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« on: April 10, 2015, 22:16 »
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Hey everyone. I'm new here and fairly new to photography. Ive just recently started shooting in October. I picked up my first camera (Canon 70d) and went on a landscape shoot with some friends. I instantly fell in love with photography.

Ive just recently started shooting stock photos. After being shut down twice on SS I finally got 8 approved images on April 1st, So I'm a super newbie. Over the last 9 days ive been submitting some of my old stuff and some new stuff. Im currently up to 50 images and 2 videos. Have a few DLs here and there. I have currently purchased a table top photo studio for some isolated shots of products and also working with a few restaurants on getting their menu a make over.

Anyway, Im here to learn and be a successful microstock provider.

Here is my portfolio www.richlonardo.com
Here is my SS acct: http://shutterstock.com/g/richlonardo

If you have any suggestions, websites, books or anything that could help a newbie out feel free to pass it along. Thanks
Rich


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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2015, 23:51 »
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cannon fodder

read this forum change your subjects or try different ways to monetize your photography

sorry if this sounds rude but its a cruel business out there

« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2015, 00:55 »
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Welcome.

If you look at well covered subjects like the Golden Gate bridge (over 7,000 images on SS already) I think you'll quickly realize that for stock, you're better off focusing on things that are less plentiful in the collections but which may still be in demand.

Your locked water tap is a good example. It's the fourth image on the first page of a search for california drought (which has about 1,400 images). If you have access to things that illustrate the drought, measures to deal with it, etc. that's a much better use of your time (for stock) than tiger pictures.

Black and white generally doesn't sell well (any designer can make a b&w from a color image).

Good luck!

« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2015, 18:45 »
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Welcome.

If you look at well covered subjects like the Golden Gate bridge (over 7,000 images on SS already) I think you'll quickly realize that for stock, you're better off focusing on things that are less plentiful in the collections but which may still be in demand.

Your locked water tap is a good example. It's the fourth image on the first page of a search for california drought (which has about 1,400 images). If you have access to things that illustrate the drought, measures to deal with it, etc. that's a much better use of your time (for stock) than tiger pictures.

Black and white generally doesn't sell well (any designer can make a b&w from a color image).

Good luck!

Thanks so much for your reply. I get what your saying and have been trying to find more images which are "rare" and in the news. I posted all the golden gate pics because thats all I really shot before getting into micro stock. Thanks for the advice on BNW

« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 19:18 »
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Portfolio developing nicely.

« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 01:00 »
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Portfolio developing nicely.

Thank you.

« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 22:53 »
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Looks good...  Its great fun to find your pics being used across the world. Pay could be better but thats true in all walks of life


 

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