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Title: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Allsa on May 05, 2008, 15:31
I can't stand it anymore! I have a picture in my portfolio that is just plain bad - yet the stupid sells and sells like crazy! Here it is:
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=94858
The bird is flying, yet the feet are left in the default perching position.

I made and uploaded a new and improved  version of it, hoping people would download it instead:
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-5656783-blue-and-gold-macaw-flying-d-render.html
But it doesn't get downloaded nearly as much.

Every time that thing is downloaded (which happens with depressing frequency) I cringe. I should delete the stupid thing, but I'm making a lot of money off of it, in fact it's one of my best sellers at Shutterstock. At least iStock had the good sense to reject it.

So I'm curious, anyone else have a bad picture in their portfolio that sells like crazy? If you do, I'd love to see them  ;)

I know it sounds strange complaining about a picture that sells too much, but it's just so weird!

Linda B
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: leaf on May 05, 2008, 15:33
well it looks like he is going to attack a mouse or something... or pick up a grape :)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: rosta on May 05, 2008, 15:41
IMHO, the first image is perfect for adding effects..a designer can have the bird picking up any object they choose.  The second image does not offer that.  You may consider it "bad" because you are the photographer and you know how your birds are supposed to appear.  I'm not a designer but I can see multiple possibilites with the orignial image.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: a.k.a.-tom on May 05, 2008, 15:43
Yeah,  I've got a few of those.....   8)=tom
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: steve-oh on May 05, 2008, 15:44
I can understand why it sells better. While it isn't as accurate as the new one, it's a more dramatic image.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: leaf on May 05, 2008, 15:51
which is exactly the problem i think exisits when people say that they put all the 'bad' images as cheap on sites like snapvillage and their 'good' shots more expensive.  most people have NO idea which are their good or bad shots.  It is very hard to be a judge of your own work i think... especially in the commercial sense.

When I was working as a potter.. I would have a stand displaying and selling my wares.  I would have perhaps 30 large bowls for sale at a time, and never fail - the ABSOLUTE ugliest ones sold FIRST.  I was always tempted to price those lower, but had learned that usually the ugly ones sell best - so they were all priced equal.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: anonymous on May 05, 2008, 16:03
which is exactly the problem i think exisits when people say that they put all the 'bad' images as cheap on sites like snapvillage and their 'good' shots more expensive.  most people have NO idea which are their good or bad shots.  It is very hard to be a judge of your own work i think... especially in the commercial sense.


...which all goes back to nobody knows what will or will not sell...including the reviewers at the stock sites. "Not stock material"...if they truly knew what stock material was, they'd be sipping martinis on their yachts.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: a.k.a.-tom on May 05, 2008, 16:26
..which all goes back to nobody knows what will or will not sell...including the reviewers at the stock sites. "Not stock material"...if they truly knew what stock material was, they'd be sipping martinis on their yachts.

LOL.....    amen to that one, anonymous!!!!   ha ha ha ha...  8)=tom
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: louoates on May 05, 2008, 16:32
I once owned a furniture store. I just got in a new import clothes tree. I thought it was butt ugly, but what ., so I slapped a price tag on it.

About ten minutes later a lady shopper looked at it and said it was the ugliest thing she ever saw. Then left the store. So I decided that I'd probably stick it in the discount section the next day just to get rid of the eyesore.

Not five minutes later another lady saw it and bought it.

Turned out it was one of my better sellers. It got better looking every day.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: hospitalera on May 05, 2008, 16:40
I have one like this, I call it the "horror castle", SY

(http://69.90.174.246/photos/display_pic_with_logo/57169/57169,1183043104,3.jpg)

and it sells, and sells, and sells,....
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Allsa on May 05, 2008, 16:41
Reminds me of when I used to sell my drawings at art & craft shows. I once saw a guy walk by wearing the ugliest mustard yellow sport coat, and he wore a really bad toupee. I thought, "That guy has got the worst taste of anyone I've ever seen!" Then he walked over and bought some of my artwork....  ;)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: cascoly on May 05, 2008, 17:37
i've found that shooting on the way to beautiful areas is when i get the most sales -- i do better with buenos aires traffic than from antarctica; more from trucks on the road than from the Canadian Rockies or Maine shoreline

nothing really surprising there, even if it is a bit less satisfying.

that's stock

steve
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: RacePhoto on May 05, 2008, 18:29
..which all goes back to nobody knows what will or will not sell...including the reviewers at the stock sites. "Not stock material"...if they truly knew what stock material was, they'd be sipping martinis on their yachts.

LOL.....    amen to that one, anonymous!!!!   ha ha ha ha...  8)=tom

Let me say that this one would get a 98% in a true / false poll. The other 2% hit the wrong button by accident or live in South Florida.  ;D

I'm going with the talons ready to grasp theory. It's an action image.

The fact that anyone would buy an Elvis or a donkey painted on velvet,  except as a joke, proves there is no taste in the world.  ;)

My best selling image is one I threw in, because it was there. I had no hopes of having it ever sell. I think it has outsold all my other photos put together. So maybe I can get a job as a reviewer, writing "not suitable for stock"  ::) I'm pre-qualified.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: mjp on May 06, 2008, 00:58
I do not know if this picture is bad, but when I edited it I was 100% sure that reviewers will reject it due the limited commercial value.

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=2404333

Now its one of my best selling images in istock, most downloaded in SS, and lots of downloads on other sites as well :).

So it is very hard to say which sells.

br, MJP
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Allsa on May 06, 2008, 07:19
But it's a cute and fun image - I like to upload wacky and off the wall pictures sometimes, just to see what might happen. Sometimes they bomb, but sometimes they do great! You just never know.

Linda B
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: etudiante_rapide on May 06, 2008, 09:15
i think Crestock sums it all the best.
when they rejected one of my photos, they wrote me, "after all we are human, perharps we make a mistake to reject this."
that is a most reasonable rejection,  i accept it and continued to submit better shots which they in turn accepted.

in other words, there is no hard and fast rule. we can only guess from past experience.  but who has heard of a great photographer or artist who was rejected but everyone only to become one of the greatest in history?
that happens all the time. 8)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: fotoKmyst on May 06, 2008, 09:19
I find SS to be a Big 6 oddball. Being Numero Uno means nothing at all.
For one who is so sticky about artifacts and post processing,
then you look at their featured photos ... all super contrived and whatever.
The mind boggles.   ;D ;D ;D

My two bits input ::)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: fotoKmyst on May 06, 2008, 09:23
..which all goes back to nobody knows what will or will not sell...including the reviewers at the stock sites. "Not stock material"...if they truly knew what stock material was, they'd be sipping martinis on their yachts.

LOL.....    amen to that one, anonymous!!!!   ha ha ha ha...  8)=tom

and instead of being some stock site's burrito  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: anonymous on May 06, 2008, 15:47
..which all goes back to nobody knows what will or will not sell...including the reviewers at the stock sites. "Not stock material"...if they truly knew what stock material was, they'd be sipping martinis on their yachts.

LOL.....    amen to that one, anonymous!!!!   ha ha ha ha...  8)=tom

and instead of being some stock site's burrito  ;D ;D ;D
How many stock reviewers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "20"...One to review it and 19 to say "I could have done it better"...

How do you know when a stock reviewer is at your front door? "Pizza's here!"

How many reviewers does it take to review a photo?..."None", they have machines that do that now...

Ah..I feel better now :-\
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: ace_evs on June 13, 2009, 09:13
hi there, can you please tell me how can i sell some of my clicked photographs.
thanks
Ace
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: m@m on June 13, 2009, 09:38
LOL.....    amen to that one, anonymous!!!!   ha ha ha ha...  8)=tom
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Let me say that this one would get a 98% in a true / false poll. The other 2% hit the wrong button by accident or live in South Florida.  ;D

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Why South Florida, RacePhoto?
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Adeptris on June 13, 2009, 09:41
Who decides what is good or bad, watch the presentation in this post from Jonathan Ross.
http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/paca-conference-lecture-on-stock/msg103308/?topicseen#new (http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/paca-conference-lecture-on-stock/msg103308/?topicseen#new)

It runs for a while so best to make a bit of time, grap a drink and settle down to watch the whole thing, I did just that the other evening and it is worth watching, was I paying attention, well if I am right quoting Jonathan, 11 years and 15,000 images online between traditional and microsites, towards the end of the presentation, Jonathan show some images and talks about the revenue they have made, and you will hear him say a couple of times, 'we expected this one to sell a lot better', so if a seasoned stock photograher may have a better idea but can only speculate on what will sell.

It might be better to leave it to the buyers and sales to say what is good or 'not what we are looking for at this time'

David  ;D
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Clivia on June 13, 2009, 09:44
hi there, can you please tell me how can i sell some of my clicked photographs.
thanks
Ace

Print them out and go get a stall on the local market.

Seriously, this whole site is about selling pictures, if you need to ask this question you have not been paying attention!
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Sean Locke Photography on June 13, 2009, 11:09
'we expected this one to sell a lot better',

Don't we expect them _all_ to sell better :) ? ...
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: bittersweet on June 13, 2009, 11:20
You guys... not sure if you noticed, but ... this is a thread from over a year ago and was resurrected by the addition of a random, off-topic question.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: puravida on June 13, 2009, 13:55
You guys... not sure if you noticed, but ... this is a thread from over a year ago and was resurrected by the addition of a random, off-topic question.

rofl , so right whatalife ! some things just cannot be exterminated ...ie. cockroaches, keith richard,
and threads like this one  :D
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Adeptris on June 13, 2009, 14:43
You guys... not sure if you noticed, but ... this is a thread from over a year ago and was resurrected by the addition of a random, off-topic question.

Oh well  ::) ;D
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Kngkyle on June 13, 2009, 15:11
No idea why this sells as much as it does. I think its pretty awful and useless in terms of stock.
(http://thumb18.shutterstock.com.edgesuite.net/photos/display_pic_with_logo/86808/86808,1196015203,1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: puravida on June 13, 2009, 15:21
You guys... not sure if you noticed, but ... this is a thread from over a year ago and was resurrected by the addition of a random, off-topic question.


Oh well  ::) ;D


No, what a life is right. let's kill this thread, and comment on my new one...
http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/change-what-change-same-ole-same-ole-!/msg103459/?topicseen#new (http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/change-what-change-same-ole-same-ole-!/msg103459/?topicseen#new)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Perry on June 14, 2009, 05:08
I have some old, noisy and ugly point-and-shoot snapshots from 2004 at iStock. They are only in 1200*1600 resolution, but they sell, sell, sell...  ::)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 21, 2019, 10:42
It would be cool/funny to see what is your ugliest picture that sells a lot.

This is mine:

I hate it. It's terrible in any sense and idek why it sells
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: jonbull on February 21, 2019, 12:02
It would be cool/funny to see what is your ugliest picture that sells a lot.

This is mine:

I hate it. It's terrible in any sense and idek why it sells

you are from colombia medellin? I'm planning to come next month..can you tell me the situation of security for photographer?
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 21, 2019, 12:13
It would be cool/funny to see what is your ugliest picture that sells a lot.

This is mine:

I hate it. It's terrible in any sense and idek why it sells

you are from colombia medellin? I'm planning to come next month..can you tell me the situation of security for photographer?

I'm from Cali but I live in Medellin. Medellin is a very unequal city. Colombia is a VERY unequal country so you can expect to see very poor neighbourhoods with zero security or luxury neighbourhoods with amazing restaurants/lifestyle with Europe-Japan-like security. Security in El Poblado, Envigado, Laureles, inside metro, malls, universities is very good, so you can take your camera out in those places/areas. But don't take your camera out if you are in the downtown (El Centro) because it's overcrowded and even if you see police or something it's not that safe (I wouldn't do it unless you see a policeman very close) - or you can talk to him and ask him to watch while you take photos. If you are going with a group of people, it's better than alone. I have a high-end cell phone that I never show up in "public" spaces... I actually have my backup which is a cheap phone that I can take out. I don't want you to get paranoid but the safety norms are like in every other big city, don't go alone at night, don't receive weird stuff from people you just know, identify authorities, learn some Spanish before (not everyone here is fluent in English). El Poblado is a very foreigner-friend neighborhood so you are going to find lots of hotels/hostels with English speakers people. Medellin is a beautiful city (not like Bogota) and Antioquia (the "state") too, but be safe when travelling to small towns (for example Ituango has now security problems).

Anyway, lots of foreigners tend to say that we are overly paranoid but maybe it's because of the 50 year-old war that is kinda ongoing. Nowadays less intense, but still there are some places where you can't go so easily. Overall Medellin is pretty safe, but read about the don't go places, and the must go places before. I recommend you Guatape, Jardin, Santafe de Antioquia, and some places inside Medellin such as Explora Park, Arvi Park, Metro/Metrocable, Botanical Garden. About food, taste "bandeja paisa", arepas and candies.

People is VERY friendly with foreigners so don't be afraid to ask for directions, places, food options, or to see if some "area" is safe for you as a foreigner.

Have a nice trip! I would love to see your photos from the travel :)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: ShadySue on February 21, 2019, 12:15
It would be cool/funny to see what is your ugliest picture that sells a lot.

This is mine:

I hate it. It's terrible in any sense and idek why it sells

Have you done web reverse-image searches (IMO these are not as good at throwing up in-uses as they used to be, however) to see how they're being used?
Illustrating train travel, public transport. It's not always the prettiest photo that's the most useful.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 21, 2019, 12:26
It would be cool/funny to see what is your ugliest picture that sells a lot.

This is mine:

I hate it. It's terrible in any sense and idek why it sells

Have you done web reverse-image searches (IMO these are not as good at throwing up in-uses as they used to be, however) to see how they're being used?
Illustrating train travel, public transport. It's not always the prettiest photo that's the most useful.
I have done it with all my sells. I have found a lot of them to be honest and it's pretty cool to know how they use them. Regarding this picture I haven't found anything

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: thenatureguy on February 25, 2019, 21:56
I have a couple that are like that that just sell and I can't figure it out. 
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: PrincessFerf on February 26, 2019, 10:36
When I'm out taking photos, I often remind myself that the people looking for content are doing so for ALL KINDS of reasons.  I am always curious about why people download my photos and how they want to use them. 

I do know that we can rarely guess exactly what people are looking for or what they need.  Sometimes I upload a photo that I think "meh, you never know..." and that's what ends up selling. 
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Dumc on February 26, 2019, 11:31
Ive made this in 5 minutes.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076)

Totally sucks, but it's one of my top sellers on SS, FT and iS.

Or this one: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361)

Nothing special, but also one of my top sellers on SS and FT.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 26, 2019, 13:05
Ive made this in 5 minutes.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076)

Totally sucks, but it's one of my top sellers on SS, FT and iS.

Or this one: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361)

Nothing special, but also one of my top sellers on SS and FT.

Nice colorful pills and the cornfield has a nice dreamy look with the corn and the haze? My pill shot isn't nearly as good, but it was one of my first "inspirations" when I started with Microstock.  :)

(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/expensive-prescription-drugs-bring-rising-450w-91188737.jpg)

I need to do this with more photogenic pills.  ;) But I spent the rest of the props, so it's a no deal. Hmm, M&Ms, Skittles, some aspirin?
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 26, 2019, 17:39
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Uncle Pete on February 26, 2019, 20:57
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

I'd agree. I think people need to think back to when they started. Ideas and what can I find that I have. This is an easy concept, we all have some around the house, and they are possibly a good seller. Kind of like sliced vegetables...
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 26, 2019, 20:58
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

I'd agree. I think people need to think back to when they started. Ideas and what can I find that I have. This is an easy concept, we all have some around the house, and they are possibly a good seller. Kind of like sliced vegetables...
One of my best sellers is a bunch of cassava, which are kind of not usual in the US

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: k_t_g on February 26, 2019, 23:19
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

It could be lots of old people taking pills in ads? That could be driving it?
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Thomas from France on February 27, 2019, 01:14
Ive made this in 5 minutes.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/prescription-pills-paper-colorful-medication-256578076)

Totally sucks, but it's one of my top sellers on SS, FT and iS.

Or this one: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/corn-field-early-morning-light-443097361)

Nothing special, but also one of my top sellers on SS and FT.

For me,the first one is really good! I mean this is really a microstock photo, i can read keywords and imagine were it can be used.





Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Pauws99 on February 27, 2019, 01:49
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

It could be lots of old people taking pills in ads? That could be driving it?
Theres regularly articles all over the media about medication so its a great subject..what is often puzzling is how one image "takes off" while others that appear similar quality  sit unsold...thats where Search Algorithms come into play I guess...success breeding success.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on February 27, 2019, 07:58
It seems like we all have our capsules and pills hahah

It could be lots of old people taking pills in ads? That could be driving it?
Theres regularly articles all over the media about medication so its a great subject..what is often puzzling is how one image "takes off" while others that appear similar quality  sit unsold...thats where Search Algorithms come into play I guess...success breeding success.
Yes, the keywords and the concept behind the picture... Gonna play more with that

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Noedelhap on March 01, 2019, 06:05
This illustration is one of my ugliest top sellers, I always find it embarassing if someone buys this image. Conceptually unoriginal, very generic.

(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-vector/rope-pulling-business-people-450w-60750901.jpg)

Not a top seller, but it sold recently, the simplest animation I've ever made:

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-9946493 (https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-9946493)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Brasilnut on March 01, 2019, 07:29
roadkill
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on March 01, 2019, 08:16
roadkill
So sad

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Thomas from France on March 24, 2019, 13:52
roadkill
Really ?
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: gillian vann on March 25, 2019, 00:51
love to see an old thread resurrected!

I've got a pic of my feet on the beach, such a cliche, from my early days, it's also one of my oldest images, and the editing is terrible, but it's in the top line at SS and is hands down my best seller. I've reshot the concept, with better editing, and those don't sell at all. I have 2 images, image of sunset over farmland, one has been "properly" edited with multiple exposures to included the  properly exposed sky and balanced foreground, the other is one of the set, with the fully blown out sky being all white, that one has sold well and the other "correct" image.... 0 sales. These aren't regular sellers but I often think of how customers don't see the flaws we see. Some technical flaw that would render an image "ugly" to me doesn't even register with customers. Reminds me to lighten up and relax a bit, and makes me want to say the same to editors.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Pauws99 on March 25, 2019, 01:33
love to see and old thread resurrected!

I've got a pic of my feet on the beach, such a cliche, from my early days, it's also one of my oldest images, and the editing is terrible, but it's in the top line at SS and is hands down my best seller. I've reshot the concept, with better editing, and those don't sell at all. I have 2 images, image of sunset over farmland, one has been "properly" edited with multiple exposures to included the  properly exposed sky and balanced foreground, the other is one of the set, with the fully blown out sky being all white, that one has sold well and the other "correct" image.... 0 sales. These aren't regular sellers but I often think of how customers don't see the flaws we see. Some technical flaw that would render an image "ugly" to me doesn't even register with customers. Reminds me to lighten up and relax a bit, and makes me want to say the same to editors.
Most Microstock sales are for ephemeral uses and may only be glanced at for a few seconds. Customers are generally not searching for an aesthetic or technical masterpiece but something that will do. 
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Trippy on March 25, 2019, 18:41
I have a terrible photo that sells several times each day.
I'm not showing it to you - it's bad.  :-[
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: Uncle Pete on March 26, 2019, 09:11
Don't know if it's bad enough, but the thread reminded me of shots I took, when I was doing something else, and they have sold.

Working at an event, I took a break for lunch. Put the Brat in the Sun with a carefully designed squiggle of mustard. Snap, and it's gone before it got cold. Quick edit when I got home.

(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/grilled-bratwurst-sausage-on-white-450w-260222741.jpg)

Has sold enough times to pay for itself. "Free Lunch"
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on March 26, 2019, 19:38
love to see an old thread resurrected!

I've got a pic of my feet on the beach, such a cliche, from my early days, it's also one of my oldest images, and the editing is terrible, but it's in the top line at SS and is hands down my best seller. I've reshot the concept, with better editing, and those don't sell at all. I have 2 images, image of sunset over farmland, one has been "properly" edited with multiple exposures to included the  properly exposed sky and balanced foreground, the other is one of the set, with the fully blown out sky being all white, that one has sold well and the other "correct" image.... 0 sales. These aren't regular sellers but I often think of how customers don't see the flaws we see. Some technical flaw that would render an image "ugly" to me doesn't even register with customers. Reminds me to lighten up and relax a bit, and makes me want to say the same to editors.
You never know if a picture you consider ugly ends up selling constantly...

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: etienjones on March 27, 2019, 04:03
l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent


(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/creative-treatment-inside-circus-tent-450w-55498651.jpg)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: swisschocolate on March 27, 2019, 05:53
l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent

I wouldn't call it a bad picture :)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: PrincessFerf on March 27, 2019, 09:10
I love this thread.  Funny, but extremely interesting.  :)
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: YadaYadaYada on March 27, 2019, 09:59
l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent

I wouldn't call it a bad picture :)

I'd agree, many aren't bad pictures but they are not usual Micro pictures.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on March 29, 2019, 14:39
l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent


(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/creative-treatment-inside-circus-tent-450w-55498651.jpg)
That's a nice photo!!
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: 08stock08 on April 01, 2019, 21:37
In my very early days, I had shot some peanuts and salary text photos. Those have bad edits. Those sell every month beginning and ending. Many with feeling down and burnout download them in good numbers.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salary-text-letters-peanuts-319384880 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salary-text-letters-peanuts-319384880)

Another image with blankets, sells a lot all the months.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: thenatureguy on April 13, 2019, 14:10
My top seller on SS. 

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060)

Taken with a Sony Mavica CD-300 in 2002.  Just sells and sells and sells.  Go figure.  ???
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: davidbautista on April 13, 2019, 22:51
My top seller on SS. 

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060)

Taken with a Sony Mavica CD-300 in 2002.  Just sells and sells and sells.  Go figure.  ???
Pretty creepy hahaha

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Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: PigsInSpace on April 15, 2019, 14:04
My top seller on SS. 

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060)

Taken with a Sony Mavica CD-300 in 2002.  Just sells and sells and sells.  Go figure.  ???

Woah, nice! Although I am a little disappointed itís from a post floppy-disk Mavica, which would further enhance the story.
Title: Re: Bad pictures that sell and sell...
Post by: thenatureguy on April 17, 2019, 08:29
My top seller on SS. 

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060 (https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/amazon-black-piranha-teeth-1104578060)

Taken with a Sony Mavica CD-300 in 2002.  Just sells and sells and sells.  Go figure.  ???

Woah, nice! Although I am a little disappointed itís from a post floppy-disk Mavica, which would further enhance the story.

Hey, I wish I could afford to fly down to the amazon and retake the picture with my Sony a6500, but, well, you know.  By today's standards, the Sony Mavica CD-300 is crap, but back in 2002, it was a $1,000 top of the line prosumer camera.  Never judge the past by the present.