Professional photographers coming into microstock - a threat?
The microstock world is continuing to change, almost daily. It wasn't long a go when images supplied where almost from amateurs or semi-professional photographers. Images were shooted with compact cameras and there were half a million images in a typical microstock agency.
Today, all that is changed dramatically. For the better. I means, now images are of excellent quality and shooted with SLR camera. Archives of images in microstock agencies are in the order of millions and contributors too are hundred of thousands.
The last evolution of our world is that professional photographers from the once 'snob' world of macro stock, are coming... and the effect of this is seen.
Many feel threatened, because professional studios can submit from 500 to 1000 images monthly (the entire portfolio of an average experienced microstocker) and this 'flood' of images is killing revenues per image of many photographers, because they cannot compete with such a quality/quantity production of pictures.
I don't think the professionals coming into microstock is a negative thing. They can bring knowledge (and you can learn from them), competition (and you are stimulated to produce better images) and quality (and you must upgrade your gear, maybe...)