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What is new is not always good. While everyone is trying to figure out where the world of licensed photography is going to, others are taking advantage of the void by figuring out parasitical way to profit from it. We already do know that Google has figured out how to make money, and huge sums Read More →

Details are still sketchy as the official announcement will be made at 5 PM ( UK time) but according to sources, the London staff has just be informed of the purchase. They might be waiting to inform the Berliner staff, located in Los Angeles, bought by Rex Features a few years back. This acquisition makes Read More →

You know what would be news ? Something different. No, not another microstock “save the world” launch. Nor another “look, we slashed our prices so low, it’s not funny anymore”. I am sure even image buyers must be fed up of receiving another flier, email, phone call, or goddamn tweet about another discount or super Read More →

In response to the entry : Dying in Africa  , Eliane Laffont wrote : Photojournalists believe their photos can change the world and history show that, for the most part, they get results. Lewis Hine photos changed the Child Labor law, Eddie Adams photo of the police chief executing a Vietcong soldier contributed in large Read More →

Commercial stock photography is all about problem solving. The first is how to make a living shooting commercial stock. One way to do it, is to solve other people’s problems. When image buyers go to a Web site, it is because they have been asked to provide a solution to a very specific problem: They Read More →

iblunder

Amusing story from the BBC today about when Microstock goes terribly wrong. Two competing political parties in Northern Ireland used the same model for two opposing ideas. As if the world was too small to find two people with diverse opinions. To top it all, both parties breached Istockphoto, and most microstock and royalty free Read More →

Photography is an investment. No, not the “I buy a lot of expensive equipment  and resell it later ” type of investment. It is an investment for the image buyer. A photograph, or a series of photograph, can increase the value of anything around it. Like a multiplier. In it’s raw format, few images have Read More →

The acquisition of Plink by Google marks the debut of a potent revolution for the photo world. Not because Plink is a special company, nor that Google really cares about the photo world, but for the technical implication that it implies. As it is frequent with Google, it is not the company they purchase, but Read More →

Corbis salary

It’s been a long week. You and everyone around you have worked hard, really hard. Even if you have be looking for a job, it had to be hard. So let’s relax a bit and compare salaries at the two photo mega corp. Not sure if these numbers are correct, nor do I really care Read More →

American Society of Media Photographers, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, photographers Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi and illustrators John Schmelzer and Simms Taback  have filed a class action suite against Google, not only for their rights Grabbing Read More →