Archive for Stock

Why Your Photo Relicensing is a Miserable Failure

Posted: January 12th, 2012

[by Allen Murabayashi] We don’t need to rehash how the Getty’s industry consolidation, digital photography and microstock made it virtually impossible to be a full-time stock photographer. It’s easy to point the finger at Getty (and they undoubtedly deserve a few fingers), but digital photography alone would have shifted the pricing dynamics to what they [...]

Licensing Stock Imagery: Do You Like Roller Coasters?

Posted: January 11th, 2012

[by Patrick Donehue] If so, the next few years, with regard to image licensing and distribution, will be exciting and even an electrifying ride for you.  It may also be a bit hair raising, but isn’t that part of this addictive game that we all play? The future of image licensing and distribution will continue [...]

Your Favorite Bookmarks…

Posted: August 18th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] This week, we are focusing on our contributors’ favorite bookmarks.  The places we go when we’re looking for information, inspiration, insights, training, time-saving tools and more; the bookmarks we find more valuable than the millions of other potential bookmarks that populate cyberspace.  And there are millions. Now that the vast majority of [...]

Eugene Mopsik speaks out on ASMP’s ongoing advocacy related to new Getty Contract

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

Many of you know that ASMP has been carrying on a dialogue with Getty for some years; the new Getty contract is another acknowledgement that the market for images and the way in which those images are purchased is rapidly changing. While ASMP has had recent discussions with Getty, substantive results in the best interests [...]

What’s Up with Microstock?

Posted: October 1st, 2010

[by Ellen Boughn] I became aware of microstock images (derived from ‘micropayment) in the fall of 2006 while being SVP of a rights managed company.  Was this iteration of the stock photography business a threat, an opportunity or both for photographers? I found out by joining one of the top microstock companies, Dreamtime. Since then [...]

Placing Bets Away from the Middle: The Good, The Bad, The Traditional, and The Microstock

Posted: September 30th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] Bob Davies of PicNiche recently asked me, “There is a constant (and occasionally furious) debate about photography becoming commoditized by microstock producers and agencies. As a representative of photographers’ interests, do you think microstock or traditional stock offers the best opportunity for the stock photo industry as a whole to move forward, [...]

Taking Stock of Stock Photography

Posted: September 29th, 2010

[by Jenna Close] I wasn’t involved in this industry during the glory days of stock photography, but from what I hear it was a time of plenty.  Plenty of money, plenty of freedom, plenty of fun.  It seems to me that royalty free images, market saturation and perhaps even the digital age have closed that [...]

Stock ROI

Posted: September 28th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Yeah, I know.  These days, it seems like the photo stock market and the other stock market have far more in common than their names.  The return on investment [ROI] in both markets has plummeted and just when you think it hit rock bottom, it manages to fall again. Like any other [...]