The digital photos we are all accustomed to are bitmap images, composed of pixels. In contrast, a vector image or graphic is formed by independent geometric objects, which can be segments, lines or polygons. Each one of these objects is based on mathematical expressions, and their points have a definite position on the x and y axis of the image area. 

Why are vector graphics so wonderful?

Their versatility. Vector graphics are like superheroes: at the click of a button or the drag of a mouse you can change their shape, colour and size, and they will still look amazing.

To be specific;

Firstly, each object can be manipulated separately even if they overlap other objects in the image. They can be copied and pasted to create separate graphics, and can easily be assigned a different color, shape, thickness and fill.


Secondly,  from a business card to a billboard, vector images can be scaled without distortion or resolution loss. Their lines & render are crisp and sharp at any size and they can be printed at infinitely high resolutions.

Needless to say, everyone who works in graphic design absolutely swears by them!

What more?

  • All age fotostock’s vector files are in .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format, a highly customizable format that allows you to use the image as a vector as well as a bitmap.
  • .EPS files can be opened in Adobe Photoshop, but the best way to work with vectors  is to use a vector editing software such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
  • Like photos, .EPS files can be LBRF, RF or RM.
  • The file size of a vector is based on how complex or difficult the image is, how intricate the lines are and how complicated the points are, not on the size or colour of the image.
  • The download time for an .EPS file cannot be easily estimated as it depends on the file size, the type of connection the client uses, the state or saturation of the connection, and other factors such as the number of internet applications being used on the computer during the download.

Feeling jumpy? Need to stretch? Let a vector do it for you!!!

 


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It was colorful, it was flurrying. Upstairs there were tables filling and emptying in a constant flow of meetings between agents and providers, downstairs there were talks of how to find all of the legal and illegal ways your images are being used on the web, confessions from buyers about what they really want (wonderful well-documented images with ever decreasing prices) advice on using social networks, stock photography mobile phone applications,  and the joys of wifi enabled cameras… to mention only a few of the many topics…

The PACA conference is a two day event that provides an opportunity to network with providers, agents, clients and figureheads in the stock industry, as well as featuring a full program of panel talks, discussions, words from the wise in the industry. Alfonso (CEO) and Julieanne (Content Manager) were in New York attending both events last week along with age fotostock USA head of sales Susan Jones, who charmingly chaired the PACA panels over the two days.

They were joined by age fotostock USA sales staff to greet current and potential clients with information about our collection, a bag full of goodies and some crispy apples at Visual Connections. Susan summarizes, "This year was a good year for Visual Connections. It really was a busy, productive day."

For more information about PACA and Visual Connections click here to check out one of our previous posts.


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Start spreading the news... age fotostock CEO Alfonso Gutiérrez and Content Manager Julieanne Eason will be leaving Barcelona this Friday to attend the 18th annual PACA conference "Opportunity In Change" on the 20th and 22nd of October, followed by the Visual Connections event on the 23rd, all taking place in central New York.

The PACA conference is a two day event that provides an opportunity to network with providers, agents, clients and figureheads in the stock industry, as well as featuring a full program of panel talks, discussions, words from the wise in the industry. These panels will be chaired by our age fotostock USA sales manager Susan Jones. Not be missed - Alfonso as CEPIC President will be speaking his opinion on Image Registries on Tuesday at 11am. We hope to be enlightened by the variety of talks in between meetings with our agents and providers.

Visual Connections is a one day event which brings together stock agencies and existing or potential clients. Our age fotostock USA team will be there representing the company - please feel welcome to drop in and visit us!

For more information about PACA, CEPIC and BAPLA click here to check out one of our previous posts.

 


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Following the recent launch of our brand new website with a newly designed search engine, the new Special Collections Search Function aids customers in finding their desired image or video by refining their search criteria in specific categories. Based on an internal keyword search, dynamic results include both video and image content from Providers’ collections, photographers’ submissions and age fotostock shoots. The selections are live - the daily upload of new content on the THP platform delivers fresh results in every category, every day.

A new search experience. age fotostock always improving

The special categories include:

Only People
From portraits to groups, every image is model released.

Food
The selection that tickles your tastebuds, offering food, drink, gastronomy and cuisine.

Architecture & Decoration
Traditional and contemporary works from architects and designers across the globe.

Gardening
Horticulture, complete species of plants and flowers, gardening and gardens.

Wildlife
The animal kingdom reigns, from domestic species to the most rare and wild.

Travel
The world’s bounty of exotic locations, vibrant, diverse cultures and stunning landscapes. 

Art & History
Educational and visual imagery covering archaeology, ancient & fine art, people and historical achievements.

Celebrities
Famous stars and personalities

Julieanne Eason, the Content Manager and International Coordinator at age fotostock, comments, "These special categories have been designed specifically with the customer in mind. They both ease the customers ‘search stress’ by offering the first relevant step into a specific search, as well as making our small yet outstanding collections more visible.”

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, adds, "We have listened to our clients and are developing the new search engine and all collateral functionalities based on their advice, that says that while having millions of images is great, the reality is that finding specialized images is often a pain. Searching within specialized groups of images contained in a large collection is adapting the search to today’s needs, requirements and demands.”


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Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, once said of the capital city of Germany: “Berlin is poor, but sexy”.  Twenty years after the fall of the wall, poor but sexy Berlin has turned into a startup technology hub, with its low cost and buzz attracting artists, young creatives and talents from all over the world. Berlin is the on-trend creative capital of Europe.

As a congress venue, Berlin offers a number of important additional advantages on top of trendyness:
- Centrally located
- Well connected with two international airports
- Affordable hotels
- Germany is an important market in Europe

Centrally located, the Maritim ProArte was found to be the perfect place to hold CEPIC 2014 in June 2014.  The Maritim ProArte is a modern Design and Conference hotel. It has 1.650 sqm exhibition spaces, 13 conference centers, a professional meeting service, and all necessary business facilities.  It is perfectly suited to welcome 600 and more delegates and host different events on the same floor.

The MaritimProArte is located 5 minutes away from the Brandenburger Tor, Unter den Linden and Gerdamenmarkt. It is within walking distance of Berlin’s finest touristic attractions, shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife venues. The Friedrichstrasse station is opposite to the hotel with railway, subway and bus stop connections to all directions.

Although a block of 80 rooms will be reserved for delegates and offered at a preferential rate, there are plenty of hotels in the vicinity for delegates to book choose from.

The Congress will open on Wednesday 4th of June and end on Saturday 7th of June with three full days for tables, meeting rooms, conferences and networking events.

Alfonso Gutierrez, CEPIC’s President, says: “It has been the intention of CEPIC bringing to bring our yearly Congresses to as many places in Europe and beyond as possible, but we have never yet organized one in Berlin. As CEPIC has had an office there since it was founded 20 years ago, we considered that it is about time that we bring the Congress to the home of CEPIC. We expect, with the help of our industry, that 2014 will be a great year for the "Centre of the Picture Industry ” as we better describe what CEPIC represents to all of us in the stock photography industry. Come to Berlin. Join us. We will have a lot to share in  2014."

Edith Stier-Thompson, CEPIC’s vice president says: “Being German, I am very  proud that Berlin, my favoured city in Germany, will host the next congress. We will have an exciting programme and look forward to see all of you there.”

CEPIC Congress 2014 will take place from 04 to 07 June 2014 at the Maritim ProArte Hotel, Berlin Friedrichstrasse

Registrations for the Congress and hotel bookings will be accepted from January 1st, 2014.
Express your interest now and get information informed about sponsorship opportunities by writing atto berlin2014@cepic.org

See more details about Martim ProArte HERE.

All other information (Venue, Hotel Booking, Sponsorship Opportunities) is available from berlin2014@cepic.org

About the CEPIC Congress
The annual CEPIC Congress is the largest global gathering of the international photo community and extends CEPIC’s network to all five continents. CEPIC's membership and Congress participants includes large and smaller stock photo libraries, major photo news agencies, art galleries, historical archives, and museums,  and video companies. After a successful event in Barcelona event in 2013 with 500 delegates  from all over the world attending, CEPIC will go north and east to Berlin in 2014, one of the largest market place for still and moving images in Europe.

About CEPIC

CEPIC is a European non- for profit trade association in the field of image rights. CEPIC was founded in 1993 to present a unified voice to advise and lobby on new legislation emerging from Brussels. It was registered as an EEIG (Economic European Interest Group) in Paris in 1999. As the Centre of the Picture Industry, CEPIC brings together nearly 900 picture agencies and photo libraries in 20 countries across Europe, both within and outside the European Union. It has affiliates in North America and Asia. It has among its membership the larger global players such as Getty, Corbis or Reuters. Through its membership, CEPIC represents more than 150.000 authors in direct licensing.

CEPIC’s members are expert in the conservation and marketing of imagery. They have been digitising content from the advent of the Internet, making the resulting digital asset available for commercial use, such as to newspapers, magazines and broadcasters, off and on-line, as well as in non- commercial environments for the purposes of research and education.  Picture agencies and photo libraries also act as commercial rights management service providers on behalf of creators.

CEPIC achieved observer status at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) in 1997. CEPIC has been a member of IPTC since 2005, of ICOMP since 2009 and joined the Linked Content Coalition early 2012. It is part of the ARROW project and, together with partner, EVA for collecting societies for visual arts, released a feasibility study on the inclusion of visual material in the ARROW system. From 2013, it will be part of the EU funded project, RDI (Rights Data Integration) proposed by the Linked Content Coalition.

President - Alfonso Gutierrez (president@cepic.org)

Executive Director - Sylvie Fodor (s.fodor@cepic.org)

The CEPIC Office is located in Berlin, Germany.
CEPIC – Center of the Picture Industry
Offices in Germany, Fritschestrasse 22, 10585 Berlin, Tel. + 49 30 889 101 - 60 cepic@cepic.org

www.cepic.org


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