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Great Photo on Flickr? Getty Images Might Pay You for It!

Great Photo on Flickr? Getty Images Might Pay You for It
If you are a photographer with high-quality images posted on Yahoo’s Flickr service, you may soon get an e-mail inviting you to become a paid contributor to Getty Images, the world’s largest distributor of pictures and video.

Yahoo and Getty Images said Tuesday that they have entered into a partnership under which Getty editors will comb Flickr in search of interesting images. They will then invite photographers to participate in the program and ensure that their images have the proper releases to be licensed legally. Those who are included in the program will get paid at the same rates that Getty pays photographers who are under contract with the company.

“We believe that Flickr will be an important addition to the mix that we have,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and chief executive of Getty Images. Mr. Klein said Flickr photographers will increase the depth of Getty’s catalog on certain subjects and certain regions of the world. And they will be bringing an element that professional photography often lacks, he said. “Because the imagery is not shot for commercial services, there is more authenticity,” Mr. Klein said. “Advertisers are looking for authenticity.”

Getty will make payments to Flickr, but detailed terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Mr. Klein said that financially the deal will be immaterial for both Yahoo and Getty Images. Over time, however, thousands of Flickr photographers may benefit.

Mr. Klein said that Getty charges on average between $500 and $600 for “rights managed” images, which are used by a customer exclusively for a period of time. Photographers get between 30 percent and 40 percent of that. The company charges on average of $250 for non-exclusive use of images and gives photographers a 20 percent cut of that, Mr. Klein said.

Getty also runs a site called iStockPhoto, where amateurs contribute photos that the company markets at lower rates. The photos on Flickr are of sufficent quality to demand higher prices, Mr. Klein said.

“It is a real testament to the quality of the photography on Flickr,” said Kakul Srivastava, general manager of Flickr.

The program will be rolled out in the coming months, and all Flickr photographers will be eligible to participate.

(Via NYT > Technology)


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Sorry Flickery, no mas!

Flickery, Mac based Flickr client: denied!

A8BC811A-0CBF-4240-84BE-213CA4EA8755.jpgThe Mac world was abuzz at the release of Flickery for the Mac, a client to allow Mac users to easily upload and edit photos to popular photo site Flickr. Flickery quickly found out why it isn’t wise to launch and application that is completely dependent on another application’s API when Flickr shut them down shortly after the launch.

Flickery’s main problem was one of laziness. The company built a Flickr type photo client that offered a replacement for Flickr’s own desktop application and web site, using the Flickr servers and storage. Frankly, the company should have known that Flickr would shut down what was essentially a parasite draining their system resources.

Is Flickery a cool application? Yes it is. It offers a sleek, minimalist way to see and manipulate your photos using the Flickr engine and servers. Is it a necessary application? No, it isn’t. Flickr already offers its own desktop client with a minimalist user interface, and ways to see just the photos on its site.

Flickery is falling victim to the same problem plaguing other third party application programs that build onto the backbone of sites like Twitter and Flickr – dependency on the scalability of a system that is not under their control. The company would have been better armed for success if they built their own server backbone and created a stand alone application that both competed with and integrated Flickr, offering the best of both worlds.

(Via MAC.BLORGE.com.)

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Flickery – The “iPhoto” For Flickr

Flickery – The “iPhoto” For Flickr

A8BC811A-0CBF-4240-84BE-213CA4EA8755.jpgEternal Storms has released a public beta of flickery, an OS X (Leopard only) client for flickr. It bring a great deal of iPhoto-like functionality to your flickr.com account in the way it displays photos and enables you to tag & group your collection. You can also browse, view and comment on pictures of your friends or upload and manage your own photos and favorites, all from a clean and simple interface. You can also perform minimal editing functions pre-upload along with the option to e-mail your images via Apple Mail and even download them.

The view options are pretty nice: you can switch from a mini-overview (pictured below) mode to full-window mode to full-screen view (with slide-show controls).

The full download is a (again, Leopard-only) Universal Binary and expires on June 30, 2008. Remember, it’s beta software, and while it worked fine for me, your mileage may vary. Overall, it is a great addition to the various flickr apps for the Mac. While iPhoto & FlickrExport will still be my primary means of getting images into flickr, I can definitely see myself using flickery as a way to organize my flickr library and search for images of interest.

(Via The Apple Blog.)

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iPhone is the most popular cameraphone on Flickr

iPhone is the most popular cameraphone on Flickr

0F17F718-756B-4CF4-B216-24A13A58CEC8.jpgNot only is the Apple iPhone the most popular phone for browsing the Internet, it is also the most popular phone for uploading pictures. Flickr, the world’s largest gallery of online pictures (by some accounts) rates the number of pictures uploaded by each type of camera phone. Guess who just passed the 5 megapixel Nokia N95 in terms of percentage of users? Yep, the 2 megapixel iPhone…

The results tabulated below show that the iPhone has steadily pulled ahead of the top Nokia and Sony Ericsson Phones over the course of the past year. One would expect this lead to dramatically increase once a 3G iPhone is released (faster native uploads).
The results are pretty impressive given that the iPhone isn’t even a year old and the specs on the camera are considered by many to be underpowered.

(Via Seth Weintraub’s blog.)

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Share this! Pics & video from Flickr

Share this! « Flickr Blog

Our new “Share this” button makes it a whole lot easier to share your photos, video, sets and groups. You can click the button and start typing the screen name of one of your contacts – auto-complete will do the rest. Or, you can enter any email address.

You can set a global preference (from “Only you” to “Anyone on Flickr”) on who can use “Share this” and “Send to a friend” via your account page.”

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Flickr Video Launches!!!

Flickr Video Launches – A Unique Experience
Flickr users can now add video clips alongside their photos, a much requested and much anticipated feature that has been promised for over a year.

The puppet version of Shel Israel graciously kicked things off for us by announcing the new feature in the Flickr Video below.

(Via TechCrunch.)

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Flickr, with video…soon?

Reconfirmed in August 2007. But now, nearly three years after Yahoo bought them, and on their fourth birthday as a company, users are not able to upload videos to their Flickr accounts.

But rumors are flying that Yahoo intends to integrate video into Flickr very soon, perhaps in the next three weeks. Part of the delay may have been a long internal debate about how to make Flickr Video special and distinct from what YouTube already offers. They apparently have come to some product decisions, and will be making an announcement soon.

Yahoo PR and other employees are still dead quiet on the subject (I asked every one of them at the party tonight), but the buzz is growing and the leaks haven’t been totally contained. Get ready for Flickr Video. It’s coming. Really.

(Via TechCrunch.)

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Photonic 1.0

Photonic goes 1.0

Photonic’s developer Barton Springs Software has just released Photonic 1.0 — a major step up from the beta.

In addition to the various bug fixes,
Photonic also received the following features:

  • The ability to add favorites and photosets
  • New option to send FlickrMail to the owner of a picture via a contextual menu on photos in a stream
  • New option to go to the photo’s page is now a contextual menu
  • Drag and drop images to the application icon or to the source list to add the image to your upload queue
  • Double click now zooms in on image rather than going to Flickr
  • Set favorites on Flickr now
  • New tabbed preferences window
  • New preference for the number of concurrent downloads (previous default was 3)

Possibly the best new feature that has been implemented for 1.0 is the full screen preview. You can now see your (or your friends) Flickr photos full-screen; this is really handy for when you want to show off a set of pictures. Photonic is available as a trial download from the developer’s website, and it’s currently purchaseable at a special price of $20 until March 15th.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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