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« on: July 20, 2008, 00:00 »
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Hi guys,

I've been at stock photography only very part time for about the past year or so, and in the entire year, I've made under $50 on all my sites combined.  I still don't have a ton of images and I'm sure this is probably part of the problem, but if anyone could give any reinforcements or criticisms of my portfolios/images, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks a lot!

-daintee


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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008, 01:37 »
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You have some interesting and appealing stuff. But some of the subjects you're shooting are pretty heavily covered already. Flowers are in demand but you're competing against a gazillion other flowers so yours may get lost.

I'd suggest doing some research into what subjects are in demand and seeing what gaps you can fill.

« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2008, 02:03 »
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hi daintee,

You have beautiful and sale able  images, just not enough thats all.
Upload more and you will see more income.
I'm in this businesses for as long as you are (more or less) and have earned hundred times more than you did, just look at the size of my portfolios.

« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2008, 02:06 »
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I think if you are going to shoot flowers and skies maybe brighten up the mood a little. Try some sunny happy skies instead of storms. I don't shoot flowers but I'm guessing that most of the images are used in positive light. Personally I like storms  :) but probably a tougher sell for stock. I haven't had much luck with somber skies.  Also, taking some of the black out of the images might help also, hard to say. Very nice images though!! Keep experimenting and you will find something that works better for stock. Just my own personal opinion.

Having many more images will also help quite a bit.

« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2008, 02:43 »
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Your pictures are nice, but you need a much larger portfolio if you want to earn more.

tan510jomast

« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2008, 11:39 »
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you're in my old home-province of alberta. so you're within travelling to the rockies where there are lots of different more sellable subjects to take photographs of.
pauliewalnuts is right, your portfolio is a well covered subject, and unless it's something unusual, it can be lost in the gazillion of photos .
try looking for other uncommon but sellable subjects. as i said, you are in an excellent province . if you have a car, you should not have problem finding the right subject within a day's drive. good luck.

« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2008, 14:43 »
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you're in my old home-province of alberta. so you're within travelling to the rockies where there are lots of different more sellable subjects to take photographs of.
pauliewalnuts is right, your portfolio is a well covered subject, and unless it's something unusual, it can be lost in the gazillion of photos .
try looking for other uncommon but sellable subjects. as i said, you are in an excellent province . if you have a car, you should not have problem finding the right subject within a day's drive. good luck.
Thanks for the tip, tan510jomast.  However, I don't think I'd have much more luck with mountains than I would with flowers, etc.  And trust me, I didn't shoot the flowers for stock; I shot them for other projects that I've had over the past few years (re: gardens, etc), and thought I would upload them for the heck of it. 

I do plan to shoot more, and to get into some lightbox techniques soon.  I know that it is also a numbers game.  Thanks, all.


 

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