Benji Lanyado is a UK based travel journalist and a lot more. He noted the photography business is a “A $6 billion professional industry controlled by agencies and middlemen, who fix the prices and take, on average, 74% of the fees.”
In august 2013 he launched Picfair, a platform where professional photographers and amateurs can sell their photos directly to potential clients.
You can freely upload as many photo’s as you like. You then can set your own price. Picfair will add a 20% commission and a small fee for payment processing when a photo is sold. A one licence for all use policy makes it a lot simpler to understand.
If you look at the site there are always 10 pages with 30 photo’s each up front where you can see what is trending on the site. Based on actual views and recalculated at least a couple of times per hour so it seems it is calculated life. It’s kind of funny to hype your own photo. I have many dear followers on twitter and easily when I show a photo on twitter it gets clicked between 30 an 40 times which is enough to have the photo landing on page 2 or 3 of the trending ones (Currently above Tiger Trabi is on page 3).
I would love to see some possibility to see real time uploads from all participants or from participants you follow. Coming from Flickr where community building is a bit of the fun I would love to see it happen here as well. Did I sell a photo? Not yet. But only recently I started to use Picfair more regularly and when you see me rummaging with Picfair on twitter you know what I’m doing. Trying to get some exposure for my abilities a a photo amateur.