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« on: August 22, 2017, 05:31 »
Hi everyone :)

I'm new on this forum.
I will be grateful for all the comments and suggestions that will help me improve sales and photography.

Here is my portfolio on SS : newbielink:https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Malgorzata+Gluc?language=en [nonactive]

« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 14:46 »
Hello :)

I had a quick look at your portfolio and if you're looking to improve your stock sales there are a few key areas I think will help - keywording, lighting, choice of subject matter.

Taking the last topic first, if you are shooting beautiful images that no stock buyer has a use for, your sales will be low. As an example (with a bit of keywording advice thrown in) this isn't a tropical beach, no one would mistake it for hawaii, and even if I could see a sailboat (I can't), I don't see many buyers having a use for this sort of shot. It's too dark (shoot earlier when there's still some light on the foreground). Poland isn't in the keywords (not all sites search title and description) - if it's a famous Polish beach, then it might sell to local buyers if it's properly identified. It can't be both sunrise and sunset - keyword accurately. You can include things like twilight which cover either time of day.

On the topic of lighting, a lot of your images are very dark and I think you need to shoot earlier or later (a little) to let the light catch more of the image - here's an example of something that might work a lot better if the road were lit and the perspective on the fenceposts were corrected, especially if this is typical of rural Poland or is a locally well-known area.

Another example is this castle image - another time of day when the walls were lit would have worked much better (even bracketing your shots and blending them would have helped).

As far as subject matter, think about what buyers might be looking for - local foods or activities, well known places or events and so on. Make sure you include all the relevant keywords. Skip the rusty chains, generic pretty flowers or sunsets/rises.

Good luck

« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 07:53 »
Jo Ann Snover thank you for your opinion and suggestions. I will try to apply to your comments.


« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 08:07 »
Jo Ann Snover thank you for your opinion and suggestions. I will try to apply to your comments.

Title: Sunset over sea. Colorful sky and waves at sea. Poland, Jastrzebia Gora

So why did you put Hawaii and tropical in as a keyword?

Do tell

« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 10:06 »
You have right. It's because keyword suggestion. I probably didn't notice that. I must fix that. Thanks.


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