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gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #50 on: March 25, 2019, 00:51 »
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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.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2019, 20:05 by gillian vann »


« Reply #51 on: March 25, 2019, 01:33 »
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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. 

« Reply #52 on: March 25, 2019, 18:41 »
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I have a terrible photo that sells several times each day.
I'm not showing it to you - it's bad.  :-[

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2019, 09:11 »
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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.



Has sold enough times to pay for itself. "Free Lunch"

« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2019, 19:38 »
+1
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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« Reply #55 on: March 27, 2019, 04:03 »
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l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent


« Last Edit: March 27, 2019, 04:07 by etienjones »

swisschocolate

  • A girl from the Alps
« Reply #56 on: March 27, 2019, 05:53 »
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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 :)

« Reply #57 on: March 27, 2019, 09:10 »
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I love this thread.  Funny, but extremely interesting.  :)

« Reply #58 on: March 27, 2019, 09:59 »
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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.

« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2019, 14:39 »
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l have no idea why anyone would need this shot but they do, over and over . . . inside of a circus tent



That's a nice photo!!

« Reply #60 on: April 01, 2019, 21:37 »
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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

Another image with blankets, sells a lot all the months.

« Reply #61 on: April 13, 2019, 14:10 »
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My top seller on SS. 

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.  ???
« Last Edit: April 13, 2019, 14:16 by thenatureguy »

« Reply #62 on: April 13, 2019, 22:51 »
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My top seller on SS. 

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

Enviado desde mi ALP-L29 mediante Tapatalk


« Reply #63 on: April 15, 2019, 14:04 »
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My top seller on SS. 

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 its from a post floppy-disk Mavica, which would further enhance the story.

« Reply #64 on: April 17, 2019, 08:29 »
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My top seller on SS. 

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 its 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.


 

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