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tab62

« on: November 27, 2012, 14:47 »
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Hi Folks,

Based on my few travel adventures this year- I have wiped out on creating successful photos for the majority of the MS companies- high rejection rates and or poor sales. I know that I am not a very good landscaper especially compared to the pro's even if carry my tripod and lens.  On my next venture I am seriously considering just being a decent mirrorless camera and enjoying the trip with my very patient wife.  Three weeks in China and most successful photo is a pic of low hanging fruit -sold an OD on shutter. I could have just went to the local super market and took the same photo without traveling several thousand miles lol!  I wonder how you guys/gals feel on traveling vacations and bringing your camera stuff?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts- yes, I am an idiot that carried 40 lbs of stuff up the mountains and my back is now ruin forever...

Tom


« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 15:03 »
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Landmarks and tourist attractions sell. Put the rest on Alamy as RM. Got some good sales of travel shots at Alamy that wouldn't be accepted/sold in microstock. I would leave a tripod at home but always bring my DSLR and 2 lenses. Ultra-wide and all-round.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 15:06 by jwolf »

« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 15:07 »
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I put my travel photos in macro only, except for generic shots. I see they sell in Alamy (if not mine, other people's) for the publishing companies, I guess.

But then, I think that locations that are very well covered, such as the Big Ben, it's a matter of luck to have someone pick ours among hundreds of choices.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012, 16:13 »
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I put lots of pictures from a less-travelled location on Alamy and guess what sold? My welcome tray in one of my accommodations.
 ::)

tab62

« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2012, 16:21 »
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lol! Yeah, I my low hanging fruit made me laugh! It was like in front of our hotel! Also I had one pic that sold that I took in front of our hotel- it was their flowerbed. Than I want to a garden (you had to pay big bucks to get in and a 2 hour drive) and nothing got accepted or sold...

« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2012, 16:30 »
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lol! Yeah, I my low hanging fruit made me laugh! It was like in front of our hotel! Also I had one pic that sold that I took in front of our hotel- it was their flowerbed. Than I want to a garden (you had to pay big bucks to get in and a 2 hour drive) and nothing got accepted or sold...

Yeah, that just goes to prove that what sells and is able to make money in micro is the completely generic.  Stuff that is very specific should be sold as RM so that when you finally DO get a sale it is paid accordingly.

If you are going to try and get some tourism shots on the micros it has to be the super cliche tourist attractions.  I have a couple shots from prauge and malta that do OK but they are shot of the thing people think of when thinking about those countries.... and like mad said.. I've had a bit of luck with those shots.

tab62

« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 16:54 »
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when I told my tax accountant that I was thinking about deducting my travels costs for the photo business he replied, 'Sure, and you can take pics of the IRS Agents as they come to your house'.  That might be a good selling pic...

« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2012, 18:14 »
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if you just started this year, then it's really too early to tell about your travel pix - i do mostly travel, and sales are steady at all agencies but not astronomical.  rejections are high, since competition is too; so volume, variety and lack of ego are important.  wide angle shots of common landmarks are tough, but that leaves lots of other choices - look at the portfolios of others to see what's being accomplished, then lookfor poorly covered areas

i dont usually use a tripod unless i'm on my own for the day, but i do carry it for night scenes and video.

partly, too, it depends where you're traveling - the more out of the way/exotic the better chances of acceptance [tho chances of sales may be less too]

learn about the places you're going to before the trip, since your interest will probably be reflected in how you capture your images.  eg, a tourist will take the zillionth picture of a church, while i might seek out the unique sculptures or stained glass images of devils and hellbound sinners in a minor chapel [copyright issues are a separate consideration].  considering the season will alert  you to look for planting or harvesting activities; learn about local festivals, etc. 

 

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012, 18:31 »
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There's also a difference between 'travel' pictures which may go into travel companies brochures, and 'secondary editorial', taken in countries you visit. There could be an overlap in usage in guide books.


 

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