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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New times, more features. age fotostock has launched a brand new Website

age fotostock, a stock photography agency based in Spain with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Paris, launched a brand new customer-focused website this month. The site, http://www.agefotostock.com, has been especially designed by in-house age fotostock web designers and programmers in direct response to research of customer and client needs. The enhanced functionality and new search engine spearhead the beginning of many improvements to the age fotostock and THP platforms.


Moving hand in hand with developments in technology, the business model of the stock photography industry has been changing constantly and dramatically in the past years, both in regards to agencies’ administrative needs as well as the clients’ approach to licensing images. age fotostock has undertaken the development of a new website that recognizes and incorporates these changes.

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, comments, "We have listened to our clients and have developed the new search engine and all collateral functionalities based on their advice, adapting it to today’s needs and client requirements and demands. Furthermore we needed to acknowledge that content is increasing nowadays in ways never expected many years ago, and video is also a key element that requires much storage and fast processing. For more than a year now we have been ready to service our clients with what we believe is a tool that will help them in the decision making process and the licensing of images."

The decision to develop the new website from scratch rather than improve the original website built in 2007 was made early on. Because of the largess of this mission, a modular approach was elected by age fotostock and bridges were developed to make both the old and the new codes functional, ensuring that the business would not be disrupted when the new modules started to be operative. age fotostock has now begun unveiling functional modules that will result in the complete metamorphosis of the new age fotostock website over the following months. These changes will also be applied to all THP (Technological Hosting Platform) member accounts.

Highlights of the current website include:


Drag and drop items
An item drag and drop function enables the smooth addition of items to both light boxes and shopping carts.


Permanent Search Box
The search box is always present no matter where you are in the website.


Enhanced item preview
The new “Item preview” window offers detailed information and the ability to navigate throughout items in the search results while maintaining the original search results in the background.


Extensive search engine filters
An expanded Search Engine section allows you to find results faster and more easily by applying filters from a range of terms and categories.


Julieanne Eason, the Content Manager and International Coordinator at age fotostock, comments, "We continue to make a strenuous effort to blend methods and procedures in this new website & the THP system.  Not only will we see improvements in the front end of the site such as the new search engine, but also in the back end, where the monitoring and control of exclusive sales in global and small markets makes use of the newly simplified and efficient THP licensing matrix."

ABOUT AGE FOTOSTOCK
age fotostock is a general photo agency with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Paris, dedicated to the daily addition of quality images (Rights Managed, Royalty Free and Low Budget Royalty Free) and videos from an impressive range of subjects. age fotostock also produces its own collections, age fotostock (RM), Pixtal, (RF) and low budget Royalty Free easyFotostock (LBRF), which are all distributed through www.agefotostock.com, as well as through over 100 agencies worldwide.

ABOUT THP Photo & Video Services
The THP is the Technological Hosting Platform that connects image and video providers, distributors, and clients. The THP hosts an impressive database of more than 21 million high resolution image files and close to 400.000 video clips. THP Photo & Video Services also provides Photo Storage and High Resolution file access to over one hundred companies worldwide.

The THP was created and is managed single-handedly by age fotostock, and has evolved into a community of close to 60 companies worldwide that enjoy direct access to over 450 RM, RF and LBRF collections.


CONTACT INFORMATION
age fotostock / THP Photo & Video Services
Julieanne Eason
Content Manager and International Coordinator
Julieanne@agefotostock.com

tel.(+34) 93 300 25 52
www.agefotostock.com
www.thpphotoservices.com


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Who stole the show from Royalty Free?

In Part 2 we mentioned a “younger, more economical starlet” that arrived to challenge RF.  That starlet was microstock, and by charging less than a dollar per photo, she did indeed steal part of the show from RF. 

To meet the growing market demand for good, low-cost images, age fotostock developed easyFotostock, a Low Budget Royalty Free (LBRF) collection . Let’s see what clients think about LBRF…

Why clients ♥ LBRF…

LBRF images are primarily created for the advertising/design industry, so they generally communicate clear concepts and clean compositions/backgrounds that can be easily used by a designer. 

The price is right.  Starting at 10 Euros for a 500 KB image and peaking at 80 Euros for 50MB, it’s much cheaper than standard RF.

Low priced images allow designers/agencies to create more economical budgets for clients that they might otherwise lose, like non-profits, etc.

It’s a good option for clients who use a high quantity of images.

LBRF images are licensed images, which means that the agency assumes its due responsibility if they have sold a problematic image, so there is no need to give special guarantees on the images.

Clients only pay for what they buy, they don’t have to prepay for credits or a subscription plan.  This gives them freedom to shop where they want.


Why clients don’t ♥ LBRF…

A client can’t purchase exclusivity of an image and doesn’t know whether the same image has been or will be used by a competitor.

There is also a greater chance of a client seeing the same image used repeatedly for different uses.

There is an even cheaper option (although with limitations) which is microstock or subscription plans.

In some cases, images shot with “prosumer” cameras aren’t available for large format uses or have other quality limitations.

Often, LBRF has many generic takes on the same concept, and there is little variety of specialized subjects available.


What photographers should know about LBRF

  1. Photographers that hope to turn a good profit from LBRF images must especially focus on quantity.  The quantity of sales is usually proportional to the quantity of images available.

  2. Sales of 10 Euros (easyFoto) add up a lot faster than sales of 14 cents (microstock).

  3. Photographers that are accustomed to producing RM and RF imagery will have to lower their production costs for LBRF in order to recover the investment since the images sell at lower prices.

  4. Textures and white backgrounds, a designer’s playthings, have found full expression in microstock and LBRF.

  5. Extremely specialized images of nature, science, medicine, etc. will probably not reach their full sales potential in LBRF.

  6. Many amateurs, eager to participate in the latest crowd-sourcing movement, become involved in stock photography before they understand the legal implications involved in licensing images.
  7. Just like in RF, there is a normal expectation from clients that LBRF images are completely released and free of third party rights.  You should never send images of recognizable people to LBRF if you don’t have signed releases and you should also be extremely careful with other subjects that are not free of third party rights, such as artwork.

  8. Just like in RF, in the case of a legal dispute, it is much more difficult for your agency to withdraw LBRF images from the market, and be able to track exactly how they were used.  This puts you a greater risk if a legal problem develops. 

  9. Any legal complications which arise can be multiplied in LBRF where an image might easily be used multiple times.


Here are some examples of the “designer’s playthings” that can be found in our LBRF collection easyFotostock.  And if you are wondering about the difference between LBRF and microstock, don’t worry, that’s coming soon…

 


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