InfoZone & Blog

Welcome to the Visual Connections InfoZone, your one-stop source of information on all aspects of sourcing, licensing and using images. Here you will find carefully researched reference articles, complemented in our blog by news, insights and tips of specific relevance to image buyers – plus a calendar of industry events and press releases.

Educational articles

  • Copyright: what it is and what it protects
  • Fair use: when you may use an image without permission
  • Licensing: what the different types of licenses mean
  • Releases: model and property releases and when you need them
  • Orphan works: using images with no contactable copyright owner

We will be adding more articles over the next few months, on subjects such as sourcing images, licensing footage, production services, and color calibration. If you have a suggestion for a subject you would like to see covered, please let us know.


Expect regular updates from respected industry players on topics ranging from copyright and licensing, through productivity tools and tips, to career development.

The best way to know when a new post has gone up is to follow us on Twitter.

Industry events

We keep our calendar updated with all the major events around the world for stock image buyers and sellers.

Industry press releases

Check out the latest industry press releases announcing new collections and services for image buyers.


Our blog is managed by Ellen Herbert of Neat Production, a leading photography professional with experience as an editor, producer, researcher and art director, providing support for creative projects, and producing and directing for a wide array of clients, including non profits, corporates and start-ups.


The InfoZone is kindly sponsored by PACA (Picture Archive Council of America), the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives of every size, from individual photographers to large corporations, who license images for commercial reproduction.



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Industry News

footageMarketplace returns to New York November 19th

Opportunity to meet the world’s leading footage companies and network in a congenial location

American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) Announces Release of New Copyright Book

American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) announces release of new copyright book by ASPP Trustee Chris Reed: "Copyright Workflow For Photographers: Protecting, Managing, And Sharing Digital Images"

Shestock Presents Original Research on Gendered Imagery in Stem Stock Photos

Shestock partners with researcher Lee Chapman to share her original research measuring the frequency and nature of gender bias in stock photography of girls and women in STEM images.

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