Most of you may have seen sites such as unsplash.com that email out a weekly selection of high quality stock images free to use wherever, and then add those to their site creating a decent but random stock photo resource.
Am wondering if any Oz photographers would be interested in collaborating on an Oz specific version, with an initial focus on exposure and members, but with various options for monetising down the track, and potentially in ways that give far more back to the photographer at least per image than some of the "big boys"?
From a photographic perspective I can't see many photographers going for this unless they don't make any money at all currently and are kinda desperate, or they are a stock photography studio already making good money from other libraries in which case they would probably only get involved to limit competition?
Giving away work is just not that good a business plan, generally speaking, designer or photographer.
Actually I can think of many ways to monetize this, at far better rates than the general stock image sites, and hence can understand why there's been a sudden spurt of them recently.
And you don't think Wordpress theme authors, or app developers, are giving away free products just for their love of others? I'm beginning to understand more and more about the concept of the "freemium" business model... and yes, even how it can work with fixed functionality items. ;)
But that type of discussion I can have with anyone interested at a later stage, can't give every idea away right up front... ;)
What makes your offer different to all the other stock photo sites? Are you connected enough and known in the industry to really connect to your market? What benefits do photogs get from getting involved?
And those are all things to discuss with anyone at all seriously interested. I have some ideas, and how I believe these "weekly" free photo sites work from a business perspective, but there's a reason I used to term "collaborating" in my original post. Much like AiF began as a "collaboration", my first step is to see if anyone's actually seriously interested in exploring the idea. From there we can arrange some off-forum discussions of ideas, observations, challenges ...etc.
If no serious interest all good, like many things it starts with throwing an idea out there to see if it resonates.