Amateur and professional photographers are being wooed by Spy Media, a newly launched online marketplace for buying and selling photos.
Founded by Tom Quinn, former president of Novell, and his son Brian, the aim of the service is to make it simple for anyone to upload a photo for possible resale. The service acts as an online marketplace taking a fee for all uploads and sales.
In contrast to a photo agency it does not take an active role in selling images but automates the whole procedure, relying on buyers finding what they want.
Both are seeking to attract mobile phone users who happen to be at a location in which a newsworthy event occurs.
However, Stuart Pennykid, a photographer who has recently transferred to working in digital and has his own website, is skeptical.
"These services are interesting but I still prefer to use an agency because they are more likely to sell the picture for me," he explained.
"But there are more likely to be amateurs near a major event with a camera or cameraphone these days so it seems logical to give them an outlet. You have to move with the changes."
Spy Media charges the photographer an uploading fee (free this month) and keeps 35 per cent of the sale price. The photographer sets the price and offers four levels of ownership to buyers, from exclusive rights to one-time download for personal use.
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