Since the Internet Age doomed us all or at least we sometimes think that, think social media embarrassment, it is important to realize the benefits and advantages the internet has created for us.
“That’s quite a bit more work for less money,” Mark Harmel says. Mark, a freelance photographer from Manhattan Beach, California, expresses that his freelance business has suffered a hit in profit revenue since images distribution sites like iStockPhoto and ShutterStock. He is on a long time of photographers that may or are experiencing a dent in their wallets. However, with the outstanding amount of people complaining about the existence of these types of sites, there are more that are grateful to see the accessibility and affordability iStockPhoto and ShutterStock present.
Perhaps I am personally being biased, but I don’t care, I am glad and grateful to see these crowdsourcing exist. It has opened up a whole world of images, designing elements, and helping tips that have allowed me to produce professional work for clients. As a graphic designer, I have learned how to search for affordable and sometimes free images in school. I think that a valuable asset to learn in today’s world because of the competiveness that exists. Usually, I prefer to shoot my own photos but there are times when ShutterStock has come in handy. Unfortunately, as much as I would like to say I could afford to spend more than $100 on a single image, I simply can’t. What makes my argument pro crowdsourcing great is that I know I am not the only one that feels this way. I have friends that are designers, film makers, and even photographers as well and they too love the accessibility and affordability crowdsourcing presents. It may make us appear cheap, but in my eyes it is about having good money management skills. I am pretty some of you, my classmates, also feel a sense of gratitude for the accessibility and affordability. At the same time, I am aware and understand the counter-argument for crowdsourcing.
Eventually, we all would love to make a living off of what we seek to do professionally. That is more of a general statement but it goes well with what this article is about and personal reflections. In my opinion I don’t think crowdsourcing was intentionally created to destroy businesses, but it was more about helping those freelancers or clients that could simply not compete with professionals. As mentioned in the article, the crowdsourcing format pave amateurs and professionals on an even playing field. Thus, the amateurs were and are able to compete with the pros. It created a fair and justifiable system. Again, maybe I am being biased but I do think there were good intentions behind crowdsourcing.
To answer the professor’s question directly, crowdsourcing represents an easiness and simple way to access any help my partner and I could and probably will need to complete our next project. We have to take advantage of the benefits crowdsourcing represents. It simply would not be smart to ignore this incredible source of reliable information.