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LookStat announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in microstock. “We’re committed to creating technology and services to enable stock photographers to streamline their workflow and to spend their time on what they do best – creating great images,” said Rahul Pathak, LookStat’s CEO & Founder. LookStat offers the following services: • Keywording – IPTC-embedded title, description and 30-50 keywords that are SEO friendly and microstock compliant. • Retouching – All image post-processing including RAW conversion, color correction, cleanup and logo removal. • Uploading & Submission – Uploading and submission of images to up to 10 microstock sites. This includes complete management of the submission process including upload quotas, model release attachment and resubmission. • Anal... (more)

Thinkstock Launches New Image Pack Subscription Service

Thinkstock Launches New Image Pack Subscription Service Seattle, WA, July 9, 2010. Thinkstock, an image subscription site from Getty Images, today announced the introduction of image packs. This new product offers value-conscious creative processionals pre-paid access to imagery and an even greater choice, value and flexibility in licensing imagery. Customers can now choose to license 5, 25, 100 or 250 high-quality royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations from Thinkstock’s collection of more than five million images. Collections are sourced from the industry’s leading p... (more)

What have credits ever done for you?

An interesting view about credits policy in the microstock business is coming out from this mail excerpt by Russell Glenister, Pocketstock CEO. Check also the video with ends presenting the new pricing model based on bidding the  photo price, called bidder. “What have credits ever done for you? In conjunction with this launch of bidder we have decided to kill off credits. At Pocketstock, credits have expired – for good. We had a long think about credits and tried hard understand the logic behind them. You know what, we still don’t get what it is. Credits were introduced by iSto... (more)

Fotolia’s Top-Selling Contributors

What are the most popular microstock clichés? Let’s discover them through Fotolia. We can visit the Fotolia’s “from this month Best Sellers” page (here a screenshot) Fotolia’s Bestsellers page or we can browse round the Top Selling contributors portfolios to know them and to see what are their most popular works. A special thanks to Amos Struck for his Microstock Photo Plugin for Wordpress that let me buy and insert, in a few clicks, all the Fotolia’s pictures of this post, directly with caption, referral links, title, alternate text. Multi-ethnic pile of hands © Yuri Arcurs #527... (more)

Fotolia Celebrates Fifth Birthday

NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2009 – Fotolia is part of a handful of companies that grew during the global recession, and this month, the online image provider celebrates its fifth anniversary. During 2009, the company saw its online library double to over 8,000,000 images and nearly 2 million images were downloaded every month. Since December 2006, membership increased nearly 10-fold, with over 1.5 million people worldwide now signed up to the site. CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff explains the secret to Fotolia’s success: “Sourcing photos, vectors, and videos that are legal for commercial and ... (more)