Popular Post Richard Tadman Posted October 13, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted October 13, 2021 I joined Alamy as a very novice photographer many years ago. I learned a lot from looking at accomplished 'snappers' efforts, comments and results. Gradually I like to think I made good progress and most importantly, I enjoyed it. I was never going to prosper or remotely make this a profession or generate an acceptable income stream, but the camaraderie and tips and variety of exchanges and shared exchanges made it an enjoyable experience. Recently the spark has disappeared. The inexorable whittling away of the commission for the real providers of the source material is disappointing. The market cannot be wrong and I understand that, but my gripe is that while as contributors we continually take the brunt of the financial hit, the agents, Alamy/ PA and others are suffering far less and arguably not at all as the volume of images continues to flood the market. I do wonder whether the wheelers & dealers who reap all the financial benefits have any concept of the hours of time, effort and expense that contributors incur in travel, equipment, accessories, skill and expertise to provide very high quality images (for the most part). However, life moves on and markets change. I suppose I just hanker for a return to the good times, which inevitably have been and gone. I haven't bailed out yet as profit was never the motive, but there is only so much oppression and dismissive attitudes that one can endure. For me it's a hobby, but when I can generate more income from selling pictures in the local coffee shop, the writing is on the wall. 12 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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