I had a window open on my computer for the past few days about an article over at Black Star Rising that analyzes What It Costs to Produce a Simple Photo of a Cornfield. Finally got around to reading it tonight! Based on some of the stock photography discussion that have been going around lately, I found Jim Pickerell’s comments in this article very timely.
His analysis at the end of the mushrooming stock imaging world is dead on. It really has to make one think about how fast the supply is out pacing the demand. If you do any sort of dedicated stock shooting, have you ever calculated your hourly rate (as described in the last paragraph)? Still considering quiting your day job?
It also makes you wonder “what is my stock licensing house doing to actively drive business to my images?”