In an interview to PDN magazine, master blogger Dan Heller offers the photography world a new idea : Create an Ebay of photography. People, that is everybody and anybody, would upload images to a site where image buyers, other people, would purchase them for an settle upon price. That would allow for the overhaul market Read More →


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There are many things we seem to forget while we all go about our daily business of licensing images. Some are good, some are bad, some are in between. In order to clear up the horizon, I made a little list. The Good ( or positive) : – Microstock : Introduced millions to licensing images. Read More →

It seems that these days, the main difference between a pro and and talented photographer is the quality of the keywording. Having no experience, and certainly no coaching from an agency, the amateur can find some relief and help in microstock sites. But if you look at the photo sharing sites and their tagging, you Read More →

There is something fascinating, even quite mesmerizing about this site, Flickervision. It  displays, using Google Map, every new image added to Flickr and where it was uploaded from. While I do not see any immediate  professional application for it, it could be an interesting marketing tool for an editorial photo agency looking to highlight the Read More →

Those who continue to believe that volume compensates for intelligence are heading for a painful awakening. I understand that social interaction and User Generated anything is very trendy these days, especially on the West coast of America where any new idea is a Great!! idea. But this belief that there is truth in volume is Read More →

A lot has been said about those who contribute their images to microstock sites or the free photo sharing sites. A lot of bad things, mostly, said by professional photographers. But an article in the NYT of today just juggled a thought I had years back as this trend was rising. Is it really a Read More →


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Mediavat. Let’s think about it for a while. WHAT HAPPENED?. No VC would invest in a company whose business plan is to sell within a year. Especially 15 Million dollars. For one year? That is what happened to Mediavast. Furthermore, no company would open an office in Amsterdam one month before selling. Would they ? Read More →


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~ A great idea is emerging from Europe and hopefully will cross the transatlantic pond. Instead of fighting the “orphan work” legislation, why don’t we try to work with it. One has to admit that it can be extremely hard to find the owner of an art work. Bad or no usage of metadata has Read More →


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There has been numerous articles about  orphan work  and the legislation that might be passed. One of the key issue here, is that images posted on websites have absolutely no metadata, making it impossible for even a legitimate buyer to track down the creator of the image. IPTC has been around for a very, very Read More →


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There are too many images available in the editorial market these days. The pressure has been such that the prices of images are going down, following one the basic rules of economy: When supply exceeds demand, the prices drop. And like 1929, it could lead to dramatic results for the stock photo industry business. A Read More →