School is almost back in session and students will be knocking down the doors to get back to see their friends and report back on their summer adventures. Cutcaster has plenty of back to school images for any creative use. Find pictures of talk around the lunch tables, pulling all-nighters, students bullying one another, your teacher’s pet, and classroom lectures.
Over the next month, we plan to roll out a number of exciting new image search features and design changes at Cutcaster that will drastically improve your experience when buying and selling images. This entire spring and summer, we have worked hard planning, re-designing and testing the new website’s features and infrastructure to make sure it is a product we are proud to release and you are happy to use.
Pull out the surgeon’s knife because five pages at the current Cutcaster are getting a major facelift. The search page, product page, checkout area, account page and, lastly, the homepage. This is an effort to simplify navigation around the site, shorten the amount of clicks from search to checkout and re-organize our message around the site so we can prepare the site for translation into multiple languages.
New features will include a completely overhauled search engine that automatically identifies the meaning behind a keyword used in search to drill down to the most relevant content, more options at checkout for downloading images and a simplified pricing system to give buyers even better discounts when buying repeatedly at Cutcaster. Also be on the lookout for a visual search engine that is in the works. More details to come later but all the changes are really sweet and will be a major time saver.
We hope you will enjoy the new release over the coming months and have a great rest of the summer.
Your Cutcaster team.
How can you use Facebook to sell more of your images and promote yourself effectively? At Cutcaster, we have compiled a few basic steps, which will help you leverage the power of any social network but specifically for Facebook in order to effectively market your photography business:
1. If you do not already have a Facebook account you will want to create one. Make sure to fill out all the fields on your Facebook profiles so that people who visit your profile can learn more about you and the type of photography you do.
2. Sharing your images is critical. “Like” your images at Cutcaster by clicking the like button below your image’s thumbnail on any image details page. The number of times an image is “liked” at Cutcaster via the Facebook button is one factor that gives your images a boost in our search results.
3. Upload watermarked versions of your images to Facebook and make sure to highlight a wide sampling of your artwork and areas of specialties. You must always be aware of the Facebook user agreement which you should examine and why we tell you to use a watermarked version. Once you have them uploaded this is where you will want to link to your Cutcaster portfolio in the description area or specific images in your port. Make sure you use your referral links so you earn more money.
3. Ask some of your clients for permission to post some of your images to their page so other potential clients who are connected to them will see your images. In this case, anyone connected as a friend of your client on Facebook will see the posted image. This exponentially grows the group of potential customers you will reach.
4. Post updates of what you are doing professionally or shooting to the wall of your Facebook page. If you have an outside website or use a stock photo agency like Cutcaster, then use the wall to promote your other sites. If you’re about to publish some new photographs, then this is a good time to let your Facebook community hear about it!
5. It’s a great idea to create a Facebook fan page which you can use as a promotional tool for your photo or design business. Give people updates on upcoming shows, new images, new techniques you are learning, workshops you are attending or offer special deals to potential customers.
6. You need to be posting fresh new images to your Facebook pages regularly that highlight your improvement and continued education as a photographer, that highlight new areas you are experimenting with or new aspects of your work. These subtle hints will serve as reminders that your photo or design services are available.
7. Like and participate on groups at Facebook which are related to your photography work and interests. Make sure your comments are insightful and thought out i.e. not “it’s good to be here” or “nice shot” spammy. Pose questions if you want to get a response. By providing valuable information on other users pages you will be actively helping their community and growing your own reputation as the go to person for your area of photography.
8. When posting an image to your facebook page or someone elses’ fan page, you are able to change the title name which serves as an anchor link back to your image’s page. Since you are able to manipulate the title by choosing your own, you can pack it full of relevant keywords you are trying to target through search engine optimization.
Have you joined the other Cutcaster fans on Facebook? Our Facebook page highlights useful design and photography tips as well as connects our contributors with our buyers. Login to Facebook and visit http://www.facebook.com/Cutcaster to like our page.
We have been re-thinking the way buyers can search for stock photos via Cutcaster and are excited to release the first of many updates to our image search engine.
Presenting- Keyword search translation.
What does that mean for image search at Cutcaster?
Going forward, any non-English keyword entered into the search area will be automatically detected, translated and return the relevant image search results in that language. Visitors can search in their native language.
We currently offer support for the following languages via our new search engine feature:
Arabic, French, Latvian, Swedish, Bulgarian, German, Lithuanian, Thai, Chinese (Simplified + Traditional), Greek, Norwegian, Turkish, Haitian Creole, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Hebrew, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Danish, Hungarian, Romanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Russian, Italian, Slovak, Estonian, Japanese, Slovenian, Finnish, Korean, and last, but not least, Spanish. Phewww.
That’s a mouthful of new languages that our picture search engine now supports and will improve the search experience for non-English speaking visitors. For sellers, this should lead to more views and sales for you.
Be on the lookout for more updates from Cutcaster regarding our new checkout area, more search engine updates, more translation features and our growing image collection. Sign up at Cutcaster to receive updates.
In the last year, Cutcaster has seen an incredible improvement in the quality of photos and vector artwork, which are uploaded to the site. The quality bar keeps getting raised as we reach 1 million images at Cutcaster in the coming months. With that said, we still see gaps in our collection that have created massive opportunities. Find out here about what type of images we are actively looking for and are under-represented at Cutcaster. Fill these holes and you might find yourself with a hot seller.
To expand your portfolio into an untapped arena of stock photography, we urge you to create a portion of your portfolio that really shows your “outside of the box” thinking, i.e. get granddad out there on water-skis, or place your old credit cards in your kitchen’s blender or use Photoshop to create unique situations in your images by combining different elements. Get as creative as possible. Take chances and see what works and doesn’t work. Then carefully keyword and upload your new creative shots to Cutcaster.
Here are some examples of pictures we currently have but we’d love to see more of this type of photography and illustrations:
We strive to provide our picture buyers with the unique images they seek. Thanks for your help creating more jaw dropping images that will impress our buyers and increase your long-term earnings potential!
Your Cutcaster team.
Commercial stock photography can be used in posters, ads, promotional brochures, etc. that advertise and/or endorse services or products. One could define it as any photography for which the photographer is paid for images rather than works of art. Commercial images usually include: better than average to normal looking, everyday people or models; subject matter that is politically correct; or the year’s latest trends, colors and hues. These photos frequently are taken by a commissioned photographer on assignment, or or licensed via a stock photography agency like Cutcaster.com. All images included in commercial stock photography must have a model release signed by the person depicted in the image, since commercial photos purpose are to endorse or help sell a product/brand.
Editorial stock photos are used in magazines, as illustrations in books, educational materials, informational periodicals and electronic media, etc. Generally these images illustrate a story or idea within the context of a published piece of work. Editorial stock photos can include people in real-life situations and capture a specific real life moment in time. Photojournalism is considered a subset of editorial photography. Photographs shot in this context are accepted as a documentation of a newsworthy event. Obviously editorial photos are inherently more unique and content-specific than their counterpart, commercial stock photos. Editorial buyers look for “authentic” pictures, not images that appear staged. Model releases are not needed for editorial usage, in most cases, because their purpose is to educate and inform.
After giving thanks to all the deserving Moms last month on Mother’s day, it’s now the Dads turn to shine on Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day, the celebration honoring mothers. How will you be giving thanks and celebrating Father’s day 2011?
Get the stock photos above at Cutcaster by clicking on the below links.
This is a list of the highest prices paid for photographs (in US dollars unless otherwise stated) from Wikipedia. Pretty amazing to see some of the prices paid for these iconic images. Cindy Sherman’s photo “Untitled #96,″ shot in 1981, just become the world’s most valuable photograph after selling for a staggering $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction yesterday (it was estimated to be worth up to $2 million). Ms. Sherman’s photo moves “99 Cent II Diptychon” by Andreas Gursky to the number 2 spot, which enjoyed five years as the world’s most valuable photo after selling in 2006 for $3.35 million.
1. Cindy Sherman, Untitled #96 (1981), $3,890,500, May 2011, Christie’s New York.
2. Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent II Diptychon (2001), $3,346,456, February 2007, Sotheby’s London auction. A second print of 99 Cent II Diptychon sold for $2.48 million in November 2006 at a New York gallery, and a third print sold for $2.25 million at Sotheby’s in May 2006.
3. Edward Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight (1904), $2,928,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.
4. Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin of Tobolsk (2009), $1,750,000, Purchased in January 2010, Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg.
5. Edward Weston, Nude (1925), $1,609,000, Purchased in April 2008, Sotheby’s New York auction.
6. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands) (1919), $1,470,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.
7. Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe Nude (1919), $1,360,000, Purchased in February 2006, Sotheby’s New York auction.
8. Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy) (1989), $1,248,000, Purchased in November 2005, Christie’s New York auction.
9. Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants (1955), $1,151,976, Purchased in November 2010, Christie’s Paris auction.
10. Edward Weston, Nautilus (1927), $1,082,500, Purchased in April 2010, Sotheby’s New York auction.
11. Peter Lik, One (2010), $1,000,000, Purchased in December 2010, Anonymous Collector
12. Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 113.Athènes, T[emple] de J[upiter] olympien pris de l’est (1842) $922,488, 2003, auction.
13. Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave, Sete (1857) $838,000, Purchased in 1999.
14. Eugène Atget, Joueur d’Orgue, (1898-1899), $686,500, April 2010, Christie’s New York auction.
15. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol (1987) $643,200, Purchased in 2006.
Not a bad days work if you sold even just one of your photos that made it into the top 15. Get a start selling your work at Cutcaster where you can sell your images for commercial or editorial usage to our picture buyers, who represent all the major industries using stock photos.