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« on: September 29, 2017, 22:02 »
Actually besides the subject what i really would like to ask is, how many effort you will spend on your photo/video/illustration? either shooting, editing or drawing?

I am most of time a photographer on landscape, press button is a quite easy thing compare to other kind of task like you spend couple of hours to draw something on computer. But i know if i would like to give great picture/photos, work is far more than that, like to plan/design the scene, edit the photos afterwards. it really time consuming. I think video edit and illustration even much longer.

But we are in the microstock world (no consider macrostock so far), which mean the benefit of one pictures could only bring me very limited, which doesn't attract me to be a professional photographer and live with that. So each of my photo will only bring me very limited (without deeply edit).

I know some photographer will put a lot of energy on some single photos and also it will bring much benefit, but how much? is that worth to also give your a lot of extra time to work on it.

it's great to share your opinion.

« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 01:57 »
I'm like you  I do low cost low return stuff like you. I did dabble for a time shooting models did reasonably but not enough to risk the investment overall. I think you have to be very good these days to make a good return on anything requiring investment...of course it helps if you already have "sunk" costs such as a studio/props etc. Profit is not just maximising income its also about managing costs ;-)

« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2017, 02:06 »
It depends on what type of clip (talking video here), but generally, if it's meant to be a "wow" clip, and used mostly for its visual effect rather than to depict a certain event or location, I spend A LOT of time on it.

To me, it seems to pay off, since those clips that look really impressive (quite heavily color graded, retouched) sell 10-20 times more than others.

In my opinion, the right post processing can change a good asset into a bestseller.

Almost no bestseller (from any contributor) in the nature/landscape category is close to "straight out of camera".


If it's a clip where the event itself is the main focus, the look is less important.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2017, 02:10 by increasingdifficulty »


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