US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) noticed that people with disabilities aren’t represented enough in certain types of stock photography. But they didn’t just sit and whine about it on social media. They did something to change it and made their own collection of stock photos showing people with disabilities using different home safety devices.
Stock photo website shares its wonderfully weird images and searches
I’ve worked on DIYP for years and during this time, I’ve come across dozens of weird images on stock websites. But imagine how many more there are among millions of photos uploaded and searched for every day.
Folks at the stock website Depositphotos created a collection comprised precisely of these weird stock photos and searches. It’s titled Weirdly Wonderful Searches 2023 and it’s exactly as it sounds – so weird, that it’s wonderful!
Viral rescue dog photo shared after Turkey and Syria earthquake a 2018 stock image
On the night of 6 February 2023, a devastating 7.8 Richter earthquake hit south-eastern Turkey, near the border with Syria. The epicenter was near the Turkish town of Gaziantep, and both countries were severely hit: at the time of writing this, the overall death toll has risen to nearly 10,000 people and counting.
As often happens in times like this, many heartbreaking photos have appeared, and some have become more viral than the news itself. Perhaps you’ve seen a photo of a Labrador dog guarding someone’s hand under ruins? While it’s certainly a gut-wrenching shot, and it will cause your friends’ reactions when you share it – it was taken in 2018 and has nothing to do with the recent catastrophe.
Death of stock photography? Shutterstock launches its own AI image generator
Shortly after welcoming AI-generated images on its platform, Shutterstock has introduced its own AI image generator, Shutterstock.AI. In collaboration with OpenAI, Shutterstock now offers AI-generated stock images to its customers from anywhere. They can create images in seconds, using any of the languages the website offers. Could this be the end of stock photography as we know it?
Your AI-generated images are now welcome on Adobe Stock
Adobe has announced that Adobe Stock has started accepting AI-generated content. While some stock photo websites are banning this type of imagery due to potential copyright issues, Adobe takes a different route. From now on, your AI-generated content is welcome in its collection. According to the company, it’s a part of “navigating the creative evolution that generative AI brings.”
These are the most bizarre ways stock models had their photos used
When you pose for stock photos, you may not even be able to imagine how those photos will be used. Writer Abigail Johnson recently warned people to “never do stock image modeling,” as a photo of her ended up in quite an… unusual article.
But then, people joined with their own experiences, each more bizarre than the other. Some of them were funny, but most were embarrassing and downright humiliating.
AI-generated stock images are coming to Shutterstock
AI-generated images have become a thing, they’re available to everyone, and it looks like they’re here to stay. So, Shutterstock decided to embrace them and add them to its offer. Teaming up with OpenAI, the company is soon integrating the text-to-image model DALL-E 2 straight into its website.
Getty bans AI-generated art due to potential copyright issues
Getty Images, one of the biggest stock image platforms, has banned AI-generated images. If you want to upload and sell work you created through DALL-E, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, or any other text-to-image tool, you won’t be able to do it there.
The reason? Potential copyright issues. Getty is concerned about the legality of such content, so they want to protect the site’s customers from unwanted copyright claims.
EyeEm stops paying photographers, blames it on “global events” and “company restructuring”
If you sell your photos through EyeEm, you may be experiencing the problem none of us likes to deal with: you’re not being paid. According to a recent report, EyeEm has stopped paying royalties to the photographers who have been selling their photos through this stock website. The reason? EyeEm claims it’s the “company restructuring.” And while a violin starts gently weeping in the background, they also add that the current “global events” have hit the platform as well.
Stock photos of AI-generated humans are available for licensing for the first time
Images of AI-generated humans aren’t exactly a new concept. But now, they’re available for licensing for the first time ever. VAIsual and PantherMedia have announced the availability to legally license 100% synthetically generated stock images.
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