Category Archives: technology

The war of the embeds

The war of the embeds

At the end of 2007, a company called GumGum, came out with a product that, at the time, made little noise. They had spent some time looking at the online photo licensing space and thought the system was upside down. Their idea was that, instead of delivering a file against a flat fee estimated on potential usage, they would instead charge whomever published the image a fee based on actual views. That way, small blogger could use the same image as the New York Times…

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The picture taking market

In 2014, there will be 2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold

In 2014, there will be  2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold . According to a slide shown by  Christian Müller-Rieker, the Executive Director of the Photoindustrie-Verband (The German Imaging Association), this will be  a 9% increase over the 2.05 billion sold during 2013. Overwhelming numbers What is even more spectacular is the huge difference between smartphones and traditional cameras. For 2013, only 83 million of global sales were of  digital cameras ( Dslr, point and shoot)  versus 1.948 billion for mobile ( smartphones and tablets). For anyone still doubting where the…

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Tablet

The Uncharted territory

Mobile phones with cameras are certainly becoming ubiquitous and with them a flurry of apps battling to take control of their mini desktop.  But what about Tablets? They might not be the most practical tool to take pictures but they are certainly perfect for  everything else . Bigger screens, higher resolutions makes them ideal viewing, editing and sharing ( especially with people physically next to you).  Worldwide  sales of tablets to customers reached 195.4 million units in 2013, a 68%  increase on 2012, according to Gartner, Inc.…

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Sell-News Home page

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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Dropbox

DropBook, TwitFace, what is it going to be ?

We all know that photos are key to engagement. Tech companies know it, but more important, the advertising world knows it. And although no one has fully mastered its potential, everyone knows that photography is the most important asset of the web today. That is why, more and more, we see a converging effort by tech companies to become the center of our photography life. Whomever controls your photo stream, controls your social life. The battle has raged between Facebook and Google + to be…

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Mobile first

Mobile first, Mobile only

Let’s face it. The next successful photo tech company will be mobile first and mobile only. The key mistake most photo tech companies are currently making is trying to monetize on the laptop web. Besides traditional media, this is no longer the place where people  consume images. They want to take, alter, share and view images on their mobile devices. Twitter knows this and it’s recent new feature release is proof. One can now put 4 images in a tweet, viewable immediately in a feed, as…

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The value behind

THE VALUE BEYOND THE TRANSACTION

The traditional image licensing business is a transactional one. Historically, the management of rights was considered to be an ongoing service, but with royalty free models eclipsing rights managed volumes, this is of little to no value for today’s image buyer. All value is wrapped up in the transaction: image rights and metadata are pre-vetted, and those are the most important and critical components to the product. Consumers are buying a license – not an image – and that license makes warranties of accuracy that assuages…

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Flickr buddies rememe 2.0

Getty / Flickr calls it quits

Busy week for Stock photography behemoth Getty Images. After opening up half of its images to free embedding, making a partnership with EyeEm, they have now announce that they are terminating their deal with Flickr. What does this mean ? On an individual level, photographers from Flickr who have images on Getty will continue to be represented by Getty according to their agreement. However, Getty will not continue to mine Flickr for new photos or photographers.  Instead, they recommend Flickr users to pick up the…

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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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ellen degeneres oscar selfie

The selfie heard all around the world

The most seen picture of last night’s Oscars was not neither taken by a Dslr, nor a professional photographer and was not published (at first) in any publication. It was a selfie taken on a Samsung Note 3 by an actor and published on Twitter. If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is heading, last night was a prime example. Relegated to taking full length fashion shots behind barricades, or shooting the stage from a balcony, pro photographers were by far outclassed by…

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