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Photo Infos: Fotolia Launches PhotoXpress

Microstock photography pioneer launches free, premier-quality RF image bank

HARTFORD, Conn., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, PhotoXpress announced the launch of the world's largest free, premier-quality image bank, offering creative professionals Royalty Free image licenses for personal or professional use -- from Web site design and brochure illustrations to advertisements and editorial imagery.

"Small businesses, home businesses, consultants and students need images to help improve the look of their marketing campaigns and presentations. They struggle to find high-quality, affordable images for their company brochures, Web sites, advertising and newsletters. Today, the struggle is over," explains Patrick Lor, President, PhotoXpress North America. "PhotoXpress has created the largest free collection of high quality images on the web that allows these professionals access to the imagery they need -- without the standard licensing costs associated to other sources that would make use of stock imagery cost-prohibitive."

At launch, PhotoXpress will feature a collection of more than 350,000 images and vector illustrations. Members will be able to license up to 10 RF images daily, free of cost. The images were sourced through a number of partnerships from throughout the world, and the image library will grow daily by the thousands as additional images are sourced.

Images in the collection span more than 22 categories, ranging from images of people in professional settings to scenic shots from around the world. All images have accompanying model releases and may be used for any personal, commercial or professional use.

About PhotoXpress

PhotoXpress.com is the world's largest free image bank, providing creative professionals a vast and legal image library for both personal and professional use -- including Web site design, brochure illustrations, advertisements and editorial illustrations. Launched in May, 2009, and based in Hartford, CT, PhotoXpress.com features more than 350,000 images in 22 categories, with subjects ranging from people in professional settings to international scenic shots.

Press Contact:

Michael Conner
Director of Communications
PhotoXpress, LLC
P: 541-704-0800


Uncle Pete

  • Evidence please...

« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009, 14:07 »
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Have to go with you on this one. If photographers hated subscription sites, they are really going to hate this.

http://photoinfos.blogspot.com/2009/05/fotolia-launches-photoxpress.html

Free to get people to come to the site, and then buy? Or free because some folks will just take the ten free a day and leech the collection for as much as they can.

« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009, 14:19 »
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They struggle to find high-quality, affordable images for their company brochures, Web sites, advertising and newsletters. Today, the struggle is over," explains Patrick Lor, President, PhotoXpress North America.


Today, the struggle is over for a good laugh, looking at the result of some test searches.
Like this one by the keyword "Chinese".

bittersweet

« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009, 14:49 »
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They struggle to find high-quality, affordable images for their company brochures, Web sites, advertising and newsletters. Today, the struggle is over," explains Patrick Lor, President, PhotoXpress North America.


Today, the struggle is over for a good laugh, looking at the result of some test searches.
Like this one by the keyword "Chinese".


 :o oh my. Thanks in advance for the nightmares I shall surely have as a result of looking into the purple eyes of that "music musician baby"

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 14:52 »
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"Small businesses, home businesses, consultants and students need images to help improve the look of their marketing campaigns and presentations. They struggle to find high-quality, affordable images for their company brochures, Web sites, advertising and newsletters. Today, the struggle is over," explains Patrick Lor, President, PhotoXpress North America.

If they're struggling, they must not know how to use google.  The microstock RF model is squarely aimed at those people.  I don't see this as being able to gain new buyers for regular sales, which is the stated goal.

alias

« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009, 15:10 »
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I hope that people will leave Fotolia in reaction to this.

gbcimages

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 15:16 »
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another free place, you got to be kidding! We make very little for our photos as it is now.

« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2009, 15:21 »
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I  pulled my images off their site a couple of days ago. Even more of a reason to do this.

« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 15:23 »
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I think that Fotolia is loosing sales with this.

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2009, 15:36 »
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iStock launching the Photos.com deal, Fotolia lowering prices on vectors, Fotolia giving images away for free, StockXpert being choked to death by Getty...

Only bad things are happening in microstock

« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2009, 15:37 »
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At least Mexico called off swine flu alert :-P

« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2009, 15:42 »
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One more bad announcement and I'll convert into a buyer instead of a contributor

I think that would be more profitable...

helix7

« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2009, 15:46 »
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I'm not worried about it. SXC isn't really canabalizing sales from StockXpert. Buyers know that free images won't cut it for most commercial projects. This free thing is only going to be useful for home users, students, etc., people who wouldn't ordinarily pay for images anyway.

« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2009, 16:32 »
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As long as the free sites are just full of sub standard images, I don't see it as a big problem. 

Maybe, but "they" said this about RF about 10 years ago and then said this about Micro a few years ago.

« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2009, 16:41 »
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I'm not worried about it. SXC isn't really canabalizing sales from StockXpert. Buyers know that free images won't cut it for most commercial projects. This free thing is only going to be useful for home users, students, etc., people who wouldn't ordinarily pay for images anyway.

This is my perspective too. 

I don't see in the announcement anywhere whether this will link back to better images on Fotolia.   Hopefully it will.  If so, it may just be clever marketing.  Like the way Apple gives computers to schools to build brand loyalty in students so that when they can afford to buy a computer they will be more inclined to buy a Mac. 

I have donated a few old unsold images to Dreamstime's free image library and it links back to my portfolio.  I don't know for sure if it has brought me any traffic, but it certainly hasn't hurt my sales.  I am on track for another BME there.

I don't see a problem donating images that are already free on DT to Fotolia as well. 



 

« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2009, 16:44 »
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For anyone who doubts free users can turn into paying buyers, check out the posts by Perry and Whatalife in this thread:

http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/wherehow-did-you-hear-about-microstock/msg98969/?topicseen#new

« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2009, 16:51 »
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I'm not worried about it. SXC isn't really canabalizing sales from StockXpert. Buyers know that free images won't cut it for most commercial projects. This free thing is only going to be useful for home users, students, etc., people who wouldn't ordinarily pay for images anyway.

Funny that I know people who buy in microstock for their kids' school projects.  These small buyers should be the main target of microstock, IMHO, not big corporations who can afford to pay much more.  Anyway, that's life.

Now, whose images are in the free collection?

PS: oboy, the FT link is not correct, there is a double "http" in it.

« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2009, 16:56 »
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"Today, the struggle is over"

Yeah, I guess.


These companies will take stock photography to its natural price point, which they believe is zero.  They plan make it on ads.


« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2009, 17:01 »
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Good news: their search results sucks.

Bad news: unlike SXC links to StockXpert, there are no links to similar photos to buy from FT.

« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2009, 17:21 »
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Good news: their search results sucks.

Bad news: unlike SXC links to StockXpert, there are no links to similar photos to buy from FT.

This is bad news.  Kind of takes whatever paltry benefit there might have been and shoots it down. 

If they aren't trying to convert the free users into paid buyers I don't see any up side to this.

« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2009, 17:27 »
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I think I'm gonna puke  :-X

« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2009, 17:36 »
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Perhaps when people register they then see the links to the FT site?  They must be mad if they are not using this to bring new buyers to FT.

« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2009, 17:43 »
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They should have links to FT even if the person doesn't log in. 

The next step is having a link to PX in FT!   ::)

No thread about this at FT forum yet?  I don't see any announcement in their website either.

RT


« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2009, 18:01 »
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No thread about this at FT forum yet? 

Strange they're normally so open to discussions like this.



« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2009, 18:09 »
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No thread about this at FT forum yet? 

Strange they're normally so open to discussions like this.

I don't expect FT opening the discussion, but a member.  :)  However I don't have a FT announcement to begin with.


 

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