Microstock Demand For Travel Photos

Posted on 4/5/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (4)

A rights-managed photographer recently told me that travel photographers must continue to market their work as rights-managed because there is not enough customer demand on microstock sites for travel images to enable photographers to cover their costs and make a profit. He acknowledged that people who shoot model released business and lifestyle photographs might be able to earn enough to profit from licensing their images as microstock, but argued that it won't work for the travel photographer. I decided to search iStockphoto for some popular locations and see how many times the top ten images from each of these locations had been downloaded.

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