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.

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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

Leaders of Major Footage Sources Gather in New York on April 29 to Prepare for Explosive Growth

ACSIL Footage Expo to include NBCUniversal, Shutterstock, WGBH, Getty, WNET/Thirteen, Corbis, VideoBlocks, Associated Press, ABC News Videosource.

Meeting the needs of same sex imagery in fiction covers

Royalty free stock image agency Novel Expression and Jenn LeBlanc of Illustrated Romance are launching the Exclusive Jenn LeBlanc for Novel Expression collection.

Sheffield Drone Footage Company selected for upcoming Comic Relief Appeal Film

Airstoc, an online marketplace for the professional drone industry, has been selected by the BBC to supply unique drone shots for the upcoming Comic Relief Film, to be shown on Friday 13th March, as part of the Red Nose Day footage.

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