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On My Radar: Getty’s Growing Flickr Collection

Getty Flickr invite

On March 10 of this year, Getty officially launched their partnership with Flickr for the purpose of creating a database of photos intended for commercial licensing – to the delight of many aspiring photojournalists.

They’ve since doubled their collection, handpicking original, uniquely personal images from Flickr photographers all over the world and making them available exclusively on, in rights-managed and royalty-free options.

They plan to continue to add thousands of fresh images to their Flickr collection every month.

What does this mean to 35 million and counting Flickr members? An inroad to professional photo licensing opportunities they might not have had otherwise, thanks to this partnership and a Getty editor’s selective eye. Photographers whose photos have been chosen will receive compensation whenever their photo is licensed by a Getty customer.

To participate, simply create on account on Flickr and upload your photos. A Getty Images team of editors are searching public images on Flickr. When they identify a photo they feel is suitable, they will be contact the photographer who published it via FlickrMail. (That message will also be sent to the primary email address associated with your Flickr account.) The note will detail photos that Getty Images editors feel would do well as part of the collection, and it’s up to you to participate.

It is a good idea to provide relevant titles, descriptions and tags to all of your photos (makes it easier for Getty and everyone else to find what they are looking for).

Flickr’s Getty FAQ:
You can also check out Getty’s blog that documents their Flickr photos search here.

Getty has a reputation for providing opportunities to aspiring and student photojournalists. They offer resources such as the upcoming grants/deadlines:

April 13th – Grants for Good, $15,000 to cover photographers’ costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.

May 15th – Grant for Editorial Photography, $20,000, plus editorial, logistical and promotional support.

<<Getty Flickr invite image via Thomas Hawk‘s Flickr>>

Look Out, YouTube: Here Comes Facebook

Chris Putnam, software engineer at Facebook who runs the video team, talks about its new HD video feature.

Lowering HD cameras prices coupled with overall markdowns to lure shoppers means there is going to be a significant change in what constitutes a quality video viewing experience online, in a shorter time than you think. I’m talking months.

I’ll even make a prediction: By the end of 2009, HD will be the standard video quality for over 90% of all video content uploaded, not counting mobile uploads.

I remember when I had no problem watching an incredibly pixelated, frame jittery clip online because I was just happy my computer could support it. Those days are are long over and very soon people will expect HD as the standard for even amateur video content.

YouTube now supports HD and Vimeo was doing it long before. Vimeo is a noteworthy destination for many artists to showcase their reels, which makes sense. Why would you work really hard on a project and send video links to potential employers that show a degraded version of your work?

The next step, of course, is for HD mobile video uploading capabilities. Multiplatform producers like me will be able to get interviews with their phones in tight spots that will actually be clear and enhance existing reportage at the same data rate.

Side note: I love Fast Company (the magazine) and I hope their video content continues to grow in this direction. Perhaps make all content available on mobile devices asap?

If I had an iphone, and not the piece of crap I own now, I would definitely watch Fast Company TV on it.

Goodbye (but not forever) to MTV News Lady Megan Warner

I am going to miss a lot of people who were forced to leave MTV, especially my pal Megan.

Aside from being a kick ass digital producer, she was (still is) a friend who always had my back. She is intelligent, reliable, dedicated and a creative person who brought a lot of positive energy to each work day. She’s also a great writer and would be fantastic for any on air or online correspondent position.

But enough trying to sell my friend (although seriously, you’re lucky if you get her), here are some photo memories…