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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wanna Get Rich in Stock Photography?

Think again, says Ken Rockwell.

Posted by: OREN GRAD


Blogger Bill Stormont said...

"Getty sells the good stock photos."

I view all-encompassing statements like this, and those who make them, with a touch of suspicion, like the guy who once told me there was no place for intuition in photography. Many photographers, including myself, continue to make money the old fashioned way: through regular contributions to agencies who sell rights-managed usages to their clients. There are many varieties of soup.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

A woman I know offered me $500 to replace a picture that her agency was going to end up dropping $4000 on from a stock agency. It was a picture of a bunch of joggers legs. Nothing fancy, but it would have been a lot of work to pull off.

Anyway, it was the middle of the winter, I had no idea how to pull it together, so I passed on it.

There's a lot of junk on

Can I say that I think it's odd that Ken Rockwell reviews equipment that he's never actually laid his hands on? I've read him admitting that on a number of scanner reviews. Um...just have to say, that's kinda wack.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Mike Sisk said...

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Ken Rockwells comments be taken seriously when he admits that he has never submitted images to a stock agency or in any way tried doing stock photography.

I think your blog is great and have become a regular reader.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Hiding Pup said...

...I'm not sure I believe everything he says about Nikon gear either...

8:36 PM  
Blogger Dean Tomasula said...

If you consider stock, as Ken Rockwell does, as only RF from microstock agencies, then he is correct. You can't make money with the iStocks of the world. But rights managed images are a different thing altogether. There are a lot of stock shooters making money with RM.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Photo-essayist said...

It might have been ten years ago, maybe more, when I heard Michael Cowpland--founder of Corel Corp. (CorelDRAW, WordPerfect)--moaning on CBC Radio about how outrageous it was that photographers could make hundreds(!), thousands(!) of dollars from a single image. Then he gave the first description I ever heard of royalty-free stock photography. Of course, if RF could made HIM millions, I suppose that was okay.

5:10 PM  
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