19 Oct 2007 PhotoPlus Report
Today was the first day of the PDN‘s PhotoPlus Expo in New York. It was also the day of the panel in which I participated. For me, it was an enjoyable and educational experience. There was a good range of questions from the audience, which focussed mainly on the future, licensing and pricing.
I’d prepared a presentation which covered the topic, Microstock Past, Present, Future. It detailed launch dates of the microstock agencies where I contribute including the more interesting aspects of each agency. The ‘present’ component looked at the recent movement in pricing with microstock opportunities to sell at higher prices and the controversial drop in prices of some Getty Images and Corbis collections. I covered the ‘future’ component by talking about the changing models that are emerging and pointing out some of the companies entering the space who showed promise of being part of the future of selling photos.
The highlight of the entire adventure has been the people I’ve met. Many photographers approached me after the presentation, both microstock contributors and macrostock contributors. I gained new perspectives of the changes in the industry and everyone had something to say about the influence of microstock on the photography market. It was also great to meet many of the people I’ve been writing about, and some that I hadn’t expected to meet. I’m putting together a dedicated post to provide more details.
I spent the afternoon in the StockXpert stand with Steve Kapsinow speaking to exhibition visitors. It’s been extremely educational speaking to so many photographers and industry people. I have a long list of post topics to cover and a greater understanding of the market.
There’s still two more days of the exhibition and I’ll be taking a good look around, speaking to the exhibitors, continuing my learning and meeting more people.