The blog has been sans update for most of the month of June as I've been making a strong push to upload my portfolio to as many image agencies as possible since dropping my exclusive status at iStock. I've been busy, busy, BUSY with mountains of keywording, copying and pasting descriptions and re-editing photos after some of the weird rejections I've received. iStock accepts practically everything, regardless of whether it's sellable or not, but the other companies are a bit pickier in what they accept into their collections, and with good reason. As a buyer, who wants to wade through page after page of bad photos to find a decent one?
My main reason in giving up my status as an exclusive and becoming an independent artist is financial. Believe me, it's a lot easier to work with one agency instead of many. However, iStock has made so many changes over the last few years that have both confused buyers and repeatedly devalued our work. This has caused the sales and income of the artists to drop more and more to the point that it is no longer sustainable to be exclusive for most folks. IStock has made it abundantly clear that the best interests of their stockholders far outweigh those of their contributors and it's sad to see such a mass exodus from what was formerly a wonderful company to work with.
Thankfully however, we do have the option of leaving exclusivity, becoming independent, and spreading our portfolios far and wide to hopefully make a decent living again. And I can say for certain that my income has increased by doing this and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it continues to do so.
Should you be interested, my work can currently be found on four sites, each with a different pricing scheme to fit any image buyer's budget. Not every image is on every site, but there is a lot of crossover.
That being said, during my massive uploading to the various agencies I came across these 110 film shots I took with a tiny plastic Lomo fish eye camera during my travels across the American southwest. Included are shots from Goblin Valley, Glen Canyon, Natural Bridges, White Sands, Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Mono Lake. I plan on getting back to regular posting soon, so stay tuned for more!