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« on: May 10, 2022, 12:38 »
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Most, not all people on the old SS forum as well as here are just habitual cry babies and bitchers with nothing to offer.
I'm not on forums much anymore because they are for the most part useless.
You don't learn anything from people who cry their heart out.
I'm not very sociable, I'm not good at small talk so I'm not on forums much anymore.
Yeah, that's me in the long gray beard. Yes, I take selfies. Yes, they sell. All the time.
I've not done any for several months because after I hit 10,000 uploads in one year I decided to take a break.
I've had conversations with some really big sellers and learned quite a bit. I'm now back to uploading, uploading, uploading.
Not as hard and furious as I did in that first year but I'm working at it.
I now look really hard at what sells and what does not sell. Not surprisingly, I don't do the stuff that does not sell.
Knowledge was the main advantage I gained with that magic 10,000 port. It's not bragging, I did it!
I know what does not sell. I don't know what and how the big sellers are made of. I'm working on that.
I've had some really high paying editorial sellers that left me shaking my head. I'm not after those. What I'm after
is subjects and images that sell really well regularly.
I uploaded about 2100 selfies to see if they made money. They do. I'm not happy about how much they bring in but they sell.
I took the off time to look at what sells and what does not. From my images.
I still try new stuff, new subjects and so on. I'm in a race. A race against myself making money. Not in the number of uploads.
So starting this month I'm back to uploading. A LOT!
With a difference. I understand the argument against images that look alike. I try to avoid them because they are
a waste of my time and a waste of the agencies time.
I also stopped hating the evaluators and just embrace what I learn from the rejects.
A couple of months ago I tossed, sold actually all of my DLSR, crop sensor stuff. The cameras and the lenses.
I'm all in with the new Nikon Z cameras. They work great! I get a lot fewer rejects for focus and hardly ever any for
too much like other photos I have submitted.
I'm doing quite a few videos. That was the reason I got rid of my DSLRs. I wanted to do videos.
It's late in the game for videos because everybody with a smart phone submits them.
But they do bring in money and with the new software they are easy to do.
If you do videos use a tripod. Even with the new magical, superb, much hyped Z9 you need to shoot with a tripod.
I keep 3 or 5 of them in my car at all times. I'm getting ready to toss the monopods and other gimmicks that don't work.
It's impossible to beat a tripod.
So that's it. Now you know all about me and are up to date.
I do stock for money. I try to make as much money as possible from each submission.
I wish I had the magic formula for the big bucks but I don't I'm still struggling with that.
Good luck and keep uploading, uploading, uploading.
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Grossinger


« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2022, 14:06 »
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Thanks for posting this.  Must admit I can get a little discouraged when sales are slow.  I'm still learning what sells it is so random to me to be honest.  Maybe I need to take a step back. Like you I do a lot of work and uploads and probably sacrifice quality for quantity and too many similars (not intentionally spammy) but really need to pay more attention to it.

I really enjoy stock (video mostly) I still find it a lot of fun.  I don't consider myself very successful at it - but I keep trying different things. 

Couldn't see any in your port but maybe you'd make a good Santa Clause  :)

« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2022, 14:35 »
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If things are going so great for you - congratulations. But I remember a posting in another forum/blog not so long ago that it's not going well for you at all. With your own words, you were wining and crying there  ;)

Maybe you could provide a little proof that upload-upload-upload is worth it. That would really motivate me  ;D 

« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2022, 15:02 »
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I thought this was going to be a post from Santa.

« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2022, 15:02 »
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Most, not all people on the old SS forum as well as here are just habitual cry babies and bitchers with nothing to offer.
I'm not on forums much anymore because they are for the most part useless.
You don't learn anything from people who cry their heart out.
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Grossinger

I am the king of images that dont sell. If you ever come across a category that does sell, let me know. I have 11,000+ images in my port that dont sell. I just recently traded off all of my DSLR equipment in favor of mirrorless. Cameras and lenses. So far Ive not taken many pictures with the new Z 7 ii and the Z6 but I love both cameras. Im just now getting ready to start taking pictures that wont sell or sell for dimes again.

« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2022, 15:08 »
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forgotten

My images sell like hot cakes.

« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2022, 15:11 »
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Most, not all people on the old SS forum as well as here are just habitual cry babies and bitchers with nothing to offer.
I'm not on forums much anymore because they are for the most part useless.
You don't learn anything from people who cry their heart out.
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Grossinger

I am the king of images that dont sell. If you ever come across a category that does sell, let me know. I have 11,000+ images in my port that dont sell. I just recently traded off all of my DSLR equipment in favor of mirrorless. Cameras and lenses. So far Ive not taken many pictures with the new Z 7 ii and the Z6 but I love both cameras. Im just now getting ready to start taking pictures that wont sell or sell for dimes again.

Thanks Wilm, I had not found the quote so quickly. There is a certain need for explanation for the contradiction ;)
« Last Edit: May 10, 2022, 15:15 by RalfLiebhold »

« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2022, 21:16 »
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If things are going so great for you - congratulations. But I remember a posting in another forum/blog not so long ago that it's not going well for you at all. With your own words, you were wining and crying there  ;)

Maybe you could provide a little proof that upload-upload-upload is worth it. That would really motivate me  ;D

Maybe you can show how not uploading at all really helps your sales.
I'm sure everyone would love to see that.

Sales are not going to my satisfaction. THEY NEVER WILL.

« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2022, 21:23 »
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Yes, I have some images that sell well.
Yes, I have too many images in my port that don't sell at all.
NO, I'm not satisfied with how my sales are going.
Sorry, I don't see a contradiction.

I don't get much satisfaction arguing with the nitpickers and the hatemongers.
Those that are interested in increasing their sales, keep at it! Don't give up and don't
spend much time in the forums. You can't take pictures, keyword and title them and upload them if
you are on the forum every day. It's one or the other.
You don't see the really successful, big sellers on the forums. They are too busy doing stock.
I'm not all that successful yet, but I don't have time for silly word games either.

One thing I want to clear up. On my original post I stated that I got rid of all of my DSLR equipment.
Mostly true, but I don't want to give the impression you have to go full frame mirrorless to get sales.
You can build a perfectly fine port with just a fairly new, decent smart phone.

« Last Edit: May 10, 2022, 21:32 by UPLOAD-UPLOAD-UPLOAD »

« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2022, 15:58 »
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Yes, I have some images that sell well.
Yes, I have too many images in my port that don't sell at all.
NO, I'm not satisfied with how my sales are going.
Sorry, I don't see a contradiction.

Then why on earth are you writing about a "magic port".

What is magic about it?


 

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