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State of the Stock

Well, State of the Art didn’t seem appropriate, so I opted for the title above. I’ll admit, I first started to meddle with photo sales via iStock, and it was a good way (easy) way to start, but not a good way to stay. A camera costs about USD$2,000 to $5,000 and it needs to be replaced every three years, just to keep up. Then, there’s the cost of a computer and all its software that needs to be upgraded and maintained, and eventually replaced, too; usually on three to five year cycles. You can see a summary of my costs and how you can get free photos from me on this info page. So basically, it’s expensive to do professional (or semi-pro) photography. So, iStock generously pays about 20 cents per sale. Consequently I decided to leave that, once they offered me a certain level of rank after achieving some acceptable level of downloads or sales. I looked around and found that that Rights Managed licensing was still common, and still earning. Everything I saw about iStock just looked like it was all about making the company owners rich, and nothing for the “contributors” (aka photographers).

Recently, Google bought a whole stash of photos for use as clip art like images for their Google Drive / Google Docs applications. The earnings photographers got was a grand total of $12, despite the fact that the photos could have sold multiple times, but are now freely available via Google Drive. Effectively, the products of hard working photographers was given away for free in perpetuity. A single photo shoot with models, make up artists, site costs, post production can cost anywhere between $500 and can at times go beyond $5,000. And in return photographers in iStock were paid $12 (PhotoShelter blog post). In short, the cost to benefit of remaining at iStock is stupidly in their favour.

A store keeper replenishing his snack displays in Gion, Kyoto.

A store keeper replenishing his snack displays in Gion, Kyoto.

Consequently, again the iStock community got angry and organised themselves an internet equivalent to industrial action. Thanks to Image Brief on Twitter for sharing this PhotoShelter blog post which describes how iStock seems to have had no qualms in dumping one of their best and top ‘contributors’. It’s absolutely shameful how iStock has treated its members, and I’m glad I quit ‘contributing’ years ago. In contrast, I have to say that my agent Henry Westheim, PhotoShelter, and Image Brief aren’t bad at all.

In case you’re wondering, this is a photography blog, so most blog posts should contain at least one photo. Even if it is randomly selected. :)

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Christmas and New Year Discount

In simple celebration of Christmas and the New Year, here is a seasonal discount offer. For any photo purchase at my portfolio on my PhotoShelter portfolio you can claim a 10% discount by entering this coupon code: MERRYCHRISTMAS Minimum USD$20 purchase for instant digital downloads, products (mousepads, iPad covers, etc), and museum / gallery quality prints (from online digital files). Offer is good until 31st December 2012. Shipping for some products may be completed after Christmas or the New Year.

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Prints and products: temporary disruption

My PhotoShelter account uses a variety of vendors for customers who wish to order prints and products. However, for Exposure Manager there will be a very short and temporary disruption to services. I only just received this e-mail:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our print partner Exposure Manager will be offline for an unspecified period of time tomorrow (Thursday, March 31st) beginning around 3pm. We anticipate the downtime to be about 3 hours, but as the situation is unfortunately out of our control, we are unable to provide an exact time estimate. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but no orders containing Exposure Manager prints/products will be able to be placed during this outage. During this window, customers attempting to purchase Exposure Manager prints/products from your site will be met with a “temporary unavailable” message when attempting checkout.

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