Caption: A dish with Portobello Risotto with Cheese, Salade & Bread. (click on this image for more food related on AGE FotoStock)
Since a while I have been experimenting with food photography, a photographic art in itself. One of my favorites is a good dish of Risotto with Portobello’s, a dish one has to take some time for to prepare. Served with a good glass of white wine and, preferably, consumed in company of good friends, this one is an absolute winner!
Not everyone always realizes, there are more stock photography agents besides ShutterStock, iStock, Adobe Stock & Dreamtime. Usually cheap and low to medium quality, there are premium images available for licensing too … The Barcelona based AGE FotoStock is one of them … Established approximately 1973, they were the first to offer their collections on the Internet in 1998, using their own IT technology. AGE Fotostock is one of the very few photographer run agencies, accumulating a wealth of experience on the industry. Now offering RM, RF and LBRF collections, photographs, video’s and illustrations from their own photographers and distributing portfolia from colleague agencies. Absolutely worth taking a good look at!
Made a portrait this week of Rotterdam born Wim Dubois, a nearly 90 year old World War II veteran, who spend parts of his childhood in a remote, rural village of south-East Netherlands. He wrote a book about his experiences during 1943 – 1945 era … Want to read the full article in Dutch on the site of Regional Newspaper De Limburger? Click Here!
Recent developments in photography show, that analog images are again being made. People started experimenting with old skool vintage camera’s, using all kinds of analog film, sometimes even years old, chemicals to develop these films, and dark rooms to process them. Generating wow photography.
As others, I’ve always been busy with photo production. First as an amateur, since 2005 professionally. Was busy with analog photography on retro black and white film, which I developed and processed myself. Most of the times anyway. So I created a whole bunch of negatives, stored in old shoe boxes downstairs in the basement of which I thought they weren’t suitable for my agencies, like AGE FotoStock. Turned out they were, how surprised I was!
So, for you I’ve prepared a small selection from scan’s I made past six months or so, after reorganizing all these shoe boxes into one new, professionally organized archive. Over the years past, images were made with a Minolta X700, a Yashica viewfinder, a Pentax MP5, a Sinar technical camera, and a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex. Actually any camera I could grap these days. Much of these images, and a few additionals, are also available on AGE FotoStock, where they can be licensed for publication. Want to take a peek? Click Here!! Also available on Instagram. Enjoy!!
A group of freelance journalists working from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from their own Seat & Meet place, where they produce (editorial) stories for their assignors, newspapers and magazines. It’s actually a collective of journalists, called: “De Cooperatie“. Meanwhile having acces to all kinds of services; like: websites, funds; a publishing platform (Reporters Online), a payment portal, and lots and lots more. A modest photo report on their new office with lots and lots of space.
Guerrilla style photography; a modest briefing, and with mobile equipment, like a small camera, a laptop and an internet connection, I went to Amsterdam, met the assignor, shot the images she needed, processed them, send them over to my assignor ready for use in a brochure. Within two hours I finished my assignment, and even had some time to send the invoice, which was nicely payed within two weeks. Chapeau!
Breaking news from CEPIC, the Center for the Picture Industry in Europe, yesterday, on September 27, 2018. Their talks with Google resulted in another succes for the photography industry.
Quote: “On 26 September, Google launched an important change in showing images online : creator and credit of photos as filled in the IPTC fields will now be displayed next to the image in Google Images.”
“Google’s new development to show Author and Credit Line on Google Images is a very positive step forward for all visual content creators and their rights-holders. It is without a doubt a determined move showing that visual content is not an anonymous creation but the result of the creativity of an identifiable person.
This change follows a number of meetings with Google and consultations with stakeholders groups within the picture industry in Europe. As a founding member of the IPTC photo metadata group, CEPIC will work with its members toward a proper use of IPTC fields, to make picture professionals aware of best practices for using IPTC metadata to properly attribute their content with right information from the start.”
Personally I believe this is one of the best results, that CEPIC made in the past year or so … It’s becoming clear to Google and it’s audience, that images and photographs are not Public Domain, but often the result of hard work and large investments by photographers, who are often dependent on an income, generated through The Internet. This is an important step towards educating the audience, that images are often copyright protected and that the photographer has a say in whether of not an image is used for a specific purpose or on a specific location.
Last week I was present at the “Ports and the City” conference in Nijmegen, Netherlands. A two day assignment photography job, on a conference all about inland shipping, barges, harbours, container terminals and logistics. Most important question was: how to make inland shipping more sustainable and environmental friendly. The conference had been organised by Nijmegen European Green Capital 2018 and the Smart and Healthy City programme of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The results of my work: a nice photo-report, is coming online since today.
Photography dinosaur Kodak steps into a hype with a new, crypto currency: the KokakCoin … It gets around in the industry, raising all kinds of questions …
Kodak will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. With KodakCoin, participating photographers are invited to take part in a new economy for photography, receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale, and for both professional and amateur photographers, sell their work confidently on a secure blockchain platform. KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system. Where unlicensed usage of images is detected, the KODAKOne platform can efficiently manage the post-licensing process in order to reward photographers. Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke stated: “For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem.”
Kodak claims, that the platform will offer:
Image Registration. Provides immutable proof of ownership and enables member to take advantage of the platforms wider services.
Rights Management. Every license is documented by a smart contract on the blockchain which confirms the copyrights and licensing terms and conditions of the associated images.
Transparent Accounting. Receive royalty payments instantly via a smart accounting and reporting system. Community members don’t need a separate accounting system as all payments and accounting information is saved on the blockchain.
Community Marketplace. Our marketplace enables coin holders to buy, sell and book products and services such as flights, hotels, models, venues and studios with their coins. The marketplace will also create kickstarter opportunities for startups and service companies.
Distribution Platform. KodakOne is building a distribution platform for rights cleared images. On this distribution platform buyers (licensee) and licensors can buy/sell trade images based on the licensors licensing terms and conditions.
Post Licensing (Legal Enforcement). KodakOne provides continual web crawling in order to protect the IP of its members. Where unlicensed usage of images is detected, KodakOne can efficiently manage the post-licensing process.
Image Tracking. Community members can track usage of their photos and use these insights for more efficient and effective marketing of their assets.
Instant Payment. smart contracting payments are executed instantly as all payments will be made in Kodak Coin.
Still a lot has to be explained about this initiative. What is a Kodak Coin worth in terms or Euro’s? Will it be continually fluctuating? Will the value change between the time the customer makes a payment and the time the photographer uses it to actually buy something? How does the photographer buy groceries with a Kodak Coin? Will photographers only be able to transact business with others who are willing to accept Kodak Coins for the products and services they provide? How will usage fees be established? Will there be a schedule of fees for certain uses? Will photographers have to accept those fees or not participate? Will the licensing be RF or RM? Will each photographer be able to set his own fees? Will there need to be direct communication between the photographer and the buyer for most sales and, if so, how will that inhibit sales given the current ways image licensing is conducted?
And a few more questions: what percentage will KodakOne take of sales? They will have to get something for the service they are providing and presumably a lot considering how hot investors think this investment is. (Kodak shares rocketed up more than 120 per cent on news of the KodakCoin’s release.) How will KodakOne get a significant, diverse collection of the images that are in demand? Why would any photographer give their images to KodakOne exclusively? Big risk. If they put their images with KodakOne non-exclusively then the only sales KodakOne will record are the sales made through KodakOne. Potentially, there will be a huge number of other legal uses out there that Kodak can’t track including all the uses made worldwide prior to actually launching KodakOne. In order to do any legal enforcement, they will have to come back to the photographer to determine if the use was authorized or not. How will this marketplace get instant credibility and attention from image buyers? Getty Images, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock currently control 65% to 70% of the worldwide market. Why will customer suddenly switch to Kodak?
My personal and favorite question: “Do I need to switch from my present agencies, and license all of my images (made in the past ten years or so) through Kodak Coin? Thing is: we’re all going to have to learn about cryptocurrencies and blockchains. And it’s worth to stay on top of this new development. However, it’s way to soon to make final decisions. For now I am curious on how Kodak implements this idea, and how existing industry adapts to this new development.