Is the free section killing the market?

posted on 10th of august, 2010

For over a year I am a contributor to DT and after that year, I did put some pictures in the free section that were not even looked at. To my surprise these images are now the best downloaded ones of my portfolio.

There are more than 97.000 photographers active on DT alone. If every one of them has 10 pictures in the free section, well you can do the mathematics. That is 970.000 free photo's! I am sure there will be a usefull one for every designer. I have 4 pictures in the free section, but I won't put anymore into it!

This free photo for instant is downloaded more than 20 times in only two weeks. Some people say that the sales will go up if you have pictures in the free section, but I have my doubts.

Royalty free, nine views, zero downloads....

Have a nice day!


Comments (13)

Posted by Fultonsphoto on August 12, 2010
Sadly the proof is in the pudding and the short answer is yes. This image 1838402 which is on offer for free has 408 downloads, while this image
 Male Lion 
which is of higher quality only has 54 downloads (which is quite good for RF image of a lion) but could have more if not having to compete with free images. Just my opinion I guess, no disrespect for the author of the free image.
Posted by Thanatonautii on August 11, 2010
I try to get one of my photos for he free section for almost one year now, but I have no luck so far :( I don`t agree with you people! There are somewhere around 90.000 free pictures, that means 1 picture for photographer! I won`t mind giving up some of my pictures, I don`t think I am so much of an artist! And maybe there are some poor people who can do a lot with one of these free pictures!
So, think it over! :)
Posted by Meryll on August 11, 2010
Lets cancel the free section ;-)
Posted by Mani33 on August 11, 2010
I have my answer(s) on the next blog! Cheers!
Posted by Theblackrhino on August 10, 2010
I suggest that free photos are more effective as a reward for loyal customers. If someone pays for a subscription, they should get their choice of a free image from the free section. Moreover, if they buy multiple images from the same artist, that artist can "sign off" on a free one for that loyal buyer.
Posted by Kixalot on August 10, 2010
There are many folks out there who love the idea of "something for nothing." I think it was Thomas Paine who said, "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value."
Posted by Luizrocha on August 10, 2010
I mean it`s not like the regular downloads are very expensive :)

It's true that WE don't get much money out of them, but paying something (as low as it may be) for a photo is very different than getting them for free.
Posted by Heywoody on August 10, 2010
I mean it's not like the regular downloads are very expensive :)
Posted by Luissantos84 on August 10, 2010
Posted by Luizrocha on August 10, 2010
I agree, and have no photos in the free section either for the same reason. I don't think uploading free photos raises your paid downloads, actually I think the opposite happens: if you put your "bad" photos in the free section many website designers for example will settle for a low-quality photo if it's free and won't buy your better photos because you have free ones available.
Posted by Egomezta on August 10, 2010
I don't have images in the free section for that reason. I agree with you.
Posted by Luis2007 on August 10, 2010
Well done, I agree with you
Posted by Cristalloid on August 10, 2010
well... I think you are right... I have another reason not filling up the reservoir of free images with some of mine: I do not want any of my images to be used by EVERYONE for less than nothing...

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