A recent announcement by the COO of iStockphoto that pay cuts were in order for their contributors because, “as a business model, it’s simply unsustainable“was met with a hailstorm of anger from their contributors on the forms (here). You can read an excellent write-up on the whole ordeal at Jeremy Nicholl’s, The Russian Photos Blog. It’s not really a topic I’m interested in, but what really caught my eye was the bit of schadenfreude pro photographers must be feeling about the whole deal, indicated by this post in the iStockphoto forum:
“All of you have been so happy to undercut traditional stock photography, copying the best selling images, shooting every hamburger you ever ate, and now that the traditional photographers (often derided as ‘trads’ by you) have come in to beat you at your own game, you’re shocked- yes, shocked!- to find out that this is a business, not a little happy family giving each other muffins and logrolling in the forums. Well, welcome to the real world- the one that you made for yourselves. 145 pages of whining and wanting things to go back to the way they were- it’s so pitiful. Face it. You aren’t going anywhere. You are going to stay here, and do what the man says. You are getting the bed you made yourselves, so go lie in it. Or go back to what you do best- arguing over the color of your little ribbons.”
Trying to be the cheapest is a miserable business to be in.
Thx for the tip John.