Evan Nisselson has leveraged his photo obsession and turned it into a full fledged business, Digital Railroad, that strives to help pro-photographers solve workflow issues and connect with a broader audience of viewers - and now buyers.
The marketplace allows you to search and browse, select, download and license images from an impressive roster of pro's. With DRR it is 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 have taken the site to a new level. As an early beta tester of the site, I was thrilled to see the addition of syndication in the form of RSS feeds. Users can select a feed 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 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 the photo below.
(c)Michele Westmorland/drr.net - Photo Details: Young village children playing and swimming in a beautiful lagoon. Near Morovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Congrats to the entire DRR team for launching the Digital Railroad Marketplace beta! Nisselson believes that technology is the catalyst for change and evolution in the stock photo industry. Though I have limited experience inside the stock photo industry, it is exciting to see how technology both challenges the industry (e.g., copyright) and creates innovative new opportunities like the Digital Railroad Marketplace that serves both sellers and buyers alike.
Editor's Note: Special thanks to Jen Consalvo for leveraging her photography expertise to contribute this article to Somewhat Frank. Thank you.