News From ImageBrief.com; Who Shot ThePhotographer?
Industry Forces That Could Spell The Extinction Of TheProfessional PhotographerWith The Reduction of Barriers to Entry, CopyrightInfringement, And Stock Libraries Paying As Low As 20%,Photography Professionals Are Looking Elsewhere ForTheir Income
NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Being a professional photographer in 2013 is not what it used to be. With easy access to professional cameras causing a major reduction to barrier of entry in theindustry, rampant online copyright infringement and stock libraries paying out as little as 20 percent commissions, many photography professionals are looking elsewhere for their income.According to newfindings from
the world's first image-request platform using crowdsourcing, as technology has advanced inrecent years high-quality digital cameras are allowing more and moreenthusiasts to become 'pro-sumers' thereby flooding the market withcompetition. There are over 7 million photo enthusiasts in the US and atleast 85% of households own a digital camera. The competition for selling images has become more intense, with hundreds of millions of images in stock libraries and growing. With one-third of the photographers in the US turning to these libraries as a primary source of income the need for these resources to pay them for their work isinstrumental to keeping the photographers in business.