prowess, the combined companies plan to bring a comprehensive offering to market across both editorial and commercial content.

“The acquisition of Rex Features marks our substantive entry into editorial imagery — a new market for Shutterstock with significant potential and many opportunities to better serve global media companies,” said Jon Oringer, Shutterstock founder and CEO.

With offices in London and Los Angeles, Rex serves thousands of customers, including many of the world’s leading magazines, websites, newspapers, agencies, and broadcasters.

“Given Shutterstock’s volume leadership in commercial imagery and Rex’s history of meeting customers’ editorial needs, we are excited about what Rex and Shutterstock can accomplish together,” said Larry Lawson, Managing Director of Rex Features.

The purchase price is approximately $33 million, substantially all of which will be paid in cash. The company expects to update its 2015 financial outlook for the impact of this transaction when it reports fourth quarter 2014 earnings.

About Rex Features

As one of the world's leading independent photographic press agencies and picture libraries, Rex Features has an international reputation as a premier source of images and features for the world's media - be it personalities, news and features, sport, travel, business, animal, humour, lifestyle, fashion, music, historical or creative stock images.

Every day Rex Features gathers many thousands of new images from all around the world and supplies them to professional clients in all media sectors. Rex Features’ editors work 24/7 providing a comprehensive service of topical material.

Rex Features has offices in London and Los Angeles, and partner agencies in over 40 countries. www.rexfeatures.com

Safe Harbor Provision

Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, predictions, beliefs, goals, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies including, without limitation, statements regarding Shutterstock's business strategy and future product offerings, the ability of the acquisition to deliver value to our customers or prospects, and the growth and potential of the editorial imagery market, may constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including risks related to any unforeseen changes to or the effects on liabilities, financial condition, future capital expenditures, revenue, expenses, net income or loss, synergies and future prospects; our inability to continue to attract and retain customers and contributors to our online marketplace for commercial digital imagery; our inability to successfully operate in a new and rapidly changing market and to evaluate our future prospects; competitive factors; assertions by third parties of infringement or other violations of intellectual property rights by Shutterstock; our inability to increase market awareness of Shutterstock and our services; our inability to continue expansion into international markets; general economic conditions worldwide; our ability to successfully integrate Rex Features and the associated technology and achieve operational efficiencies; and other factors and risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as in other documents that may be filed by Shutterstock from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, Shutterstock's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Shutterstock is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 47 million images and 2 million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.





Shutterstock to Acquire PremiumBeat, A Leading Provider of Royalty Free Music

NEW YORK and MONTREAL, January 15, 2015

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PremiumBeat, a leading provider of exclusive, high-quality music and sound effects for use in videos, films, television, apps, games, and other creative projects.

Given the rising importance of video and interactive content, creators around the world increasingly seek affordable, high-quality music to bring their projects to life. Earlier this year Shutterstock set out to make licensable music accessible to any business with the launch of Shutterstock Music; the acquisition of PremiumBeat will help to accelerate this mission. PremiumBeat works with leading composers to offer a high-quality library of exclusive music to the world’s best businesses, including advertising and media agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

“We are excited to add such a complementary business in PremiumBeat, with a fast-growing customer base and an extraordinary collection,” said Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock. “We understand the intersection between music and video and believe that music licensing will benefit from the same, strong market demand we are capitalizing on with video.”

Shutterstock recently surpassed the milestone of more than one million video clips licensed.

“We share the same vision as Shutterstock to support video editors, marketers and content creators around the world as they tell engaging stories,” said Francois Arbour, CEO of PremiumBeat. “We are excited to leverage Shutterstock’s global reach and leadership in video licensing. Advancing forward together provides tremendous benefit to our customers, our musicians and our team. It really is the perfect fit.”

With offices in Montreal and Dallas, PremiumBeat will continue under the leadership of Francois Arbour, who will expand his responsibilities to lead music globally for Shutterstock and focus on further growth.

The purchase price consists of initial consideration of approximately $32 million in cash. Additional consideration is payable upon the achievement of certain operating and financial goals through 2018. The company expects to update its 2015 financial outlook for the impact of this transaction when it reports fourth quarter 2014 earnings.

About PremiumBeat

PremiumBeat is a curated royalty free music service that provides exclusive, high-quality tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects, including videos, films, apps, games, and television programming. www.premiumbeat.com

Safe Harbor Provision

Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, predictions, beliefs, goals, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies including, without limitation, statements regarding Shutterstock's business strategy and future product offerings, the ability of the acquisition to deliver value to our customers or prospects, and the growth and potential of the editorial imagery market, may constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including risks related to any unforeseen changes to or the effects on liabilities, financial condition, future capital expenditures, revenue, expenses, net income or loss, synergies and future prospects; our inability to continue to attract and retain customers and contributors to our online marketplace for commercial digital imagery; our inability to successfully operate in a new and rapidly changing market and to evaluate our future prospects; competitive factors; assertions by third parties of infringement or other violations of intellectual property rights by Shutterstock; our inability to increase market awareness of Shutterstock and our services; our inability to continue expansion into international markets; general economic conditions worldwide; our ability to successfully integrate PremiumBeat and the associated technology and achieve operational efficiencies; and other factors and risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as in other documents that may be filed by Shutterstock from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, Shutterstock's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Shutterstock is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 47 million images and 2 million video clips available.

Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Paris and San Francisco, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.




Getty Images Presents Year in Focus 2014 Exhibition

January 12, 2015 • Company News, Getty Images Gallery, Photojournalism

New exhibition showcases the defining images that encapsulate 2014

Year in Focus 2014 on display at Getty Images Gallery, London on Thursday 22 January, 2015 through to 11 February, 2015.

Monday 12 January, 2015, London: Getty Images is excited to announce the launch of a retrospective exhibition, Year in Focus 2014 – a stunning curation of 60 of the defining images that encapsulate the global news agenda and events of 2014.

In 2014, Getty Images’ award-winning photographers covered more than 16,000 news events, 28,000 sports events and 50,000 entertainment events, delivering award-winning imagery to news rooms and media publishers around the world. Year in Focus 2014 captures the best of the best, showcasing 2014’s most important moments in the world of news, sport, entertainment and archive anniversaries and obituaries.

Featured are powerful news images from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Air Malaysia’s passenger jet crash, the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Hong Kong protests. Stunning moments from the Cannes Film Festival, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are showcased, alongside poignant imagery remembering the life of comedian Robin Williams and the Fall of the Berlin Wall on its 25th anniversary.

Speaking on the moving exhibition, Getty Images, Vice President for News, Hugh Pinney says: “In 2014 we have seen imagery from all corners of the globe – powerful and extraordinary photos documenting global and local stories. This unprecedented curation provides a chance to step back and take a look at the defining moments of the year and we are delighted to be able to open this exhibition up to the public for the very first time.”

To view a selection of the imagery that will be on display, click here.

Year in Focus runs from 22 January to 11 February, 2015 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.

About Getty Images Gallery

Getty Images Gallery is London’s largest independent photographic gallery and was founded in 1996. Located on Eastcastle Street, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, Getty Images Gallery showcases stunning exhibitions on a regular basis. The majority of the imagery on display in the Gallery is taken from Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries and is available to buy as fine art prints in a variety of sizes and framing options.
www.gettyimagesgallery.com

About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages , Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery.