Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:22AM
"I think you would need a separate site to make it clear that those photos are for editorial use ONLY."
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:17AM
I like the fact that Istockphoto is geared towards designers, it is a clear positioning. For travel pictures, or journalistic pictures we need to find other channels, with a different buyer community. I have no principal issue there. Just a tough challenge to find a site that is suitable for the 'other' picture categories..
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:45AM
Yes, I think you are right. A seperate site is needed. I hope that it is istock that does it though.
I wish I understood "editorial." I am not sure that I repeating Diane's thread because I don't think that i am talking about "editoral."
I am thinking particularly about the bloggers market. I have a blog and I would like to put photos on it. They could easily be about the same definition as the detailed thumbnails here at istock. Also the educators market. There are a lot of photos that I would like to use in my (Japanese culture related) lectures.
For this sort of market, I am not only thinking of news but of the weird, interesting, and particular. Not only newsworthy events but, say, I have looks for photos of all sorts of things that I can not find. E.g. a Japanese railway employee pointing at the safety related things in his job (this is a standard safety measure in Japan), or mugshots of asians, or japanese pointing to their noses to mean "me," or the japanese gesture for money (dangerously like the 'w**ker' symbol in the uk), all of which could be in low resolution, but they are not here. I see that my particular needs are very specific.
Perhaps the problem with a "interesting photo" site would be that there are too many possible "weird" things that depend upon the subjective requirements of the searcher. So a site like istock has to concentrate on "good stock" (for designers)? Otherwise the inspectors would be innudated?
I would like to be able to access a mammoth directory of every image under the sun? Perhaps google images is the way to go but then one cannot use the image legally.
I love istock by the way.
Posted Thu Jan 20, 2005 8:02AM
There is a huge market for editorial photos and there are not the restrictions on model releases for faces that there are for advertising and promotional material. Features editors are constantly in need of stuff to tie in with articles. But I think it would probably have to be a sister site and it would have to be marketed to editors (which shouldn't be too difficult). You could also offer a dual payment option - full access monthly subscription or pay-per-photo.