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« on: February 08, 2011, 03:45 »
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Here is a little video clip from BBC telling everyone how easy it is to have a second income from selling photos online.  Funny they didn't mention microstock though.. just getty and flickr :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9387518.stm


traveler1116

« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 05:01 »
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I was going to post this too but I didn't want to scare any of the pros. 

« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 05:10 »
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Here is a little video clip from BBC telling everyone how easy it is to have a second income from selling photos online.  Funny they didn't mention microstock though.. just getty and flickr :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9387518.stm

Yeah I saw this too, very misleading. But the BBC are in to making money after all and have countless numbers of misleading and misinformed articles. How can they not mention microstock when talking about selling photos online!!

« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 06:46 »
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It's more of an ad for that Panasonic camera.  Wonder how many free ones they got.

« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 06:55 »
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Click is just a very short programme that's shown on the BBC news channel.  They don't go in to things in depth, I really don't mind that they haven't shown microstock sites.  Why not let the amateurs use flickr and hope they get selected by Getty?

lagereek

« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 07:03 »
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What a load of cods whallop.

OM

« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 07:07 »
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It's more of an ad for that Panasonic camera.  Wonder how many free ones they got.

Yup.

"Love to use the photo's you sent, oh dear, wot no model release, pity." ;D

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 07:38 »
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Yep, they made it sound pretty easy and also lucrative. Just buy a GF2 and $400 ca-chings will happen for you too.

helix7

« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 08:02 »
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What? I can be a professional photographer and get rich selling photos if I just buy that camera?

Forget illustrations... I'm going to be a rich pro photographer! Yay!

;D

Gotta love how they make it sound so easy but then they include a spot at the end about a real pro who is struggling to make a living anymore in stock.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2011, 08:26 »
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I can't believe the BBC doesn't know about microstock - they are using it themselves on their website.

However, I am glad they didn't mention it.
Let 'em buy (advanced) p&s cameras for the price of a real entry level dSLR, and hope for $250 sales on flickr :)
No need for more competitors here in microstock (not that I am so afraid of tv watching newbies anyway...)
« Last Edit: February 08, 2011, 08:29 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2011, 10:41 »
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ha,easy money??for someone not for me :-\

« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2011, 11:06 »
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What? I can be a professional photographer and get rich selling photos if I just buy that camera?

Forget illustrations... I'm going to be a rich pro photographer! Yay!

;D

Gotta love how they make it sound so easy but then they include a spot at the end about a real pro who is struggling to make a living anymore in stock.

but she makes it sound as though it's just down to these P&S amateurs !!  which will encourage them even further !!  No ??

« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2011, 11:09 »
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It's more of an ad for that Panasonic camera.  Wonder how many free ones they got.

Yup.

"Love to use the photo's you sent, oh dear, wot no model release, pity." ;D

Model release, Property release !!  No mention of ISO !  all taken at 1600 no doubt !!   ;)

lisafx

« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2011, 13:00 »
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LOL!   

Great camera commercial!  Can't wait to start getting $600 a pop for my snaps.  ;D

Why complain they don't mention microstock?   Let them direct all these happy snappers to Getty instead.

« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2011, 13:28 »
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I'm going to buy a $69 microwave oven so I can make $250,000.00 per year as a master chef.

« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011, 13:29 »
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It's hit the homepage http://www.bbc.co.uk/

« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2011, 13:39 »
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I'm going to buy a $69 microwave oven so I can make $250,000.00 per year as a master chef.
That's a brilliant idea. Seems like you're also qualified to be a BBC journalist.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2011, 13:41 by Komar »


« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2011, 13:43 »
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yes, I have a pencil.

« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2011, 13:44 »
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I can't believe the BBC doesn't know about microstock - they are using it themselves on their website.

However, I am glad they didn't mention it.
Let 'em buy (advanced) p&s cameras for the price of a real entry level dSLR, and hope for $250 sales on flickr :)
No need for more competitors here in microstock (not that I am so afraid of tv watching newbies anyway...)

The GF2 is actually better than a real entry level DSLR, and although it may handle and look like a P&S, you need to go to a FF camera is you want any noticeable increase in image quality.  

« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2011, 13:49 »
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yes, I have a pencil.
haha, I've laughed twice in one thread. No more, I've hit my quota.

« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2011, 14:09 »
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Then I'm also qualified to be a highly paid comedian.

« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2011, 14:18 »
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Then I'm also qualified to be a highly paid comedian.
Once you decide on which of these lucrative alternatives to microstock you want, can I have your images?

helix7

« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2011, 14:27 »
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yes, I have a pencil.


Obviously it takes more than that to be a journalist.

You also need a hat like this one. That's what a real journalist looks like with a hat and a pencil.

grp_photo

« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2011, 14:35 »
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Stuff like this will increase the competition anyway, if they get only one picture in Getty they will be hooked and they will look for other venues as it is very hard to get anything in Getty (even via Flickr ;-)). Than Microstock comes in their mind and there are enough sites which promote it.  ;D
And the BBC is not the only one the current title/cover of the biggest amateur photographer magazine in Germany (Fotomagazin)  is  the "get rich with Microstock in general (and Fotolia in specific)" they brag about a to me unknown german Microstock-star and how much fun it is to make money with your pictures.
Things will get tougher in the future no doubt about it, if everyone with a camera puts just ten pictures in photostockagencies than there is not much left for the one which do this for a living.

And the GF2 is a very very capable camera (I have it myself) and with the pancake it easily beats any APSC-DSLR with a kit-lens.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2011, 14:45 by grp_photo »

« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2011, 14:45 »
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What a muddled mix of infomercial and about 3 different stories! Leaving aside whether stuff like this hurts or helps us, it was just incoherent as a story.

They could have talked about a new generation of technology trying to provide users with a new way of getting what they want in a photo (although I think it's naive to think that most snapshot takers even know they want a blurred background in their shot).

They could have done a business story about how changing technology and sourcing of photographs has affected photographers and agencies.

They could have done a review of Panasonic's camera, micro 4/3, compared to DSLRs, or some combo.

But they mushed all these into one without really tying them together. They also didn't show whether any of the sold photos were taken with the camera they were profiling. I checked on the boy with a fish image they showed - it was taken with a Nikon Coolpix 8700 in 2006. In the US, the largest size (3264 x 2448) goes for $340, but this may be Getty's pricing games, that means it goes for more in other countries.


 

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