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« on: June 10, 2006, 09:43 »
Hi, my 3 months of waiting are over, does anybody here has some tips how and with what pics I have a chance at SS? My main subjects are food, flowers (including macros), dogs, no peolple shots. Thanks a lot! SY

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Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2006, 14:33 »
Key issues with SS are 1) focus--must be dead on, with appropriate depth of field (they occasionally reject shallow DOF); 2) NO image noise--NONE; 3) NO FLOWERS, unless they are exceptional in some way; 4) no pets; 5) images should be bright and contrasty, with a clear subject.  People are desireable, but not a necessity.

The idea is to send them your absolutely best photos--technically perfect, with saleable subjects.  If you have mostly pet and flower shots, go out and assign yourself something and shoot that, instead.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2006, 14:35 by Greg Boiarsky »

« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2006, 17:20 »
Any other ideas - I'll be grateful for everything... SY
F.E. What were the subjects of your "test submission"?

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« Last Edit: June 10, 2006, 17:22 by hospitalera »


« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2006, 12:21 »
Whatever you do don't send them flowers. Part of the test is not just image quality, it is showing that you have an awareness of what makes good stock. Are you able to shoot isolated objects? If you can di it well they are always in demand. If you can make a clipping path too you will be doing well.
Try taking pictures that tell a story. For example, a single rose, a diamond ring, and an upturned champagne glass. That's a bit corny, but you get the idea. Think of a story or situation a try to illustrate it.
I hope that helps!

« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006, 04:39 »
Take a look at the top selling photos, that should give you an idea what will sell really well. However, those aren't the only things that sell. I've uploaded a few images that while technically good, proper exposure, good focus, etc I couldn't see why anyone would want them. Two of those have sold more than any other photo I've uploaded. You just never know really.

« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2006, 06:19 »
Yeah i agree. you never know what is going to sell. there are some standard good selling guesses, but then there is also a few odd big sellers in there.

On my top list there is lots of pictures of people (even though I have only a few people pics).  My best selling image on shutterstock is a landscape, follow by a texture.  A picture of a tractor is also on my first page of best sellers... i never would have guessed it.

« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2006, 13:29 »
I flunked the first test with SS so second time round I selected ten photos that had been accepted and were selling at iStock and it seemed to work, not actually my top ten as some were similar so I tweaked it.

If its good enough for iStock it should pass the SS test

Good luck with that as they do bring in some money a pity about the once a month payouts.

I think the key sometimes with SS is the key words if you have a good photo with a wide range of keywords it doesn't get buried quite so quickly.

Been with them less than 3 weeks but already I have seen a sharp drop in sales as I didn't submit anything last week


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