Steve made a post that I wanted to and add my voice to.
Yes, ClusterShot.com is a harebrained dot com idea but we did build it for a reason.
In November of 2006 I received an email from Bradt Travel Guides. They had found a photo of a condor in my gallery and wanted to use it for the cover of a new guidebook on Peruvian Wildlife. They offered a price, I countered, they offered the same price, I accepted. Now my photo is on a book. It’s on a real book in the real world. Cool.
After selling the photo I thought – hey, maybe I could sell other photos! The obvious place to do this was on stock photography websites. I tried out some of the leading ones. Most rejected the photos I submitted. One popular stock site actually called the photo that I had already sold as “unsellable”. That was funny.
So this, Steve’s story, and a few others around the office got us thinking. What gives the editors of stock photo sites the right to be policing the marketplace? Shouldn’t the buyers decide what suits their needs? Shouldn’t any photo a photographer wants to sell be able to be placed for sale? As we found out, the photo you least suspect could very well be the perfect photo for someone. This was the beginning of ClusterShot.
We’re hoping that ClusterShot will become a little bit like Ebay. Some will use it to run their serious photography business. Others, like me, will put all of their mediocre photos on it and maybe sell enough for a meal now and then.