age fotostock HIGHLIGHTS - SPECIAL EDITION - NEW WEBSITE FEATURES

With lots of smashing new tools on our website, we provide you with more ways to achieve what you’re looking for. Check out the recent improvements:

COLUMN VIEW
Simpler and cleaner. Purely images, uncluttered by unnecessary information and blank spaces. This option displays the large thumbnails in a modern column layout, letting the vertical photos shine with a greater presence. The search results fill your screen with a contemporary work-board look. 
> See it in action

ROW VIEW
Like to see your images wide?  Here you can display the thumbnails in a row layout, giving more importance to those horizontal images. Responsive design measures your screen so that you view the images perfectly, no matter the platform you’re using.
> See it in action

FUNCTIONALITY ICONS
One picture paints a thousand words! However we know that you also need to know what the image is about, so just roll over the image with your mouse to see the image caption and icons.

SEARCH  BY COLOUR
Discover the new color filter feature
Explore inside the rainbow with this color picker. Specify your search’s color preference by choosing from an infinite array of hues and tones and all images with that color will fill your screen. Designers rejoice – you can also enter hex HTML codes to reveal all the images that match your color palette brief.
> Test it now

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Enhanced Photographer Profiles

MEET THE ARTIST BEHIND THE IMAGES
Do you like an image? Do you admire the work of one of our photographers? Do you want to know more about him or her? Do you want to see all the photos from this artist?

Photographers whose images feature in age fotostock, pixtal or INSPIRATION collections have a “Photographer Profile” in our website. Use it to find more of those images you like! Their profile not only contains info on their bio, career and interests, but links to all of their images, a selection of their favorites, the last ones that have been uploaded, the most viewed, most sold, and our editor’s picks.

HOW TO ACCESS THE PHOTOGRAPHER PROFILE
Click on the photo you like to see the image’s Item Details. Under the Photographer’s name, click on “See profile”.
Alternatively, in the Keyword Search Box enter author: followed by the photographers name and surname separated by a space and enclosed in quotes, for example:
author:"firstname surname"


Discover this artist’s work and get inspired!
> See a sample


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Dear Photographers!

age fotostock has been developing a new image collection called SnapMobilefoto: fresh pictures shot with mobile devices.

As our CEO Alfonso Gutiérrez explained this last week in Yammer, the private social media platform for age photographers:

“It’s an opportunity to submit your Smartphone/tablet devices images, your photos made with the electronic tools that we all have at hand and use daily. The collection will be formally announced soon, but before making it public we wanted to share the concept with you, our photographers, so that you can take a part in developing it with us”.

Mobile device photography calls for a more conceptual and experimental photography rather than the descriptive and straightforward typical shooting style that is abundant. With mobile devices, you have at your fingertips hundreds of filters and shooting possibilities, you are free to be unpredictable and surprising in your personal interpretation of the reality that you have in front of your eyes. Imagine, experiment, change your style, get wild and shoot, shoot, shoot….  

Images submitted are currently internally tagged as coming from mobile devices. When this category becomes substantial and popular enough with both photographers and clients, we will launch it as a separated collection.

These images can be submitted as RF, and therefore need to have MR/PR´s, or as RM as "editorial use only" when MR/PR´s are not available.

We contemplated for months over whether to have an Android or iPhone submissions app that could be accessed by anyone with a smartphone, but as we are not expecting the category becoming an uncontrolled crowd sourced one, we decided to keep to the submission standards that are already in place.

When seen online, thumbnails of the images will display the SnapMobilefoto icon, a little camera, on the top right corner.

We hope that you will try it out soon. We’re looking forward to hear your constructive opinions, and to seeing your on-the fly pics!


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31 years in the same office location proves patience and determination, but at one point the office space that for many years had managed color film processing, digital scanning, paper catalog storage, etc, was simply no longer suitable for the present requirements for IT developments, communications, websites and virtual business models. This is why age fotostock decided to move to a new location.

P99 (99 Pallars Street) is the new centre for professionals in 22@ district, Barcelona, a district of excellence with clusters of nearly 2,000 highly dynamic firms in the fields of media, energy and design. 22@ is the most important project of urban transformation in Barcelona in recent years, transforming two hundred hectares of industrial land of Poblenou into an innovative district offering modern spaces for the strategic concentration of intensive knowledge-based activities.

Sprung from a determination to unite the business community in the area, P99 is a modern building which conveys and sustains well-being. It is spacious and bright and is located in a site which provides a high quality of life due to both the vitality and the tranquility of its surroundings. This makes it an ideal setting to develop forward thinking projects and business activity.

“At some point,” says Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, “you have to be within the culture you belong to, and as we are well immersed in developing the technology suitable for close to 90 distributors around the world, we are delighted be moving into an environment alongside our contemporaries in similar fields.”

age fotostock
Pallars 99, office 21
08018 Barcelona (España)
Tel. (34) 93 300 25 52

 


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Another major step forward: Earlier this week all THP members’ websites were updated with a new search engine whose enhanced functionality brings modern formats, speed, reliability and new features to the leading front.

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.  Recognizing and incorporating these changes, our in-house THP designers and programmers have been working on the new customer-focused design  functionality for the last year. This long term development plan has included the creation and live-testing of new modules in order to incorporate the valued advice and feedback given by THP agents and their clients.

Some highlights are:


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


Easy access to new offers
As well as RM and RF images, Low Budget Images and Video, new offers such as Vectors and Celebrities are now featured.


Modern functionality
A complete renovation: the front end is now more contemporary, stylish, and more intuitive with responsive navigation and design. In a clear layout, visual tags and icons help the client to easily recognize licenses and grouped collections.


Catering to agents’ individual needs
The ability to adjust colours to those prevalent in agents’ websites, as well as the offer to cover specific wishes or add different or additional functionalities.


Drag and drop items

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


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.

We trust that this enhanced search engine will assist agents in getting good results in day to day business. As we continue to make a strenuous effort to blend modern methods and procedures in the THP system, renovations on the Agents Members Area/Backend are now being made, which will bring the entire THP platform to a high aligned level of modernity and functionality.


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The slow drone of a 16 hour flight becomes a vague memory as soon as one arrives amidst the organized bustle of millions in Shibuya central station, Tokyo. In the stock photography industry we’re always keeping in touch with our associates by email, phone, and meetings at conferences such as PACA , CEPIC, Visual Connections. However nothing beats visiting these companies on their home turf, which I was fortunate enough to do recently. In a splendid mix of work and personal vacations, I made my way to my native homeland New Zealand, passing by Japan, Korea, Thailand and Australia to visit age fotostock’s associate agents, content providers and clients. Interesting, eye-opening, informative, these visits help to fortify relationships and get a real feel for how business is going.


Here’s some of the inside news:

Japanese business is based on commitment, dedication and serious relationships. Clients and agents are dedicated to one another, and once a client has established a working relationship with an agent it is very rare that they would change to work with another company.  This is one of the reasons why the microstock offer is affecting the market so slowly, as well as the fact that our agents in Japan sell mostly RM images for editorial use, and their clients need a quality of service that could never be found at a microstock level.

The weak economic situation in Japan means that business has understandably been quiet in the past years, but agents are hopeful that 2014 will be stable.

Interestingly enough, one of the highest reaching prices in Japan is in licensing for calendar use. It's a unique Japanese thing, where every year companies produce their own calendar to gift to their clients and associates. In a society where gift giving is a high art, these calendars demonstrate commitment, professionalism and status, which is reflected in the great amounts of money invested in their production and the national ‘Best Calendar’ competitions that take place every year. Covering topics such as aerial photography, islands, museums, natural parks from around the world, age fotostock’s high-quality travel images are perfect for these calendars.

Microstock has affected Thailand and Korea greatly and most agents have had to offer a subscription model in order not to lose the clients who can only afford to make smaller purchases. However, high-end clients remain dedicated to our agents, as they depend on the reliable customer service when licensing images for advertising.

Bounding back from New Zealand on the return trip to Barcelona, I touched down in Australia to meet some of our direct clients there, mostly editorial companies producing travel and/or educational material.  I was struck by the similarities each company had in terms of goals for the year – projects are becoming more universal and online products becoming more of a focus than those in print.

Australian editorial companies cater not only to Australia but also New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Indonesia and many more countries in the Asia / Pacific Rim.  The companies used to produce different product versions with localized image content for each territory but now their projects have a global reach, and the images of people working and studying (eg. a cover for a high school study package) need to reflect our changing, global society, where people of different ethnicities work and socialize together.

In a country where the aim of having one-computer-per-student is soon to be realized, companies are moving rapidly into producing digital multimedia packages, and in many cases their publications are produced more for online use than for paper. For those photographers out there, our clients forecasted the rapidly increasing use of video in these products, and requested more video content, now!

 

As well as content such as History, Geography, Nature & Science, they need:

-    All types of images of people with mixed ethnicities.
-    Preferably Asian looking images more than European ones, since Australia and New Zealand markets cover the Asia /Pacific Rim.
-    Authentic business images with people of mixed races. Dance/choreography/stage performance.
-    Images reflecting cyber safety, bullying.
-    Authentic images of people working in Industry.
-    Locations & events in the Asia/Pacific.
-    Health & P.E, kids playing sports.
-    Adults and children in design & technology environments.


And for further inspiration, our Japanese agents requested images such as:


-    Artistic flower images.
-    Aerial images.
-   Lifestyle images for editorial use, in particular families eating, their housing, domestic routines, from all across the world.

To those of you who I met along my travels, thank you so much for your kindness & hospitality. We’ll continue to work together to keep the business a lucrative and enjoyable sector for the years to come.

See you again soon!

Julieanne Eason,
Content Manager.

Freycenet National Park, Australia.

 


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