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AVH


« on: December 24, 2016, 07:25 »
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Comments and helpful suggestions to increase sales in Fotolia  :P

This is my Fotolia portfolio:

newbielink:https://it.fotolia.com/p/200763402 [nonactive]


« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016, 08:10 »
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I'm guessing you get a lot of views and not many sales  :-*. I'm not sure if there's a big market for your glamour images....or one that supports the number of people who enjoy shooting it.

« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2016, 08:12 »
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many too dark photos

alno

« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2016, 10:17 »
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I'm not a big photo seller but I think there are too many too simple images, photo stock market is flooded with them already I guess. Try leaving more blank space for buyer's inscriptions on you glamourous pics. And there is excessive lens distortion on many architectural images of yours, it's notable even on small previews.

« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2016, 15:59 »
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More than anything related to technique or quality of individual photos, I think the subject matter is what will limit your sales.

There are limited markets (as stock photographs) for doors, walls, and architectural elements and a huge supply (cement wall as a search term has over 200k results).  Likewise whatever you call the images of women you have - soft porn or glamor - doesn't sell to most corporate or business customers.

If you like shooting those subjects, then, for the outdoor images, try for brighter overcast days - there's a very "doom and gloom" feel to the lighting. Perhaps have your glamor customers do a few clothed shots in more mainstream settings that will appeal to more categories of stock image buyers.

Good luck

« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2016, 00:23 »
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Sorry but pretty boring portfolio.
Doors, underexposed, animals often photographed from odd positions (brown bear, cows etc) no dynamics. The glamour shots are almost all photographed in the same style, black dress red background with very limited commercial appeal.


« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2016, 02:57 »
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Sorry but pretty boring portfolio.
Doors, underexposed, animals often photographed from odd positions (brown bear, cows etc) no dynamics. The glamour shots are almost all photographed in the same style, black dress red background with very limited commercial appeal.
Though I wouldn't described your models as underexposed ;-). You need to think more commercially i.e who would buy this? why?

« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2016, 04:13 »
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Just to add to what others have said, you have way too many duplicates. The portfolio you show to the world should have only your absolute bet work and not be filled with lots of duplicates or semi-good photos. Also, if you're looking to do architecture and travel type pics, compare your photos to what you see in postcards and travel magazines. Look online to see what the pros are shooting in the same places and see if your photos stack up, and I think you'll have your answer. 

« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2016, 04:27 »
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Just to add to what others have said, you have way too many duplicates. The portfolio you show to the world should have only your absolute bet work and not be filled with lots of duplicates or semi-good photos. Also, if you're looking to do architecture and travel type pics, compare your photos to what you see in postcards and travel magazines. Look online to see what the pros are shooting in the same places and see if your photos stack up, and I think you'll have your answer.
Not sure I fully  agree with that some of what I consider to be fairly mediocre work has sold very well whilst I have what I consider to be my best artistic and technically sound  work never selling. I think the best way is to learn from your own work look what sells and do more along those lines.

« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2016, 05:48 »
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Just to add to what others have said, you have way too many duplicates. The portfolio you show to the world should have only your absolute bet work and not be filled with lots of duplicates or semi-good photos. Also, if you're looking to do architecture and travel type pics, compare your photos to what you see in postcards and travel magazines. Look online to see what the pros are shooting in the same places and see if your photos stack up, and I think you'll have your answer.
Not sure I fully  agree with that some of what I consider to be fairly mediocre work has sold very well whilst I have what I consider to be my best artistic and technically sound  work never selling. I think the best way is to learn from your own work look what sells and do more along those lines.
Good luck with that approach.

marryanderson322

  • Photographer-retoucher
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 17:14 »
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Some of photos are really too dark

Bad Company

« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2017, 17:23 »
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a caution to some of your women images- we had a artist sued a few years back due to where they ended up (Adult Industry). I believed he had signed model releases but she stilled sued him. He won in the end but had to get an attorney.  8)

Brasilnut

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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2017, 17:32 »
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Some right images but wrong agency. I would recommend you look into submitting to Arcangel Images (Rights-Managed and exclusively).

The background stuff could be used for licensing of images used for book covers.

As for the boudoir stuff, also could be licensed for book covers. I see many of these types of images on their database (although darker themes). As they get through their stringent technical and commercial checks, I would presume that many buyers are looking to source such images at Arcangel.

Perhaps your isolated on white images could do well on Adobe Stock / Fotolia.

« Last Edit: August 21, 2017, 17:35 by Brasilnut »

« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2017, 17:35 »
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Some of photos are really too dark

Did you join just to dredge up old critique threads?

ETA: Never mind.  I see from the other thread you're trying to get eyeballs on your blog.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2017, 17:44 by Sean Locke Photography »


 

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