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Agency Based Discussion => Adobe Stock => Topic started by: awc1 on July 02, 2019, 17:34

Title: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: awc1 on July 02, 2019, 17:34
Thank you in advance for your answers.  About three months.  Uploading Adobe stock photos.  I have 700-800 photos.  But not even one sale.  Where does the problem come from?


My portfolio:

https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/208559319/Caner%20%C3%87%C4%B0FT%C3%87%C4%B0

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Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: gillian vann on July 02, 2019, 19:23
I think you are on the right track, you just need to start shooting unique topics. flowers and fruits are a waste of time, you must have hundreds of those. Don't worry, we all started out doing that too. :) I literally have the same files in my portfolio from the early days: lollies, nuts, flowers, etc, they rarely sell cos you need to be in the top line of the search and those areas are oversaturated. Also when I first started out my editing was a bit poor so even if the shot was good the editing isn't. A lot of of your studio stuff seems to be back lit or side lit, needs a touch of light in the foreground to really pop and be a clean isolated image. when you shoot fruit in studio be sure to remove spots etc. random cats won't sell. You have many similars, you have 100 photos of shampoo bottles?  How many actual "shoots" do you think you have? Other general things like white balance, crooked horizon, dull landscapes, poor lighting...  I'm not seeing anything that stands out. I saw a nice tulip shot, but i'll bet there are 10K plus photos of tulips on Adobe, that are nicer than yours. I'm sure wherever you live you can find something unique and shoot it in a beautiful way. and no, that doesn't mean you go and shoot coffee in your local cafe, also been done to death, find something new to shoot. good luck.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Lizard on July 02, 2019, 20:16

Where does the problem come from?


Everything is fine beside that you are more or less 15 years late.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: trek on July 02, 2019, 20:52
Your results appear to be normal.  Welcome to stock photography 2019. 
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Noedelhap on July 03, 2019, 05:43
Sometimes you have some weird titles:

"it's called ring dessert. It was taken while frying in oil"
https://stock.adobe.com/images/it-s-called-ring-dessert-it-was-taken-while-frying-in-oil/275290334?prev_url=detail

"cat, different movements, cheerful, animals, friendly, happy, stray cat,"
https://stock.adobe.com/images/cat-different-movements-cheerful-animals-friendly-happy-stray-cat/265267550?prev_url=detail

I'm no expert in photography, but I agree with the others that nothing really stands out in your portfolio.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: jonbull on July 03, 2019, 05:55
2019 200 million still agency accept this kind of portfolio? For me is unbielevable. No offence but whats the poi t for you and for them to accept content who clearly due to technical skill and content don’t have any chanche to be sold? 700 file needs lot pf time compares to the probability of esrning any money.
The problem is that most if not all new photographer and content added atmre of this level.
Photography is light, composition . Subject. Your portfolio sinply lack in any aspect. Tge shanpoo bottke even 4 years ago wouldn’t have a chanche to be accepted due to poor lighting. These agency have killed this business and soon this will be reflectes in the lack ofgood contents cause novodyba bit professional
Will lose time producibg content.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: ShadySue on July 03, 2019, 05:56
Sometimes you have some weird titles:
"it's called ring dessert. It was taken while frying in oil"
https://stock.adobe.com/images/it-s-called-ring-dessert-it-was-taken-while-frying-in-oil/275290334?prev_url=detail
@OP Is it churros, or something closely related?

Like I said in the other thread, your tabletop pics look like composition or lighting/exposure exercises, nothing like stock photos.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: awc1 on July 03, 2019, 06:13
You're right about what you said.  Since I started from scratch, studio shots are not perfect.  But what confuses me is the sale of SS.  I don't understand this part.  Turkish proverb: Every bad commodity has a buyer.

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Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: jonbull on July 03, 2019, 06:38
You're right about what you said.  Since I started from scratch, studio shots are not perfect.  But what confuses me is the sale of SS.  I don't understand this part.  Turkish proverb: Every bad commodity has a buyer.

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Ss you have some sales cause ss is biased towards content for which they pay 25 cents.
Once rhe different royalty were a mean to reach greeat quality level of content, pushing good content and for ing contriboutor to create better content and reaching a lower royalty level. Today is the way they simply make ends meet . Since they are a quited company and need to show always good ewrning they simply push lower royalty level content sonthey save 13 cent for each sale taht multiplied fpr million inages makes them oftej satisfy the market. Thats why you see not sales in adobe but in ss. Adobe don’t needs to push lower royalty inages. Thats why ss is practicalky accepting everything without any control on ehat is uploaded. Personally at this poi t i would accept a lower royalty the same for everybody. I am sure most of those sbapshot uploaded in the last years will never sells a single time.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: ShadySue on July 03, 2019, 06:39
You're right about what you said.  Since I started from scratch, studio shots are not perfect.  But what confuses me is the sale of SS.  I don't understand this part.  Turkish proverb: Every bad commodity has a buyer.

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It may be that Turkey isn't a great source of stock sales. And even that saying wouldn't apply if there were better goods on offer at the exact same price.

Also, even if these were beginner exercises, one of the purposes of these is for you then to learn which photo from a set is best. Even if these were useful stock (which mostly they're not), you need to learn to edit and cull.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Clair Voyant on July 03, 2019, 07:20
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Brasilnut on July 03, 2019, 07:30
This is the standard you should be aiming for (keywords: "turkey, culture"):

https://stock.adobe.com/br/search?filters%5Bcontent_type%3Aphoto%5D=1&filters%5Bcontent_type%3Aillustration%5D=0&filters%5Bcontent_type%3Azip_vector%5D=0&filters%5Bcontent_type%3Aimage%5D=1&filters%5Bcontent_type%3Avideo%5D=0&filters%5Bcontent_type%3Atemplate%5D=0&filters%5Bcontent_type%3A3d%5D=0&k=turkey%2C+culture&order=relevance&safe_search=1&search_type=filter-select&limit=100&search_page=1&acp=&aco=turkey%2C+culture&get_facets=1
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Not Today on July 03, 2019, 08:08
I think lots of them have good potential.

However descriptions are terrible overall, and you're getting penalised in rankings because of non relevant words in both description and keywords...
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: MRommens on July 03, 2019, 08:19
Animals dont sell
Flowers dont sell

Many images looks the same
Some images are too dark

But i am not an expert, some of my own images are terrible too :)

On Youtube are many Stock videos, good for learning and for inspiration.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: marthamarks on July 03, 2019, 09:09
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.

She was trying to offer encouragement.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Uncle Pete on July 03, 2019, 09:49
Lost in the translation:

Bitli baklanın kör alıcısı olur.
        Literal translation: Wormy beans will have blind buyers.
        Meanning: Even worthless things find a buyer.

We'd need some blind photo buyers?  ;)

I just wanted to reply to the OP and thousands of others who come and ask and will come and ask. It's not how many photos you have, it is all about What are they? Someone with 20 great photos will make much more than someone with 2,000 average, common and meaningless photos.

Think of what you are uploading in terms of, why would someone want to pay for this. And try not to stretch your imagination too much with, "well someone might want a photo of dog do on a sandy beach. Yeah they might, but how many people want that.

For Microstock, in general, especially when starting out: Shoot well lighted, bright, colorful, subjects that buyers need and want. Find subjects that might be used to illustrate an article, make a point or demonstrate examples of the subject.

Good Luck

Assorted arrangements of assorted blank bottles, could be a background. You take the best shot, and move on, not make 50 versions, just in case. You have one image maybe two of use, then it's covered.  :)
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Clair Voyant on July 03, 2019, 09:53
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.

She was trying to offer encouragement.

Martha... I completely understand that. Sometimes the truth needs to be said even if it is a bitter pill to swallow. There is a clear reason why none of their 700+ images sell.

Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: ShadySue on July 03, 2019, 10:25
Animals dont sell
Flowers dont sell
They do sell, but the competition is intense.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: marthamarks on July 03, 2019, 11:49
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.

She was trying to offer encouragement.

Martha... I completely understand that. Sometimes the truth needs to be said even if it is a bitter pill to swallow. There is a clear reason why none of their 700+ images sell.

Yep, I get it.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: charged on July 03, 2019, 13:26
Just had glance through your portfolio. Given that you have zero sales, it appears you are shooting photos of subjects that no body wants. If this was 2005, I'd be very confident that you get a bunch of sales every single day. But it is 2019 now. The competition is fierce. There are tens of thousands of photographers who are many times much better than you who also sell stock. If you photos don't look like the same quality of images that you see in any magazine, then most likely you are not good enough for stock photos in 2019.

The tricky part is that when I first started out, I also shot photos just like yours. I was just lucky enough to start out when there weren't much competition, and I had very long time to get a little better each year to keep up with competition. You on the hard hand don't have that luxury. You probably need to go on youtube and watch a lot of videos on how to shoot and edit for stock photos, otherwise your skills gap probably suggests you are wasting your time. My uninformed guess by looking at your current photos is that you probably need to spend hundreds of hours learning how to edit photos to a quality that is magazine worthy. Stock photos is much more than just pressing a camera button.

And if you read some of the other threads on this website, you can see that even some of the pros are having a hard time earning decent money these days.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Minsc on July 03, 2019, 15:50
Many of your photos... a lot of people can take them with their phones in 2019. And the photos that does have some commercial value, I've seen other photos with similar subject matter that are a lot more downloadable.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: MysteryShot on July 03, 2019, 16:51
...hmm i think these are Head and Shoulders shampoo bottles?
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: MRommens on July 04, 2019, 01:12
Animals dont sell
Flowers dont sell
They do sell, but the competition is intense.
Correction, the animals and flowers in my port don't sell :)
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: pixel86 on July 04, 2019, 10:11
Animals dont sell
Flowers dont sell
They do sell, but the competition is intense.
Correction, the animals and flowers in my port don't sell :)

😂
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: gillian vann on July 26, 2019, 21:11
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.

She was trying to offer encouragement.

Martha... I completely understand that. Sometimes the truth needs to be said even if it is a bitter pill to swallow. There is a clear reason why none of their 700+ images sell.
haha, what's funny is that usually it's me being brutally honest. I was indeed trying to be encouraging, cos I remember what it like to be a newbie. We all started out shooting the easy, dumb stuff, it's part of the process.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: Pauws99 on July 27, 2019, 02:39
I think you are on the right track...


Not even close.

She was trying to offer encouragement.

Martha... I completely understand that. Sometimes the truth needs to be said even if it is a bitter pill to swallow. There is a clear reason why none of their 700+ images sell.
haha, what's funny is that usually it's me being brutally honest. I was indeed trying to be encouraging, cos I remember what it like to be a newbie. We all started out shooting the easy, dumb stuff, it's part of the process.
Luckily a few years ago you could get away with that and earn enough to be encouraged. I don't think some one like me who is reasonably competent  and not prepared to work 70 hrs a week could ever get off the ground now.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: cobalt on July 27, 2019, 04:17
One look at the portfolio and the customer knows this is not someone who took pictures with the buyer in mind.

You have to think of the buyer first, make a mood board of what you want to shoot, then research what is already available and at what quality level, then go out and shoot something much better or with a new idea.

The more effort you put into planning your shots, the more money you make.

stock is not a photohobby plattform chasing likes and hearts, it is a business.

Your portfolio has bad descriptions and keywords, it is also not organized by themes.

If you put no effort into it, why should anyone give you money?

Your type of images can easily be downloaded for free on the many free sharing sites.

At a commercial stock site, customers will only download what is useful and 0nly bookmark artists that make an effort.
Title: Re: No sales 700+ photo
Post by: rinderart on July 30, 2019, 23:51
Im sorry But, you asked and Im not One to blow smoke. your Port has very little Interest My friend. Nothing that goes wow Or even close to it.. exposure is Poor, subjects are Poor, Nothing makes me want to see More. besides all that you have a LOT of duplicates.......WHY? they Do Not help you In any way. they hurt your Port and I Blame the reviewers 100% for accepting 90%. Your simply Just Taking pictures that anyone can do. You Need to make Photographs that can be used to Help sell a Product,service Or Idea.
I don't see that happening. sorry.