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Would You Recommend Stock To Someone As Their Sole Source of Income?

I think microstock is a viable source of income
I think  traditional stock is a viable source of income
I think in order to succeed, you need to have a portfolio with both micro and traditional stock
You're better off flipping cheeseburgers at McDonalds.

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« Reply #50 on: October 05, 2011, 20:08 »
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If folks were still shooting film there would be 95% less submitters now also.

^ obviously.  And if folks were still riding horses, there'd be less people on the roads.  So?


rinderart

« Reply #51 on: October 05, 2011, 21:12 »
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Just a point sean. But true.

RacePhoto

« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2011, 00:38 »
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Another "Real" answer. and the List was from an old friend who posted it on SS a few years ago.

I don't disagree at all, good reading and advise.

Lets see 1968, I was either loading trucks at UPS, (during the Summer) working at the book store and working in the photo lab, shooting college sports as editor on the campus newspaper. But funny thing was I wanted to transfer to a college that had a photography program and the JSchool Dept. head where I was said, the market was flooded and newspapers were closing, magazines going out of business, people with 20 years experience were looking for work.

Odd, I'm hearing the same thing now 40 years later?  ;D

I'm pretty happy to be shooting digital and not film. Anyone want some, I have film in the freezer.

Microstock is wide open for someone who is bright and hard working and willing to invest the time, but like anything else, the climb up the ladder is full of people who are already ahead, and making it more difficult.

lagereek

« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2011, 01:10 »
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If folks were still shooting film there would be 95% less submitters now also. I got $500 in 1968 for a stock Photo in 1968 dollars [about $2000] there were very few guys doing stock and the only categories were landscape,travel and flowers. shots with people were done on assignment.


Thats right!  In 1985, when I joined Stones and later Image-Bank, shots were selling from between 500-1500 dollars. That was plenty according to them days rates. Not only that,  if the editing and QC,  was anywhere near what it used to be in them days,  well,  I bet at least 80% of todays material would be thrown away.

However thats ofcourse a natural progression and nothing derrogative since we are supplying to micro ourselves but you are absoloutely correct in your statement. :)

« Reply #54 on: October 06, 2011, 01:27 »
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If folks were still shooting film there would be 95% less submitters now also. I got $500 in 1968 for a stock Photo in 1968 dollars [about $2000] there were very few guys doing stock and the only categories were landscape,travel and flowers. shots with people were done on assignment.


Thats right!  In 1985, when I joined Stones and later Image-Bank, shots were selling from between 500-1500 dollars. That was plenty according to them days rates. Not only that,  if the editing and QC,  was anywhere near what it used to be in them days,  well,  I bet at least 80% of todays material would be thrown away.

However thats ofcourse a natural progression and nothing derrogative since we are supplying to micro ourselves but you are absoloutely correct in your statement. :)

From what I've seen of the 1980s stock, if the QC was anything like it is on some of the micros, 80% of that would have been thrown away, too. Much of the old stuff was not good. But tastes/fashions/business models change.

lagereek

« Reply #55 on: October 06, 2011, 01:39 »
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If folks were still shooting film there would be 95% less submitters now also. I got $500 in 1968 for a stock Photo in 1968 dollars [about $2000] there were very few guys doing stock and the only categories were landscape,travel and flowers. shots with people were done on assignment.


Thats right!  In 1985, when I joined Stones and later Image-Bank, shots were selling from between 500-1500 dollars. That was plenty according to them days rates. Not only that,  if the editing and QC,  was anywhere near what it used to be in them days,  well,  I bet at least 80% of todays material would be thrown away.

However thats ofcourse a natural progression and nothing derrogative since we are supplying to micro ourselves but you are absoloutely correct in your statement. :)

From what I've seen of the 1980s stock, if the QC was anything like it is on some of the micros, 80% of that would have been thrown away, too. Much of the old stuff was not good. But tastes/fashions/business models change.

Yep!  you got a point there, ofcourse there was also lots of rubbish. I think you have to move on to the 90s to see any real differance, late 80s and beginning of 90s, thats when ad-agencies, designers and buyers, really had accepted stock-agencies as a major source of creative imagery.

I would go as far as to say that the entire stock-industry changed dramatically when photographers like Turner, Maisel, Glinn, Haas, etc, etc, made their images available as stock,  they kind of gave credibillity to the industry.

« Reply #56 on: October 07, 2011, 13:02 »
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If you are looking to make some easy money i don't think is possible anymore.You need at least one year to buid up a good portofolio

lthn

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« Reply #57 on: October 07, 2011, 14:50 »
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If you are looking to make some easy money i don't think is possible anymore.You need at least one year to buid up a good portofolio

I'd say more unless you'r very-very dedicated.

« Reply #58 on: October 07, 2011, 16:56 »
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RacePhoto:  Rinder might have easily had the longest post, but ironically, in your post complaining about how he put you out of the running, you failed to notice that you easily had the WIDEST post of the year  :)

tab62

« Reply #59 on: October 08, 2011, 12:03 »
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Yes, quit you day time job for sure. Just tell me where you are quitting so I can put in my resume for your day time paying job...

« Reply #60 on: October 09, 2011, 13:46 »
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If it was 1985, then my crayon drawings of He-Man would never get accepted.  ;D


 

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