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  •  That's an unavoidable part of this (2+ / 0-)
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    Goldfish, citisven

    It's a near certainty that this effort will reduce the market for existing freelance political photographers.  I don't think that's a project-killing fact, but I do think it should be acknowledged.

    •  it might also expand the market (3+ / 0-)
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      Goldfish, Predictor, kimoconnor

      since it'll be a great place for people trying to make a living with photography to showcase their work. But I hear you, it's just like so many other artistic fields that are rapidly changing. I've got quite a few friends who are professional photographers, and everyone is affected by what's happening with the spread of free content on the internet. Some are finding ways to use the shift and they're thriving, others are hurting. Ditto with writers, which is the genre I mostly find myself in. The spirit of this is definitely not to take away professional photographers' bread and butter but to provide a community resource that'll give photos that would otherwise be out there for free and with no restrictions a home. I'm hoping that it'll ultimately help those that want to sell their work more than it'll hurt, but if it turns out that that's not the case, I'd be the first one to advocate for a change in strategy.

      •  My read? It has a mixed effect (1+ / 0-)
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        Sui Juris

        On the one hand, it does drive down the price for freelance photos. On the other hand, the pro photographers hurt the most are those who never bothered or were never able to develop a unique artistic voice, and made their living on being able to master the purely technical skills required to successfully set an exposure and know when to fire the shutter.

        In this regard, it eliminates from the market a lot of hacks from the market place, allowing people have a unique photographic vision to really stand out.

        I think in the future, patronage and commission will become the primary source by which pro-photographers get paid, instead of going out and shooting stock on one's own initiative and then selling it to buyers.

        It'll be very rough for some people, but the change is inevitable.

        The Angries are back

        by Goldfish on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:55:44 PM PST

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