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« on: September 20, 2007, 12:33 »
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So my best selling image on iStockphoto is a macro shot of a dime(heads up). I don't even think it's that great of a photo anymore. It looks blown out and the background should be white. But people seem to like it. What about the rest of you? Anyone have a not so great photo that has sold well beyond what you think it should?

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=3705078


« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2007, 14:20 »
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i am guessing it is mostly about getting lucky in the search results.  It doesn't have THAT many more downloads than the other images, or other dime images.

dbvirago

« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007, 15:14 »
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I posted somewhere a few weeks ago about something similar. I have a plain background type image that has always sold okay. Suddenly on IS it starts going crazy. This lasted for a few weeks, now it has tapered off, but still sells a few a week. I can't find it anywhere on the site that would indicate why.

But I'll take it

« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2007, 15:20 »
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Something I was told by Hidesy - "NEVER try to guess what the market will buy; just upload pictures and let the market decide....."

« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2007, 21:02 »
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Something I was told by Hidesy - "NEVER try to guess what the market will buy; just upload pictures and let the market decide....."

I wish I could remember that.  I've deleted shots that I thought were just "ho-hum" but technically okay, then wake up in the middle of the night wondering why I did that.  Most shots I've thought were sure winners turned out to be poor sellers---others that I thought were rather mediocre and boring took off like a rocket.  I wish I were able to completely shut off my internal second-guesser.

« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 23:20 »
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Hidesy is so right!  And the proof is in two of my extended license sales.  Someone just paid $50 at Fotolia for a photo of a $1.99 place mat, and another person paid $100 at SS for a shot of a wrinkled brown paper bag....netting a total of $38.50 for what is essentially junk. 

http://www.fotolia.com/id/1278436
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1840547-crinkled-brown-paper-bag.html

Crap photos that anyone can shoot.

modellocate

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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 08:10 »
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I've deleted shots

I've stopped deleting shots. Buy some larger hard drives. I've got about 1 TB of crud now.  ;)
« Last Edit: October 02, 2007, 09:44 by modellocate »

« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2007, 13:06 »
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Hidesy is so right!  And the proof is in two of my extended license sales.  Someone just paid $50 at Fotolia for a photo of a $1.99 place mat, and another person paid $100 at SS for a shot of a wrinkled brown paper bag....netting a total of $38.50 for what is essentially junk. 

http://www.fotolia.com/id/1278436
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-1840547-crinkled-brown-paper-bag.html

Crap photos that anyone can shoot.




I think I'll go take a picture of some foil now.  :D


 

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