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Author Topic: Interesting reading on lords and serfs in microstock  (Read 10494 times)

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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2007, 21:43 »
I think that was one of the most flawed articles on microstock I've ever read.


« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2007, 22:05 »
I think that was one of the most flawed articles on microstock I've ever read.

That pretty much sums it up.

« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2007, 02:51 »
He just posted another article about microstock. Apparently microstock is only for the wealthy..

« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2007, 03:16 »
The link didn't work for me. :'(

« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2007, 05:38 »
Weired, I checked it, and the link seems to be right and I can access the site from both of my computers..

« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2007, 07:02 »
I think that was one of the most flawed articles on microstock I've ever read.

This one's even worse! Although it did make me feel to good to know that I am actually rich. I was not aware of that before I read his article.


« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2007, 10:32 »
Okay, now that I've recovered from a hysterical laughing fit....
Yes, I had trouble getting the page to load as well. This guy scares me a little bit.  ::) :o ;D

A Game for the Wealthy

As I was writing my post about the exploitation of the masses by a few, I realized I was missing one very important point regarding microstock: it is a pass time of rich people.

For one, you need reasonably good quality camera equipment that still runs in the thousand of dollars. A lot seem to be using a canon 5D which is $4000 out of the box. You also need a decent quality computer and appropriate software, which still also runs in the lower thousands. And finally, you need a broadband connection which might not be so expensive but yet not available everywhere.
Second, you need time. Either you are supported by someone else, as we see in the housewives model, or you are personally so indescribably wealthy that you can spend hours working on something that will bring you back pennies. If you can afford to spend a lot of time on something that has little chance to pay your bills, let alone cover the cost of the equipment, you must have some other reasonable income. Nothing new here as photography was always the protected playground of rich kids. Niepce, Lartigue, Bresson, and many others came from wealthy families.
But make no mistake, Microstock contributor is not an activity that will lift third world nations out of poverty and into the realm of the most powerful nations. It is not going to help a starving family of five come out of misery and live a life of decency.

It is an activity for the few, the wealthy, the somewhat educated that have enough leisure time to dedicate to an activity which is not a profitable one for the mass majority. Even superstars of the microstock world had to rely on other income before they reached those legendary six figures income. On a side note, if famed Istockphoto shooter Lisa Gagne is really making $100,000 a year, why arent any of her images on the Getty site ? After all, if she is that good, shouldnt she be rewarded by having her status elevated to being one of the Big Boys ?

Besides being a dumping business model, where creators license images at a lost, illegal in certain countries of the world, Microstock is also a club for the few and privileged that can afford to spend time on a non profit activity that might satisfy their ego but not their wallets.

« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2007, 13:41 »
Since I supposedly have a 5D, whoever took it, I want it back.  ;D

« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2007, 21:18 »
What a crock ...


« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2007, 21:23 »

« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2007, 23:35 »
Woohoo!  I'm rich and didn't even know it!  :D  Well, I must be since I own two digital cameras, one film camera, I have a computer that *gasp* even has a printer, AND holy crap, I have broadband internet!

Wow, what an...interesting...individual!

« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2007, 23:40 »
What is the word I am trying to think of.......?



Oh yes - * (or arsehole as we say here in Australia).


« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2007, 00:50 »
This guy can't make up his mind. The latest entry concludes:
Photography is a prime target since Yahoo bought Flickr. It is also very easy to set up and operate. There is plenty of freeware that makes it cheap and available to anyone.

Darn! I guess that means I am not wealthy anymore!  ::)


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