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« Reply #50 on: December 24, 2019, 10:27 »
+1

(Now I know how good it feels to view the iStock/Getty shenanigans from the outside, rather than being one of their serfs).
Me too!  I pulled my entire port in 2016 and haven't missed their $100/month OR their shenanigans one bit.


« Reply #51 on: December 24, 2019, 19:51 »
+5

You can't keep screwing over the very people that makes your business thrive. As mentioned there is a chain reaction, first your contributors leave as many have throughout the years, then the chatter on social media about how poorly they treat the talent that is their main resource, then eventually this floods into the very people (the creatives) that purchase the content.
Except that as far back as 2006 when I joined iS, Getty already had a bad reputation among photographers that even I, who wasn't in the game, knew about.

I have been with Getty since almost day 1. I was in two very well known and respected agencies that got bought out by Getty and one regional well know and respected agency, and just like that all of my work was represented by Getty via three 'brands' as they used to call it. That was when Getty was respected and it was a badge of honor. True, Getty through their greed started turning this industry upside down and reducing commissions. I joined IS in 2007 with rejected images by none other than Getty Images cause I could see the writing on the wall back then, and was chastised heavily by all the cool kids who apparently thought stock was a closed door activity and/or thought they had invented stock and had new stock shooting idols. Speed up the truck to 2020 and the writing on the wall has come to full fruition.

It is what it is. But if I was a newbie at this in today's climate, and reading the writing on the wall for the next generation, I would not give anything to Getty Images at all. Knowing what I know now I also don't think I would have the dream of being a stock photographer for a sustainable career. I have been full time stock shooter long before IS and any of the micros, the business has been very good to me, and continues to be 'okay' albiet barely 'okay'. 

The industry has changed, so be it. There is no going back, and it it not going to get any better moving forward.

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« Reply #52 on: December 25, 2019, 10:27 »
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I have been with Getty since almost day 1. I was in two very well known and respected agencies that got bought out by Getty and one regional well know and respected agency, and just like that all of my work was represented by Getty via three 'brands' as they used to call it. That was when Getty was respected and it was a badge of honor. True, Getty through their greed started turning this industry upside down and reducing commissions. I joined IS in 2007 with rejected images by none other than Getty Images cause I could see the writing on the wall back then, and was chastised heavily by all the cool kids who apparently thought stock was a closed door activity and/or thought they had invented stock and had new stock shooting idols. Speed up the truck to 2020 and the writing on the wall has come to full fruition.

It is what it is. But if I was a newbie at this in today's climate, and reading the writing on the wall for the next generation, I would not give anything to Getty Images at all. Knowing what I know now I also don't think I would have the dream of being a stock photographer for a sustainable career. I have been full time stock shooter long before IS and any of the micros, the business has been very good to me, and continues to be 'okay' albiet barely 'okay'. 

The industry has changed, so be it. There is no going back, and it it not going to get any better moving forward.





 

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