A new iPhone app from Pocketstock has opened up the commercial stock photography market to billions of new stock shooters. The app allows you to shoot, then add metadata such as captions, keywords, model and property releases without leaving the app.
“It’s possible for a contributor to shoot an image and have it live on our site for sale within 30 minutes,” says Russell Glenister, CEO of Pocketstock. “When I got into the industry it took three months and for many stock shooters, it still takes a month for their images to go live at other agencies.”
Contributors will earn a minimum of 35% of the royalties Pocketstock makes from their phone images.
Pocketstock clients can either buy their chosen image at the listed price, or submit a bid for what they consider to be a fair price for the image. Clients who submit bids for images will be notified within 24 hours if their bids have been accepted or rejected, and will be given opportunities to justify or reconsider their bids.
If you are interested in becoming a Pocketstock contributor, you can download the Pocketstock app from the Apple app store or from Pocketstock. An Android version of the app is currently being developed.
Professional photographer Al Smith has published a 45-page PDF e-book that can help you take better camera-phone photographs. Entitled “eyePhone: Making Stronger Photographs with Your Camera Phone,” the e-book features insights, tips, creative considerations, and must-have resources that can help you build a portfolio of camera-phone images you can be proud of.
“Your camera phone is always with you, so whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it only makes sense to know how to use it to your advantage,” says Smith.
The e-book is available for $5.00 (USD) through Craft & Vision, an online community for amateur and professional photographers seeking high-quality photography education at affordable prices.
Other e-books available from the Craft & Vision library include:
Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival August 18-26 at Santa Monica Arts Studios (SMAS). The festival will be a fusion of art and technology, exhibited in 2,400 square feet of prime exhibition space in Arena 1 at SMAS.
Entries are being accepted from now until July 15, 2012.
“We welcome submissions for all the mobile arts—photography, sound- and video-based works, sculptural and performance art pieces,” said Daria Polichetti, co-founder of iPhoneArt.com (IPA) which is co-sponsoring the festival. “We are thinking big – and encourage artists to investigate ways of going beyond traditional presentation methods.”
In addition to accepting proposals, IPA will also be reaching out to artists with ideas for solo and collaborative installations, said Polichetti. “We are looking at new printing techniques, three-dimensional installations, environmental design and much more. Funds will be made available for the projects we are most excited about.”
Santa Monica Art Studios is a major mecca for contemporary art and design in the Los Angeles area. This vast, historic airplane hangar was converted to a modern-day artists’ colony in 2003. Under its soaring roofline, artists of every persuasion come to share, create, and sell their works in studio and exhibition spaces.
At the festival, exhibiting artists will be able to set up their personal IPA iPrints store, through which they can sell prints not only to exhibit attendees but to also to art lovers worldwide.
The iPrints Store, currently in beta testing, was created by artists for artists. It will offer museum-quality printing and options such as mounting prints on eco-friendly bamboo panels. Artists will have full control over their work, including the ability to track limited and signed editions.
Some of the artists who will be taking part in this year’s festival can be seen on the 2011 IPA Mobile Grant page.
Instacanvas is a new online marketplace for buying and selling Instagram photos as ready-to-hang canvas art pieces. Now, anyone with a smartphone can create art online, build a fan base worldwide, and sell physical versions of their work online.
During the site’s private beta period, 25,000 photographers and artists from 30 countries set up Instacanvas galleries. Traffic to the site has grown to 1.1 million unique visitors per month.
Fans of an artist’s work can order prints in three sizes: 12 x 12, 16 x 16, or 20 x 20 inches. The photographer or artist earns 20% of every print sold from their galleries. Instacanvas handles all of the printing, canvas stretching, and shipping costs.
“The rapidly growing Instagram community has millions of amazing artists, many with hundreds of thousands of existing followers,” said Matt Munson, founder and CEO of Instacanvas. “We’re building perhaps the first amateur design marketplace where the artists bring with them tremendous followings of people who already love their work as well as a powerful distribution channel for reaching those fans.”
“Today, 23,000 people will visit the Louvre Museum in Paris while 40,000 people will visit our galleries on Instacanvas,” said William Hsu of MuckerLab, the start-up accelerator that has supported Instacanvas. “Instacanvas is leveraging the power and passion of the Instagram community and helping to prove the value and staying power of Instagram as a platform.”
Rebekah Jacob Gallery, in Charleston, South Carolina, is holding an open call for entries to their exhibition, “Ways of Seeing: Phoneography.” The exhibit will open on July 12, 2012 in their new space at 502 King Street. The installation will include up to 500 photographs selected by the curatorial staff of Rebekah Jacob Gallery.
In the press release, gallery owner Rebekah Jacob notes that “The most accessible of the visual arts, photography has been pushed even further into mainstream culture as the smartphone has become what noted photographer Annie Leibovitz calls ‘the snapshot camera of today.’ Although democratic in the opportunity to point, shoot, edit, and share, this innovation is rapidly transforming classical photograph into a revolutionary social phenomenon—and the newest artistic medium.”
“iPhone images are the intersection of creativity and technology,” says Jacob. “Although in its infancy as a medium now, I am fascinated by the immediacy and intimacy of iPhoneography, and expect that this method will soon be firmly embedded in the commercial marketplace.”
If you want your work considered for the exhibit, you may submit up to ten images taken and exclusively edited with an IOS device.
Digitally send submissions of square or rectangular JPEG files to: firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on June 3, 2012. Each entry must include the photographer’s name, phone number, and email address. The complete submission requirements are posted on the gallery’s website: www.rebekahjacobgallery.com
Rebekah Jacob Gallery represents an international group of contemporary artists whose practices include painting, works on paper, photography and video. The Gallery’s emphasis is on modern art and the photography of the American South.
The iPhone is leveling the playing field in photography, proving that creating photographic art is less about the cost and complexity of the camera and software used and more about
the eye and vision of the photographer.
Now that millions of iPhone images are shot and processed each day, expect to see more iPhone art displayed on the walls of galleries and homes. Here are some news items that substantiate the growing popularity and versatility of iPhoneography.
CanvasPop Offers Instagram Photo Prints on Canvas
The community of iPhone photographers who use the Instagram app to enhance and share images captured on their iPhones has surpassed 12 million. So far, they have shared more than 150 million images and uploaded 1.3 million images a day.
By integrating the Instagram API on their website, CanvasPop is making it simple for Instagram
users to have their favorite shots converted into gallery-wrapped canvas
prints. Two sizes are offered: 12 x 12 inch ($29.95) or 20 x 20 inch ($59.95).
Bumblejax Mounts on iPhone Prints on Acrylic, Bamboo,or Aluminum
If you shoot with the Hipstamatic or Instagram apps on your iPhone, you can get some of your best images output for wall display through Bumblejax.com. The digital-printing experts at Bumblejax can enlarge, print, and mount the iPhone-captured images in two sizes: 12 x 12 and 18 x 18 inches.The images can
be mounted (frame-free) on your choice of acrylic (plexi), aluminum, gatorboard,
or bamboo (shown here).
Pixels & Pigment Show Opens at Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery
Artists from throughout the U.S. submitted iPhone images for display in the “Pixels & Pigment” exhibition that runs from November 25 through December 30, 2010 at the Renaissance Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.
The Heartland Printworks division of Virtu Fine Art Services output many of the images for the display at a 9 x 9 inch size on Crane Museo Max Archival Fine Art paper. The matted prints are displayed in 12 x 12-inch frames.
Last Pixel Show Offers iPhoneography and Printing Workshop Dec. 2-4
One iPhone artist featured in the Pixels & Pigment Show is professional photographer Harry Sandler. To help others advance creative photography skills on the iPhone and iPad, he joined force with iPhoneographer Teri Lou Dantzler to form The Last Pixel Show.
In conjunction with the Pixels & Pigment Show at the Renaissance Gallery, Harry and Terri Lou will be presenting a three-day intermediate-level workshop on iPhone photography and printing.
The first two days of the workshop (December 2 and 3) will be devoted to iPhone/iPad capture and processing, with an emphasis on new techniques and applications. Digital asset management, the iOS5 upgrade, and the iCloud will also be covered. On December
4, you will learn how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to prepare iPhone images for professional printing. Each student will receive a print to take home.
Gallery Displays Works of 40 iPhoneographers on 40 iPads
In a show entitled “Light Impressions: A Celebration of iPhone Photography,”studio b in Alys Beach, Florida displayed the works of 40 different iPhone photographers on a custom-built display that held 40 iPads.
Each iPad2 was assigned to one of the 40 photographers, and showed 13 photos from that artist’s collection. The images were presented in a slideshow configuration, looping at different intervals. Another iPad was used to stream the entire show online over studio b’s website.
Photographer Colleen Duffley, the founder and owner of studio b, says iPhone photography is mind-blowing and wonderful: “It’s a very pure art form—far more about the creativity than about expensive gear or intricate techniques.” While iPhone photography is still an emerging art form, she said some visitors to the “Light Impressions” show commented that they felt like they were seeing the future.
Watch Presentations from First Conference on iPhoneography
The world’s first conference and iPhone and mobile-device photography was held on October 22, 2011. The conference was named “1197” to commemorate the fact that the first camera-phone photo was taken on June 11, 1997. The conference was presented by the research and design firm Bolt Peters and Blurb, which offers a streamlined process for creating books from Instagram photos.
The conference was attended by 351 people—290 who attended the conference in person at the Mission Bay conference center and 61 who attended remotely.
The presentations included:
How the Camera Phone Changed the World, by Philippe Kahn, the creator of the first camera phone
iPhone Photography: Why Should We Care? by Jessica Zollman,
Instagram community evangelist
App Stacking for Image Creation on Your Phone by Dan Marcolina, author of the book “iPhone Obsessed”
Shoot Now, App Questions Later by Dan Rubin, a designer, programmer, writer, and singer
The Camera Phone and the Pro Photographer by Lauren Lemon, one
of Mashable’s Top 15 Instagram photographers
No Limits: Mobile-Reporting from Afghanistan with the Basetrack Project by Teru Kuwayama, the 2010 TED Fellow who shot iPhone photos
of the war in Afghanistan
Visual Storytelling by Richard Koci Hernandez, professor of journalism at the University of California-Berkeley and Dan Cristea, product/graphic designer
All of these presentations can be viewed at the 1197 site on Vimeo.