Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Search and Compare All Major Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites With New Microstock.photos Engine

CHICAGO – April 24, 2014 – Buyers of royalty-free stock images will soon have a powerful new tool to help them navigate the enormous universe of images and sales outlets thanks to a new search engine called http://www.microstock.photos announced today at Visual Connections Chicago. The new tool indexes every image from each of the leading microstock vendors allowing for side-by-side comparison of pricing, licensing models and terms. The new site was developed by PressFoto, an emerging microstock company offering some of the most aggressive pricing and flexible licensing models in the business.

Microstock.photos has indexed more than 30 million photos from iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Fotolia, PressFoto and others. Users can search by title, keyword, orientation, size and color as well as blank area for copy. Search results reveal images from all the sites that are either identical or similar and provides comparative cost and licensing options.

“While most microstock companies like to talk about their exclusive content, the reality is that the majority of the stock images being sold today are available on several different sites,” said Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of PressFoto. “We created Microstock.photos as a service to buyers looking to save time and money when buying what has essentially become a commodity. We also believe that, once a prospective buyer sees how PressFoto stacks up against some of the better-known microstock companies that a lot of these buyers we’re able to help will soon become new customers.”

The beta version of the Microstock.photos site is already up, running and ready for use. The site is free to use and all purchases must be made directly from the individual stock companies shown.

About PressFoto

PressFoto provides royalty-free images, vector graphics and video footage for commercial, editorial and personal use. It offers a wide variety of pricing and distribution models designed to make copyrighted content available to as many different customer types as possible including a unique ImageRent solution, which allows images to be used for as little as one penny.

PressFoto offers some of the lowest prices and least restrictive usage and payment plans in the industry while providing contributors with some of the most favorable revenue sharing terms in the business. For more information, visit www.PressFoto.com.






PressFoto Introduces ImageRent – Stock Image Rental for as Low as One Penny

CHICAGO – April 24, 2014 – Today at Visual Connections Chicago, Royalty-free stock image innovator,PressFoto, announced ImageRent, a new service that makes more than three million stock photos immediately available for commercial, editorial or personal use online at a minimal cost – in many cases as low as a single penny.

Rather than purchasing the images outright, customers pay a “rental fee” for the rights to use the image. The fee is based on the number of times the image is seen at a fixed rate of $.01 per thousand views. Images may also be used on social media sites free of charge.

“There are plenty of people around the globe creating online content who aren’t willing or able to spend the money required to purchase stock but don’t see theft as an acceptable alternative,” said Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of PressFoto. “ImageRent is the perfect solution. It provides legitimate and cost-effective access to a massive library of great images at an exceptionally reasonable cost.”

How it Works

To use the ImageRent service, customers set up an account with PressFoto and purchase a rental credit package. At that point, customers are able to embed any image (or images) they choose from the PressFoto catalog into their websites or blogs. Photos reside on the PressFoto servers but can be edited directly on the PressFoto site before they are embedded. The editor can also be used to add copy to an image as part of the rental service or an image that is shared at no charge on social media.

A rental fee of $.01 is charged for every thousand views of each image used is deducted from the customer’s account. If the rental fees ever reach the purchase price of a particular image, no further fees are assessed and the renter now owns the web size image outright. Should a customer’s Image Rent account be exhausted, a watermark will appear on all rented images, but the images will remain. The watermark will be removed when additional credits are purchased. Credit packages can be purchased for as little as one dollar.

About PressFoto

PressFoto provides royalty-free images, vector graphics and video footage for commercial, editorial and personal use. It offers a wide variety of pricing and distribution models designed to make copyrighted content available to as many different customer types as possible including a unique ImageRent solution, which allows images to be used for as little as one penny.

PressFoto offers some of the lowest prices and least restrictive usage and payment plans in the industry while providing contributors with some of the most favorable revenue sharing terms in the business. For more information visit www.PressFoto.com.







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)