Shutterstocks CEO and Founder Steps Down After 16 Years at the Helm

16 years after founding the New York-based stock photo giant Shutterstock, CEO Jon Oringer has announced that he will be stepping down in April. Oringer announced the news in an open letter published this morning, just as Shutterstock unveiled a so-so financial report for Q4 of 2019. Oringer announced the news as a sort of […]

Alamy Cutting Commission from 50% to 40% for Its Stock Photographers

Alamy announced in an email to contributors today that the commission rate for stock photo sales is being slashed from 50% to 40% starting in February 2019. Here’s what the email said: In February 2019 the Alamy contract will be changing to reflect a new commission structure.

Why I Use Getty Images to Sell My Photos

By doing a quick calculation, my photos make up 0.002% of the still images available on GettyImages.com. Which means I have 1,600 photos for sale out of about 80,000,000. How does it all work? By using a third party like Getty Images to sell my photos, Im giving up all negotiating power when it comes […]

Shutterstock Employees Opposed to Censorship in China Told They Can Work Elsewhere

Stock photo giant Shutterstock has found itself in some ethical hot water. In a recording obtained by the media, an executive is heard dismissing employees’ concerns about the censorship of search results in China, telling them that they are free “to pursue other opportunities” if they’re unhappy with the company’s decision. Concerns surrounding the censorship […]

This Company is Giving Away 100,000 AI-Generated Portraits for Free

A company called Icons8 has just released “a massive free resource of 100k faces generated from scratch” using an AI algorithm trained on tens of thousands of real-life portraits. The resulting headshots can be used by anybody, royalty free, without worrying about model releases or other stock photography issues, since a fake person can’t exactly […]