This Week on Microstock: Fotolia Videos Can Increase Your Rank, Shutterstock 2014 Milestones, Creative Cloud Myths Debunked and Annual Microstock Survey 2014


Fotolia HD Videos Worth 5 Times More To Your Rank

Videos are becoming a trend in stock industry nowadays. Video files are among the microstock niches that have increased in popularity over the course of the year.


With the increase in client demands, Fotolia is planning to extend their portfolio even more. Therefore, as an incentive to the contributors, HD videos are now worth 5 times more toward contributor ranking making it easier for you to go through the ranks to get a higher commission. To know more about this great news and what might be its effects to other stock agencies, read this article.

Fotolia will also soon be announcing that they will start accepting 4k videos so stay tuned!

What are you waiting for? Start shooting now.

For more information regarding uploading videos on Fotolia, you can find it here.

Shutterstock Milestones for 2014

Shutterstock Founder and CEO Jon Oringer published a blog post that looks back and celebrated what an amazing year 2014 has been. The company continues to set its sights on bigger and bigger goals in the coming years.

52cb12aae4b0384973b1e8cd“Shutterstock started in 2003 with a single mission: we wanted to figure out a way for businesses of all sizes to get the images they needed for all their commercial and creative needs. A decade later, not only are we the leader at this, but we continue to advance further and further into the workflow of over one million creative professionals all over the world. As our company grows, so does our mission. Before we fully embark on the new year, I would like to share 10 highlights from 2014.”

  1. Contributor royalties surpassed $250M. A quarter of a billion dollars was paid to the different content creators, from hobbyists generating enough income to actual businesses that have been created at Shutterstock.
  2. WebDAM acquisition. Large companies need help managing number of assets and they purchased WebDAM to help them help their enterprise customers.
  3. Licensed over 400 million images. Shutterstock is one of the largest stock agencies in the world. With every upload comes the growing numbers of buyers in need and Shutterstock continue to license 4 images every single second.
  4. Launched Shutterstock Music. Music licensing was a new addition to their content types. While 2014 were full of learning for this new type of content, Shutterstock plan to make more progress in 2015 and pave the way for Royalty Free music.
  5. Palette and Sequence were introduced to Shutterstock Labs. Shutterstock Labs is a place to expose innovative content search and editing tools and Shutterstock plans to release more features soon.

These and a lot more milestones for the year 2014. Want to know more? Check out the Shutterstock Blog.

Creative Cloud Photography Myths Debunked


When Adobe Creative Cloud subscription was first announced in 2011, many photographers were concerned about “renting” the software. To others, it may seem that the plan is costly because they don’t really use the entire suite of applications included in the offer. So Adobe released a special version that included Photoshop CC and Lightroom which are the two most important softwares to a photographer’s digital workflow.

However, after three years of its first release, there are still common misconceptions about its features and functionality so Adobe made a move to debunk some myths and clear the air.

Myth: The Creative Cloud Photography plan is more expensive in the long run.

Truth: Actually, the Creative Cloud Photography subscription saves hundreds of dollars compared to buying outright the software at a huge price and having to upgrade every time a new version is released. The added mobile applications, such as Lightroom mobile, that can handle powerful photography editing and also Adobe’s extensive video tutorials that are available with the plan makes it all cost-worthy.

Myth: All images are stored in the Cloud.

Truth: It is not necessary to store your images in the Cloud and if you want, you can store your files locally. However, the Cloud makes it easier for photographers to edit and organize photos while away from the computer. David Guenther, a respected wedding and portrait photographer says, “I use the Adobe Creative Cloud quite a bit. It’s important for me to have access to images and shoots I’m working on, because I’m often collaborating on a project and need to discuss work when I’m away from my computer. In that way, it’s been a huge help. I always have access to my work. All that, combined with Smart Previews in Lightroom, means I can work pretty much anywhere at any time. That’s essential for me.”

Myth: All Creative Cloud applications are Cloud-based.

Truth: One of the biggest misconceptions about Creative Cloud is that you need to have an Internet in order to use the applications. The truth is they live in your computer and you can access them even without an Internet connection. Creative Cloud only checks once a month to validate the subscriptions and takes only a few seconds.

You can read more about the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan at

Take Part in the Annual Microstock Survey for 2014

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At the beginning of the year, MicroStockGroup founder Tyler Olsen has launched the annual independent microstock survey. Already on its 7th year, the survey will try to draw conclusions about the industry and its development based on the anonymous opinions of hundreds of contributors.

Click here to take part in the annual survey now.

To view last year’s results of the Microstock Survey, click here.

As a thank you for everyone who took part in the survey,  Microstock Group will be giving away prizes to random winners. The draw will be made at the beginning of February and one winner will be drawn for each prize.


Be sure to enter and confirm your email at the end of the survey to qualify for the giveaway.



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