The big news in December for contributors was full launch of photoworkflow.com, we posted a review earlier in the month.
Other than that things were relatively quiet, most of the news coming from various changes at istockphoto. (most of which I'm not going to weigh in on - but the description "Istock F5 epic fail" that has been flying about does not seem all that unfair considering this is supposed to be a leader in the microstock industry.) It's not easy to make changes to a big website without issues cropping up, but sites like google, paypal, amazon etc seem able to do it without all that many "unforeseen" problems. This, I guess, is the price you pay for making the royalty structure complicated.
istock also announced plans to accept editorial images. A thread on the istock forum details that celebrity and news events are not going to be accepted as they were already available from other Getty sites. This opens the door for street scenes with people, travel images featuring some famous buildings etc that were previously off limits as royalty free. More about editorial images and microstock.
Other News In Brief:
- zoonar announced that they intend to grow their partner distribution network from 6 agencies with the aim of having 20-30 resellers. As of 24th December a flat rate of 60% of income from partner sales will be paid to photographers.
- A concluding analysis of the 2009 microstock survey was published on the microstockgroup blog.
- microstockdiaries published an interesting interview with Masterfile’s President, Steve Pigeon and background info about the Masterfile Crestock acquisition.
- Mystockphoto.org posted a digest of social messages about the charity water campaigns started by microstockgroup and shutterstock.
Best wishes for 2011 from microstockinsider.com