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The difference between Editorial and Commercial Stock Photography

The Difference:

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.

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

Top Freelance Picture Buyers, Photo Researchers and Photo Editors

If you would like to be added to this list of the top professional in the photo research and picture buying world (it’s free) please call: (888) 356-2462 or email your information and website to the webmaster@cutcaster.com.

Media companies and newspaper & magazine picture desk’s can use this list when they are seeking top professional freelance picture researchers and editors around the globe. These are the top Picture Researchers who can help you through various stages of the getting the correct rights to use an image.

Alyson Whalley – Picture Editor, Art Buyer -UK

Art buying and picture research for corporate and advertising work

Phone – 07940 590884

Charlotte Maguire – Freelance Picture Editor – UK

Freelance Picture Editor and researcher with ten years experience.

Email – lottiepicresearch@btinternet.com
Phone – 07816 402468

Jamey O’Quinn – Photo Editor/ Researcher/ Art Producer – Boston, MA

Experienced photo editor and researcher for magazines, websites, and educational books.

Email - jamey.oqinn@gmail.com
Website: www.jameyoquinn.com

Robyn Lange – Photo Editor/Researcher – NYC

Freelance photo editor for top US publications

Website – www.robynlange.com

Alice Jessop – Freelance Picture Editor / Researcher -UK

Works with Newspapers, Magazines and Agencies. Research skills, full contacts book, experience commissioning, briefing, budgeting, clearance and negotiating fees. Photoshop skills.

Email – alicejessop1@gmail.com

Bill Van Warden – Photo Researcher – Des Moines, IA

Van Werden Photo Research

Email – vanwerden@gmail.com

Thomas Bonsu-Dartnall – Freelance Picture researcher – UK

Topics include History, Art, Science and Nature etc,

Email – houseof77snakes@hotmail.com

Susi Paz – Photography, Picture Researcher and E-learning Video Producer – UK

Expertise – advertising, publishing, Government departments and the United Nations.

Website – www.susipaz.com

Judy Mason – Picture researcher/Photo Editor – California

30 years experience with U.S. textbook publishers. Specialize in college-level books ranging in subject from music to psychology to information technology.

Hannah Houston – Picture Editor & Researcher – UK

Experience sourcing imagery for newspapers, magazines, online, book publishers and ebooks. Experience in Photoshop, keywording, captioning and cataloguing.

Email – hshouston@hotmail.co.uk
Phone 07789 173 481

Joanna Meadows – Picture Researcher – UK

8 years picture library experience. Experience in sourcing imagery for newspapers, magazines, advertising and book publishers both creative and news / editorial based imagery.

Claire Gouldstone – Freelance Picture Researcher – UK

Picture researcher with 10 years freelance experience within Art, Architecture, Gardening, Textile Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, etc.

Phone – 01432 344 315

Graham Harper – Picture Editor/Researcher – UK

Experienced working with magazines, books, catalogues & brochures.

Anna Mousley – Picture Editor/Researcher

15 years experience in the photo industry, including picture research, editorial work, copyright clearance, captioning and key-wording.

Sharon McTeir – Picture Researcher/Book Designer – Scotland

18 years experience. Photoshop and Illustrator for photo/vector editing, keywording. Print and digital rights.

Jessica Korman – Picture Editor/ Photo Researcher – UK

Email – jessica.korman@gmail.com

Ashley Lumb – Photo Editor – London, UK

Photo Editor with 8 years experience in picture research, production, commissioning  photographers worldwide. Works with magazine, book, website and advertising clients.

Email: ashleylumb@yahoo.co.uk

Kristin Doherty-Burns – Freelance photo editor, researcher, shoot producer –NYC

Experienced in celebrity, food, portrait, product and travel photography. kristinburnsphoto.com

Sean Hannaway – Picture Researcher – UK

Experienced in partworks/magazines, books and newspaper publishing focusing on natural history and sports photography.

Leonie Lodge – Picture Researcher – UK

Experienced at picture research and mark ups to negotiating fees and commissioning shoots.

Email – leonieb7@hotmail.com

Mary Rose MacLachlan – Picture Research & Copyright Licensing – Canada

Researcher, editor and permissions experience with over 20 years’ experience in book publishing.

Website – www.mrmassociates.ca

Susie Prescott – Picture Researcher – UK

18 years experience.

Sheri Arredondo – Photo Researcher – St. Albans, ME

First Light Photo Research

Website – www.firstlightresearch.com

Dayna Bealy – Photo Editor – New York, NY

Email - dayna.bealy@gmail.com

Roger and Judy Feldman – Photo Research, Rights and Permissioning – Chicago, IL

Feldman & Associates, Inc.

Website – www.feldmans.net

Stephen Forsling – Photo research, Image Rights, and Permissions – San Francisco, CA

Forsling image research and permissions, Specialties include fine art and social sciences.

Email - safors@pacbell.net

Ilene Bellovin – Editor and Photo Researcher – Larchmont, New York

Producing, researching, licensing images for magazines, websites, books, film and museum exhibits. Top researcher.  Ilene Cherna Bellovin

Email – icbellovin@gmail.com

Rizal Alessi – Photo Researcher/Photographer, Jakarta city, Indonesia

More than 10 years experience in photo research for various subjects for national and international publication.

Email – rizal.alessi@yahoo.com

Nancy Tobin – Art & Photo Editor/Researcher – Orlando, FL

Art & photo editor/researcher with 25 years experience in the textbook industry specializing in History and Art.

Website: www.nancytobin.net

Kerry Faulkner – Freelance Photo Producer, Researcher, Editor, Art Buyer – Germany

18 years of photo industry experience.

Email – k.faulkner@mac.com   +49 151 5070 7858

Lin Barton – Picture Researcher – New York

Experience in academic publishing and art news publications, familiarity with European and American archives and libraries, German and some Italian reading knowledge.

Judy Brody – Photo research & permissions - Bay Village, OH

Photo archiving for commercial and individual collections.

Email – JKB7810@aol.com

Jerry Marshall – Experienced Picture Researcher & Photo Editor – New York, NY

Picture Research & Photo Editing, Permissions & Rights Clearance services to a wide variety of clients for over 20 years. Any size project in any type of media, including trade & text books, newspapers & magazines, web sites, advertising and video.

Email – jerry@pictureresearching.com

Daniella Nilva Cunningham – Photo Editor/Footage & Stills Research – New York, NY

Over 20 years experience. Specialty includes Textbooks/Children’s Books/Consumer & Trade Magazines/Multimedia Projects/Copyright Clearance

Email: Dnilva@yahoo.com.

Anne Burns – Freelance Photo Research – Fort Lee, NJ

Anne Burns Images

Email- anneburns@earthlink.net

Linda Carter – Freelance Photo Services NYC

Photo Research, Editing, Rights Clearance, Writing, Proofreading

Email - lindancarter@yahoo.com

Jain Lemos – Producer, Editor, Consultant – Laguna Niguel, CA

Jain Lemos Productions

Website – www.jainlemos.com

Doug Hill – Bethesda, MD

RightsAssist, LLC

Email – dhill@rightsassist.com

Martha Davidson – Image & Content Research, Licensing – Washington, DC

Additional experience in concept development, writing/ editing on history, art, science

Email – mdwdc@sprintmail.com

Lindsey Nicholson – Photo Editing, Project Management, Art Direction – NYC, NY

Knowlegable in SEO, Keywording, Project Management skills and working with a variety of editing tools and web-based tools.

Website – lpnicholson@nyc.rr.com

Anita Dickhuth – Visual Research Editing/Licensing Services – New York, NY

Images Inc. Experience includes trade, textbook, magazine & custom publishing.

Email – ernider@earthlink.net

Janice Ackerman – Photo Editor, Photo Researcher and Art Buyer  – Brooklyn, NY

Over 15 years experience in the publishing and advertising industries.

Email – janiceackerman@gmail.com

Sharon Donahue, Photo Editor, Image research & Permissions – Boston, MA

Extensive experience: fine art, science, history, literature.

Email – sharon.donahue@gmail.com

Francelle Carapetyan – Image Research Editorial Services – Francestown, NH

Image Research & Permissions, especially arts & humanities.

Email – francelle@imageresearcheditorial.com

Lydia Evans – Publishing – Evanston, IL

InContext Publishing Partners

Website – www.incontextpub.com

Toby Greenberg – Picture Researcher & Editor.- New York, NY

Toby Greenberg Picture Research & Photo Editing

Website – www.tobygreenberg.com

Melissa Allison – Photo Researcher, Editor and Permissions – Palo Alto, CA

Website – http://www.pacificpictureresearch.com

Maureen Collins – Senior Photo Research, Editor, Permissions Pro.

Image Specialist, Maureen Collins Photo Research/Editing/Permissions Lemont, IL

Email – collins.maureen100@gmail.com

Frances Brown – Photo Researcher, Keywording – Evanston, IL

Textbook publishing,

Email – fjbnoyes@comcast.net

Josh Brown – Photo Permissions and Research – Valparaiso, Indiana

Pre Media Global

Email – jbrown@premediaglobal.com

Alicia DiPiero – Freelance photo researcher, editor and coordinator – Austin, TX

Alicia DiPiero Photo Research

Website – www.aliciadipiero.webs.com

Erika Hokanson – Print and online content specialist – Newbury, NH

Print and online content specialist. Integrated editing & photo research service. Refresh Media Resources

Website – info@refreshmediaresources.com

Marybeth Kavanagh – Picture researcher, Editor, Art Buyer, Photo Editor – Loma, CO

Kavanagh Media Research. Top Level Picture researcher and editor for print and online products with 20+ years experience

Email – mbkavanagh@gmail.com

Barbara Salz – Image Researcher, Photo Editor – South Orange, NJ

Full service image research, photo editing, photo program development, licensing and permissions. Barbara S. Salz, LLC

Email – b.salz@verizon.net

Debra Lemonds – Photo editor – Pasadena, CA

Photo layout and design. Photo research. Editorial and advertising projects. Debra Lemonds Picture Editor

Email – dlemonds@earthlink.net

Jane Yeomans – Photo Editor/researcher – New York City, NY

Email – janeyeo@nyc.rr.com

Mary Fran Loftus – Photo & Fine Art Research, Permissions – New York City, NY

Omni-Photo Communications, Inc. Project Consultation

Website – www.omniphoto.com

Rory Maxwell – Photo Research and Editing, Permissions, Data Entry – Norwalk, CT

Over 20 years in the industry. Rory Maxwell Photo Research

Email – rorymax@optonline.net.

Mary Rose MacLachlan – Photo Researcher, Visuals and Literary Permissions, Copyright Licensing Specialist – Salt Spring Island, Canada

MRM Associates

Website – www.mrmassociates.ca

Martha Witte – Freelance Photo Researcher.- Philadelphia, PA

Worldwide image and permission sourcing for business and publishing. Martha Witte, picture researcher

Website – www.wittepixarena.com

Laura Wyss – Photo Researcher – New York City, NY

Specializes in books and book covers. Wyssphoto, Inc.

Website – www.laurawyss.com

Maryellen McGrath – Photo Researcher, Editor, Producer, Photographer – New York City, NY

20 years experience in the photo industry (print, marketing, online which includes entertainment, news and sports).

Email – mmcgrath2008@gmail.com

Alicia DiPiero, Photo Researcher/Editor – Austin, TX

Experienced photo specialist with twelve years of experience procuring, licensing and tracking photographs for large scale programs in the educational publishing industry;

Email – dipieropix@gmail.com

Debbie Needleman – Friendliest Freelance Photo Researcher – Portsmouth, NH

Photo and art research. Over 20 years experience for publications, documentaries and museum exhibits

Email – NeedDeb@gmail.com

Mary Risher – Picture Research, Photo Editor – Noblesville, IN

Image Management & Shoot Production www.maryrisher.com, Mary Risher Media

Email – maryrisher@mac.com

Walter Malden – Image Researcher/Editor

Image research, editing, producing, licensing/permissions for publishing and advertising worldwide. Acme Pix Los Angeles, CA

Website -  www.acmepix.com

Joan Meisel Picture Editing & Research New York, NY

20 years experience in picture editing, research & permission acquisitions. All subjects.

Email – photofinders@yahoo.com

Beth Reitmeyer – Research and licensing; art buyer – Bowling Green, KY

Photo, film, sound, text research and licensing; art buying; specializing in education & humanities, Better Imaging

Email – beth.reitmeyer@gmail.com

Robin Sand – Photo Researcher & Editor – Whitestone, NY

Image Rights, Permissions, and Licensing Specialist, Robin Sand Photo Research

Website – rsand@nyc.rr.com

Barbara Schultz – Photo Editor/Researcher – New York, NY

Editorial and archival news, history, fine art. Schultz Image Consulting

Website – www.barbaraschultzimageconsulting.com

Joan Mathys – Picture Researcher/Photo Editor – Washington, DC

MJM Picture and Film Research

25 years experience researching and licensing images

Email – joanmathys@msn.com

Maggie Silker – Image Researcher & Editor – Marlboro, MD

Experienced in books, magazines, exhibits, websites, newsletters and slide shows. PhotoRes Upper

Website – www.photosearcher.com

Deborah Nicholls – Photo and Footage Research – Boston, MA

Research and licensing; specializing in the textbook and travel markets. Media Research

Email – shawondasse@yahoo.com

Kristin Sladen – Photography Services – Bedford, MA

Experienced photo editor in both print and online, specializing in research and permissions.

Email – ksladen@gmail.com

Lauren Stockbower – Picture Editor and Researcher – Annandale, VA

Email – laurenstockbower@mac.com

Fay Torresyap – Photo Editor, Photo Researcher – New York City, NY

20 years experience. All subjects. Bluedot projects

Website – www.bluedotprojects.com

Rachel Youdelman – Editorial photo research, editing, rights/licensing – Boston, MA

Fine arts, history, science. Rachel Youdelman Picture Research Brookline

Email – ryoudelman@gmail.com

Vikii Wong – Researcher, Editor – Brooklyn, NY

Researcher, Editor, Buyer, Consultant, print, new media, video. Vikii Wong

Email – vikii.wong@gmail.com

Carola Strohoff  – Picture Editor & Researcher – UK

Experienced Picture Editor, Researches for Text & Photographs, Production Services, Worldwide Researches, Languages: German, French and English,

Email – kr@kandrmedia.com T +44 20 8743 5766

Louise Turner – Picture Researcher – UK

Freelance Art buying and Picture Research to Ad Agencies with 15 years experience in the industry.

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

Camera shoot ideas for the spring and summer months

A note from our Creative Director, Cora Reed:

Spring has arrived, and everyone is eager to get outside and take pictures of all the fresh blooming flowers.  Some stock sites aren’t even taking flowers any more, but I must admit I love them.

Here are some hints for flowers:

Compose! I know it’s tempting to take shots from top down, or even just at random.  A fat bumble bee on a perfect flower is nice, but a random bug on a flower, not so much.  Keep those for your personal collections.  Think outside the box!  Look for different angles, make sure your flowers look perfect.  Macros are wonderful, bokeh works great for background compositions.  Send only your very best flower pictures.  Really look at them carefully, and submit the pictures that make you say “WOW!”

Download these images here:

Photo of Tulipa World Legend Darwin Hybrid Tulip

Serenity Sakura

Gerbera flowers

That said, a word of warning for you spring and summer time shots.  Here is a short list of easy shots that we really don’t want to see:

1)  Common ducks, geese, and sea gulls.  (Give me a nickel for every duck photo I see and I could pay down most of the US’s national deficit. Well almost.)  If you must submit ducks, find the interesting pictures of ducks like this:
Male Mandarin Duck swimming in golden water

And as with any animals, be sure to keyword with common and scientific names of animals.

2) For those close to a beach and taking pictures of the beach, keep those WOW concepts in mind. Remember that Cutcaster does NOT accept pictures of children you don’t know and can’t get a model release for, so please do not upload them, even as editorial photos. In addition, we will not accept the backends of beachgoers without their consent or knowledge.

We are extremely excited to see your latest pictures of spring’s bounty!  Get out, shoot as much as you can and keep your most exciting and best work coming!

Woman in white dress and raised hands standing in blue sea water

Cute teenage girl at the beach with her mother on a stroll at the background

Red vintage bicycle with basket and flowers leaning against wooden fence at beach.

Download the above images below at Cutcaster using these links.

Woman in white dress in sea

Pretty young girl smiling while at the beach mother at the back

Bicycle with flowers

Warm Regards,

Cora Reed

Win two free tickets to attend the Bees Awards on May 3rd in San Francisco

To enter, just download an image or purchase a credit package from Cutcaster over the next 4 days and you can win a ticket for you and a friend (valued at over $500) to attend the prestigious Bees Awards next week on Cutcaster. Hurry only three lucky winners will be selected. And, even better, here is discount code for 10% off your image or credit purchase: BEESAWARDS

Winners will be emailed two free tickets this Sunday. Cutaster is proudly one of the Bees Awards first sponsors. The Bees Awards is an completely unique and sold-out Awards Ceremony that recognizes those communication professionals working within international social media marketing and advertising. Everyone is welcome to attend and enter the contest by either downloading an image at Cutcaster or buying a credit package.

To download an image or purchase a credit pack, visit Cutcaster today. For more information on the Bees Awards visit their website.

Checklist for using Pictures, Images or Clipart you found online. What is royalty free?

Checklist Tick boxes in black with pencil and drop shadow

Photo Checklist

The checklist of considerations and questions below are important to think about when you found an image online and want to use it for whatever creative or editorial reason. Here is a checklist of things to ask yourself when licensing and using an image:

Ask yourself, how am I using the image exactly?

If the image is going to be used on a t-shirt design, within a mobile app, on a road-side billboard, for an e-device, on your client’s homepage or within a college textbook just to name a few, you will want to make sure that the license covers your particular usage. If you don’t know if you are covered, then don’t assume. You can always call up the photographer or stock photo agency to ask if your specific usage is covered by the license they offer. Better to be safe then to assume.

I need to be able to use an image forever. Will the license I buy ever expire?

This is very important. Start by asking yourself, “how long do I want to use a particular image for any project?” Check if the photo license expires in the future or grants you rights to use the image ‘in perpetuity’, which is just legal jargon that means the license doesn’t expire. Always check to make sure there isn’t a time restriction on your usage. Royalty free licenses are almost always ‘in perpetuity’ and won’t expire. Rights managed licenses have restrictions and limitations on how long you can use an image. Make sure you record if the license expires on a certain date and save that information along with the image. If someone created a website for you make sure that the images they selected for you don’t expire. The last thing you want is an unexpected bill or an email from an angry photographer or agency questioning why you are still using an image, whose license has expired.

Does the amount of times I print the image matter?

This is a good time to double-check how many times you want to print, reproduce or otherwise use an image. This is sometimes called “print run.” For example if you are going to print an image 10,000 times on a poster or use the image for a book cover that will be printed over 250,000 times, you want to make sure that the license doesn’t have a “print run restriction” that might require you to pay extra for any excess prints you make over the allotted amount. If you know your usage will exceed the number of times you can print it according to the license, you can purchase an additional license exemption in some cases called an extended license so you increase your print run to unlimited.

Am I licensing Royalty Free images or Rights Managed images?

Knowing the difference between these two license types is extremely important and will affect how your able to use the image. Clicking the checkout button and paying for the image doesn’t mean that you can use it anyway you like. You need to know the rights you are obtaining through the license.

If I use a subscription service to license images am I still allowed to use the images I downloaded after my subscription ends?

No, unless you used a specific image for a project during the time of your subscription. In that case, you can re-use the image but if you do not use the image during the time of your subscription and then use it after your subscription ends you are in violation of your licensing agreement and subscription sites will send a team of lawyers after you. You have to be very careful of subscription sites and their license. A person who cancels their stock subscription can not stockpile, download, or otherwise store images not used within a few months of the expiration of their subscription. This means you can not use any image which was downloaded but not used in a personal project or clients project during the time of your subscription. All subscription sites have a provision that limits how you can use images you downloaded during the subscription period that have not been used in a project. This is called image warehousing.

Ask yourself, Are there recognizable people, famous landmarks or artistic works (such as paintings or sculptures) in the image?

For commercial use, you need to double-check that your supplier holds the appropriate model or property release for that image. A simple email asking the photographer or agency for confirmation that they hold the releases is a good start.

Does the photographer or stock agency offer legal protection with the image license?

You will want to find out who assumes the liability and costs if a claim arises and you have to go to court. Does the license that you are considering buying cover you from these types of claims? Ask yourself and check the license to determine what kinds of claims are covered by the legal protection.

Where is a good place to ask for advice if you are not sure?

Stock Photo License is a good place to start for information and you should bookmark the resource and link to it from your site to help others. You can email them at team@stockphotolicense.com or ask them a question on Twitter by using @stockphotousage. Next, you could contact the photographer or stock agency. However, the best advice is to contact your legal counsel if you have specific questions.

What is royalty free?

If you are looking for amazing royalty free photos and vectors please visit Cutcaster.com.

Image Volume. Getting noticed with 40 images or less?

Cutcaster contributors are our lifeblood and their artwork is what has helped us grow our base of loyal picture buyers and kept the lights on. We have over 4000 contributors at Cutcaster, who have uploaded at least one file to the site. Some like Yuri Arcurs, Elena Elisseeva, iofoto or MonkeyBusiness Images have thousands of images while many other equally as talented contributors have less than 40 images a piece on our site. What is so important about the number 40?

If you uploaded 40 or less files to Cutcaster and then just stopped, you may be scratching your head why your images don’t come up more in searches or produce more sales. If you are less than 40 it might be time to upload more photos. Here’s why:

You might ask yourself, “What´s wrong with 40?” or “I will wait until I see sales before I upload more.”

Cutcaster now has over 800,000 unique, high quality stock photos and stock vectors from amazing contributors all over the globe. We are getting pickier and pickier with our selection as we grow. If we take a contributor’s portfolio on Cutcaster, which has 40 accepted images and compare it to Cutcaster’s entire collection of over 800,000 files, you start to see why constantly uploading or having a larger portfolio at Cutcaster is a good strategy to get more eyeballs on your content.

1. For every 1 of the pictures in the 40-something contributor’s portfolio there are roughly 20,000 royalty free stock photos or vectors from other contributors at Cutcaster competing with your 1 image.

So the chance that your image will be seen, first in our collection, and secondly, on our website, is comparable to the odds that you will become a professional athlete: 1 in 22,000, which for most of us is pretty slim.

How can you correct this and get the odds back in your favor?

New and old contributors need to have an image presence of at least 500-1000 images to expect regular sales that they can rely on for earnings, since they are competing for buyers’ eyeballs and attention on our website. If you only have 40 photos now, you might make an occasional sale, but in order to make more money, you need to upload more of your images to Cutcaster or expand the diversity of your portfolio. It’s time to turn that 40 into 400 or even better 4000. Good luck.

Note: The above images can be purchase at Cutcaster by following the below links.

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100111491-one-behind-many/#S3029360

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100322636-Searching-for-a-Niche-Group-Magnifying-Glass/#S3029360

http://cutcaster.com/vector/100675353-Leader-Stick-Figure-among-crowd/#S3029312

http://cutcaster.com/photo/100556169-Be-Different/#S3029484

Facebook “Like” a picture at Cutcaster and get a boost in search

Promote your images on Facebook – and we will give you a boost in our search!

On every picture details page at Cutcaster, we have added a “Like” button under every image thumbnail. If you or a visitor likes your image, we figure that others might like it as well! Be selective with the images that you “like” so only the best get pushed to the front. In order to push the highest quality images to the front of the search results, all images with “likes” at Cutcaster will get an added boost to their search placement. The more “likes” your image gets, the higher it will get pushed up in search results. It’s time to get your friends to help you promote your images and get more sales!

Adorable kissing puppies, only a few weeks old

Click "Like" Below any Image

And if you haven’t joined the Cutcaster Facebook page yet please post a comment on our wall or “like” our page.

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?