Your Camera, RF & RM
When I hit the stock concept on google, it wasn’t microstock. It was about RM (Rights Managed) Stock photography. I was a regular visitor to ****** , and used to admire the pictures and the creativity there. Its there I understood that photography whether digital or analog was more about post-processing than clicking the and when they gave me suggestions for photography I wanted to do, they were too skeptical about it. Saying the subjects are not stock oriented, and if they were, it was not the way I should be shooting it. I gave up. I decided, I will shoot my way, my angles, my composition and my subjects but not compromise on my creativity whether it sells or not.
I started on 3.2 MP and more than half of my sales still are of the pictures clicked on 3.2 MP camera. I decided to sell my analog SLR eventually to buy a CANON S3 IS as I could not afford an D-SLR. I started shooting on the new camera, and it has got its limitations as well. I Will buy a D-SLR soon, I think its right for too professional photographers to have interest in the pricing of RF and I think it works with this analysis.
Considering my online files and sales, I am selling good according to my expectations, might not be as good as others. Even if I buy a D-SLR, I will reserve much of the images for RM market. Why would I sell a 15MP image when the same kind of image at 6MP would sell at the same price? Or e.g. I would recommend microstock agencies to add a RM or SR-EL kind of exclusive section for such issues.
I think anyway microstock clients would never really make use of a 15MP image printed in the maximum printing size. So for a person downloading an image of that size at $2 and using it for his collection or brochure prints makes no sense. The clientèle is different for RF and RM and I think microstock agencies should start challenging RM industries with certain strategies like I mentioned about. Though I admit that I only know DT who is into SR-EL sales. The only change needed is submitting images for only SR-EL sale, without RF sale. Obviously the selection criteria for such images should be reserved by the admin.
Photo credits: Nikhil Gangavane.