Largest Stock Photo Agency in the World
is the Biggest?
et al. These agencies do a great job serving up generic and standard
pictures, but for real-life specific action and location images, buyers
know to go to this other “agency.” While the familiar large stock agencies
have been laboring to keyword their images for access to Internet searches,
they’re woefully behind the precision and extensive nature of the keywording
being done by many independent photographers.
Did you know
you are a member of the largest stock photo agency in the world? Photobuyers
have quickly learned to check this “agency” out first – before turning
to any other stock photo agency.
seek a specific-content, hard-to-find image, they know not to turn
to Getty, Corbis,
Jupiter, et al have not been keeping up. And none of them is the largest
stock agency in the world. They represent only a small fraction of the
number of stock photos that reside in the files of the Internet’s worldwide
database of photographers.
The largest stock
agency is the Internet + Search Engines + You. Increasing numbers of
photobuyers are finding out they can easily locate the source of the
exact photo they need by simply using a search engine such as Google,
and typing in several specific words describing the photo they need.
THE GOOGLE EXPERIENCE
You’ve no doubt
experienced it: “the Google Experience.” You needed to know the name
of the village where Michaelangelo was born, or the name of his father.
You typed your question into the Google search bar and your answer
was available to you in seconds.
A text search
on the Internet for photos is no different. If you were a photobuyer
researching the making
of violins in Italy, you would have found that Cremona is famous for
its violins. But you need an aerial view. Your search request on Google
or Yahoo would read like this: Cremona Italy violin aerial. Presto,
the name of a photographer (or photographers) who has this photo comes
up. Try it.
How large is
this Internet directory of photographs? You be the judge. Estimate
how many individual photographers now have digitized and labeled their
collections and presently make them available to photobuyers via the
Internet. If your calculations are similar to mine, you’ll figure
there are presently at least 450 million images search-available on
the Internet. By the year 2010 there will be three times that number.
Getty, Corbis, and Jupiter can never catch up.
use Google Images as a source for images? No, they don’t. The Google
Images system directs them only to sub par images, that also often
present complicated copyright issues. More and more buyers know instead
to use the “text” option of the Google search bar, and type in their
photo-need description, to locate quality stock photos that offer
ease of transaction.
Engh, veteran stock photographer and best-selling
author of “Sell & ReSell Your Photos” and “sellphotos.com,” has helped
scores of photographers launch their careers. For access to great
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