The European Union Parliament voted overwhelming in favor of the Copyright Directive on March 26th 2019 following a long debate. Two articles were under heavy scrutiny (Art. 11, now 15 and Art. 13, now 17), causing plenty of controversy due to "what if" scenarios propagated via various sources, even by the news sites which are soon to be protected by this directive.Read the official press release before anything else:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190321IPR32110/... continue reading
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Someone recently asked me on Quora how much can they earn from microstock photography. Since this is a common question and the answer is kind of "it's complicated", I'm posting here the complete article about my view on the current state of the industry.Stock photography was born as a method to generate passive income from work-for-hire photography that didn’t make it through the client’s editing team. These shots were previously destroyed or archived (100% film... continue reading
Following the Google Images layout changes made a few years ago, changes that we addressedhere, the erosion of commercial photography has continued. In a nutshell, whenever someone clicked on 'View image,' this action would actually load the image rather than the page that used the image or the original source page. As immediate results, piracy has found an excuse and unintentional usage of unlicensed content has flourished, with more people downloading images found with Google image... continue reading
Sure by now you have heard about the potential risk of losing control over your images once you upload them on the Internet (on your blog, Facebook/Twitter/G+ page or even by selling them). Here's an older article here that explains how minor changes in layout can generate a huge mass of copyright infringements, in most cases without people even knowing it.The content we generate as professionals or amateurs, for commercial means or just for fun should remain ours, at least for the next 72 years.... continue reading
I'm looking at our Mobile photos category where we've added all images shot with a smartphone - feel free to browse it yourselves:Mobile phone shotsIt looks like these photos are getting better and better. Processed, pixelred, eyeemed, instagrammed or straight from the phone's camera, many of them are simply amazing. There is a certain type of photo that you don't get to see from your own DSLR. The mobile phone allows you to get closer to the model while being less intrusive and it's definitely... continue reading
Let me preface this blog post by saying that Google has been a very important Internet player, and that the Internet wouldn't be the same without their efforts and innovations. With that said, I would like to share information with you regarding a recently released update to Google’s image search functionality that is very troubling in that it materially changes the way Google image searchers respond to images that they locate.Until a few days ago, a visitor to Google Images would see a thumbnail... continue reading
Here's a short but true story of how online socializing can work to your advantage financially speaking. Fame is only a few clicks away.A regular Dreamstime image got to be virally famous, when filmmaker, actor and recently author, Albert Brooks tweeted yesterday:Here it is baby. Delete this DM the second you get it. I don't want anyone else to know http://ow.ly/5dlxj.It's perhaps a simple joke but one that got retweeted by hundreds of people (Albert currently has more... continue reading
By this time next Tuesday we will be on our flight to Dublin attending CEPIC and the New Media Conference that will preceed the congress. 520 participants, nearly 300 companies from 31 countries will attend. This is the main event of the year in stock photography rivaled only by PACA's international conference.We will be giving a "state of the nation" presentation in the first day of this event. The "Making Millions with Microstock" panel will be moderated by Lee Torrens (Leetorrens) and will... continue reading
Ever wondered about the differences between various Referral/Affiliate Programs out there? Behind PR strategies and campaigns, there are real differences one should consider. Although I'm referring mainly to the Stock Photography programs, the facts listed below can be easily applied to any other program you might be interested in.Why do we say Dreamstime's the best?There is no other program in stock photography to offer as many advantages as we do. While competitor sites may offer... continue reading
Very often, good images are refused based on similarity issues. Contributors submit technically perfect(and usually sellable) images and get frustrated when they are refused.Imagine a boy laughing photographed. One image should be enough, not ten of them. No matter if the photographer moved 2 meters to the left, the concept is still the same.Similar images in Dreamstime's acceptance represent the content that fits a single concept, has small variations in composition OR model expression.... continue reading
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