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« on: November 03, 2011, 11:31 »
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Anyone else find it ironic that this mostly pro assignment article was illustrated with a microstock image from iStock?  Especially considering the anti-micro comments :)

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6301575099/stock-or-assignment-whats-right-for-me

I can't imagine anyone using this article as the basis for a career changing decision!


« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2011, 12:00 »
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Another article continuing a recent trend there of mediocre content. I don't think they're paying their writers - the articles there are in exchange for links, and the results reflect the price paid.

« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2011, 12:11 »
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I'm sure their articles are stock

« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2011, 12:30 »
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Got to love comments like this one;

By maboleth (Nov 1, 2011 at 23:40:58 GMT)
 
I totally agree. Especially Microstock. That's a slavery. Initially, they take like 60-70% of the shown price. That's ridiculous. Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries where assignments aren't on the regular basis or paid well.

« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2011, 12:40 »
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The articles and the comments insist that it is impossible to make money with stock. Great, this kind of information is very good to avoid new competiton. Maybe I'll add a comment telling everybody how filthy and miserable is microstock.

« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2011, 12:54 »
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Got to love comments like this one;

By maboleth (Nov 1, 2011 at 23:40:58 GMT)
 
I totally agree. Especially Microstock. That's a slavery. Initially, they take like 60-70% of the shown price. That's ridiculous. Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries where assignments aren't on the regular basis or paid well.


Photographers shouldn't be kept pens and pumped full of hormones. They should be free range and fed all natural feed.  ;D

« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2011, 13:08 »
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Very badly written article. But I agree it is good for us if new competition is discouraged.

« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 13:23 »
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Photographers shouldn't be kept pens and pumped full of hormones. They should be free range and fed all natural feed.  ;D

Microstock slaves need to be helped by these "Occupy" protest groups.

"WHAT DO WE WANT? Don't know. WHEN DO WE WANT IT? Not sure."

grp_photo

« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2011, 14:15 »
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Got to love comments like this one;

By maboleth (Nov 1, 2011 at 23:40:58 GMT)
 
I totally agree. Especially Microstock. That's a slavery. Initially, they take like 60-70% of the shown price. That's ridiculous. Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries where assignments aren't on the regular basis or paid well.

Well I live with the 10%-40% I get from most of my sales (micro and macro) but I will never see this as a fair deal. So I agree with the post above 60-70% for the agencies is ridiculous doesn't matter though if it's micro or macro.
And an internet article like this is a perfect use for microstock I'm pretty sure the designer of dpreview has choosen the picture and not the writer so it doesn't affect the validity of the writing that's just an childish argument, but it may be a  bad article anyway I haven't read it.

RacePhoto

« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2011, 15:06 »
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Got to love comments like this one;

By maboleth (Nov 1, 2011 at 23:40:58 GMT)
 
I totally agree. Especially Microstock. That's a slavery. Initially, they take like 60-70% of the shown price. That's ridiculous. Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries where assignments aren't on the regular basis or paid well.


Considering the state of the economy and the amount we import, the jobs lost and unemployment, maybe the USA is a developing country? LOL  :D Otherwise, funny how many people I see who aren't anonymous and are from USA, GB, Canada and South America, or Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Etc. (she's right about Slovania...) . I don't look at any of those as "developing" countries. Just stupid generalizations to discredit the opposing side. Kind of why I hate politics so much. Skip the facts, lets just attack the other side and the people, not the actual issues.

She was right about the slavery and 70% part however.


 

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