Found a huge and very important project on The Internet today, called: “The Rescued Film Project”! The Rescued Film Project, founded by Levi Bettweiser, is an archive of images that were captured on film between the 1930s and early 2000s. Meanwhile he’s giving a lemon on how to develop old, analog films, waiting to be seen … Just recently he received multiple, undeveloped rolls of film, made during World War II, and this is just one example of his work! It’s Beautiful and Definitely worth having a look at!!!!
Betrouwbare informatie is van cruciaal belang in de onzekere tijden die het coronavirus veroorzaakt. In een landelijke tv-commercial brengen we het werken van journalisten onder bijzondere omstandigheden voor het voetlicht. “Als het er echt toe doet, is het de journalist die de juiste vragen stelt. De journalist onthult, duidt en verbindt. Juist nu!”
De commercial is totstandgekomen, dankzij het aanbod van STER dat belangenorganisaties in de gelegenheid stelt om hun achterban te ondersteunen in deze moeilijke tijd. STER stelt hiervoor gratis zendtijd ter beschikking. De commercial verschijnt voor het eerst op vrijdagavond 24 april. Inmiddels steunen ook RTL, Facebook en Google onze campagne op hun kanalen. En zo gebeurt het dat voor het eerst in haar 130-jarig bestaan de NVJ in een landelijke commercial verschijnt. Dit is een gelegenheid die we graag aangrijpen om de grote waarde en betekenis van onze journalisten voor de samenleving te benadrukken.
Courtessy: @NVJ | Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten | #journalistiekjuistnu
Since end of February 2020 I started working for BSR Agency in Deventer, The Netherlands, a Photo Press Agency supplying images to the media. First major topic I am covering is: the Corona Crisis. One of the first series of images I produced, shows the emptiness in the streets, parks, university’s, beached and public transport systems in the country.
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Good caption and keywording of images is essential when selling images through any online marketplace. If you do this right, you will have an advantage over competitors and your images will, on average, sell better. However, if you don’t know how to do this in a professional matter, you will establish a negative reputation and professional image buyers won’t return to spend their revenues. On top, “false positives” are to be avoided. So, being a professional photographer also means that you have good knowledge of metadata, of which Titles, Captions & Keywords are a huge part. This is a short introduction to the subject.
False Positives are images that turn up in search results without having a relation to the actual search-terms, as entered by the image buyer. For example: an image of a colorful bird turning up, when customers search for a: “caucasian woman sitting behind her office desk working on her computer”. Naturally false positives need to be avoided, since they are not relevant and will not be bought by the above mentioned image buyer. Besides this, it may annoy customers, who will leave for images agencies that do things right.
1st of all: Metadata
Metadata are all data, embedded in an image, that describe that specific image. Camara data, Copyright data, descriptive data and many other ‘chapters of data’ are there to provide valuable information to archives, image buyers and others. If you want to read more about it in debt: https://iptc.org/standards/photo-metadata/
2nd of all: Information about maker, including copyright
I always use a template in Adobe Bridge to automatically enter basic information about me as a maker (author) and copyright holder of my images. Besides name and address, a website, an e-mail address, a phone number and all what’s needed for people to reach me as “the author” of that particular image.When you’re at it, don’t forget to enter Location Information to the Metadata. Especially when you’re traveling regularly, it’s a tol to find back images in your own image archive that have been made on a specific location or in that city you travelled to a couple of times.
3rd of all: Titles
Titles need to be entered to name an image and to provide first, basic information about what’s on it. Keep titles short: “Portrait Young Adult Caucasian Female”.
4th of all: Captions
Captions are very important, since they’re indexed by Google. And since images are first found through the Googel Indexing Mechanism, you need to adjust your methodology to this. I always start with location information (Town & Country) followed by a precise and detailed description of what’s in the image. Als for the image here: “Tilburg, Netherlands. Young adult, blonde woman drinking a cup of tea while having a brunch inside her living room on a sunny, Sunday morning.”
5th of all: The keywording
For Keywording of Images there’s several systems that can be uses best. They all come down to a good analysis the image, what’s in it, what happens in it, and the techniques used. Keywords are devised therefor is separate groups or chapters and it’s a good idea to systematically follow these.
- Location: Town, Country, SupraNational Entity, Location of Interest. The location of interest is especially important for travel destinations or locations relating to the specific event. The Vatican in Rome, for example, or The Capitol in Washington DC.
- If People: describe gender, ethnicity, age and the number of people, nationality. If there are people visible in the background, name them as such.
- If No People: describe that “no people” are in the image.
- If Objects: describe the number of objects in the image. And an object can be many things.
- Actions: otherwise behavior, especially people. Or what someone is doing.
- Settings (indoors, outdoors, under water, airborne, space)
- Time of day: daytime, night, at night, morning, evening, dusk, dawn
- Techniques Used (Copy Space, Depth of Field, View Point)
- Orientation of the image (Vertical, Horizontal)
- Special Keywords describing a situation
As for the image above, of the young woman drinking a cup of tea;
- (Location) Tilburg, The Netherlands, Holland, Europe, European Union, European Community, Dutch, European, home, at home, domestic, living room, room, saloon, lounge, domestic
- (People) woman, female, one woman, one female, one woman only, one female only, one person, one person only, caucasian, young adult, blond, blonde, waist up
- (Objects) object, several objects, plate, cup, cup of tea, table, living room table
- (actions) sitting down, holding, holding a coop of tea, drinking, drinking a cup of tea, having breakfast, having lunch, having brunch, lunch, brunch, breakfast
- (Settings) indoor, indoor, inside
- (Time of Day): morning, daytime
- (Techniques Used) daylight, front view
- (Orientation) Horizontal
- (Special Keywords) privacy, eating, food, tea, liquid, domestic, at home, home, residence, lounge, saloon
- Flowers, Animals (actually anything biological or medical) use their common names and their scientific, Latin names. Use both, otherwise an image isn’t found. If an image isn’t found, it won’t be sold.
- If you used any other technique then digital, like polaroid or analog photography: name it as such.
Which Software or App to use?
I have been using Adobe Bridge for years now, to enter all my metadata and do the keywording. Lightroom is also an option, for people who feel comfortable using the application. There are others, though. Slow, but an option would be Adobe Photoshop itself, through menu: “File Info”. Fast Photo Tagger is another. And there are many others, of you search the Internet a bit. Most important thing is: make it work for you!
About the Author.
Guido Koppes is a freelance photographer and photo journalist, working from Tilburg, The Netherlands on (international) projects and assignments. Part of his time he works as a Photographers Liaison of Photochain, a blockchain based marketplace for photography where photographers can set their own prices and receive an 80% share on their royalties.
Oke, deze kon ik dus echt niet laten liggen, zo plotseling op mijn beeldscherm met Linkedin in mijn Browser … Een huge compliment van opdrachtgever Great Magazines in Amsterdam! Zij zijn een uitgeverij van commerciële, glossy magazines die, terecht, nogal wat te eisen hebben, als het gaat om goede en professionele fotografie. Daar betalen ze goed voor en hun klanten verwachten daarnaast natuurlijk ook een mooi resultaat. En voor een opdrachtgever is het zo gemakkelijk, om aan te geven als ze eens niet tevreden zijn; hoort er ook bij. Maar het siert diezelfde opdrachtgever des te meer, als die eens een huge compliment de wereld in slingert! Dat is fijn, dat motiveert, en dat voelt goed. Zeker in een moeilijke industrie als die van de fotografie, geeft dat een flinke stoot energie, en de zin om weer eens paar van die klussen op te pakken … Om daar dan weer eens extra mijn best op te doen … Tja, dat krijg je, met zo’n post op Linkedin … Zouden meer opdrachtgevers van freelancers moeten doen … Met regelmaat …
Together with PA Images’ live news, sport and entertainment photography service this acquisition will allow the two businesses to fully capitalize on the huge demand for both stock and news imagery from customers around the world. Please be assured that it’s business as usual at Alamy with no change in our service to both content suppliers and customers. We will continue to operate as before, with no current plans to change prices or terms.
Editor Remarks: again another example of turmoil within the global picture industry. Obviously promises that nothing will change (for the better or for the worse) cannot realistically be made, since turmoil inside the industry of News- and StockPhotography is large enough, that even professionals with decades of experience as image brokers cannot realistically predict the future of online content. Never the less this acquisition is an example of developments inside the industry, since photo-agencies in, f.e. The Netherlands, consolidated into two major, media corporations in 2018 & 2019 (DPG Media & Talpa). The Dutch Federation of Journalists ponders these developments closely, since position of content suppliers might not be served by large, powerful media organizations, that can set prises and conditions as they see fit.
Fotografie van Industrieel en ander Zakelijk Vastgoed & Real Estate Fotografie kent nogal wat verschillende soorten, stijlen en vormen; documentair, redactioneel, commercieel, exterieur, interieur, wonen, werken, opslag, transport, productie, enzovoorts. Bij iedere opdracht pak je ’t weer anders aan. Bedrijfsgebouwen zijn daarmee “ietsje meer” dan alleen maar saaie blokkendozen langs de snelweg die met mobiele, smartphone camera’s vanuit de auto worden vastgelegd door een voorbijganger met haast. Daarom hier een kleine collectie van hoe ’t ook kan. Of eigenlijk: hoe ’t ook anders kan. Weertype, perspectief, standpunt, moment van de dag, seizoen, techniek; alle factoren spelen mee als je het beeld wilt krijgen, dat past binnen de doelstelling van jouw organisatie. Wil je er meer over weten?
Somewhere in January 2020 I published a new iBook on Apple’s iTunes Store, with a collection of images centering Graffiti’s & Murals. Alway been a huge fan of Urban & StreetArt. A few visit’s to Berlin made me start to ponder this idea of an iBook, that can be an inspiration for many. Especially for Visual & Urban Artists. At least I hope so. A digital copy of the iBook costs € 2,99 (or the equivalent in your local currency) and can be viewed on iPhones, iPad’s, MacBooks and iMacs.
In my previous blog-post I asked to stay tuned on news about Photochain, a new, disruptive stock photography company, which is emerging on the global battlefield of online stockphotography. Well, I’ve got some news for you! They are now searching for new, contributing photographers during their final launch phase. I thought you might be interested in this novel opportunity, since they have a few advantages over traditional stockphotography agencies. Let me try to explain!
Photochain Pays 80% of the Revenues to Photographers
Photochain is based on blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and is the first of its kind to do so. This means that licenses and copyright information are stored and published in immutable (non changeable) public databases, where you can acces all relevant information. This gives you, as a stockphotographer, complete control over your images! On top: you set your own prices, of which you get to keep 80%. Photochain only asks 20% commission, which is the lowest in the industry! So, where other platforms like Photoshelter, actually ask money, you get payed the highest percentage in the industry!
Since “Photochain” is a novel startup in it’s final phase of development, services are still being added as the marketplace grows and grows. Meanwhile basic functionality for image upload is there, as are all algorithms to finalize financial transactions. You will be payed as soon as your balance exceeds € 50,00. It will come live, as soon as there is a sufficient supply in images.
Launch expected during Q1 2020
The company itself is formerly based in Estonia, an EU country using the Euro as a currency and having one of the most innovative, digital infrastructures globally. Team members are spread across Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and a few other European Countries. This makes “Photochain” a truly international corporation, with a huge, potential network at its disposal. Final launch is expected during Q1 (the first quarter) of 2020.
So, if you’re a (stock)photographer with an image archive that is not completely online for licensing, why not join this new opportunity and help rewrite the rules for monetizing your hard work? Let’s be part of nuovo, novel developments and become part of something positive to start of the new year 2020!!! You can boost your career again, by clicking the link below and register!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail. Or just give me a call. I’ll be happy to help out!
May 2018 or so … Kodak broke the news they were going into stockphotography and blockchain technology … News!!! Since then Kodak went silent on it’s plans and how they would proceed … Until last week I got an e-mail from Stanislav Stolberg, basically telling me, that they beat Kodak in it’s own game … Perfect example of a start up stirring up the market with a good idea’s and the motivation to make them come through today … So, may I introduce: “Photochain”?
Not posting a link just jet, since they’re in the final phase of development, and therefor not just alive jet … But it’s coming soon … Q1 2020, that’s the goal for now … Hell of a way to close down the old year … Which was hell, by the way … Finally some god damn good news!!! (quotation from The Matrix Trilogy) … So, stay tuned, I’ll be posting news about this one as it comes along!