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Going lightly blind

Lytro is an interesting company in the photo space because it is one of the rare few that has taken the very challenging path of trying to introduce a brand new image format.  Instead of trying to stretch the last dying pixels of the too common jpg and it’s flat, 2D appearance by adding filters and other artifacts, it has plunged deep into the conviction that there is a not only a space but a demand to produce and consume photos that offer more depth. Using light field…

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Questions for a funder : Seene

We fell on the Seene  app by accident while we were reading an article about new apps. It was love at first sight . Particularly when we saw this video : We couldn’t resist knowing more so we sat down with Mike Evans, COO and co-founder of Obvious Engineering, makers of the Seene app. What was the original inspiration for Seene. What made you come up with the idea? What were you trying to solve? We develop computer vision technology, and during our R&D we…

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Questions to a founder : Sell-News. com

First in a series of exclusive interviews of photo/tech companies founders , we start with German based Sell-News.com. Launched in 2012,  Sell-News.com is a UGC bidding platform where sellers and buyers of visual news content meet : Slawomir Rybarczyk, founder and ceo, answers our questions : What is SellNews? SellNews is the first online auction platform for newsworthy photos and videos. We connect photographers, professional reporters and storytellers with the media industry. Everyone capturing photos and videos with a smartphone or a digital camera can upload their…

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Shutterstock's road block

Shutterstock taking a beating ?

If anything, Getty Image announcement that they now offer free embed-able images has put a huge road block in Shutterstock growth path. Ever since the announcement a month ago,  Shutterstock has taken a beating on the stock market. From a high of $100, it has now fell below $60, lower than it was before their Q4 earnings call. Even while ceo and founder Jon Oringer claimed that it would not affect Shutterstock earnings, investors do not seem so sure. Where does the truth lie ?…

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Freedom

35 millions images for free

        It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete. We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If you want to read how it works, there is a great full explanation here) Getty Images announcement today that it has put 35 Million of its 80 million images up for free is…

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Vessel underway, possibly the training ship MERSEY

The content or the vessel

Photo app EyeEm announcement today that it will be opening an image licensing database made of photos submitted by its users brings an interesting though to the photo tech space. Considered by many as the gentle Instagram’s – its ToS does not attempt a copyright grab- it has managed to carve itself a respectable area in the very crowded space of the phone app with a sharing network. Being a free app, it is now trying to find a revenue model that preserves its photographer/contributor…

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Sell your photos apps : Why it’s a bad idea

This week, on the same day actually, two companies released a new mobile photography marketplace app. Both with same underlying concept : With this app, anyone can shoot and submit their pictures to be licensed to image buyers worldwide. In a world where everyone  snaps an images every 3.5 hour of their waking life, why not built a marketplace where people can submit some of these images so that others can license them. Great idea, no ? No. For many reasons : They are building…

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Googlography

The next frontier in digital revenue is the yet untapped landscape of the millions of photographs uploaded and shared everyday. Photographs are considered by many to represent more than  75% of the internet real estate, yet no one has yet successfully cracked  its full revenue potential. With almost unlimited resources, both technological and financial, it is puzzling to see that even Google has not yet successfully monetized it. It is not for lack of trying. But its strategy, for now, has been more about herding…

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Exclusive : Getty Images new phone App

If you have been reading this blog, you already know that we strongly believe that the next big disruption to the pro licensing scene is already in your hands. Not so much because everyone has a camera and can potentially shoot ( nothing new here) but rather for its ability to put image buyers and sellers in direct contact around a specific need. The big change here is that instead of being an offer-first marketplace – where stock agencies create a large pool of images in…

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