i worked in digital imaging for several years and still follow the space with a passion – particularly the more niche apps focused on solving very specific problems. i’ve particularly enjoyed watching digital railroad grow from just an idea in evan nisselson’s mind to a full fledged business that works everyday to help pro-photographers solve workflow issues and connect with a broader audience of viewers – and now buyers.
congrats to the entire drr team for launching the digital railroad marketplace beta! the marketplace allows you to search and browse, select, download and license images from an impressive roster of pro’s. it’s easy to lose yourself in the site browsing and searching the thousands of amazing images by global photographers like Aric Mayer, Jeremy Horner, Ann Howley, Mark Garfinkel and so many others.
drr has long provided members with the ability to create their own customizable photo archive, offering tools for easy uploading, managing and displaying their work. but now they’ve taken the site to a new level. as an early beta tester of the site, i was thrilled to see the addition of rss feeds – select one they’ve created or create your own custom feed based on keywords you enter. for mac users, they’re now offering a plug-in for Apple Aperture, making it super easy to transfer images directly from Aperture 1.5 to your drr archive.
along with the photo feeds, i also subscribed to both blogs – member showcase and marketplace – which, like the channels and what’s new areas, expertly curate the site with delightful photos, like this one 🙂
Young village children playing and swimming in a beautiful lagoon. Near Morovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Nisselson believes that technology is the catalyst for change and evolution in the stock photo industry. i have limited experience inside the stock industry itself – after college, i spent a few months as a photo researcher in an agency, bent over a light table looking through loops at chromes hour after hour (was fun for about a day) – but the change finally seems to be happening and it’s exciting to see how technology both challenges the industry (copyright) and creates innovative new opportunities like the digital railroad marketplace that serves both sellers and buyers alike.