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Sheffield Drone Footage Company selected for upcoming Comic Relief Appeal Film

Sheffield start-up, Airstoc, an online marketplace for the professional drone industry, has been selected by the BBC to supply several of their unique drone shots for the upcoming Comic Relief Film, to be shown on Friday 13th March, as part of the Red Nose Day footage. Aerial clips of several key cities around the UK, including London, Sheffield, Bristol and Edinburgh were selected from the Airstoc library by the BBC to be featured as part of the Comic Relief Appeal Film, an initiative raising money to tackle the causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world. To show their support for BBC’s Comic Relief, Airstoc have agreed to donate 20 per cent of every clip sold between now and March 31st to the charity, regardless of the length of the clip or the destination.

Published: 12 Mar 2015 12:00

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

The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) announces that Chris Reed’s new book, "Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images", published by Peachpit Press, hit the book shelves this month. Chris is a member of the board of trustees for ASPP, and has presented on many ASPP education panels around the country. In addition to his work as a copyright attorney, Chris is also a professional photographer, a rare and uniquely valuable combination of skills.

Published: 30 Oct 2014 14:00

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Shestock Presents Original Research on Gendered Imagery in Stem Stock Photos

Shestock has partnered with researcher Lee Chapman, a Masters candidate in Digital and Visual Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, to present her original research findings regarding the frequency of sexism in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) stock photos. Chapman’s findings both confirm what many have anecdotally believed for years and provided some unexpected insights.

Published: 28 Oct 2014 17:00

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Capture releases new version of patented media research tool

A new version of the revolutionary web-based media research tool - Capture Desk 2 – is being launched today. This patented product from Capture – a leader in enterprise-grade media management systems that include rights, licensing, metadata and royalties – dramatically speeds up the media research workflow, as well as providing valuable project and secure rights management tools.

Published: 22 Oct 2014 10:00

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YPA Hosting First Fundraising Gala November 5th at Morgan Library

On November 5th, Young Photographers Alliance will be hosting their
2014 Fundraising Gala. Initiated by YPA President and photographer Bob Hendriks, this inaugural event will demonstrate the necessity and demand for nurturing photography as a method of visual storytelling. Attendees will be privy to a special exhibit of top selected works from YPA’s scholarship recipients and mentoring participants. Official YPA Awards will be announced during the evening, including a Lifetime Achievement Award to world renowned photographer, David LaChapelle, and a YPA Legend Award to Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director of ASMP.

Published: 10 Oct 2014 14:00

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Novel Expression, Premier Source of Genre Fiction Cover Imagery, Announces Launch

There is a new player in the world of genre fiction cover imagery: Novel Expression. offers thousands of fully released images created specifically for the genre fiction market, with an early emphasis on the Historical and Regency niches. Founder Sheridan Stancliff of identified a gap in the marketplace while searching for stock photography for new releases for the authors in her stable. Calling upon her background in commercial photography, she enlisted photographer Chip Latshaw to lay a plan for creating an upscale agency with historically accurate costumes and professional models. Ellen Herbert of NEAT Production was brought on bringing production quality and a base of knowledge about the commercial stock photography.

Published: 10 Oct 2014 14:00

Find out more   Download PDF Adds New Imagery from Design Pics, the unique stock source for high quality images of real people with real disabilities, is pleased to add yet another collection of imagery from Design Pics. Design Pics is a long-time leader in digital imagery with a growing collection of imagery representing issues and lifestyles of people with disabilities. This collection is highlighted by Adaptive Golf, showing how people play the sport with a Spinal Cord Injury. Plus, family life with Down Syndrome, shows how families can have fun together, and romantic holiday images of a woman with a Spinal Cord Injury. Disability Images represents work that is highly edited, authentic, and inclusive of visible and invisible disabilities at a time when it is important to highlight all minorities in marketing and advertising.

Published: 8 Oct 2014 14:00

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Thousands of years of visual culture made available through Wellcome Images

Over 100,000 images, including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements, are freely available through Wellcome Images. Drawn from the historical holdings of the world-renowned Wellcome Library, the images have been released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Hi-res images can be downloaded directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate and build upon as they wish, and are available for personal or commercial use.

Published: 12 Sep 2014 09:00

Find out more   Download PDF Adds Design Pics Imagery to Stock Collection, the leading stock source for high quality images of real people with real disabilities, is pleased to announce that Design Pics will be included on the website. Design Pics is a long-time leader in digital imagery with a growing collection of imagery representing issues and lifestyles of people with disabilities.

Published: 20 May 2014 14:00

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Search and Compare All Major Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites With New Engine

Buyers of royalty-free stock images will soon have a powerful new tool to help them navigate the enormous universe of images and sales outlets thanks to a new search engine called, which has indexed more than 30 million photos from iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Fotolia, PressFoto and others. Users can search by title, keyword, orientation, size and color as well as blank area for copy. Search results reveal images from all the sites that are either identical or similar and provides comparative cost and licensing options.

Published: 24 Apr 2014 14:00

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