Flickr Stock Photography Finally

Finally Flickr users will have a chance to sell their images via Getty, but don’t get too excited yet, as the Yahoo! announcement says, it’s not for everyone

Getty Images and Flickr are working together to establish the first commercial licensing opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in the Flickr community. The Flickr collection will feature photography selected by Getty Images editors based on their expertise in licensing digital content and insights into customers’ needs. In the next several months, Getty Images will begin inviting selected Flickr members who will have the choice to participate in the collection.

So normal Flickr fans won’t likely see any difference but those who have made a big name on Flickr already might well get selected to be a part of the collection.

While it is a good first step, but let’s see an option where we can all get involved, eh? Apparently “Getty customers usually pay between $29 and $200,000 for an image, depending on how freely they may use it.”, I am sure there are a lot of us who would like in on that kind of action even if it is a slim chance any of our pictures will sell.

It’s clear where the opportunity for Flickr and their users is, and Getty gets access to a bigger inventory. There could be some political fallout for Getty though. As Thomas Hawk says My own expectation would be that current Getty “Pros” are probably none too happy about having a new horde of “amateurs” jointing their ranks and competing with their own image sales.

Flickr Launches Commons

What can be achieved when you combine thousands of images, tags and photographers? Flickr thinks they have the answer with their Commons feature. Check out the info over at the Flickr Blog

What if we could lend this wonderful power to some of the huge reference collections around the world? What if you could contribute your own description of a certain photo in, say, the Library of Congress’ vast photographic archive, knowing that it might make the photo you’ve touched a little easier to find for the next person?Well… you can.

Announcing The Commons.

Their first stab at this idea is the library of congress pilot project. While it is early days I think it could be quite an interesting scheme. There is by no means the wow factor of Photosynth, but imagine both working in combination …?

Flickr Introduces Stats

If you have ever wanted to know more info about your Flickr traffic, who looks at what, and where your views come from, the Flickr has the feature for you!

We’ve designed stats on Flickr to give you all sorts of insight into how people arrive at your photos.

The stats are updated daily and include referrers from other sites and search engines, including search queries, individual photo views within the site, but nicely it does NOT include your own clicks which could skew results.

You need to be a pro user to get this feature, plus after activating you need to wait a while to actually see some statistics.

Visit Flickr now to activate your stats or read more at the FAQ.

Flickr Photo Editing Live

Flickr has now launched the joint-venture photo-editing feature with Picnik. This allows you to do basic tweaks to the pics in your photo stream. While not Photoshop, the ability is welcome, particularly when you have uploaded your pics on the move, for example from your phone camera.

When you first hit the edit button you are asked to allow Picnik into your account.

After that the editing interface should load. On my Mac’s Firefox it doesn’t, boo! Luckily I also have Safari.

Strangely even in Safari I found I had to click through twice or more to actually get to edit. When it does work though it is a welcome addition!

More info at the Flickr Blog

The Disturbing Side of Flickr

Geekpreneur has a list of disturbing Flickr horror stories. What makes them most disturbing isn’t just the events but how powerless Flickr users are to stop them.

Most of the people on Flickr are a friendly sort. They’re helpful and chatty, and they usually have something nice to say about your pictures. Most of them. Like anywhere though, you do get the odd creep sneaking in.

Since one or two problems on Flickr I have become a lot more guarded about what I do and who I allow as contact.

  • Any time I post a picture of children I try to make it friends and family only. Lately just family for certain pictures. There are just too many twisted people out there who have made it clear to me that these pictures are not safe for general consumption, no matter how proud we are of our kids. I can’t do anything about the copies that are on these “individuals” hard disks but can try to stop them getting any more new ones.
  • I am now very careful how I label and tag my pictures. I had to stop using the word “mum” because of these slimy people who seem to search for those words for their own perverted uses.
  • Now it seems pet and animal fans have to avoid drawing attention from people who think it is funny to submit images of abused or deceased animals.

With people like these out there, could it be we are better off not joining communities like Flickr? I would say we should be aware of the problems, protect our privacy and try to enjoy these communities despite the sickos.

Read the post over here and try not to have nightmares :)

Virgin Mobile Flickr Photo PR Disaster

I just read this fascinating story over at Gillianic Tendencies

What it seems to have happened is that Virgin Mobile, or an advertising agency they hired, decided to save lotsa moola and attempt some good PR (backfiring, obviously) by using Flickr photos with Creative Commons licenses (specifically, the ones that allowed commercial use) in a recent ad campaign. Which, fine, is legal, though, perhaps, cheap-assed. What’s getting people especially crazy over this (and this doesn’t include me, thankfully) is that they’re using these photos without the models’ permissions

It seems some random person has spotted Gillians Flickr photo of a smashed car used on an advertisement. No problem there, it was CC licensed in a way that meant only attribution was necessary. Notification to these Flickr users would have been the polite thing, but ok it’s not a requirement.

The crazy thing though is there are people in these advertisements. Without model releases. Being insulted.

There is more coverage here and over at Flickr.

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