There is an ongoing discussion amongst photographers which I just happened to see at three places within a week. So here is my take on the repeating question: How much do you pay your models? And what do you do if a model asks for more?
Hand holding a bunch of cash
Why I won’t/can’t pay more money
I just started working with models more regularly (besides family, kids and friends), and usually I pay 20-25 Euros per hour (which is about double than e.g. a typical pay-per-hour job in Berlin pays). Continue Reading →
October 22, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf 2 Comments
Closeup to the new watermark in Shutterstock’s preview
Shutterstock has just renewed their site and added a preview feature for customers that allows viewing a larger version of an image before downloading. Unfortunately the watermarking has some issues that need to be addressed quickly as in its current stage would allow using of images in rather large sizes with almost no protection at all.
Introduction of new preview was needed
Until this week, Shutterstock had a very, very small thumbnail version of our images available for customers. There was no easy way to check if an image is in focus where it would be expected or if a detail in the image is what a customer is looking for. Continue Reading →
October 21, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf Comments Off on The Mobile Stock experiment continued
Two weeks ago, I decided to test the waters in “mobile stock”. What I call “mobile stock” is any kind of image licensing platforms that are mainly supplied through apps on my iPhone (or Android phones, of course). So let us take a look at the platforms that are available, and how they differ in their offerings.
The “traditional” agencies, micro and macro
After Fotolia having been the first mover, the other microstock agencies followed quickly with their own approaches to sourcing images through mobile devices Continue Reading →
October 19, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf Comments Off on Adobe Stock and Yuri Arcurs’ review
As you might have seen, Yuri Arcurs has written a review on Adobe Stock. Yuri certainly was one of the microstock super stars for a couple of years. When he decided to remove his images from most microstock sites and go exclusive with iStock/Getty Images, many people were surprised – me included.
I did understand his reasoning, though, just not the conclusion he drew. With his new “review” again, I understand some of the points he is making. Though I find it odd to see his conclusion after he found maybe hundred or more agencies worth his time within the last decade. Continue Reading →
October 13, 2015
by Michael Jay Fotograf 3 Comments
For maybe a bit more than two years, mobile sourcing of images for licensing to commercial and editorial customers has become a bigger topic. It’s hard to say where things started to get serious but when Continue Reading →