I was recently browsing a stock photography website (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) and I was saw something that REALLY bothered me. I was perusing the Lifestyle section and searched for “golf”. The images that showed up shocked me (not in a good way).
The images were decent, but not what you see in a lot of advertisements. Maybe that’s the whole problem with microstock in and of itself. The low prices drive down the quality of images. Maybe, maybe not; but I think that’s the case.
But at the same time, I would think that the microstock companies would really scrutinize images and select only the best. Maybe their editors are slipping a little.
As a photographer who has submitted to a couple of agencies (including the one above), I’ve found that photographers get vague feedback about why their images weren’t selected. That makes it hard for us to improve and/or provide images that microstock agencies feel their clients want to purchase. And that’s really the bottom line here. Agencies are going to select images that they think will be bought.
Have you had any experience with microstock? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below.
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