[OM] Re: iStock

Subject: [OM] Re: iStock
From: Andrew Fildes <afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 23:01:33 +1000
That's the impression I get - very much a 'community' approach which  
means that your work many be checked by any of 40 scrutineers before  
acceptance and they have different levels of 'pickiness' - some seem  
to be happy if the content is good, others look for any flaw to  
disqualify it and they are less likely to give you feedback.
Frankly for me at my stage of endeavour it is this or nothing really.  
I mentioned it to a friend who is in the forensic accounting software  
area and he signed up as a buyer immediately - he needed images and  
was able to populate his website and produce advertising material  
cheaply with images he would not have been able to afford to have  
shot specially. AFAIK he'd never even heard of stock photography  
before I mentioned it. I suspect that it may reach a tipping point  
and is cheap enough to make image theft pointless for thumbnails and  
small images at least.
Plus there's a real discipline imposed on you (oh that feels good!).
Andrew Fildes

On 28/08/2007, at 10:31 PM, Garth Wood wrote:

> Er, iStockPhoto's a local Calgary company, and by no stretch of the
> imagination would I call it "big."  More like "entrepreneurial  
> startup."
>   And while some here on the List might sneer at such an effort, it's
> been truly helpful to some commercial photography startups --
> particularly in the former Communist Bloc countries -- in establishing
> themselves.  Here's a good example:

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