CEO Alfonso Gutierrez and Content Manager Julieanne Eason will be heading across the ditch to attend the PACA 19th annual conference in central New York this October. Joined by Head of Sales age fotostock USA, Susan Jones, they will be representing age fotostock in a three day bonanza of meetings, seminars and evening events.

PACA'S Mission Statement is: To promote and protect the interests of the media licensing community through advocacy, education and communication. A prime working example of this is the annual conference, which brings together people from all across the stock industry. We're looking forward to a schedule packed full of meetings with many of the agencies and providers that we work with on a daily basis, as well as discussing possible new business ventures.

Presentations on where search and visual recognition will be in the future, imbedded imagery, and how academia sees the future of the internet will be among the many technology sessions planned for the conference.

PACA will be followed by Visual Connections, the image forum for stock content buyers and providers. 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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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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