Schönes (langes) Interview im Crowdsourcing-Blog mit Lise Gagné, "the world’s first crowdsourcing photography star". Die Kanadierin verdient ihren Lebensunterhalt als Fotografin bei iStockphoto. Im Gespräch wird deutlich, dass Crowdsourcing mehr sein kann als ein Zeitvertreib:
"What are the skills you apply to crowdsourcing?
I’m a digital stock photographer. And, as a former Web/multimedia designer, I also bring strong graphic design sensibilities and software skills to my work.
Which crowdsourcing organizations do you work with?
I’m an exclusive iStockphoto photographer and have worked with them since 2003.
Why have you decided to embrace crowdsourcing?
I have complete freedom working this way. I can do anything I want with no constraints. I can work when I want, on any subject I want, and have full creative liberty. (...)
Any advice for a newcomer to crowdsourced work?
Persevere! Just try it. You’ll make lots of mistakes, I know many of my first photos were not great, but I kept trying. You will get better and better. Also remember that quality is more important than quantity. In a very, very busy week, after a couple of big shoots, I may upload 30 or 40 photographs at a maximum.
Clients will always come back to your portfolio because they know you have quality work – and they have tight deadlines. And finally, you need to innovate. Get very familiar with what others are doing and ensure that, while you’re in tune with the trends, you’re providing the clients with something they haven’t seen yet.
Do you think people can earn a living solely from participating in crowdsourcing projects?
For sure. Back when I started out in 2003, I didn’t make too much money at all, but in the last couple of years, I’ve made a good living from this and, together, Louis and I have a comfortable lifestyle.
When iStock changed their royalty program and prices a couple of years ago, my small salary probably went up tenfold. Today, I get 40 percent of every sale of my photos and I also earn a bit for my photo inspection services on top of that – but my inspection work is really more to be able to contribute to the iStock community. Lately, I hear from a growing number of people who are doing this full-time.
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