Is the end of microstock near?
Agencies database are getting bigger and bigger to compete with each other, if you slow down or do not upload for a while your picture portfolio will be diluted among millions more pictures and you will have fewer and fewer downloads
the price per download due to subscription and competition is going down and down and more serious photographers find it increasingly difficult to survive.
many photographs are given free by agencies to attract clients others are stolen for lack of proper control,
and I could go on and on.
What to do?
Is there anything that can be done? Probably there is.
Clear all agency database of rubbish pictures which do not sell in a year they must be millions,
Introduce a very high quality control for the incoming uploads to make a stronger reputation,
rise price to give better value to photographers for their hard work and allow them to invest in better equipment.
Is this too utopistic? I do not think so. In any case doing nothing will surely be much worse.
Photo credits: Luis2007.