A Monochromatic Experience
I am going to age myself here. Way back in the summer of 1969, when I was seventeen years old, I spent almost three months on a student tour of Europe. As part of that tour se spent several weeks behind the Iron Curtain, including two weeks in the Soviet Union. Towards the end all of us were depressed. When we crossed the border into Finland we suddenly knew why. In the Soviet Union all the cars were black. There was very little of anything in the way of consumer goods, at least compared to what we were used to. But as soon as we crossed that border there was color, there was choice, and there was vibrancy. The people we met in Russia were wonderful, but compared to the West our experience, at that time, was monochromatic.
I am unhappy that the image buyers who frequent microstock sites are not seeing my images. I have just a taste of the potential of that market in the returns I am seeing with images I have in The Agency Collection. The Agency Collection is a collection of images that appear on both the Getty sites and on iStockphoto.com, but at RF prices. My early returns are encouraging to say the least, and it whets my appetite to tap into that huge microstock market.
Even at microstock prices some of the better selling microstock images are making huge amounts of money, and the success of The Agency Collection indicates that a significant number of buyers are willing to spend more money on images that really meet their needs…something also borne out by the success of the higher-priced (than traditional stock) Vetta collection. Yes, I know that iStockphoto.com has lost a lot of traffic due to their higher prices, but again, the anecdotal evidence I have from the shooters I actually know is that their income has gone up.
I am really looking forward to when we can reach all the buyers with all of the imagery at all of the price points. I desperately want that microstock audience to have the option of seeing and licensing my RM imagery as well as all of my RF imagery. I also think that it would behoove microstock shooters to be participating in traditional stock photography models.
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