The Best of Pixsy 2016

Graham   •     •   Pixsy News

Pixsy had a strong year when it came to fighting image theft, but our blog also soared to new heights. Apart from unveiling feature updates and company news, we jampacked this space with educational, entertaining and off-the-wall content related to both copyright law and photography.

Whether you missed them the first time or want a refresher course, here’s a rundown of Pixsy’s top 10 most-read posts from 2016.

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Pixsy Emergency Gift Guide

Graham   •     •   Photography

last minute photography gifts

It’s almost that time of the year again…the last-minute mad dash for Christmas presents. No matter how much we promise ourselves, Santa always falls into the trap of being a few presents short of a completed list.

The good news is you can find some brilliant photography gifts in the eleventh hour. Our emergency guide lists some of the more unique photography accessories from this year that any professional or hobbyist in your life will appreciate.

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Which Creative Commons license is right for your photography?

Barbara Konecny   •     •   Copyright

creative commons photography
Featured Photo: “cc” by Kristina Alexanderson, via Flickr || CC BY 2.0

15 years ago, the very first Creative Commons licenses hit the shelves. Millions of photographers now release their work under the now-iconic CC mark, and it’s easy to see why. These 6 licenses work on the principle of “flexible copyright”. The restrictions are quite loose compared to “All Rights Reserved”, but artists can still legally protect their work and decide how its used.

The big question for photographers still remains: “which license should I actually use?”

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The State of Image Theft in 2016

Karl Ryan   •     •   Copyright, Pixsy News

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How were photographer’s images stolen in 2016?

Over 800 photographers responded to Pixsy on how their images were used — or misused– over the past year. The results we received were enlightening, unsettling, and surprising.

Over the next couple of weeks, Pixsy will be releasing the findings from our survey in a series of infographic cards, titled “The State of Image Theft 2016”. As we release each statistic on Facebook and Twitter, we’ll be updating this space here with the whole collection.

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Is Creative Commons a Good Fit for Your Photography?

Barbara Konecny   •     •   Copyright

Creative Commons for photographers
Featured Photo: Kristina Alexanderson, via Flickr || CC BY-SA 2.0

This week marks the 15th anniversary of Creative Commons. Today, you can find over 391 million images that have been released under these relaxed copyright licenses — that’s more than every other type of content combined!

However, as Pixsy found out with our recent State of Image Theft 2016 survey, only 14% of photographers actually distribute their work with the CC mark. We dug deeper and tried to understand the reasons behind these numbers.

Below, we explained how Creative Commons licensing works and outlined the major benefits and drawbacks of sharing your work under CC, so you could judge for yourself if it’s a good fit for your photography.

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6 Winter Locations to add to your Photography Bucket List

Graham   •     •   Photography

Arctic Winter Photo

Winter photography is that secret, seasonal weapon to make a landscape portfolio really stand out. That’s why every year, countless will brave the cold to capture snowy backdrops — frostbite and hypothermia be damned!

Pixsy reached out to the photographers behind six stunning winter landscape images. We wanted to know, in their words, what brought them to these dreamlike locations? What challenges did they encounter?

As it happens, each breathtaking photo was the result of careful planning, frosty intuition and, in some cases, a little bit of cold hard luck.

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Is It Too Late to Jump on the Stock Photography Train?

Nadia   •     •   Photography

©2012 Blaine Harrington III ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Featured Photo: Blaine Harrington

At Pixsy, we see more and more photographers trying their skills at stock photography. For some it has become an additional (often a significant) source of income, for others — a sheer disappointment. We decided to talk about the pros and cons of going down that photography lane with Blaine Harrington, a long-term Pixsy user and a professional photographer with almost 40 years of stock photography experience. In this interview, Blaine shares his tips on how to take the most out of your stock experience and decide if this kind of photography is indeed for you.

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Why We Are Thankful for You!

Graham   •     •   Pixsy News

Pixsy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2016 is going to be an important holiday here at the Pixsy offices. Quite a few of the team members hail from the United States, but this year all of us, regardless of where we’re from, have something special to be thankful for.

Over the last few months, thousands of photographers joined us in the fight against image theft. This team-up has seen case after case of unauthorized photo use resolved, and strengthened the rights of artists worldwide. We couldn’t have accomplished this and grown so much as a company without the help and patience of our users, so it’s about time we extend our thanks to the Pixsy community.

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The Photographer’s Guide to Cyber Monday

Graham   •     •   Photography

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Featured Photo: Jeff Hopper

Cyber Monday is practically tailor-made for photographers. It’s the international internet holiday that allows creative professionals to one-up the notoriously high price of cameras and gear and gives hobbyists a chance to save some serious money in pursuit of their passion.

Today, Pixsy prepared an exclusive photographer’s guide to Cyber Monday that puts the best bargains, tailored to any budget, at your fingertips. Furthermore, we’ve got some great tips on how you can beat the traffic, and to ensure you aren’t suckered in by the rush.

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Let’s fight image theft together!

We give photographers and independent creatives an opportunity to stand up for themselves. With Pixsy, only you can decide when and how your work is used.