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« on: April 15, 2007, 12:41 »
I'm approaching my 100th day shooting stock, and was thinking about cleaning up my portfolios by removing images that haven't sold.

How many of you do this, and how often do you do it?
Are there any advantages/disadvantages to doing it?

« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007, 12:49 »
I did it one time on DT, giving away crappy images to the free section.
If everyone removes old and non selling images, great advantage, thats why I so welcomed it when DT announced it would remove the old files which do not sell. It seems DT never really did it. That where I am disappointed. If only a few photographers doing it like you, than you have a disadvantage, I believe. Less photos online, less possibilities for them to be found and sold in future. For reputations sake you have an advantage of course. But I guess the buyers are searching for specific images not specific photographers.

« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007, 13:04 »
Sharply  - Wow,  I'm torn in both directions on that one.  Naturally, there must be some kind of shelf-life on a photo....  on the other hand..... 
      This month, I have been selling just as many  'old' pix as I have been 'new'  pix  at DT.  Some of these pix are  upwards of 6 months old and some of them,  never sold before.  ???
     Why?  No clue.   So it's a tough one for me.  Keep 'em, pull 'em???
I too realize that as I grow in the business,  I look back and find that a lot of what I submitted in the first days....  is pure crap.  Those pix I pull just to avoid  embarrassment... LOL     
      However,  I sure don't think that 100 days is 'too old'.  What would be a good shelf-life?  Well certainly,  if it's been around a year, it's time to go.  Especially,  season or holiday realated images.  If it's been thru it's 2nd season and not used...  time to 86 it. On the other hand, some folks might think a year too old.  Opinions, everyone has one.
                           8) -tom
« Last Edit: April 15, 2007, 13:05 by a.k.a.-tom »

« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 13:12 »
Yeah, sometimes you cannot really tell whats wise and what not. It might also depend on the site. On SS, it might be time for me to do a spring cleaning, there the buyers are maybe more likely to skim through your potfolio after they noticed one good image of yours.

« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007, 13:56 »
yeah i think it is tough.

on one had it is good to have a large portfolio.  The more images the more sales. I am still getting first sales on dreamstime with images that are over a year old.

On the other hand there is probably a benefit to keeping a really tight portfolio to WOW designers.


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