- A Brief History of Time The Stock Industry:
The "coming-of-age" moment for microstock photographers arrived when the market leader announced a dramatic reduction in contributor revenue sharing, with the ironic flourish of citing "the success of the model" as the reason for the changes. Thousands of contributors felt betrayed, flooding the contributor forum with expletives and threats. It was a wake-up call that the party was over, and that they are just as vulnerable to the desire of the distributors to increase profits at their expense.
Despite proof to the contrary, some full-time professionals still believe they are entitled to be primary image providers. It is time to stop the blame game and re-focus on the challenge – how to earn a living by making pictures. Photographers can no longer afford to hang out a shingle with the moniker "good photography at a reasonable price". The differentiators for success are as follows: highly distinctive imagery reflecting a clear and compelling aesthetic vision, marketing savvy, sharp business skills, adaptability and persistence. Today’s professional photographer must deliver nothing less.
Betsy Reid in Stockpiling trouble: How stock industry ate itself? on BJP.