Succeeding as a Stock Photographer: Way Forward

Posted on 8/31/2010 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

Recently on Linkedin Jacintha van Beveren observed that “The old photography business model is gone,” observed and asked if the road to survival and future success is through “creativity and flexibility or stubborn protection.” Neither.

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  • John Harris Posted Sep 1, 2010
    Jim- I feel you are too mechanistic with your classical nay almost mystical notions of "the market" as "that which must be obeyed" and you miss out the qualitive, ideational aspects of production which you then misinterpret as vanity. There are still real picture libraries who photographed the complexities of the world rather than churning out ubiquitous "fake pictures of fake people".

  • Bill Bachmann Posted Sep 1, 2010
    I agree with John Harris. Quit thinking that the ONLY way to survive is to churn out fast & furious images to Microstock.

    You are very closed with options. IT IS NOT SO BLACK & WHITE. People who rush into Microstock will be sorry someday when they realize they can NEVER... I repeat NEVER.... sell those images for anything other than a couple of dollars. All of their work will be tied up in Micro with no way to ever reprice it. You can never pull them out of Micro and charge more.... STRESS THAT TO BEGINNERS!!!

  • Jonathan Ross Posted Sep 1, 2010
    Diversification in an unstable market is what I was always taught. Micro isn't much diversification nor is assignment work.

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