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With lots of doom and gloom around in the market maybe a glimmer of hope.

 

Yesterday I found myself on a big blue jet coming home to some decent cheese (hurrah for cheese!) from a trip to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Quite a few striking things on that trip. But one which may hold hope for the future. Whilst a number of years ago it seemed that everyone one met was a photographer... now, the only photographer I met was the lady who rented me a room in Lima.

 

SLR's? I saw a couple... but very few and far between. That may be camera snobbery on my part... and I know that some agents do accept images taken on a telephone... but only a few. And it seemed like the vast majority were taking photos on their phones.

 

There is also the fact that price developments have made many professionals risk averse in making such investments. But could it be that a large part of our competition has ebbed away? And whilst the images which they took before are still on the shelves ... the world still turns and those images become dated.

 

Or maybe I am just kidding myself to justify my risk.

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I lived myself for twenty years in the Netherlands.

 

If you talk about the real Dutch Gouda then i understand your happiness. Missing this in Poland.

 

Mirco

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Richard,

 

I have wondered the same and wrote about it somewhere. I noticed the trend a couple of years ago at a British Superbike round at Brands Hatch. There were not so many "serious" cameras in the crowd, people were taking pictures of the racing with phones. Same at tourist destinations, like St Emilion in France last summer.

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Unfortunately or fortunately (whichever way you look at it) I suffer from Benign Tremor Syndrome in my hands which means my hands tremble all the time (thank gawd for Canons IS system!). This translates to me not being able to use a phone for photography as every image is blurred! Although I have seen some fabulous creative images from phones I personally will remain with my bulky, heavy DSLR. (At least it's weight helps to steady my hands!!) Having said that, good luck to anyone who can utilize the advancing technology in phones for image making.

Regards Davey :)

 

Oh! Blue Stilton for me!!!!

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Mirco, I love Gouda cheese (like many other kinds) in PL. Do you want to tell me it's worse than it should be? :(

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Mr Funkyworm. I truly hope you're right <_<. Unfortunately, the amount of pictures added daily have risen enormously (15,000/day a few years ago and now ........ a whopping 65,000/day :wacko: ). I can only hope that Alamy would start to cull the rubbish on their site and select newcomers also on content. Adding no matter what is just punishing the true, loyal, long-lasting contributors who take stock photography serious.

 

B.t.w. how come so many people like cheese? How on earth can you put something in your mouth that stinks like smelly, sweaty feet? Bah! Yikes! :blink:

@ Davey Towers: "Blue Stilton"???? Had to look that one up....................................... I gonna be sick :wacko: Just by looking at it. Oh, the horror! :o

 

Cheers,

Philippe  :P

 

Philippe, it tastes better than it looks! And.......all the blue bits help to ward off nasties!! :blink:

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Mirco, I love Gouda cheese (like many other kinds) in PL. Do you want to tell me it's worse than it should be? :(

 

Arletta,

 

Dont take me wrong. I love Polish food. All their variation and tastes are for me overhelming. I only talk about the Gouda cheese.

 

I can tell you that the Polish "Gouda cheese" is a totally different thing and is not even to compare. If you try the REAL Dutch you know what i mean. Its like you would eat Spanish Golabki made with lettuce leaves and octopus filling :).

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Mr Funkyworm. I truly hope you're right <_<. Unfortunately, the amount of pictures added daily have risen enormously (15,000/day a few years ago and now ........ a whopping 65,000/day :wacko: ). I can only hope that Alamy would start to cull the rubbish on their site and select newcomers also on content. Adding no matter what is just punishing the true, loyal, long-lasting contributors who take stock photography serious.

 

B.t.w. how come so many people like cheese? How on earth can you put something in your mouth that stinks like smelly, sweaty feet? Bah! Yikes! :blink:

@ Davey Towers: "Blue Stilton"???? Had to look that one up....................................... I gonna be sick :wacko: Just by looking at it. Oh, the horror! :o

 

Cheers,

Philippe  :P

 

Blue Stilton isn't called "The Queen of Cheeses" for nothing!

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Hope for the future....... the cheese.

 

Alamy .... can we create an extra area where we can discuss all the kind of cheeses?

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I'd like to think you're right about hope for the future, funkyworm.
And by the way, my favorite cheese is from north of you in Friesland: Cantenaar.

 

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I can´t say that for sure about DSLR´s funkyworm, but for sure about point and shoots, they are dying.

So, average photographers now use smartphones instead of the point and shoots.

And, even though, the quality of the smartphones upgraded a lot, they still lack optical zooms and are mainly focused on producing a quality image to see on the small screeen of the smartphone (well, in some cases, not so small... ipads, 6plusses, etc.).

Does this means less competition? Sorry, not sure about that.

I have some friends who abandoned their SLRs for Smartphones, but, honestly, they were never competition at all! They didnt even learned how to properly use their SLRs,!

And now are taking some decent memories in their smartphones, but I dont see them uploading, keywording and selling images here, they were never competition.

But, on the other hand, they consume images more, because they like it more.

So, I see hope, but on the expanding market, not on the shrinking competition.

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Don't forget that a fair number of photographers, including me, have switched to small mirrorless camera systems and don't carry around bulky SLRs any longer -- i.e. looks might be deceiving.

 

That said, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that a lot of travel photographers have switched to other types of photography since the market is now saturated with traditional travel images.

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> not being able to use a phone for photography as every image is blurred

Mate, have ya tried holding with 2 hands? Shake #1 cancels shake #2????

Works when balancing very full cup of tea or coffee...rock steady, it is...

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I was in Ecuador back in 2006, and I saw very few photographers, even in touristy places like Old Quito and Otavalo. However, there certainly isn't any shortage of Ecuador travel images out there.

 

BTW, I loved Ecuador. Welcoming people and a beautiful place. Very economical to travel in as well.

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Don't forget that a fair number of photographers, including me, have switched to small mirrorless camera systems and don't carry around bulky SLRs any longer -- i.e. looks might be deceiving.

 

I agree. It seems even Nikon likes Fuji X cameras...

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/16/11244032/nikon-advert-fujifilm-camera

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Admittedly I didn't keep an eye out for the smaller mirrorless models. But even then it was most striking that the most popular camera was a telephone. And do they really produce the quality needed for the specialists? With potential crowd sourcing agencies dwindling many agencies are getting pickier (at least thats my experiance - since the thread on the future of crowd sourcing in the industry another of my agencies has decided to prune its contributor base.)

The 65k images per day mentioned by Arterra is ...well ... I have no doubt it is correct, but its a headline figure which can mean a lot or nothing. If half of those images are of the collegiate sports in the USA that half is only really important to our businesses if we are also producing the same kind of imagery. As an aside I really think there is too much emphasis placed on quantity. I could have 45K+ images here but it did me more harm than good.

Also may be of interest on the budget side of the trip... my average daily spend was €22,40. That excludes flight there and food, (which I tend to eat at home as well...I stayed in much accomodation where I could use a kitchen), but does include some trips like parapenting in Medellin. Although I wasn;t exactly staying in top of the range hotels, I wasn;t taking the cheapest options neither. Local transport.

John, Ecuador was nice, but does have its challenges when it comes to crime. My welcome to Quito was a shooting.

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Admittedly I didn't keep an eye out for the smaller mirrorless models. But even then it was most striking that the most popular camera was a telephone. And do they really produce the quality needed for the specialists? With potential crowd sourcing agencies dwindling many agencies are getting pickier (at least thats my experiance - since the thread on the future of crowd sourcing in the industry another of my agencies has decided to prune its contributor base.)

The 65k images per day mentioned by Arterra is ...well ... I have no doubt it is correct, but its a headline figure which can mean a lot or nothing. If half of those images are of the collegiate sports in the USA that half is only really important to our businesses if we are also producing the same kind of imagery. As an aside I really think there is too much emphasis placed on quantity. I could have 45K+ images here but it did me more harm than good.

Also may be of interest on the budget side of the trip... my average daily spend was €22,40. That excludes flight there and food, (which I tend to eat at home as well...I stayed in much accomodation where I could use a kitchen), but does include some trips like parapenting in Medellin. Although I wasn;t exactly staying in top of the range hotels, I wasn;t taking the cheapest options neither. Local transport.

John, Ecuador was nice, but does have its challenges when it comes to crime. My welcome to Quito was a shooting.

 

Shootings are always disconcerting, but they happen everywhere, unfortunately. The only trouble I had in Ecuador was finding someone with change. No one had any -- taxi drivers, restaurants, hotels, etc. It seems there aren't enough of those mighty US dollars in circulation. Perhaps Ecuadorians should have stuck with their own currency. One of the great things about Latin America is that it's still possible to travel comfortably on a limited budget, which is now virtually impossible in most northern countries. Hopefully you came back with some sellers. A few of my Ecuador images continue to do quite well on Alamy.

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