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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2008, 16:34 »
Yep, I ment clients do not like to see exactly same picture elsewhere. Eg. they pay $2000 for their website and they dont mind to pay another $50 for RM image rather then saving $49 and risking their competitors could accidentaly produce something with the same picture. With microstock becoming more and more popular this "danger" increases dramatically.

I think microstock is great for what it was at the beginning - exchange of cheap material between designers. Logos, textures, backgrounds, simple vectors... The problem started when pro level photos came to microstock, because those are really extremely underpriced.


« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2008, 16:45 »
agree basti here...(though i disagree with you on the other topic)
in trying to make ourselves popular, we ( the photographers ) can find ourselves expecting too little , or nothing, just to see our pictures everywhere on the web.
i am not sure if that is a good idea.
before, you were unknown  with no photos on the web or magazines,
now, you are well-known, with photos everywhere , selling for pennies.


« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2008, 20:40 »
Nothing wrong with freerange. It's one of those sites that's trying to make money off the "FREE" photos and ad clicks, not the photos.

freerangestock.com and all Materials are made available to you "AS IS," "AS AVAILABLE," and "WITH ALL FAULTS."... makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

This is why you'll find images with logos and copyrighted designs all over the site. The buyer is responsible, in this case free taker, not the website giving it to you for free.

There are free button sites, free icons, free animated gifs, free alphabets, and of course free photos.

These sites don't compete or take much from the market, they are sites that are designed to provide enough to get people to subscribe in which case you'll be getting some email soon.  ;D

You also won't find these sites growing with new materials, most of the time. It's just the front for ad revenue sites.


« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2008, 20:18 »
clearviewstock and everybody,
after i got the link from clearview , i visited the site and thought, "wow, look at all the downloads for everyone here. i don't see any 1,2, even 5...
i see 100, 200,etc"
so naturally i was quick interested to contribute there especially my portfolio being quite niche and not "micro stock" type shots, you know.
then i got an email to say how photographers join to give away their images free.
i almost fell off my chair, literally.
no wonder every one has such good dl numbers.

but you know what? give away my images for free?
i'd rather drive a cab, (to quote one of us here in this forum)...
why bother trying so hard to get your images accepted,
or rejected , just to give away your images.

still, we're not very far away from giving all away for free;
what's 18 cents compared to zero?


« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2008, 22:05 »
I guess businessmen are just looking for innovative ways to earn a buck.


« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2008, 11:02 »
I guess businessmen are just looking for innovative ways to earn a buck.

you mean, a penny !!!  ;D ;D just joking!

« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2008, 13:15 »
Future, what future?

« Reply #32 on: July 26, 2008, 21:50 »
Future, what future?

thats the question :) is there a future? many of us give away a few free images, but there is a great many of us and that times by a few quickly becomes an incredibly large number of free images...

thanks everyone for replying :)


« Reply #33 on: July 27, 2008, 06:10 »
I searched http://www.freerangestock.com/ for

ireland  -- 0 results
oil rig -- 144 results, first three were roses, the rest of the page didn't have any oil rigs

The site searches some partial words. It took me a while to figure it out. Example search "oil" and you'll fOILage.  ;D

I give nothing away online. I did donate some photos to a website and have to others in the past. I have no hope or expectations that anything free will lead to something for pay. I can't see how a free image on a MS site, drives anyone to look any further. (I might be wrong?) But no one has any evidence that free images make any difference except making someone else happy.

Never tried cab driving, but I do tend bar.  :) Beats flipping burgers or loading trucks.


« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2008, 07:02 »

Never tried cab driving, but I do tend bar.  :) Beats flipping burgers or loading trucks.

 ;D  good to see you again RacePhoto, always liked your great sense of humour. (chuckle)  ;D
 furthermore, never met a bartender  i didn't like, esp. the ones who know how to pull the draught!  :P
« Last Edit: July 27, 2008, 07:04 by tan510jomast »


« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2008, 08:00 »
The "free" stock sites probably make their dollars in AD revenue.  How much could they make off of web banner / google adsense advertising?  I'm sure it's not as much money as if the images were properly marketed and sold through multiple agencies like we sell ours.


« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2008, 12:00 »
« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 18:05 by chumley »


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