"An additional way of co-operating with the classic
image agencies, Fotolia now offers other image banks the chance to
easily run a microstock company under their own brand, or to simply
resell Fotolia images - in any language, in any currency."
The last few years we have learned a lot from our buyers. Even though Fotolia offers images as low as $1 some buyers still shop elsewhere. As a result Fotolia started to think how we may bring in those same images that attract buyers at other sites thus also attracting buyers that are still not Fotolia customers. This is how the idea of the Infinite Collection started.
In concern to quality I must admit that some of the infinite images are not as great as anticipated but these agencies are taking a risk with us and it is hard to convince them to sell only their best images 10 times cheaper than normal. That being said we will correct that and we will have only the best images from the best agencies and artists.
Later today, Fotolia will officially launch a new pool of "premium images", the so-called The Infinite Collection. According to Fotolia, the new collection "allows you to enjoy all the comfort of our royalty free licenses for over 15,000 world class images".
The Infinite Collection is offered at prices ranging from 10 to 100 credits. The images are already visible in Fotolia´s image database (try any search) and are marked with a black Fotolia logo, like the one above.
Interview with Elena Oryol, technology development leader of Featurepics: Question: What are the hardest parts in this job and what will happen with stock photography in the next several years? Elena: I should quote Rick Smolan "The ability to shoot and then instantly share images is going to dramatically change the way humanity sees itself and how each of us tells our own stories." Question: Can you give me your opinion about prices and percentage for photographers? You are unique [?] in this field. You have the highest commission rates for photographers. It is an amazing 70%, but how can you run this site when you take only 30%? Elena: As the market expands we will adjust our business vision to achieve better results. The stock photography business can often be mistaken for the place where artists are only interested in monetary rewards. FeaturePics is a clear example of a service that also accommodates people’s higher needs for creation, participation, identity, and freedom and, of course, the feeling of a reward. Mangiaphoto (last answer compiled). Related: