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Search like a Pro for outstanding imagery at Cutcaster

Cutcaster’s improved search feature, which uses contextual filtering, lets you easily refine your searches to find images that meet very specific parameters. You get the image you need quickly, with the assurance that you’ve seen all the images that fit your parameters.

1. Type a keyword or phrase in the search field, and click Search. Our search engine parses language for context, so be as specific as you can.

Keywords can include of what you are looking for, such as flower or tree, concepts like growth, or emotions like excitement.

For example, if you search for ‘yellow flower,” results include all images with both of those keywords.

2. Filter your search to narrow your results:

  • Roll over your search terms, which appear at the top of your results, to choose a more specific contextual filter. In this example, you can clarify the context of “flower.”
Image Search

Choose your word meaning

  • Make selections using the filters that appear in the column to the left of your search results. You can filter for image orientation, file type, size, and so on.

3. Experiment with adding and removing keywords to specify your results quickly.

Type keywords in the fields to the left of your search results. In the “yellow flower” example, if you want a woman to appear in your photo, type “woman” in the Add Keywords field. If you don’t want that woman to be a bride, type “bride” in the Remove Keywords field. Click Apply to see the filtered results, which will include just images with the keywords “yellow,” “flower” and “woman” and NOT the keyword “bride.”

Filter your search result

4. Broaden your results if necessary.

At any point, if you’ve narrowed your results too much, you can broaden them by removing filters.

Each filter or keyword you specify appears at the top of your search results. Click the “x” next to any filter to expand your search results.

Broaden your search results

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Cutcaster Giveaway- Free Accounts with Image Credits

It’s giveaway time on Cutcaster! This week, to celebrate the launch of our new stock photography site, we have 5 stock photo accounts at Cutcaster to give away to a few lucky people. Each account is filled with 25 free credits (worth $29.99) that you can use to download any stock photos and vector images from the site.

Cutcaster provides a wide range of high-quality, affordable stock photos, royalty free images and stock vectors. These images are perfect for websites, promotional products, advertising, publishing, or any other commercial use. Click the following links, to learn more about our latest website update regarding our image search engine and checkout area.

How to Enter:

For your chance to win a Cutcaster account loaded with 25 free credits, just do either (or both) of the following:

  1. Add a comment below OR to our Cutcaster page at Facebook, stating what the first image you will download from Cutcaster if you win. Include the URL of the image as well. You could write this for example: “The first image I will download is this cool vintage gramophonehttp://cutcaster.com/photo/100269016-Gramophone/
  2. Tweet this message:  @Cutcaster Stock Photos Giveaway: Win a @cutcaster Account with 25 Free Credits! http://bit.ly/opaM5u 

If you post a comment and send a tweet, you’ll double your chances of winning because we will enter you twice!

On Wednesday, September 21st, we’ll pick the 5 winners at random and announce them here.

The winners have been picked and will be notifed by email. Thanks for participating and for those of you who didn’t win, there will be more chances this Fall.

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Cutcaster makes stock photography search faster, more accurate

Today, Cutcaster re-launched with several upgrades that address growing needs in the stock image marketplace for both image buyers and sellers.

We wanted to make changes that would translate to real improvement for all our users. Our search engine now helps buyers find, filter and download relevant images more quickly, and we’ve made it easier for our contributors to sell their images and earn good money doing it.

We’ve now combined an easy-to-use search interface with a highly accurate contextual search engine that disambiguates word meanings. As the user types in keywords, the engine determines their meaning and the intention of the searcher to provide more accurate image results. As the searcher applies additional filters—for number of people, orientation or dominant color, for example— search results are updated immediately, making it easy to focus and expand results as necessary. If a keyword has multiple meanings, a user will be able to select their meaning by clicking on the keyword to choose the right meaning. We do all the rest.

The checkout process has been improved as well with simplified pricing, shown in credits and dollars, and the introduction of PayPal. Our goal was to make downloading images as seamless as possible for people. Users don’t even have to register to buy, and now they have even more secure payment options.

For its contributors, Cutcaster has increased its royalty payments to one of the highest rates in the industry. Our rate are going from 50% to 55%. We want to continue offering excellent images from great contributors, and our rates help us attract and choose the best. At a time when other sites are reducing their royalty percentages and payouts, we’re increasing them.

A greatly simplified user interface facilitates how contributors upload their images and view their image stats. We will have the FTP upload option enabled again after next week but you can upload images now via the upload area in your account. The whole site is optimized for our sellers now. There’s no guesswork, from signing up to providing the right tax forms, to getting paid.

We hope you enjoy all the improvements and we welcome your feedback.

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Dad doesn’t want a tie again for Father’s Day

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.

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100364359-Father-Holding-Daughter/

http://cutcaster.com/vector/100298228-Father-and-daughter/

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100229267-Father-and-Son/

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100145169-Two-men-standing-outdoors-smiling

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100086279-Dad-carrying-son

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100132689-A-Middle-Eastern-man-with-his-children

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Photography Copyright Explained- Best Practices

Gun sight with copyright symbol on white background - 3d illustrationWhat is photo copyright?

Copyright is defined as the exclusive set of rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. In addition, any of these rights can be licensed, transferred and/or assigned to another party like what takes place at Cutcaster when we license or sell one of your images royalty free. Copyright only lasts for a certain time period, after which the work is said to enter the public domain. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works protects any creator of “original works of authorship” under it’s copyright law which protects works in all 160 countries that are party to the Convention, as well as various other laws such as the US copyright act.

Copyright law has been internationally standardized, lasting between fifty and one hundred years from the author’s death, or a shorter period of time for corporate authorship or anonymous works. Generally, copyright is enforced as a civil matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions.

Before 1989 all published works, in the US, had to contain a copyright notice, the (c) symbol, followed by the publication date and copyright owner’s name, to be protected by copyright. This is no longer the case and use of a copyright notice is now optional in the US, though you will still see them used.

Does copyright apply to all images?

Yes, every image out there from the time it is created becomes automatically protected under copyright laws. One should know, that copyright law is different from country to country, and a copyright notice is required in about 20 countries for a work to be protected under copyright laws.

What is copyright infringement?

Copyright infringement, copyright piracy or copyright violation, is the unauthorized use of photos covered by copyright law, in a way that violates one of the copyright owners’ exclusive rights. Imagery infringement may include:


• Using the image beyond the scope of a license or permission granted
• Recreating an image identically with another photographer
• Use of whole or part of an image without permission i.e. “mash-up” or derivative work
• Art rendering, where someone adapts an image without permission

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16 Things Picture Buyers dislike about their Stock Agencies

In a continuing effort to release as much information as we can concerning picture buyers and their habits in today’s stock industry, we will look at what things image buyers disliked that their image agency did or wasn’t doing. This question was one part of a two part question relating to what picture buyers liked and didn’t like about the stock agencies they work with. Below is a collection of their responses in no order of importance but cover the range of dislikes that image buyers had.

1. Prefer stock sites that have a current selection images of people using media (my firm sells advertising in magazines, online and mobile devices.) The laptops, computer screens, and mobile devices should be current. People using the devices need to look realistic. They should look somewhat affluent or have some purchasing power.

2. Few images of “ordinary” people of many backgrounds, skin colors or multi-national origins. Few images of disabled individuals or groups doing ordinary (non-medical) activities, bland generic office pictures.

3. Keywords need to be accurately curated, correct caption information, no time to sift through keywording spam. Keyword spam makes me not want to visit a site.

4. Same images on every site and smaller agencies that are different get subsumed by the larger ones

5. Dropping or losing photographer/images and then being unable to re-license them for p/up imagery

6. Caps to RF imagery or microstock imagery

7. Everyone uses the same great images. Should be a system for professional level and entry level buyers so everyone isn’t using the same images/vector files…

8. It’s difficult to find great deals or new imagery since they are all concentrated under Getty and Corbis again…There is very little good, new material.

9. Discontinuing of RF CDs

10. Photos that SCREAM “I’m a stock photo.” More quality stock illustration at lower costs – less computer generated in feel.

11. It’s not very fun and takes a ling time to search for images.

12. Credits packages that do not expire.

13. Sites that don’t allow for repeat download of photos purchased.

14. Overly complex search engines

15. The search engines for iStock and Corbis aren’t very intuitive, or aren’t as intuitive as they could be. Getty has better search filters. The quality of the photos are sometimes hit and miss. I understand that to be acceptable for lower priced images like iStock but some of the other larger ones still have that same issue.

16. I think just having better search and/or search and filtering methods, would save us tremendous amounts of time and get better results. Perhaps better tagging, or more accurate tagging of the images. Many times I will get provocative images when I’m not searching for them.

What do you dislike about the stock agency you choose to work with? Is there anything you hate which they do? What would you change?

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Top 10 things Image Buyers Like about their Agency – Understanding Image Buyers in the Stock Industry

Beautiful Portrait Of a Afro American Woman

Are you happy with your image agency?

What features or services do image buyers like and want from photographers or stock agencies? What gets them coming back to your portfolio or the agency that reps your images?

Today, Cutcaster is releasing the comments that some images buyers told us during last year’s survey. We took 10 of the most popular comments and arranged them below in a random order to show you what features or services they like an agency to offer. The question was actually a two-part question and was “What do you like most/least about the stock photo sites that you work with?” Later this week, we will share the things they didn’t like about their current stock image agency. The survey was completed by 344 image users who had used Cutcaster or were working on the stock image business and were mostly from the US or Canada.

Top 10 things image buyers said they liked which their stock agency provided.

1. Current and wide selection of images from international sources at reasonable prices.

2. Special picture collection pricing for royalty free or rights managed photos.

3. Stock agency websites that can show an entire photo purchase history with a simple click to avoid duplicate image purchases.

4. With current rates that image researchers get, we need to work FAST. The most important features for a stock site are direct downloading and embedded metadata. If you do not offer these two things, you are a 2nd tier vendor.

5. Picture pop-up windows to review images instead of having to use “back” button.

6. Advanced features like search filters when we need to give restrictions.

7. Love seeing Creative Inspiration.

8. Great sales help when a user encounters a problem. (From Cutcaster: Most image buyers didn’t say they needed a specific sales representative to help them use an agency)

9. High resolution comp images with metadata embedded.

10. Agencies with multicultural, disabilities, youth, and well executed food shots most cited image needs.

Overall, most image buyers stressed that they needed the highest quality images, fast / accurate search results and lower pricing which is understandable in the current economic environment.

If you are an image buyer, what features would you like to see a stock agency adopt to make your life easier?

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Business Teams, People and Corporate Settings for eLearning

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Business People Images

Cutcaster provides some of the best photos and illustrations, which are perfect for creating eLearning simulations or building other engaging interactions? Cutcaster offers royalty free images that can be used in as many e-learning online training courses as you can create for only a few dollars. For our first elearning image series we chose to do signs and symbols. This is the second elearning photo lightbox we are releasing that includes everything from corporate office buildings and office interior backgrounds you can use to create user scenarios, to business teams and people, to something as basic as a call center employee or beautiful woman with a phone headset, to just businessmen or businesswomen in general.  We offer a wide variety of affordable royalty free images and illustrations that can be used in course guides, conversational situations and case studies.

Check out our other call center employee pictures, Phone Person Pictures, People on the Phone Photos, Business Women Using Headset, Business Teams, Objects Signs, Health Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices, Elearning Concepts Promotional, Elearning Home Exteriors, Office Interiors, Retail Stores.

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Signs and Symbols Images and Graphics for eLearning

Signs Stock Photos

Signs and Symbols Stock Photos

Need images or graphics that are perfect for building eLearning simulations or other engaging interactions? All our royalty free images can be used in any e-learning online training course. We are starting a lightbox series of elearning images that will include everything from corporate office buildings and office interior backgrounds you can use to create user scenarios, paper and notes pictures that you can write a message on or call center employees and doctors / nurses who can be used in course guides, conversational situations and case studies. Our next series will highlight business teams, business people and corporate settings so be on the look out for that series of images.

The first in this elearning series is Signs and Symbols. This is a specific collection of sign images and symbol illustrations that can be used in online training courses.

We have additional elearning photos which inslcude call center employee pictures, Health Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices, Phone Person PicturesBusiness Women Using Headset, Retail Stores, Business Teams, Signs ObjectElearning Concepts Promotional, Elearning Home Exteriors, Office Interiors and People Phone Photos.

http://www.cutcaster.com/clipfolders/viewclipfolder/ELB—Notepaper/3613
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