Archive for May, 2008

123RF.com launches Corporate Stockphoto Intranet (CSI)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

On May 28 123RF.com announced the launch of Corporate Stockphoto Intranet (CSI). 123RF’s CSI will empower corporate companies with a large number of creative designers, art buyers and art directors to search, lightbox and download from 123RF’s image library of over 2 million royalty-free stock photos and illustrations. Stephanie Sitt, the VP of Sales and Marketing for 123RF states that, “The main advantage of CSI is that companies are able retain its own corporate identity while 123RF plays the part of creative content supplier in the background.”

CSI comes with easy-to-monitor reporting pages that keep track of users’ downloads. Appointed CSI Administrators may create user accounts and assign individual download quotas to users within their company. 123RF will provide CSI clients with continuous version updates which directly translates to valuable savings on expertise, manpower, bandwidth & hardware costs.

Sitt goes on to explain that CSI was created in an effort to further promote 123RF’s contributors’ images to large organizations worldwide. She later concludes by saying “CSI will help expand our client’s service and product offering, enabling our clients to subsequently empower their own clients, partners or staff members to search, compile and download images in a more familiar and controlled environment.”

For a promotional period, 123RF’s Corporate Stockphoto Intranet comes FREE to clients who purchase a minimum of 2,500 download credits – at a 30% discount rate! To learn more about what 123RF Corporate Stockphoto Intranet is all about and how it can help an organization, the public is invited to visit http://www.123rf.com/corporate for more information and to explore the demo site

Submit your audio to iStockphoto!

Friday, May 16th, 2008

On May 14 iStockphoto announced that they are going to start selling audio on their site also…

World’s Stock Imagery Sales Leader Will Offer Industry’s Easiest Way to Purchase all Types of Multimedia Under One Account

IStockphoto®, the company that revolutionized the stock photography market by offering images online for prices as low as $1, announced it will add royalty-free audio tracks to its collection of downloadable stock content in September 2008. In so doing, iStockphoto will become the first company to offer stock imagery, video footage, vector illustrations, Flash files and audio for purchase under one payment model, on one convenient site.

iStockphoto is currently looking for composers, performers, musicians and audio technicians to submit music, spoken word/voice, instrumental, ambient and sound-effect audio track submissions. The iStock user community of more than three million members will be able to purchase audio tracks for one to 25 credits each depending on complexity and can be used in Web site production or to complement video footage and presentations. Every time an audio track is downloaded, 20–40 percent of the revenue will go to the contributing sound artist.

This business model, known as micropayment, was created by iStockphoto in 2001. It not only fueled the tremendous growth of the company, but has also proven itself to be a great way to provide supplementary and sometimes full-time income for contributing artists. In 2007, the company paid more than $20 million in royalties to its contributors.

“Our customers are looking for something that helps them effectively communicate ideas in new and exciting ways,” said Bruce Livingstone, founder and CEO of iStock. “By adding audio to the mix, we are now able to offer customers a complete palette of multimedia tools from which they can work.”

Becoming an iStock Sound Artist:

Sound artist applicants can review a tutorial and take a brief quiz at http://www.istockphoto.com/audio_1.0_intro.php. The artists will then be asked to submit three 5–30 second audio tracks for review and approval. Once accepted as artists, contributors may submit tracks that range from five seconds to four minutes in length. All tracks will be individually reviewed for quality and legality before being approved for sale. If you are a member of a performing rights organization, (e.g., SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI etc.) anywhere in the world, you are not eligible to submit audio content to iStockphoto, as this precludes the content from being royalty-free. Those who are members of a performing rights organization are welcome to submit to our sister site, Pump Audio, at http://www.pumpaudio.com.

Sound artists can choose to be exclusive immediately and will earn 20–40 percent on the sale of each track depending on the number of downloads they have achieved. For more information on the process or music and sound categories, please visit: http://www.istockphoto.com/audio.php

Shutterstock announces a raise!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Yesterday Shutterstock announced that contributors will get a raise. If you have earned under $500 you still only receive $0.25 per downloaded image but if you have earned over $500 you get $0.33 per download. That is an increase with 3 cents from before. In addition to that those who have earned between $3000 and $10 000 will now receive $0.36 per download and those who have earned over $10 000 get $0.38 per download. The earnings for Extended Licence sales have increased with $8 from $20 to $28 per EL sale. That is a nice raise!

It’s a bit sad that those of us that haven’t yet earned $500 didn’t get a raise but when we eventually reach $500 it will be nice. Personally I have to earn almost $200 more before I reach $500.

123RF.com unveils the EVO Label

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

EVO LabelMay 2, 2008 – Royalty-free stock image provider 123RF.com unveils EVO images today, which promises to deliver unique, high quality content with strong stock orientation to all customers.

Stephanie Sitt, the VP of Sales and Marketing for 123RF states that, “The EVO Label represents a dawning of a new breed of imagery that is especially relevant to the dynamic and changing needs of clients. Clients can expect EVO images to be of the highest technical quality and with some level of exclusivity as the license for EVO image comes at a small premium. EVO is specially tailored for clients who are looking for something not too costly and yet not so readily available at all microstock sites.”

Sitt adds, “Contributors to the EVO Label have been carefully selected for their impressive and consistent work and are well recognized figures among the ranks of Contributors at 123RF. We believe that contributors with a flair for excellence deserve due recognition and should be granted a position in EVO. Contribution to EVO is a by invitation-only and portfolios of possible candidates are evaluated by a panel consisting of experienced directors of photography and art directors. The criteria for selection are a good eye for highly stock related shots, good composition and lighting. To ensure that customers will only get the best, all EVO submissions goes through several stages of stringent approvals to ensure quality control and high relevancy. In addition to that, we will be sourcing for suitable partner suppliers to include their library into EVO as well in the near future. “

Contributors who have been invited to EVO can submit up to 20 images a day for consideration. Available only under credit downloads, EVO Contributors will include their image under any of four price tiers. These tiers are Silver (5 to 20 credits), Gold (10 to 40 credits), Titanium (20 to 80 credits) and Platinum (40 to 160 credits).

EVO images shall be included among the 123RF basic search results and will have a small EVO logo underneath each thumbnail. Clients with the help of advanced search filters, can opt to exclude or to search exclusively from the EVO Label. “123RF will only add 500 to 1,000 images per working day to ensure high relevancy and that the database remains fresh always.” adds Sitt.

EVO will undoubtedly bring new clients seeking high quality images at reasonable prices into 123RF and level the playing field as the entire image collection at 123RF continues to be diverse and yet relevant. 123RF will be at the forefront by developing new tools, generating new ideas and revolutionizing new concepts all in an effort to bring clients ever closer to alternative sources of imagery. Sitt concludes by saying that, ”EVO is the beginning of a whole new evolution in the industry.”

For more information, visit www.123rf.com today!