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Monday, December 15th, 2008

For those of your unfamiliar, is a website for graphic designers and others looking for low cost stock photography to use for advertisements, web banners, book and magazine covers… all kinds of projects needing photography as one of it’s elements.  Historically, stock photography was expensive, but with the advent of the internet, a new distribution channel was opened up for stock photographers making it more convenient, and less costly to gain an audience for their photos.  istockphoto was the first entry into what is now called the microstock industry and basically created a new business model for stock.  Lower cost, greater access, and more selection are the hallmarks of this new industry while giving a foothold for advanced amateurs and new professionals to gain market share.  I started with istock as a test to see if my work had any real commercial value.  Besides, my photos were just sitting on my computer otherwise and I wanted to share a bit.  So I joined and hoped for the best.  My photography interest and skills have grown along with my portfolio there and I am grateful for the opportunity my association with that company has presented.  One of the downsides of the royalty-free microstock  model is that there is no requirement for people who purchase your photo to share their final product using it.  So, it’s not uncommon to happen upon one of your photos in use and it’s a complete and usually pleasant surprise.  I’ll be sharing some of the uses I find of my photos here.  Here’s the first… a book cover using one of my photos from the Chincoteague/Assateague wild horses.  I was so happy when I found it, I bought a copy or two of the book to share with friends and family who were always supportive of my photography.

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