A common topic of discussion by semi-professional and professional photographers is how to deal with the changing market dynamic of photo sales. Smaller photo agencies exist in smaller numbers and many older agencies have been acquired by the like of Getty and Corbis. Stock appears to be the primary means of selling photography these days. Major stock agencies have been putting the squeeze on photographers as the years have passed cutting back on shared revenue from sales. Microstock photo sites have been eating away at traditional stock market share and now photo sharing sites are throwing their hat into the ring as well.
To answer my own question and title of this post it’s not only clear that the photo market has been irreversibly altered, but consumer expectations have as well. I’ve been looking at this from the photographers perspective for sometime as I work to commercialize my photography and develop my business. A quick and dirty window into the customer mindset on photo sales opened for me to today as I read a post on Digg about a site boasting 7000 free stock images. The responses alarmed me! Not only were people mentioning microstock sites beyond the free stock photo sites, they were expressing a complete and utter disregard for the profession of photography. To me the latter is the most alarming of all the comments. See the replies to my comment here.
Is it just me or does this upset anyone else?
[tags]photography, stock, sales, microstock, agency, agencies, digg, photographer, Getty, Corbis, photo market[/tags]