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Stock Photography just got harder...

CSD Images is off-line
06 March 2014 02:58
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Gettty is now giving away the images for free when embedded on a website:

The Verge

Arguably they never made money from this so they are not losing anything, but it's a suprising change from one of the biggest stock image companies.
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Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
06 March 2014 03:09
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I'm amazed people actually make money from it anyway, what with how utterly saturated the market is. You'll get the odd 'celebrity' stock photographer but I find it hard to think the average jobbing photographer will get little more than teenage pocket-money from it as it's something every man and his dog can do.
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Matt . is online
06 March 2014 06:19
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' .... it's something every man and his dog can do ....' interesting take, tell me do you actively work at all in the stock market?


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Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
06 March 2014 07:28
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I was referring to the fact that digital photography has created a level playing field between amateurs, professionals, good and bad alike. For modest investment in equipment anyone can take fantastic images that would be suitable for stock work whearas in the days of film nothing less than medium format would have sufficed (not only was this comparitively expensive but arguably the skillset was higher in the days of film).
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Matt . is online
07 March 2014 03:27
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You may have missed the fact that in true stock photography, not micro stock, the taking of the images is often the easy part. So often no modern all singing DSLR required, a solid model 5 years old with a few lens would suffice, plus simple techniques is all that is required.

The hard work is the business of what will sell. From this plan what to photograph and when and how and in doing so keeping the cost to a minimum, day after day; then how to edit, keyword and caption, then distribute to enable that stock photography essential of multiple sales from the same image.

Photographers who are good at business able to take a regular 'sellable' and, most important, required image should survive; being a good or outstanding photographer, with a mass it kit, techniques and abilities, is no longer enough, no matter if you are amateur, professional or anywhere in between.



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Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
07 March 2014 03:39
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Perhaps my view is somewhat negative of stock photographer as I've heard from many who claim they make good money from stock photography yet their images that I have seen are somewhat lacklustre (be it composition, lighting, technique or whatever). It may be that they don't show the good stuff, but then it begs the question about the general standard of their work in other fields (using the same skillset & all that).

I still stand by my statement that it's not the field it once was and is becoming utterly saturated to the point of being virtually unsustainable for making a living out of (as with most photographic genres).
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Anthonygh is off-line
07 March 2014 04:14
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Working the stock market is a particular skill according to articles and case studies I have seen in Professional Photography magazine and elsewhere...and for the people with that skill...it seems to generate a steady income.

It seems, like most markets, knowing the market requirements, complying with them; and personal marketing and personal contacts with the stock editors are still important.


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
07 March 2014 04:29
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Quote from anthonyh
Working the stock market is a particular skill according to articles and case studies I have seen in Professional Photography magazine and elsewhere...and for the people with that skill...it seems to generate a steady income. It seems, like most markets, knowing the market requirements, complying with them; and personal marketing and personal contacts with the stock editors are still important.



So it's pretty much along the lines I'm thinking.... naff all to do with photography and your technical skills, and more to do with how you approach them and sell yourself.
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Matt . is online
07 March 2014 04:36
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' ..... Perhaps my view is somewhat negative of stock photographer as I've heard from many who claim they make good money from stock photography yet their images that I have seen are somewhat lacklustre (be it composition, lighting, technique or whatever)... '

So what? If a client want a, in your eyes, lacklustre image he must has a need for that image and the stock photographer is the winner! As I said before the true skill is anticipating the image.

You must remember the stock photographer satisfies the needs on his clients - not his own ego! If the clients want a lacklustre, and is happy with the image, then the stock photographer will supply it and get paid for it.



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Matt . is online
07 March 2014 04:40
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' ... naff all to do with photography and your technical skills ...'

You are still missing the point! It has to do with photographic ability, but an ability to satisfy your clients requirements and needs; not your own!

The very basis of supply and demand and business  as we kinow it - give the cutomer what he wants - not what you want to photograph!  Trust me it can be frustrating!! 







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