Corbis: Does this look like a career path?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Frank ess, May 11, 2007.

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    Frank ess Guest

    Should a young photographer consider this kind of work as a potential
    career? How good do you have to be to have your stuff here? Or is it
    another Who-you-know deal?

    How about Corbis in general? What kind of background does one need, to
    get some work listed there?

    Corbis Reinvents Accessibility to Celebrity Photography With Launch of
    Frank ess, May 11, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Sounds like their angle is low cost (low earnings) royalty free, etc.
    Paul Furman, May 11, 2007
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    j. fabian Guest

    Corbis is a stock house in the business of selling rights to
    photographs, like all other stock houses. They don't care who you are
    (unless you are really really famous), who you know, or what your
    background is. If they think they can sell your photos they will sign a
    contract with you. If they don't think they can make a profit, they
    won't bother with you.

    That being said all stock houses have their own procedures for portfolio
    review. Contact them if you think you want to do business with them.

    j f
    j. fabian, May 11, 2007
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    Frank ess Guest

    Seems like good information for any young photographers out there.
    Thank you.
    Frank ess, May 11, 2007
  5. Should a young photographer consider [shooting stock for
    Corbis, and stock in general, isn't a career. Photography
    can be a career but if you plan to make a decent living out
    of it, and you aren't a Capa or Adams or Cartier-Bresson, then
    going to RIT, Brooks, Art Center College of Design, etc. would
    be the best way. Though people do make a good living with weddings
    and portraits.

    Corbis is a big and well respected stock house. When you read
    a magazine look at the credits for the pictures, it will give
    an idea of who the big stock agencies are and who buys from them.

    Go the to the Corbis site and browse their offerings. See if
    your stuff will stand out, fit in, or get lost.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, May 11, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Someone once put the stock photo business to the 35mm group thusly: if your
    photos are truly saleable (not necessarily outstanding, mind you), consider
    that you can expect a buck a year on average per photo. Thus, if you need
    $40K a year from your stock biz, you need 40,000 saleable photos.
    Matt Clara, May 11, 2007
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    Annika1980 Guest

    I don't buy those numbers, but even if true that's just a good weekend
    with the 20D!
    Annika1980, May 12, 2007
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    PossumTrot Guest

    FYI, If I'm not mistaken Corbis is personally owned by Bill Gates, i.e., not
    a division of Micro$oft.
    PossumTrot, May 12, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    You too, with you know who! :)
    ASAAR, May 12, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Frankly, I don't buy those numbers, either. Still, even if it's a quarter
    of that, or one eighth that, point made.
    Matt Clara, May 12, 2007
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    Nervous Nick Guest


    Good lord.
    Nervous Nick, May 12, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    **** you, Nick: PLONK
    Matt Clara, May 12, 2007
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    Nervous Nick Guest

    Awww! Did I hurt his widdle feewings by pointing out an egregious
    grammatical blunder?
    Nervous Nick, May 12, 2007
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    JennyC Guest

    JennyC, May 12, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Good lord, no! But your stupidity invited a cruditity (mow).
    Several authorities would educate you thusly :

    and the University of Maryland broke it down with a quite lucid
    usage example that you may find edifying :

    ASAAR, May 12, 2007
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    Nervous Nick Guest

    Too funny:

    It appears to

    Nervous Nick, May 12, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Back at'cha! :)
    ASAAR, May 12, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I guess you guys should go tell all the university profs that, 'cause
    according to them, incorrect it is not.
    And what a little girl this nervous nick is, lol.
    Matt Clara, May 12, 2007
  19. Shouldn't that be, "Fucketh thee", and "I plonkith"?
    William Graham, May 13, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Your conclusion it a bit off. The definition I quoted indicated
    that while many considered "thusly" to be incorrect usage, it has
    "gained some currency in educated usage". I also provided from
    another source a text sample where the usage of "thusly" is perhaps
    its only saving grace. :) If that's not enough to determine where
    I stand on the issue, I rather like the word, and saying it seems
    particularly appropriate when said by a magician as wand is waved
    with a flourish and the audience's eyes bulge and jaws drop. :)

    More, more, more: I also don't care what university professors
    think. If they abhor a word, I'll still use it when appropriate.
    Sometimes I'll use words that they've never had chances to form
    opinions, uh, on. Revealing an example from my earlier reply is
    "cruditity (mow)", where 'mow' indicates 'my own word'. I'll
    leave it to the faithful reader to fathom its definition if it
    wasn't already obvious. :)
    ASAAR, May 13, 2007
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