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Mystery #1 I admit, I like to pick on iStockphoto, the pioneering company behind the high volume/low cost microstock model of media licensing. There’s nothing wrong with microstock. After all, the thriving web-based market for cheap images is a ripe opportunity. But buyers get what they pay for, and they should be aware that a…

Photoshelter Collection Closes

My favorite upstart stock photography business, the Photoshelter Collection, has decided that their experiment was not successful enough to continue.   This is a shame.  The quality of imagery at Photoshelter is competitive with the industry giants, yet they treated photographers more fairly than the traditional agencies and used a more democratic, more merit-based criteria to…

The rise of microstock photography has many established photographers wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth over how microstock companies are destroying the business. What is microstock? It is a relatively new internet-based business model that licenses existing images for scandalously low prices. Traditionally, images are licensed through highly selective stock agencies for amounts in…