This is my first blog post but hopefully not the last.
I’ve decided to progress towards exclusivity with Dreamtime. This is after experimenting with several Microstock agencies for the past few months. Why, you might ask?
I really don’t want to move into the factory produced type of images. I know that this type of image will sell more consistently. But for me it’s more than turning a dollar, quid, or whatever. My photographic interests are landscapes, architectural and travel photography. And herein lies my dilemma.
Many of the most engaging images in my area of interest can’t help but have either people or intellectual property issues. Dreamstime seems a bit more realistic in this regard, particularly it seems with editorial images....
I have to agree with you Gmargitti, although I have no real basis for thinking so. But it seems to me that there must be a need for images that can be sold into the editorial market, and that do not necessarily relate to important, contemporary events. Millions of images are used every week in a non-commercial sense - travel articles, industry publications, text books, newspapers etc. It seems to me that all we are saying by restricting to editorial use is that it must be used in a non-commercial direct sense to illustrate factual content, and that the image must not be manipulated (except for normal process fixes - exposure, contrast etc). So, editorial images may remain useful for years. Many other agencies require that an editorial image relate to a recent and important "event". I think Dreamstime's more reasonable approach may do them well for the future. The example you provide Gmargitti, is an excellent illustration of this.
A few weeks ago my better half and I were on a cruise through Asia on a ship that had seen better days. It was only 18 years old, but in cruise ship terms that is about the end of its life. Now, these are big machines and sometimes, just sometimes, things break. On this particular cruise, a refrigeration problem meant the butter went stale, a main propulsion motor broke, cabin toilets in a part of the ship broke and some of the excursions were not particularly well organised.
We all know that when things don’t run smoothly tempers sometimes flare a tad, and incidents follow. But with over 2,000 passengers and crew on board the words “sometimes” and “a tad” probably don’t quite fit – “always” and “a lot” would be more accurate....
Never leave the house without earrings,clean underwear and lipstick. Never go anywhere without the camera permately attached to person. I joke and tell people I sleep with my camera. Really it happens to all of us.
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