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.
Stock image companies reeling as free AI watermark remover encourages image theft
How long have you argued the pros and cons of putting a watermark on your photographs? The arguments are strong for both sides, or at least they were. Until recently, that is. WatermarkRemover.io is a powerful AI-run software that allegedly can remove almost any watermark from an image in seconds.
The watermark removal tool is run by Pixelbin.io and is entirely free to use. This could set some consumer photographers on edge who rely on watermarks to deter image theft when sending galleries to clients to proof. In a similar vein, this will also impact stock photography sites, again making it extremely easy to steal copyrighted photos.
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.
3 out of 4 sleeping baby stock images promote dangerous environments
A recent study shows that three out of four stock images show babies sleeping in unsafe environments. The study was carried out by Baby Center and analysed hundreds of images available on stock photography sites such as Getty Images, iStock, and Shutterstock.
Each year, there are about 3,400 sudden unexpected infant deaths (also called SIDS or cot death) in the United States, with strangulation and suffocation in bed among the top reported causes, says Baby Center. 77 per cent of the stock images analysed show babies sleeping in a manner that goes against safe sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other organizations.
Unsplash unveil paid subscription version after Getty’s takeover last year
It seemed inevitable after Getty images aquired the free image site Unsplash last year that they would eventually start a paid version. Well, it actually happened. Unsplash has announced a paid tier called Unsplash+ which will be a subscription-based format. But don’t worry, the free version will still be available.
Unsplash+ offers paying members access to “curated content” available for commercial licenses with extra legal protection and unlimited downloads.
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