Fotografía y vídeo de stock: principales fuentes especializadas

Curve de Getty Images, uno de los principales bancos de fotografía y vídeo de stock
Fotograma del vídeo que acompaña un número de la revista Curve sobre tendencias en imagen de stock

Edición Septiembre 2017

La fotografía y vídeo de stock constituyen un sector económico y cultural de primer orden, con su propio ecosistema de actores y relaciones entre ellos. En esta entrada no nos vamos a centrar en ningún banco de imágenes en particular. En su lugar, en esta ocasión vamos a presentar una guía de fuentes de información especializadas en este ámbito.

La fotografía y el vídeo de stock no son solamente (o nada menos) que una forma de resolver importantes necesidades en las producciones audovisuales, ya sean creativas o editoriales. Son también una forma de vida para muchos autores y un importante sector económico formado por tales autores y las empresas que gestionan los bancos de imágenes, a través de los cuales se distribuyen sus creaciones. Son también una forma de poner en valor el patrimonio documental de productoras de televisión y de archivos de fotografía y vídeo de todo el mundo.

Esta actividad económica y cultural a la vez genera sus propias necesidades de información, de comunicación y de cooperación. Es a estos sitios y organizaciones involucrados en tales actividades que hemos querido dedicar esta vez nuestro artículo.

Para cada una de las fuentes presentaremos, además de su denominación, una captura de pantalla de la página principal de su sitio web, así como  una definición de sus funciones u objetivos que tomaremos de la página de crédito (About) de cada uno de ellas.

Naturalmente, las omisiones están (a nuestro pesar) garantizadas, por lo cual,  consecuentemente, esta guía deberá ser actualizada de fortma periódica. Por ejemplo, en la próxima actualización nos ocuparemos de canales de YouTube y redes sociales (puede suscribirse si desea ser avisado de futuras actualizaciones).

Fuentes especializadas
en Fotografía y Vídeo de Stock

ASPP: American Society of Picture Professionals

ASPP: American Society of Picture Professionals
American Society of Picture Professionals


The American Society of Picture Professionals, Inc. (ASPP) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) corporation. Incorporated in 1969, ASPP is uniquely positioned to create forums for multi-disciplinary discussions on the ever-evolving photography industry. The association has maintained its balance of members drawn from the whole spectrum of the business, from photo researchers and editors, agency personnel, photographers, licensing managers, archivists and publishers to designers and teachers. Through our regional chapters, national programs, quarterly magazine and informative website, ASPP provides an open exchange of information on industry ethics and standards, business practices, and the needs created by new technology and ideas.

 BAPLA: British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies

Sitio web de la BAPLA

Our vision. To be a clear and representative voice for the United Kingdom image licensing industry. 

Who we represent. BAPLA represents image licensors. Founded in 1975, BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and agencies, now incorporating a broad and diverse membership, including: sole traders; major stock, production and news agencies; SMEs; cultural heritage industries and technology companies. A substantial percentage of images seen every day in print and digital media is supplied by BAPLA members.

Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC)

Sitio web de CEPIC

CEPIC stands for the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage. It aims to be the centre of the picture industry. As the Center of the Picture Industry, CEPIC federates 600 picture agencies and photo libraries in 20 countries across Europe, both within and outside the European Union. It has affiliates in North America and Asia. CEPIC’s membership includes large and smaller stock photo libraries, major photo news agencies, art galleries and museums, video companies. CEPIC has among its members the big global players such as Getty, Shutterstock or Reuters. Through this membership, CEPIC represents more than 250.000 authors in direct licensing. The annual CEPIC Congress extends CEPIC’s network on all five continents. It is the largest global gathering of the international photo community representing 90% of the market worldwide. CEPIC has been a member of WIPO since 1997, IPTC since 2005, of ICOMP since 2009, of the Linked Content Coalition since 2012 and of Creativity Works! since 2014. It was a partner of ARROW PLUS between 2011 and 2013 and leads on the image work package of the Rights Data Integration project in 2013 – 2015.


Sitio web de Curve
Curve de Getty Images

Yes we all have heard it before, an image is worth 1,000 words. This is being solidified through the fact that we can easily use images as short cuts in their messaging on our mobile devices and is one of the key drivers behind the continued interest of consumers to connect through visual content in their everyday communication.
The mobile is becoming our prime screen, through which we not only communicate, but also access and consume content. According to YouTube 40% of its traffic now comes through mobile devices and 45% of FT’s online users view content on their mobiles. The impact on brand communication is clear, in the UK mobile advertisingis said to overtake the newspaper and magazine advertising market in 2015 and the TV ad spend in 2016.


Focal International

Sitio web Focal International
Focal Internacional

What is FOCAL International? The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International. A professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985. Fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry

What is our purpose? Facilitate the use of library footage, images, stills and audio in all forms of media production. Promote our members – libraries selling content plus those whose serve the industry. Provide a platform for our members to promote themselves and their interests. Encourage good practise in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage . Support, promote and educate on the need to preserve and restore footage and content. Act as an information resource for the footage and content industry. Offer training in key skills and in the broader appreciation of the footage & content industry

Footage Secrets

Sitio web de Footage Secrets
Footage Secrets

Footage Secrets is an online magazine focused in the blooming industry of stock footage, covering everything from microstock to macrostock markets, and footage industry in general.

With a solid background in stock imagery business, we apply our experience and expertise to provide our readers insights, agency reviews, offer comparisons, market analysis, special deals, and education on technical and usage aspects on the subject of stock footage, among other valuable services.


Our aim is to contribute to the ongoing development of motion stock imagery, helping the market to grow and the industry to improve its services. Whether you are a creative, a buyer, an executive, entrepreneur or enthusiast, we are happy to share our knowledge about the industry with you, to help you meet your personal goals.

Microstock Insider

Sitio web de Microstock Insider
Microstock Insider

Microstock:insider is a collection of useful articles, tips and ideas to help professional and amateur photographers get the most out of their work by selling photos online
What is microstock? …you should probably know the answer to that already! Simply put, it’s a way that amateur and professional photographers can sell their photos, earning a commission from each photo sold. Millions of photos are licensed for use via microstock, some of the biggest names in the stock photography business operate their own microstock photo libraries, you can submit images too.


Sitio web MyMicrostock

Blog creado y editado por Víctor Torres, diseñador gráfico y fotógrafo especialista en stock con cerca de 100.000 licencias vendidas en numerosos bancos de imagenes internacionales.


Selling Stock

Sitio web de Selling Stock
Selling Stock

This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.


Stock Footage Newsroom

Sitio web de Stock Footage Newsroom
Stock Footage Newsroom

Dedicated to connecting footage customers with footage providers. We make it easy for creative professionals to search the world’s top archives from a single site, and for footage providers to present their content to active footage customers.  Now equipped with enhanced ecommerce tools,’s newly redesigned site provides a seamless pathway from footage search to footage sale.

Stock Footage Online


Sitio web de Stock Footage Online
Stock Footage Online

If you’re familiar with video production, then you might also know the headache of trying to find stock footage without the licence complications brought about by copyrighted material. There are quite a few stock video libraries out there for you to source your stock footage, but the majority of them have a limited catalogue and you will find yourself going back to the search engine time and again.

Here at Stock Footage Online, we aim to simplify your process of sourcing the best stock videos for your picture, documentary or promotional movies. We’re always adding to our large number of stock footage libraries so that we remain competitive. We are a stock footage search engine, where you can find everything you need on one site. A quick search for your keyword will return relevant results from a database consisting of hundreds of thousands of stock videos, and you can click straight through to buy your royalty-free licence in a matter of minutes.

Stock Photo Adviser

Sitio web Stock Photo Adviser
Stock Photo Adviser

Stock Photo Adviser A group of professional photographers (founders of Tiramisu Studio) experienced in commercial and business photography, specialising in interior and architecture photography. Also travellers and landscape photographers, doing some studio shots, including business/success/office related subjects, macro, food, and other stock photography stuff.

There are ads and referral links placed on the site to help finance project and we would like to thank you all for your support.

Stock Photo Secrets

Sitio web de Stock Photo Secrets
Stock Photo Secrets

Stock Photo Secrets is a leading digital magazine dedicated to the stock photography industry. Working closely with stock photography agencies and related industry companies, it’s a hugely valuable resource for stock photo buyers that provides savings, free images, market insights, technical tips, licensing and legals explanations and overall industry clarification, all in one place.

Part of the Stock Photo Press network of online publications in the stock media business, and lead by veteran stock media industry expert Amos Struck, our publication fuels the needs of both stock photo buyers, who want the best way to find, purchase and use quality imagery at the best possible price; and stock photo agencies which are always seeking to reach out to more customers with their offers.

Stories & Trends

Sitio web Stories & Trends
Stories & Trens de Getty Images


The Magazine of the American Society of the Picture Professional

Sitio web de The Picture Professional
Magazine The Picture Professional

The Picture Professional goes live every three months and is always on the lookout for timely and timeless articles of interest to our readers. As our web presence grows, we’ll be looking for more content, so stay tuned for updates. The best way to know what we publish is to look at our previous issues. The things we aren’t looking for right now are exhibition reviews, book reviews, reviews, or artist profiles. We already have sections devoted to exhibition reviews and book reviews, which are handled by our regular contributors. And as much as we want to have a feature article on all your favorite artists, we rarely print profiles—unless there are extenuating circumstances—beca