Stock Photo Sizes and Prices are Coming Closer Together
The move towards one price per stock photo (no matter what the size) is something many in the industry are warming up to. With the internet age we’re currently living in of ebooks, tablets, smartphones, digital billboards, and other low-resolution screen applications, we sometimes wonder if the megapixel race is dead, at least for now. Soon enough tablets and smartphones’ screen resolutions will increasingly grow, but no matter what, as long as the screen sizes stay around 4-10 inches, there really isn’t a need for images much over 1 or 2 megapixels to use effective and clean page designs or advertising.
Currently, smaller web image sizes are sometimes just of as much value as a larger high-resolution size, depending on the application. Whoever started the whole, “smaller sizes are worth less money” concept, was obviously from the time when print media was still king. New medias have changed that. Due to these facts in this ever changing marketplace, stock artists may be soon to realize that it is probably the time to adjust our pricing models. Does it really matter how large an image is, that determines its worth? Or the content / subject / theme of the image itself?
What do you think? Would you still buy a stock image at a smaller web size if it was the image you needed, regardless of whether the price was the same as the largest, high-resolution size? Is there still a market for the cheap, $1 to $2, tiny size stock photo model?