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« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2009, 15:51 »
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Fashions change too. Even in conservative business environments accessories change (eyeglasses for example), and what designer would use an image of an attractive businesswoman wearing last years frames?


« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2009, 16:09 »
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Yes eventually styles change and stock photos taken 10 years ago no longer cut it. 

With regard to image quality the situation is less clear.  Magazine pages aren't getting any bigger, offset printing resolution isn't increasing (correct me if I'm wrong) and as content migrates to the web, resolution is even less important than it was on paper.

CD audio quality (12 bits at 50 kHz I think) turned out to be more than good enough for most people - higher definition audio formats never sold, and todays downloaded MP3s aren't particularly high quality.  So while a 4 MP image is definitely out of date, it's not clear that 12MP won't be enough, anytime soon.

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« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2009, 23:41 »
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Every microstock site will continue to take quality both in terms of technical excellence and image subject because they have no reason not too, to think otherwise is just completely daft. Quality has, does & always will be accepted and sell.

A lot of microstock sites have stopped accepting the crap they used to, that's all that has changed.

100% agreed, and phrased better than I could have put it. :)

I'm fine with the increased quality standards, and as someone who also buys microstock images, I'm glad some effort is being put into raising the bar on quality. A lot of crap (especially in the vector categories) has gotten into the collections, and it's a real effort to dig through some of the garbage to find usable images. If it's harder to get images accepted at istock now, I say good, and it should always get harder. If your work is worth buying, it will continue to get accepted. I think microstock agencies are just cutting back on the mediocre junk that floods the searches, and buyers will be thankful for it. I know that I'm happy to see this shift in the business.




 

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