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Wednesday Tech Tip

As the summer ends, image searches turn towards the fall and the upcoming holidays. First up is Halloween, and has some advice for capturing the perfect “Scary Snap”.

Halloween creepy pumpkin

They’ve also got 12 absolutely essential tips for shooting fall leaves.

Branch of autumn maple foliage with sunlight

Get out there and capture the season!

1,000,000 Images…Here we come.

Glorious Aerial Sunset

Cutcaster is almost to 1,000,000 new photos and vectors.

We want to celebrate this huge milestone by giving you up to 49% off any image download when you use Cutcaster credits but you have to act quickly. This offer is only valid now until we hit 1 million images so lock in the savings by purchasing a credit package at Cutcaster. See the savings.

Two Free Tickets to the Bees Award in SF

Cutcaster has your ticket to the The Bees Awards, an International Social Media Award Show happening today, Tuesday the 9th, in San Francisco. For tonight’s event, Cutcaster is giving away 2 tickets to the award show and after-party (valued at over $300) to the first first person who purchases one $45 credit package for royalty free images at Cutcaster today.

At Cutcaster, we want you to showcase your products with awe-inspiring photos and designs without compromising on quality or sacrificing your budget. Download over 600,000 fully released, carefully reviewed photos and vectors for just a few dollars or Cutcaster credits.

Use our intuitive search engine to quickly find an affordable selection of high resolution images you can download with a credit card, Cutcaster site credits or request an invoice. We will also tailor our licensing agreement to fit your particular needs. Just request it.

Purchase 45 credits and we will email the account holder with the subject line “Bees Awards” and your two free tickets to the show and after-party.

As our special guest, we would like to invite you to the Bees Awards ceremony for half off you’d like to attend this amazing award show if we run out of free tickets.

If you use this Code: earlybees (50% OFF) you can get your ticket for half price.

We are presenting an award tonight at the show so hopefully we will see a few familiar faces in the crowd and the after-party.

Visit Cutcaster’s Booth at Picturehouse

Date: Wednesday, October 14th 2009
Times: Copyright seminar: 10am-noon
Exhibit floor open: noon-8pm
Wine & beer served: 5pm-8pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Table: Find us at table #G4
Further info:

John and Justin will be there all day and are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible that day. In addition, we are raffling off an Amazon Kindle to the people who stop by. See you on Wednesday next week at Picturehouse.

Cutcaster speaking at ASPP event in Boston- Come Join us

For all the Boston and Northeast Cutcaster’s out there, John will be speaking at an ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals) event on Thursday October 8, 2009 at 6:00 – 8:30pm at Pearson Educations office building. The event will cover new licensing models and the best ways to price your content so it is right up Cutcaster’s alley. It will be held at Pearson Education’s offices in Boston on the 9th Floor in the Cafeteria, so come hungry for food and knowledge ;-).

The panelist include:

John Griffin, CEO, Cutcaster
John founded Cutcaster in 2008, a community based marketplace for buying, selling and requesting digital media content.

Pat Hunt, Managing Director of Huntstock
Pat Hunt is a writer and workshop leader for the stock photo industry, and managing Director of Huntstock in Boston.

Rob Sylvan, Site Director for
Rob is a photographer, trainer, author and web developer. Â In addition to being NAPP’s Lightroom Helpdesk Specialist, he also writes the “Under the Loupe” column for Photoshop User magazine.

Christopher Kenneally, Director, Creative Relations, Copyright Clearance Center
At the CCC, Chris is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of authors and publishers. He will be speaking on behalf of

Jean Howard, Account Executive, Editorial Sales for Aurora Photos
Jean entered the stock photography world at Stock, Boston where she became the Manager of Research and Editing. She has been with Aurora since the summer of 2003.

And the Moderator is Mark Ippolito
Mark has held senior leadership positions with Digital Railroad, Getty Images, Corbis, PhotoDisc, and Comstock. In January 2009 he founded a consulting service in marketing and business development for clients in digital media and online advertising.

Thanks to Sharon Donahue, Mark Ippolito and everyone at ASPP.  It’s going to be a marvelous event and see you all on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6:00 – 8:30 pm in Beantown.

UGCX Conference- Who is going?

Let’s meet up.  Here is a link to the upcoming conference in San Jose on User Generated Content.  And Cutcaster will be there.  Or John will be there now that I am so close after my move to SF ;-)

I will be speaking on two panels which both take place Monday Feb. 9th. The first panel is on Making Money with Other People’s Photos and the second panel is titled Matching Photos to Buyers – Search Dilemmas in the UGC Photo Business.  I couldn’t be more excited.  On the second panel, I get to speak and meet with James West, the CEO of Alamy and Kelley Thompson, COO of iStockphoto.

If you are going to be at the event or planning to go you can use this discount code to get 15% off the tickets.  I am not sure the cost but they are on the UGCX site.  Here is the code for 15% off the full conference rate: SPKRUXJGN.

Please let me know if you want to grab a coffee or a beer during the week.  I am now out in SF so just a short drive to San Jose.

The PLUS Coalition. Your thoughts?

I had a conversation last week with Jeff Sedlik from PLUS about using their licensing framework at Cutcaster. How many of you have heard of PLUS?

If you don’t know about PLUS it is an international non-profit initiative on a mission to simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights. So what does that mean in English…well, PLUS is a system of standards that makes it easier to communicate, understand and manage image rights in all countries.

What are peoples thoughts on using PLUS as an option for licensing images on the site? What do you feel are the pros and cons? I want to open this up to discussion because this site is as much yours as it is ours.

I think some really interesting news for people who are selling their images is that “three major publishers have called for the adoption of the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) standards by picture archives, photographers and all other image suppliers. Representatives of McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson each announced that they will adopt the PLUS Picture Licensing Glossary definitions in their contracts, and that they encourage image suppliers to begin embedding PLUS license metadata in all images within one year.” Personally I think more will follow and this will be a good opportunity for contributors to Cutcaster but we are all ears here so let us know what you think.

For the latest news on PLUS to see what they are doing check this out.

Come visit us at Picturehouse

Cutcaster is going to be pitching to hundreds of image buyers in NYC and the surrounding areas at Picturehouse this year on October 29th from 10am to 8pm. Here is a list of image buyers who attended last year. If you are interested in visiting us we will be at booth 219 and will be giving away a free iPhone that day to people who come and meet us. If you want more details check out the Picturehouse webpage here.

Speaking about Technology at PACA

For anyone attending the PACA conference this year, I am going to be speaking with a few others in the Industry about the role that technology will play in the future. I guess they like what we are doing with technology that they asked a former stock broker on Wall st. to speak about it ;-)

If you can make it the technology session will take place on:
Sunday 26th October from 3.30pm – 5.30pm
New York Downtown Marriott
85 West St (at Albany St)
New York, NY 10006
Tel: (212) 385-4900

The title of the discussion is: “What Role is Technology Playing in New Business Opportunities?

The moderator will be Jeff Burke, Former PACA President.

The panelists are: Kevin Goldsmith (Adobe), Oleg Tscheltzoff (Fotolia), Ben London (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), Giles Copp (Version Industries) and myself.

Come one, come all and root on Cutcaster if you have time on Sunday in NYC. Here is a list of other PACA sessions that will be taking place that whole weekend.

Streaming Media East in NYC 5/14/07

Went to the exhibit today and met with a few really interesting companies ie On2 Technologies, Entriq, Navisite and Limelight. It’s amazing how much innovation and excitement there is around video and digital content in general. I was particularly impressed with thePlatform who was bought by Comcast last July. I had thought for a while that we couldn’t work with thePlatform because of their affiliation with Comcast but that is not true. I’ll definitely be talking to them more int he future.