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Fair Trade Photographer talks about the stock photography industry, professional photographers and.. the use of stock photos in business.

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  • Stormy Seas Indeed...
    on Jan 13, 2013
    On LinkedIn, I am a member of the professional group "Stock Photography, buy and sell images" and frequently find it useful for keeping up with what is happening in the stock photo industry. A couple of weeks ago a group member called 'Stormy Seas'...
  • Craigslist, AKA stolen or broken: a tale of D Vinnie and Justin Mattioli
    on May 7, 2012
    A little while back I got an unexpected email with a link to a 'camera for sale' listing and photo on Craigslist. In the email, J, a photographer friend, had written:---------------------------------------Guess whose camera this probably is? &nb...
  • A photo thief who made me laugh
    on Jan 20, 2012
    A couple of days a ago a Kenyan photographer contacted me about representation. He sent me a link to his blog which showed recent weddings and fashion shows he had covered. I thought the images were pretty good, but his most recent blog post, titled...
  • Stefanie Gordon's 15 minutes of fame
    on Dec 14, 2011
    This week Time Magazine announced their Top 10 Photos of the Year:While the results were dominated by photographs reflecting conflict and revolution in the Middle East and Western Asia, one image stands out as being different. Different because it is...
  • Jam Studios' sticky fingers....
    on Nov 1, 2011
    A few days ago I was contacted by a photographer in Scotland seeking representation. He provided a link to his website, so I went to take a look. The first thing that seemed odd was the number of spelling errors in the navigation links, titles and te...
  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
    on Sep 23, 2011
    I was returning from a kayaking trip with a friend today when something weird happened. It was a beautiful calm morning on the water, when we heard this weird whistling sound from above and then there were several big splashes all around our kayaks.
  • Altered photos as modern art
    on Jul 20, 2011
    I was looking today at the FATESCAPES / Osudové krajiny project by Czech photographer Pavel Maria Smejkal when I discovered another shockingly powerful feature of Google's Search by Image facility.Pavel's images are created by taking famous historic...
  • Google's "Search by Image" for investigative journalists....
    on Jul 7, 2011
    I got an email recently:-------------------------------------------------------------------------My name is Zara and I'm a regular reader of photographersdirect.com.I'd like to thank you for the excellent information I've found onphotographersdirect.
  • Google's new Search By Image: TinEye on Steroids!
    on Jun 15, 2011
    I have written before about the wonderful TinEye and how it can be a very useful tool to both trace your own images across the web, and also to find possible conflicting uses when you are looking to use a stock image commercially. Well, now we have G...
  • Travel Ink / LatitudeStock update
    on Feb 7, 2011
    Update 7 February 2011The Director of LatitudeStock has contacted me directly to try to sort out the issues I detailed in my previous blogpost. She does not have the full details yet, but it appears to have been an unfortunate oversight and my images...
  • LatitudeStock / Travel Ink - a murky business...
    on Feb 4, 2011
    Sixteen months ago I wrote my first blogpost for Fair Trade Photographer and the topic was why I Fired Getty Images. However, since then things have got out of hand. Let's go back to the beginning. In 2004, a UK agency called Travel Ink, which repres...
  • LatitudeStock/Travel Ink - a murky business...
    on Feb 4, 2011
    Sixteen months ago I wrote my first blogpost for Fair Trade Photographer and the topic was why I Fired Getty Images. However, since then things have got out of hand. Let's go back to the beginning. In 2004, a UK agency called Travel Ink, which repres...
  • hiybbprqag / hiybbprqug
    on Feb 2, 2011
    hiybbprqag is today's word of the day! It seems that Bing (Microsoft's search engine) is being accused of copying Google's search results and Google set up some fake pages, including one about seating at a theatre in Los Angeles with the non-existant...
  • Don't laugh at the istockers
    on Sep 14, 2010
    A Clash Of CulturesThere has been a big reaction to istockphoto's recent announcement that their current business model 'is unsustainable' and the consequent drops in commission rate payouts they are introducing. It has ranged from a huge outpouring...
  • BBC reports on "World's Unluckiest Woman"
    on Apr 23, 2010
    For the past ten years the BBC, possibly the most respected news source in the world, has been following the 'fortunes' of an otherwise ordinary person who has been dubbed by the press "The World's Unluckiest Woman".Dee Safortunado of Scunthorpe, Eng...
  • train crash photos, Northern Italy, April 12
    on Apr 12, 2010
    Following the train crash earlier today in Northern Italy near to the town of Merano, close to the Austrian border, one of our photographers Alex Rowbotham who lives nearby, has asked me to publicise his images of both the inauguration of the line in...
  • Microstock: how to avoid Poisonous Pictures
    on Apr 5, 2010
    There has been quite a big reaction to my previous article about the perils of companies using microstock images, with comments ranging from 'hilarious', 'there ought to be a health warning attached to all micro stock purchases' and 'I might just fra...
  • Microstock: why would a reputable company do this to themselves?
    on Mar 5, 2010
    I was looking at a company website today, with the possibility of putting some business their way, when something I saw there made me cringe involuntarily.They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, this one has a lot to say. It says microsto...
  • PurestockX: Unfair Trade for photographers?
    on Mar 2, 2010
    One of our photographers forwarded me an email he received this week from a stock photography agency called PurestockX:Dear Alan,I have been studying your photography on-line and decided to get in contact with you. My name is Johnnie and I work as a...
  • Our photographers in Chile after the earthquake
    on Feb 27, 2010
    Just wanted to write a quick note about our photographers in Chile after hearing the news about the massive earthquake there last night. Chile is used to earthquakes and is well prepared, but the huge size of this earthquake is rare, and we hope all...
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