Monday, June 29, 2009

Yuri Arcurs: Mr. Microstock

Do you dabble in stock photography? Maybe, say, a little microstock photography?

If you do, this is the guy you are up against.

To say Yuri Arcurs has the game figured out would be a bit of an understatement. He sells nearly 2,000 images a day, 24/7/365.

Hit the jump for a video tour of his insane, made-for-micro studio, and a look at his lighting techniques.
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Made for Micro

I have to admit that when I first started watching this I thought it was one of those parody videos. But then I realized that Yuri (a nom de photo used by Jacob Wackerhausen) has basically beaten the microstock equivalent of the Kobayashi Maru by creating an entire facility based around the needs of microstock.

Insanity? Genius? Maybe a little bit of both:




(If you are reading this via email or RSS, you may have to click on the post title to see the vids.)

This being a lighting blog we are not gonna let you out the door without at least a little lighting tute. Yuri has everything down to a science, and his lighting reflects a quest for repeatable, predictable quality -- designed to make those warm, happy photos that make a microstock purchaser dig deep down into the couch cushions and cough up 40 cents to seal the deal. Over and over again.

(The lighting info starts at the 2:56 mark.)




You can see more about Yuri at his website, and you can also follow him on Twitter.
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[UPDATE, via Anders C., in the comments:]

For those who wonder about his studio: Back in January a Danish photography magazine arranged an interview with Yuri in his daylight studio (as opposed to his business office).

After driving around for a while the journalist had to call Yuri and tell him that he simply couldn't find the studio in the area where it was supposed to be - all he could find was a lot of very large, industrial greenhouses outside the city. After a few seconds with Yuri on the phone, one of these large greenhouses started flashing!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you create a bloody large daylight studio: An industrial greenhouse combined with loads and loads of white, semi-translucent material.



Indeed.


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69 Comments:

Blogger Robert said...

Oh my god, he has the most amazing studio. I would kill for just one tenth of that!

I also love the fact that he has a composite bow in his props cupboard - how random!

June 29, 2009 8:23 PM  
Blogger Ramón said...

This is completelly out of my reality. This is a large company, big money bussines. Anyway, the videos are good, at show a different reallity (at least to me).

June 29, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous mizz maze said...

Wow. Thanks for posting this. I never imagined his studio was like it is. I feel like I just went to Disneyland or something ;)

I'm a fan of Yuri/Jacob's work and it boggles my mind that it sells for so little per download! Good for him, though, making the micro-stock system work for him.

June 29, 2009 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Cuki said...

Wow... That's scary.

June 29, 2009 8:42 PM  
Blogger Sean McCormack said...

Saw the first video when it was posted on his blog, but not the second. His images are really top notch, and it's a delight that he is so generous with his knowledge.

June 29, 2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger hansning said...

Wow. This is seriously insane.

June 29, 2009 9:23 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I don't know this kind of depresses me. I ditto Sean's response but I still felt a little bummed after watching. This is photography stripped down to it's purest commodity form. I'm fine with that but I just wonder where the business of photography is going. How does anybody that is shooting micro stock or thinking of getting into it, going to compete with Yuri? He seems to have the business model nailed and the cash flow to flood the market with excellent images. I'm also sure he has all the resources to know what he needs to be shooting. I'm sure he also has a team of college students shooting for him. Can this model sustain itself? As images become less and less valuable won't the number of new images he needs to produce get to the point where it's just not feasible?

June 29, 2009 10:55 PM  
Blogger Pete. said...

Seriously, that`s incredible.

Bring out the legos!

June 29, 2009 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Wade said...

It looks like he took over an Ikea store. Great stuff.

June 29, 2009 11:26 PM  
Blogger Zach Gillit said...

My only objection to doing what he does for a living is I think I would get sick of doing the same types of shots with the same lighting setups over and over again. Yeah, they look flawless, but they are intentionally made in a generic fashion so they'll sell. In stock photography, you can't experiment, be creative, push the limits, but when you're a poor college student with minimal gear, money, and time on the other hand...

June 29, 2009 11:26 PM  
Blogger marcusneto said...

Absolutely Amazing. I wondered what it took to get into stock photography and I guess this answered my question. That is some serious space. Jealous Jealous Jealous...

June 29, 2009 11:32 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

As far as the UK is concerned, if I had the money to afford that kind of floor space, I wouldn't need to work in the first place.

June 30, 2009 1:33 AM  
Blogger Nicolaj said...

"You have to be able to do it on command!"
...and he was not talking about porn, but rather....making the actors smile.
This is like the McDonalds of photography.

June 30, 2009 3:22 AM  
Blogger Jakob said...

What I find most amazing is how well organised his studio is!

June 30, 2009 3:31 AM  
Anonymous SKJ said...

Hell I could live in his studio! He's even got a hospital if I need a colonoscopy!

Awesome but boring job!$1000 income per day. Would you do it? Could you do it?

June 30, 2009 3:34 AM  
Blogger Rockhopper said...

I will let into a secret many moons ago I needed sets for some similar shots. Peoples houses were impossible for obvious reasons. So I visted a DIY chainstore, I spoke to the manager and after putting 50 quid into his favourite charity allowed us to shoot on his premises. He had kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and front rooms. I got a ton done that day. All you need is a strobist friendly store manager.

Rich

June 30, 2009 3:41 AM  
Blogger Tim S. said...

As a photographer who also makes heavy use of other stock images for projects, I think it's great to have a large "affordable" selection of images.

This IKEA showroom studio boggles my mind! While, in one sense, it can intimidate one from getting involved in microstock, I also realize that I simply need to find my niche. What can I do that his mega setup wouldn't be suited for? There's definitely a need for both. Microstock is a big (changing) world.

June 30, 2009 3:45 AM  
Anonymous James said...

wow! absolutely loved watching those... thanks!

June 30, 2009 4:04 AM  
Blogger Wayne said...

Great vid. I was surprised he was getting unsharp images with all those flashes and needed the models to remain perfectly still. I suppose with the H3D (I think that was his camera), you get huge resolution so any movement will be multiplied.

Thanks for posting.

June 30, 2009 4:30 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

His studio just looks like one giant softbox.

"Excuse me waiter, 1 super WAL-MART sized softbox please....."

June 30, 2009 4:31 AM  
Anonymous hlinton said...

$2000/day x 365 days / year = $730,000
Not bad but, with all that overhead, I wonder what he lives on.

June 30, 2009 4:34 AM  
Blogger Levi J Webb said...

Yuri is at the top of his game for sure. He cares about his craft and encourages others through his blog, twitter and facebook. Very inspirational.

June 30, 2009 5:47 AM  
Blogger Paps said...

This is almost a photography assembly line. Which reminds me of Ford: "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black".

And for ppl who say he's flooding the market... there's niches all over the place. Gotta go now to find my own.

June 30, 2009 5:56 AM  
Blogger tom said...

I would have never thought he would have all those different setups in one studio. The wheels are turning now. Thanks for posting this!

June 30, 2009 6:10 AM  
Blogger cny said...

Quite impressive to say the least but even selling 2000 photos a day at 40 cents a pop does not amount to a whole lot of cash flow for a business ($292K). That has to cover the cost of all equipment, employees, building expenses, insurance, etc. I've worked in a small business with only a couple of employees, granted it wasn't photography, that easily pulled in twice that per year with considerably less overhead. It seems that he must be selling them for more than $0.40/download, he's making money through additional means, or I've messed up my calculation.

June 30, 2009 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Dave... You just scratched the surface of what will happen. If people are in fact are earning their rent with their camera: Change will happen. I do not know where it goes (earning my rent somewhere else), But it would be interesting to build a solid model of the market 10 years from now.
Best, Arno

June 30, 2009 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Tim Rogan said...

I've used some of his stock images. There is so much crap out there that I am amazed some of it makes it on to the micro-stock sites. The images I've used that he shot are that: engaging, fresh and believable. Good for him.

Note: he never says this is all he shoots. I don't see this as being any different than the photographers who make a large portion of their money hawking a set of photoshop actions in all the photo magazines and trade shows.

June 30, 2009 7:56 AM  
Anonymous caprae said...

Search results: 20716 files

That is how many photos he has on fotolia alone.

June 30, 2009 8:02 AM  
Anonymous jörg Sänger said...

Photography once was about reality and a poetic perception of the worl that surrounds us. It was a way to understand the things, that are going on. Now it is obviously one more tool to make money. Very sad! Humanity is on a terrifying trip.

June 30, 2009 8:39 AM  
Blogger Max said...

In response to Dave and Zach:
He's found a specialty the way so many great photographers do and they stick with it. A couple things that are lucky for him are that he gets to shoot every room in the house or office and he has to stay ultra-modern to compete. One of the things I found him write while digging around his site is that he branded himself a certain way and developed a style which either he liked or he knew others would like. What he does is not easy, even if you had the same studio.

Great post, DH, thanks for the vids and link I otherwise may never have found.

June 30, 2009 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Eric Cote said...

Zack, Yuri actually started as a poor college student about 4 years ago and is now getting revenuew over 1.3 millions $ a year (big stadd and big expenses too though).

I have great respect for him and love his work. My microstock shoots are of other subject because I know I can't compete against his niches: business and lifestyle.

June 30, 2009 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, and truly out of my league! Useful advice on the light, and model direction though.

I know it's a bit geeky to point out, but I think it's a comment that could lead to confusion, at 7:03 we hear 'light is logarithmic'. Light is not logarithmic, it follows an inverse (square) power law. It is the eye's response to light which is approximately logarithmic. Again, apologies for the pedantic nature of this comment...

June 30, 2009 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Robin Stone said...

I agree with Tim Rogan he obviously makes some portion of his income from seminars and speaking engagements.

As a professional photographer I admire the man and his methods. He has learned to make money in a profession that can be stingy with the big bucks.

I'm sure his studio wasn't built overnight and if you ask a commercial photographer he/she will tell you prop hording begins in school. I have some bazaar stuff that I have collected.

June 30, 2009 11:32 AM  
Blogger dpdawson said...

this guy scares me...

June 30, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mark Davidson said...

Boy, sure a lot of people here equating making money to soullessness.

Frankly, he seems to be finding a lot of joy in his work. Is that a problem?

June 30, 2009 12:04 PM  
Blogger Winged Power Photography said...

Looking at the microstock sites, $.40 would be for one of the smaller images... Compensation goes up much higher than that. Depending on what his average is, let's say $1.50/image, @2000/day for 365 days, that grosses at just over $1million/year.

Looking at his postings about keyword analysis and given his setup and the number of stock images out there, and the microstock affiliate programs he has setup and offers to people on his site, he is probably making quite a bit more than $1m/year.

June 30, 2009 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Fotografi said...

Really impressive and interesting. You need a lot of strenght to build this kind of business.

June 30, 2009 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that microstock sites increase payouts to their top sellers. So to assume that Yuri gets only .40 per download messes up the math. He could be making $5 or $10 per download on some sites.

June 30, 2009 12:58 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Thanks Dave,
This blog has become like crack to me. Even though I know I shouldn't, I stop what I am doing to read each new post. And now I am saving and scrimping to get my second flash, working my way slowly through lighting 102, and salivating in anticipation of the next boot camp assignment.
Keep up the good work.

June 30, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger Eso said...

Hasn't microstock ceased to be photography? The way it looks on these videos it is the mass production of very special types of images... maybe ideal for mass society... certainly lucrative for him... and I applaud him for being a clever businessman... but photographer?? Not as I think of "photographer" and photography...

June 30, 2009 1:31 PM  
Anonymous David said...

This is "marketing"
photography....just like the commercials on television which are not "movie" making.

If you think of how many images appear in Vogue and similar high end magazines monthly and then compare it to the junk mail you get each day, you can get a feel for the size of the stock market at the lower end. The local car wash can't afford a Vogue photographer but they still need an image that will sell. Seems like Yuri has figured this out.

June 30, 2009 1:33 PM  
Anonymous ammre said...

I've purchased his stuff before. It's nice to see the background of his work. It may seem lifeless but so s having over 400 images of your company's labs and the CMO still makes you use a stock image of a pretty girl doing lab testing on a promotional piece. There's definitely a demand for his kind of stuff.

June 30, 2009 1:34 PM  
Blogger David said...

FWIW, the 40 cents thing was totally tongue-in-cheek. I am sure that he average sale is far north of that.

:)

June 30, 2009 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Paul Feng said...

"2,000 images a day, 24/7/365"

Ouch, David... not a "Photoshop Disaster," but a rate/quantity/units language disaster. How about "80 images an hour, 24/7/52"?

(Sorry for the critical comment, I've been a big Strobist fan for long.)

June 30, 2009 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Photo Ole said...

To those who think they cannot compete, DON'T! Find your own style or subject and focus on that. If it were easy I would not be working my day job. On a lighting note, is Yuri's ceiling one big softbox? I see white nylon mounted high and wonder if there are lights above it, or is it used for reflecting? Thank you David and Yuri for sharing.

June 30, 2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger Woody said...

Well then, so much for getting into stock photography anytime soon.

Nice to see how the other half lives though.

June 30, 2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger Anders C. said...

For those who wonder about his studio: Back in January a Danish photography magazine arranged an interview with Yuri in his daylight studio (as opposed to his business office).

After driving around for a while the journalist had to call Yuri and tell him that he simply couldn't find the studio in the area where it was supposed to be - all he could find was a lot of very large, industrial greenhouses outside the city. After a few seconds with Yuri on the phone, one of these large greenhouses started flashing!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you create a bloody large daylight studio: An industrial greenhouse combined with loads and loads of white, semi-translucent material. :)

June 30, 2009 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to his website, he pays his models $50-$100/hour - that's much more than I'm getting paid right now!
Damn, I wish I was prettier....

June 30, 2009 5:50 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'm an aspiring photographer and have recently (like in the last month) upgraded to a 50d, stepped up my Flickr account and played around with the idea of doing Microstock photography. I just last weekend got my flash off camera and have been playing around.
Anyway, this is unreal. I've just been debating applying for Microstock photography and to see this just blows my mind. The capitalist in me says good for him, but the aspiring photographer in me is scared to death. What chance do I have going out and buying some nice mushrooms, making a white cardbox box and taking photos when these are the guys I'm competing against?

But like many I agree it's about finding a niche and more importantly for me doing something you enjoy. Great blog post and many thanks for the insight.

June 30, 2009 7:06 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Say what you will about the stock/micro-stock business and where Yuri and others like him are leading this segment of the industry... there's still a lot of good info to learn from him.

June 30, 2009 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Dan Creighton said...

Read a lot of comments above about the size of his studio, the overhead, it being the "McDonald's" of micro-stock etc,. Truth is the big stock shooters back in the hay day of the big stock houses, and even today, did things exactly this way. He just turned the business model into a successful micro-stock model. Good for him for capitalizing on an opportunity (still micro-stock hasn't been good for the market in general IMHO).

June 30, 2009 11:16 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Looks to me like he works hard, enjoys what he does, and has a roof over his head. Hat's off.

June 30, 2009 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Ranger 9 said...

You know, he could take it a step further by installing a theatrical-style turntable (used for changing sets in some complex shows.) He could have one model getting makeup in the back position, another getting wardrobe in another, another in front of the camera in another, and another model signing off the paperwork in the fourth position. As soon as he finishes one set, the model steps off position four, the turntable rotates, another model steps onto position one, and cha-ching! The money machine rings up another winner.

It's a gold mine... at least until CGI gets good enough to produce realistic human models (and it's almost there now.) Then buyers will be able to click some boxes on a web form to specify what type of model and scene they want, specify a method of payment, and then in a few moments download a finished rendered image. Packaged goods and cars are "photographed" that way already... people are the next logical step...

June 30, 2009 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yuri as indentified the most lucrative genres of stock photography : lifestyle and business. These date very quickly so the thirst for images is huge. They are also dependent on models = high production cost. So a shooter like Yuri has designed his photography and his company's business model for that opportunity. So he must have investors behind him or a debt to service, no real shortcuts guys.

July 01, 2009 12:19 AM  
Blogger Winged Power Photography said...

Thanks for the industrial greenhouse update! Was wondering how the energy required to light all that diffusion material came from....now I know: a remote fusion reactor.

My stomach is aflutter with butterflies at the thought of tough competition in the microstock realm.... That was before I saw his setup. Now, I'm hopeful. :) the setup itself isn't complex or hard to replicate on a smaller scale. The rollables are just genius. He and his team have done a lot of thinking and planning. Kudos!

His photography style and methods are inspiring. To be able to keep his finger on the pulse of what is popular and to have the determination and endurance to continue to creatively crank it out... It is inspiring.

Heck, whether it's a box of mushrooms or a roomful of models, there are photographs to be made... And potential profit to be had.

Speaking of which... Gnawing at my camera strap for assignment #2... :)

July 01, 2009 3:01 AM  
Blogger jimroby2k said...

Yuri's studio, business plan and disciplined production techniques are brilliant. He has defined his business model down to each nut and bolt. I learned so much from all three of his videos I have watched, especially how to establish control and his pattern of managing your models. The smile is the most important thing and Yuri seems to bring it out better in models than in any other instructional setting I have seen. His disciplined approach definitely is working for him, I wish I had the ability to do a fraction of what he does. This technique of establishing the model's smile variations, along with his lighting technique and studio organization are the most important concepts I've learned in any pro photography instructional material I've ever seen. Bravo.

July 01, 2009 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Sebastian Stelter said...

Hello David and all the Strobist - readers.

I'm very surprised and happy about the post of Yuri Arcurs and the workshop video with YA at Fotolia filmed by FotoTV.

The video about his studio is also stunning.

If you are interested in using or watching the "whole" workshop video ... here is the longer "full" version of it:

YA and FotoTV at Fotolia workshop

... or just check out the fototv.de website:

YA at FotoTV.de

or the fototv.com website:

YA at FotoTV.com

So... I have to leave now... I'm painting my kitchen completely white and my girlfriend has to practice the microstock smile... Yuri... I'm coming for you... muahahaha... were is my 100L paint bucket?... da%$!

July 02, 2009 5:31 AM  
Anonymous Yuri Arcurs said...

Thanks for the post. Reading your guys comments has been extremely entertaining. Remember: I am the spice girls of photography: not particularly original, but you can't keep signing along. :)

July 02, 2009 6:11 AM  
Blogger joel said...

Even though I can't access Yuri's site @ work because of "streaming media", I'm still jealous. I don't know quite yet what I'm jealous of, but I'll find out once I get home :)

July 02, 2009 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Rich Green said...

He is certainly a very successful stock photographer, but I do wish he wasn't involved with micro-stock.

July 03, 2009 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just shows that if you're going to do something, you'd better do it right. No half-arsed attempts please.

And sure, this isn't art but functional (marketing) photography. But let's face it, marketing is life and vice-versa nowadays. Monetization is the word of these times.

I find it great to read about successful businessmodels instead of complaints about how microstock is the detriment of photography.

Sorry about the anon post from my phone.

George.

July 03, 2009 3:06 PM  
Blogger Charles King said...

I agree with Dave.
It's good for Yuri that he's making a nice living off his photography, but this video is profoundly depressing in several different ways.

July 05, 2009 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Nionyn said...

I am the spice girls of photography... LOL!
Yuri, you're clearly very good at all of this - including the instruction and videos.

Absolutely loved the videos.
The studio reminded me of many theatre props/wardrobe/makeup/furniture departments - only rather lighter and less dusty... :-)

Thanks for the post, Dave. One of my favourites. :-)

July 06, 2009 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Cynthia Wood said...

I am inclined to agree with statements like jorg's:

"Photography once was about reality and a poetic perception of the worl that surrounds us. It was a way to understand the things, that are going on. Now it is obviously one more tool to make money. Very sad! Humanity is on a terrifying trip."

Or with those who've suggested that Yuri's work is like the McDonald's (or the Wal-Mart) of photography.

I mean, yeah, Yuri's studio and all that gear are really impressive... But the images don't look "real" to me at all; they look just like what they are: fake, boring and lifeless. I don't really understand why anyone would want to look at, much less buy those kinds of images.

July 09, 2009 3:00 PM  
Anonymous The Reality Professor said...

For those who find Yuri's videos depressing, you should be having the very OPPOSITE reaction!

First of all, to look at his operation and be depressed is to miss the point completely.

If you think of his operation as being so monolithic that you shouldn't even begin to compete, instead, ask yourself, "What must Yuri be afraid of?"

I'll tell you what he's afraid of - Although he may have 30 or more unique sets in his studio, if just a fraction of Strobist readers created just ONE generic set each, and began using that set to create even a mere 10 images a week, those thousands of readers would dwarf his operation completely. One man cannot compete against 10,000.

Look at Microsoft and ask yourself, "What is Bill Gates afraid of?" You may think, "They are so big that they couldn't possibly be afraid of anyone!" Oh, yeah? Gates has admitted that he is afraid of the ARMY of Linux programmers who are giving away their time and software for free, and the many computer makers who are pre-loading their systems with Linux rather than paying Microsoft the $200-per-system fee. While Linux may be a few years away from being ready for Prime Time, believe me, Gates and his pals in Redmond are well aware that things won't stay that way forever.

You readers are the "Linux Programmers" which keep Yuri awake at night. There is a vast army of people out there who will work for virtually nothing just to get their foot in the door in this market. (Ask an steablished wedding photographer if he's ever lost business to the army of Craigslist newbies who offer to shoot a wedding for $50, just so they can build their portfolios?)

While Yuri has an overhead to pay each and every month, it's those millions of people with separate day jobs who start with a handful of images which concern him. 5 or 10 photos may not seem like much... but multiply that by 5,000 shooters, and he has a serious problem on his hands.

That's not even mentioning the burn-out factor which creating the same images on the same generic sets day in and day out can cause. (Ask Yuri how often he gets to get out and create some really unique artwork he can be proud of? Truth be told, he may not want to even TOUCH a camera in his spare time!)

One poster asked how long can a system work in which images are sold this cheaply? It's a fair question... the stock houses once charged $100 or more for images of this quality, and now you routinely seem them offered for $1. Eventually the stock market may eat itself, simply due to dwindling profits per image, and too many shooters. (Noticed how many stock houses are being swallowed up these days?)

Another poster raised an even BIGGER question - CG images don't require paying a model $100 an hour. Their hair, clothing, props and backgrounds can be changed at the click of a button. And they never age.

WIRED magazine did a story several years ago on the topic of today's hottest actors having their entire bodies scanned meticulously, so that their "polygons" can be recorded and preserved. So instead of guys like Harrison Ford being mocked for having "Man Boobs", the actor's polygons always stay youthful, and they can continue to appear in movie forever. (Sound far-fetched? It's not. Don't be surprised to see Brad Pitt making movies for the next 50 years. Even after he's dead, you may still hear, "Have you seen the new Brad Pitt movie?")

THESE are the things that keep Yuri awake at night. While you're sitting there thinking his operation is your own personal All-Seeing Eye of Sauron, there is an army of Sam's and Frodo's out there quietly finding ways around those guarded gates.

Will Yuri be around in 10 years doing what he's doing now? Time will tell. But believe me friends, he has asked himself that question many times... One day, someone may knock on the door of his giant greenhouse studio, and find... surprise!.. and actual greenhouse inside!

July 11, 2009 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Connor Walberg said...

This is crazy! I've watched the videos and read all about Yuri on his site, and am amazed by his studio and how well he is doing! Now I just need to step it up.....

July 16, 2009 7:29 PM  
Anonymous dave wright said...

I'd be more interested in hearing his rags-to-riches story. Touring a mansion would be fun, sure... but my first question would be "Where'd all this money come from?"

July 23, 2009 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Ian said...

It's awesome. Just when you think you start to get it, you see something (like this) that resets the scope of the whole thing.

I disagree with the whole "this is the end of photography as we know it" angle. It's way too glass-half-empty for my liking. Microstock is a new facet of photography. Yuri has sat down, thought it through and nailed it. Kudos for the professionalism.

There will still be fine art photography, landscapes, sport, fashion shoots and paparazzi. Annie Liebowiz (sp?) will still take pictures of the queen and ask her to remove her crown because it's too dressy.

Yuri's Spice Girls metaphor is funny and insightful. Spice Girls didn't change pop. They just found their place in it.

Just like music, technology has changed photography, added to it and enhanced. Nothing has been taken from it. It's all still there.

July 29, 2009 12:10 AM  
Blogger TheFlashingScotsman said...

I'm a big fan of anyone that can turn his passion into a profession, and it seems that he's done that, on a very large scale.

That said, is it just me, or does anyone else notice that every scene in the videos, and every photo that they feature, is severely over-exposed?

I've noticed this trend from a lot of pro photographers, and was wondering where it comes from, and why? Or again, is it just me?

September 13, 2012 6:09 PM  

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