Visual Connections Stock Content Event Set for October in New York City

When you need a stock photo you no doubt turn to a handful of your favorite sites, which offer large general collections of inexpensive images. But while that's typically a successful strategy, it's good to keep in mind that there are many specialized collections that provide access to images that aren't otherwise available. You can get a quick heads-up by searching with DMLAsearch, an initiative of the Digital Media Licensing Association. This metasearch engine provides a single point of entry to dozens of providers of licensable photo and video content. While the 160 million images that represents is formidable enough, there's also a whole world of image providers that goes well beyond.

Given the complexity of this field, someone who has the specialized skills to quickly find the right image for a project and navigate through a maze of licence requirements and copyright issues not surprisingly is more often than not a professional. And so creative directors, designers, editors, publishers and producers who are buyers and commissioners of photography, footage and illustration are exactly who the annual Visual Connections event, set for October 27 in New York City, is geared to.

The exhibit floor will host 68 image and footage vendors from around the world, with new exhibitors this year including 360° panorama specialist 360Cities; movie and TV archives British Film Institute, British Pathé and CNN Collection; and user-generated content specialists EyeEm, Newsflare and Scopio. The event is rounded out with sessions covering such topics as the issues related to publishing and sourcing visual content on social media platforms; new technology for quickly finding the right visuals; presentations by producers and photo/videographers covering how to commission or produce high-quality shoots that combine motion and stills; and a final presentation from a Google representative.

Entry is free but before you get your hopes up, note that you'll need to be an image buyer or researcher to get in. Not sure if you qualify? It never hurts to ask. More information is available on the Visual Connections site.