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Author Topic: People as best-selling subject - truth or myth?  (Read 12633 times)

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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2010, 21:04 »
Hi All,

 I have been shooting people shots from the beginning of my stock career. We keep track of all our sales from the past 12 years and we learned an interesting thing. When I get to a location and the models aren't ready or the lights aren't set I run around and bang off what ever the location has to offer as stills.
 When we do our calculations on our best sellers over the years images without people are at the top of the list. I think you need to shoot what the buyers need and they always seem to need good property released interiors and conceptual still life's as well as Industry, transportation many subjects that relate to man but don't actually include man in them.
 Easy to produce but they still need to shine to get noticed over all the others in their category, property releases are a big key for locations that require them and stay away from art work on walls unless you get a release from the artist. I am totally down with just my camera and a building. No more groups of 8 children trying to get them all to smile and play. That is much harder work. :D


Thank you Jonathan - that's what I suspected... I mean, there is nothing wrong with an image of 8 smiling children, but it's definitely not the only thing that sells... if you take into account return on investment, non-people shots are way more profitable:)

« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2010, 21:15 »
Now why do people shots when some local park does so much better?:-)

IMHO, the second people photo would be better if the models were all wearing the same color.


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