Mario Aguilar for Gizmodo:
The second a photographer fires the shutter on a camera, the resulting image is transported by ethernet to Getty’s central editing office in about 1.5 seconds. There, a team of three editors processes the photo. The first selects the best image and crops it for composition; the second editor color corrects; and the third adds metadata. The whole editing process is done in 30-40 seconds. Once the last editor is done, the image is blasted to the world. It takes about 90 seconds for the images to travel over redundant 100 Mbit/s dedicated lines to Getty’s data servers in the the United States.
Interesting article about how AP and Getty work with photographers and what equipment they use to get their shots from the photographer’s cameras to the web within a few seconds.