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Eastern Europe (Micro)Stock is rising up   © Sebastian Czapnik | Dreamstime.com With a title that wants to paraphrase a stock market index trend , I’m going to point out 2 different news that are showing the expansion of the photographic microstock business in the Eastern Europe, also considering that Dreamstime is headquartered in Romania, Microstocksolutions has offices in Hungary and Romania, Pixmac has recently launched the Polish site and certainly other microstock activities are well hosted there.               Microstock Agency PantherMedia Announces Expansion To Poland, Launches Localized Website Munich, Germany / Warsaw, Poland, October 20th, 2009 (PR-Inside/openPR). PantherMedia (http://www.panthermedia.net), the leading and rapidly growing marketplace for Royalty-Free photography with over one million images, illustrations and a vibrant photocommun... (more)

Is microstock the antithesis of a fair trade photography?

© Feng Yu – Fotolia.com – - Is microstock the antithesis of a fair trade photography? An opposite opinion. Microstock is giving the opportunity to a large amount of amateur and hobbyist photographers to enter in the photographic market. The user content generated concept of the beginning is still present but microstock has become a well established industry and in the last period we are observing a lot of pro photographers that are joining the arena. Someone is doing a good money, someone else is very happy about an extra earning that let him to buy, for example, a new gear or... (more)

Fotolia, le più vendute del 2009

Comunicato Stampa Fotolia, le più vendute del 2009 ROMA, 14 gennaio 2010 – Anche al prezzo di 1€, la vendita di immagini continua a generare guadagni a sei cifre per i maggiori fotografi mondiali, perfino in un anno di crisi come quello appena concluso. Le tre immagini più vendute su Fotolia sono state acquistate circa 10.000 volte lo scorso anno. Tutte le immagini top sellers hanno un costo variabile da 1 a 20€, a seconda delle dimensioni. “I migliori fotografi e illustratori del mondo caricano le loro immagini su Fotolia perché apprezzano il nostro approccio ai maggiori mercat... (more)

Introducing ThinkStock: a new kind of image subscription

Press Release Introducing ThinkStock: a new kind of image subscription A complete image subscription product offering premium Royalty-Free imagery from Getty Images and Jupiterimages, and user-generated images from iStockphoto New York, NY – February 1, 2010 – Getty Images, Inc., the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual and digital media content, today launches Thinkstock (www.thinkstock.com), a new image subscription product that provides one of the most complete offerings available in the marketplace.  Developed for value-conscious creative professionals, Thinks... (more)

Fotomoto is growing and offering new services

We covered the beta launch of Fotomoto in this post, Fotomoto Lets Photographers Sell Photos On-Site. Fotomoto is is an e-commerce system that gives independent photographers and web publishers the power to sell their work on their own site, using a simple toolbar with a “click to buy” button for prints and cards. During the last couple of months, Fotomoto’s team has been busy developing and expanding services. Here some details from the last newsletter: NEW SERVERS:  user base grew faster than expected and they moved servers to a bigger and more reliable platform, ready to expa... (more)