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Pixamba CEO David Mail launched today Stock Photography topic on Ulitzer. David Mail is a CEO of Pixamba Ltd (http://www.pixamba.com), a royalty free stock photography agency and media services company. Pixamba offers microstock and midstock images at affordable prices starting from $0.75/image. Pixamba is also a developer of ProStockMaster software (http://www.prostockmaster.com), the first in the world desktop workflow management application for contributing stock artists. Stock photography consists of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. Publishers, advertising agencies, graphic artists, and others use stock photography to fulfill the needs of their creative assignments. (Wikipedia) A customer who uses stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time and money, but can also sacrifice creative control. Stock images can be p... (more)

First Week Fast Growth

Stock Photography So, the first week "on the air" went very well. Not an easy week, but remarkable good. We rapidly increase our midstock and microstock collection of royalty free images and this keeps our hands busy all the time. The infrastructure we choose for www.pixamba.com is extremely versatile and can be adjusted according to the system load and storage capacity. Since both the load and the images collection growth all the time, and fast, we work around the clock ensuring high system uptime and short response time. It seems that we are on the right way: the response time of the system is very good even now and it is going to be even faster soon, when we'll do some more IT & development work. Meanwhile, our editors receive daily hundreds of adorable new royalty free photos and illustrations like this one:   Thank you all, our new customers for your support ... (more)

Fotolia al Festival della Creatività

Comunicato Stampa Fotolia al Festival della Creatività Incontriamoci a Firenze dal 15 al 17 ottobre! ROMA, 9 ottobre 2009 – Fotolia invita tutti gli artisti e i creativi della sua grande community italiana a visitare il Festival della Creatività 2009, che si terrà alla Fortezza da Basso di Firenze dal 15 al 18 ottobre. Fotolia sarà al Padiglione Ghiaia in partnership con GraficiCreativi .com, e parteciperà dal giovedì al sabato al loro ricchissimo programma di iniziative, che comprendono workshop, tutorial e laboratori su applicativi Adobe e Open Source. Lisa Sallusto, manager Fotolia per l’Italia dichiara: ”Con questa prima iniziativa vogliamo inaugurare una stagione di “road show”, per avere finalmente l’occasione di conoscere anche di persona i Clienti e gli Autori che animano il nostro lavoro. Quale occasione migliore di un evento che nella precedente edizion... (more)

Fotolia Tax Center – aggiornamento Italia

E' arrivata oggi la Fotolia Newsletter *Avviso Importante - Moduli e Informazioni sulle trattenute fiscali* Premettendo che non sono un fiscalista, vorrei sintetizzare la questione relativa ai contributors singoli residenti in paesi che hanno accordi fiscali con gli USA (come l'Italia) e raffrontarla con altre già affrontate. Vi rimando al già pubblicato post Fotolia Tax Center per le modalità di compilazione online del modulo W-8BEN, con il quale si certifica di: risiedere in un Paese nel quale vige un trattato fiscale con gli USA Dalla newsletter di Fotolia si legge: I residenti all'estero che abbiano inviato un modulo corretto e convalidato, non sono soggetti a imposte sulle vendite al di fuori del territorio USA. Inoltre non è richiesto un numero ITIN (Individual TaxPayer Identification Number) I residenti di un Paese che rientri tra quelli con Trattato fiscale c... (more)

How To Earn Money Selling Your Photos on Internet

Stock Photography on Ulitzer Got a digital camera? Now you can earn money selling your pictures on the Internet! If you have a good eye and if you are a creative person, you can generate very nice monthly income by selling your pictures on stock photography web sites. In a month or two you will start collecting monthly PayPal transfers for few hundreds bucks from any agency you decided to work with. You probably can not live from a few hundreds bucks a month, but come on – at least it pays you back for all that nice and expensive photographic gear you have purchased last year, and pays back quit fast. I truly love online stock photography phenomenon, since it is the first in the world and probably the only business model which allows amateur photographers like you and me to earn some money from they lovely hobby. In fact, if you are a talented photographer and you ... (more)

Pixamba.com Beta Opens to the Public

Stock Photography I am very excited to show you up some initial results of our hard work for quite a long time. Pixamba.com opens it doors for the contributors and image buyers. You are warmly welcome to join us and start selling your photos and illustrations with Pixamba. We offer high resolution stock images at very affordable prices and we are here, online and offline for any question or suggestion you may have. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

Work in Progress

Stock Photography The number of submissions grows daily, hope it will keep going this way. The MIN upload size went down from 6 MP to 4 MP, thus helping our contributors to submit many stock illustrations that were prepared for other stock agencies at smaller sizes. We also have found and fixed a few site issues, including MS IE tricks with our categories tree. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

LookStat Announces Free Trial of its Back Office Services for Stock Photographers

LookStat announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in microstock. “We’re committed to creating technology and services to enable stock photographers to streamline their workflow and to spend their time on what they do best – creating great images,” said Rahul Pathak, LookStat’s CEO & Founder. LookStat offers the following services: • Keywording – IPTC-embedded title, description and 30-50 keywords that are SEO friendly and microstock compliant. • Retouching – All image post-processing including RAW conversion, color correction, cleanup and logo removal. • Uploading & Submission – Uploading and submission of images to up to 10 microstock sites. This includes complete management of the submission process including upload quotas, model release attachment and resubmission. • Anal... (more)

Fotolia’s Top-Selling Contributors

What are the most popular microstock clichés? Let’s discover them through Fotolia. We can visit the Fotolia’s “from this month Best Sellers” page (here a screenshot) Fotolia’s Bestsellers page or we can browse round the Top Selling contributors portfolios to know them and to see what are their most popular works. A special thanks to Amos Struck for his Microstock Photo Plugin for Wordpress that let me buy and insert, in a few clicks, all the Fotolia’s pictures of this post, directly with caption, referral links, title, alternate text. Multi-ethnic pile of hands © Yuri Arcurs #5270375 A classic pile of hands, people formally dressed, business team concept. Full Yuri’s porfolio © Yuri Arcurs – Fotolia.com business team work © Andres Rodriguez #4665940 Business work team concept with the addiction of another great cliché: jigsaw Full Andres’ Portfolio © Andres Rodriguez... (more)

Fotolia Celebrates Fifth Birthday

NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2009 – Fotolia is part of a handful of companies that grew during the global recession, and this month, the online image provider celebrates its fifth anniversary. During 2009, the company saw its online library double to over 8,000,000 images and nearly 2 million images were downloaded every month. Since December 2006, membership increased nearly 10-fold, with over 1.5 million people worldwide now signed up to the site. CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff explains the secret to Fotolia’s success: “Sourcing photos, vectors, and videos that are legal for commercial and promotional use from the most talented artists around the world has enabled Fotolia to provide incredible value. Designers, marketing, and creative professionals traditionally paid upwards of $500 per image in the past. Fotolia offers the same quality and usage rights starting at $1.” Also... (more)

Fotolia Launches Operation Level Ground to Attract Artists

Fotolia launches a strong operation to attract “big” contributors. With the slogan “Gain instantaneous recognition with Fotolia!”, Operation Level Ground gives artists the freedom to upload their existing portfolios to Fotolia and receive equivalent download ranking. Artists have the chance for their achievements to be recognized by increasing earnings while enhancing their global profile. For those who have sold microstock in the past, Fotolia will recognize their download sales from other services. For those who have sold “macrostock” and traditional stock photography, Fotolia will recognize their lifetime sales as equivalent to download sales. Non-microstock Sales to Rank Conversion $15,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Gold Rank $65,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Emerald Rank $100,000+ in image sales obtains Fotolia Sapphire Rank For example: $15,000 in ... (more)