We’re very pleased to announce the extension of our THP network in Asia, thanks to incorporation of new Members Oriental Touch and Daiichi Colour to the THP Photo services community. These new agents/providers, based in Hong Kong and the Philippines, license Rights Managed, Royalty Free and Low-Budget Royalty Free imagery.

 

“Oriental Touch was the first stockphoto library established in S.E.Asia, and we have a 42 year history in this market, answering the need for creative and advertising productions in our region.

Oriental Touch has developed an important supply of images focusing on Asian elements, particularly travel and lifestyle.

Daiichi Colour, the Philippines branch office of Oriental Touch, serves the creative and advertising clients with the best stock photos in all categories, supplied by several supporting providers from Asia, Europe, America and our own.

As part of the THP network, we will focus on sales and production of more new images to submit to our member partners. We appreciate the continuous support from all the photo providers to Oriental Touch and Daiichi Colour via the THP.”

- Virginia Ho. Director, Oriental Touch.


age fotostock & the THP would like to offer a warm welcome to Director Virginia Ho and all of her team at Oriental Touch and Daiichi Colour.


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Photographers are an important part of any stock photography agency and while this is an obvious truth it seems when looking from inside the industry that there have always been “two sides”. Photographers on one side and the stock agencies on the other. The question is: Has this been healthy? Apparently not. When we see how stock photography is struggling today and suffering from a wave of “selling cheap” it is clear this is affecting the “two sides” sides of the entire industry. So is a solution for this?

age fotostock has the theory that no matter how tragic the present and the future might seem to be, most players in this industry want to stay in the business, even if they have to change their traditional business model to a technology driven way of working and relating to clients.  Therefore, in these changing times, interrelated communication between the artificially created “two sides” of the industry becomes essential. This is why age fotostock has introduced an "age photographers Social Network," aiming to boost intercommunication between photographers, along with increased participation by age fotostock staff, including Alfonso Gutiérrez, the CEO of the company that maintains there an active presence.

Unlike other forums, blogs and public social networks that require registration, photographers are not allowed to hide behind pseudonyms in the age fotostock Photographers Social Network. age fotostock invites photographers that have been active in the last two years by sending them an e-mail. All of the participant’s real names are used in the Social Network by the members. If anyone wants to suggest improvements or complain about something, they are free to say what they think. age fotostock will respond, but unlike a public blog, in the photographers Social Network, everyone can say things relevant to members of the network and not to the entire world.

The Social Network has been operative for the past two months and has surprised age fotostock; Alfonso Gutierrez says “I have been surprised by the activity that has developed and we have learned about areas that we can improve that were simply oblivious to us. If we can openly chat regularly on the little matters, about our needs (of both photographer and agency), about the ways to compete in a variable business model, and if we can supply more information constantly and when asked, at least we will either be jumping for joy together... or at least, crying as one community.”


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Recently, we introduced the Inspiration collection to clients, partner agencies, agents and to you.  The interest has been high and the feedback positive.  And so let’s give thanks where thanks are due; to the creators of the images in Inspiration, to you, the age fotostock photographers.  Without your ideas, creativity and technique, we wouldn’t have the material to create Inspiration.

One of our photographers, excited to see some of his images marked for Inspiration, commented: 
This sounds very, very interesting! I think this is a good idea to communicate images to customers like this. Would it be an idea to inform photographers somehow which of their images were selected for inspiration? It might cause these photographers, like me, to make more of these, premium quality photographs? Stimulate their learning curve, so to say?!

And that question is the perfect introduction to today’s post, the Photographers' Profiles.  The answer is yes, we do share this information with photographers.  You can see which of your images have been tagged for Inspiration (along with other cool stuff) in your Photographer’s profile. We have had these public profiles in the works for a few months now, holding off on an official announcement until we could work out some of the bugs of our “beta” version.  There might still be a bug or two left, but we feel that the profiles are ready to roll, and many of you have already created one.  Last week we started sharing a Photographer Profile of the Week via twitter, and we plan to continue sharing the profiles that have been filled in by our photographers.

The profile shows statistics on photographer activity at age fotostock, sales/viewed images activity, and also allows a photographer to present him/herself with a self portrait, a bio, “About Me,” and a selection of up to 20 images of the photographer’s choice.  You can find your profile on the website by clicking the link that appears beside the images in the age fotostock, Pixtal and easyFotostock collections.  You can enter your bio and other information and opt to hide certain information by accessing the Profile section within the Photographer’s Corner.  The images shown in Editor’s Choice are the images which have been marked for the Inspiration collection or else were at one time (past or present) shown on the New Images section of the website. 

Why we photographer’s profiles?

It gives age fotostock clients and agents interesting background on the creators of the images that they are buying. 

Clients will be able to find your profile by clicking "See profile" beside any one of your amplified photos, as shown in the screen capture below of Kristina DeWees' image of a hibiscus.

We get to know you better!

It’s another way to search out and show the best work that our photographers are doing.

Promoting you helps us promote ourselves.

It’s a great reason to tweet!


Why should you your profile?

You get to talk about yourself.

There is a lot of valuable information on the popularity and sales statistics of your images that can enable you to make a deeper analysis of what is working for you and what isn’t.

It’s another way to promote your work through Facebook and elsewhere.  Get your friends to “like” away.

If you don´t have a website (from this decade) you could even use this link to present yourself to potential clients by preparing a custom selection of relevant images in Photographer’s Choice and filling in the requested bio info.

The profile sets your images apart from the images of our image providers since it is only available to age fotostock, Pixtal and easyFotostock photographers (with at least 50 photos online).

Obviously these profiles are the best thing since sliced bread!  What are you waiting for?  Go to the Photographer's Corner and get to work!

 


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What is inspiration? Wikipedia (who else do you turn to when you need reliable information?) tells us:
Inspiration may refer to:

  • Artistic inspiration, sudden creativity in artistic production
  • Biblical inspiration, the doctrine in Judeo-Christian theology concerned with the divine origin of the Bible
  • Creative inspiration, sudden creativity when a new invention is created
  • Inhalation, the movement of air into the lungs

Well, hold the presses, there’s another Inspiration in town.  Inspiration is the new collection at age fotostock of our best creative, authentic, imaginative, artistic, relevant and all around inspiring images.  It is a collection of images chosen to awaken creativity and to inspire you.

We believe that now, more than ever, clients want to see images that are different, images that stand out from the stocky masses, images that show artistic, creative and technical excellence.  We aren’t in a utopia, we know that the market will continue to consume predictable, mediocre and unoriginal images (especially if they’re cheap), but we think that they need to find the Inspiration images too.  Up till now, those images weren’t always easy to find among the others, but now there’s Inspiration.

Inspiration is good news for our clients and it's good news for you, our photographers.  This collection is made up of carefully chosen agefotostock RM and Pixtal RF images which are branded “Inspiration.” Some of you might have noticed the new green “Inspiration” mark appearing below some of your images.  Congratulations, that means you’re in.  This collection only contains the work of age fotostock photographers, so your images will enjoy a special showcase that doesn’t include the millions of photos of our image providers. 

What more to say?  How do you see which of your images have been chosen for Inspiration?  We’ll talk more about that next week.  What does Inspiration look like?  Be sure to try out the “Inspiration only” search on our new and improved homepage and take a look at this book.  Turn the page.  Be inspired...


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