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I will be happy to hear about critiques on my portfolio

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Mturhanlar
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Message posted at 12/23/2012, 16:35:13 PM by Mturhanlar
Im new in stock photography. I was taking photos for years but not for stock, one day I heard about stock and decided to sell my photos. I want to hear critiques about my portfoilo and improve my self on your thoughts.They are important for me. Have nice work.. I hope, light will be all around you;)
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 12/24/2012, 00:55:27 AM by Wisconsinart
Search through the database for images equivalent with the ones in your portfolio. Look at the ones with many sales? How do yours compare? You will learn much from doing that.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

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Mturhanlar
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Message posted at 12/24/2012, 12:14:29 PM by Mturhanlar
Thank you for your help but if I do that I will not repat other peoples photo? Dreamstime will accept photos like that?
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 12/24/2012, 15:47:30 PM by Wisconsinart
Let's put it this way... there is much to learn here and to trying to explain it all isn't going to be helpful.

A first step for you is to compare your images to similar concepts, but compare your images to equivalents that are the best selling.

You will see style, editing, composition, etc. and you will begin to discover how you can apply these techniques to your images. Many new Contributors fail at being able to get images approved. You are uploading images that are good enough to be added to the database and that's great. However, that isn't enough. If you want sales you have to be better than the competition.

So... let's say you upload an image of a kitten. Then compare your kitten picture to the best selling kitten images from other contributors. It will need to stand out from all the other kitten pictures if you want to see any sales. If your kitten is just as good as the others, you're on the right track. If it's apparent your kitten is below average, you should be able to see why. And then you'll understand where you need to improve as a photographer.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

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Bogdanzagan
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Message edited at 12/24/2012, 16:42:41 PM by Bogdanzagan
Your photos are great. You are on the right track. I'm a newbie myself and I can tell you that I played for some days the game that you will find on Resources, it's called Stock Rank. It really helped me to understand what stock photography it's about.

Also, I understood that views are not related with sales. I have pictures with more than 3000 views and no sales and I have pictures with 1 view and 1 sale. You have to cover a specific demand, try to think from a buyer perspective.

Good luck and keep uploading!
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Mturhanlar
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Message posted at 12/25/2012, 14:29:35 PM by Mturhanlar
In my database there is lot of photos that I took,but its really hard to choose them and think they are good for stock or not. As you said I played 3 or 4 times that game its very helpfull and I belive also it can improve out thinking way in stock photography.

Comparing system is also good way for improving I think after you said I look my photos which are online and looked also best selling, and in some photos I felt the differences. I think I must catch that and hold it.

Actually Im using starter level DSLR Canon Eos 1000D 10 MP Do you think it can effect also sales? Because there is lots of cameras which have many abilities and much better than my camera!
Canon Eos 1000D, canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, flash, umbrella, ...

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Transformx
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Message posted at 12/25/2012, 17:27:16 PM by Transformx
I am new also to stock photos. You have a nice gallery! I see that you have one sale already and only 37 uploads. Very good work! I say, keep researching and uploading...its a learning process!
Canon 60D EF 15-85mm

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Dieniti
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Message posted at 12/26/2012, 04:20:23 AM by Dieniti
Welcome to DT! You have some nice pictures in your portfolio, which will for sure sale many times.
But also think of keywording them properly. Otherwise buyers will not discover them. You will find good help regarding keywords here on the massage board.
Wish you a good time here!
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 12/26/2012, 05:14:03 AM by Afagundes

Originally posted by Mturhanlar:
Quoted Message: Actually Im using starter level DSLR Canon Eos 1000D 10 MP Do you think it can effect also sales? Because there is lots of cameras which have many abilities and much better than my camera!


Hi Mturhanlar, your DSLR can make wonderful stock imges, you are ok to start with it. Later when you earn some more money you can upgrade, but its not imperative.

As wisconsinart said, there is a lot to learn so I will just focus on two subjects, the Titles and Descriptions.

Titles are important to DT search engine so you shouldnt use abstract titles like "General View of Church" use "Orthodox Scei Sur Saone Church", use objective and focused titles. I suspect no buyer will search for general view of church.

The description should describe the image not the way you took it, like I used a tripod, that´s not what the buyer is looking for, its a description of the image, like wood benches and golden altar with 6 candles... Check how other photographers are using titles and describing their images and you will understand better.

Just think about it, will buyers search for images taken with tripods or for images of the interior of a Church they are looking for?

I hope this helps.

You are starting a nice portfolio, congrats!

Cheers,
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Mturhanlar
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Message posted at 12/26/2012, 16:12:44 PM by Mturhanlar

Originally posted by Afagundes:
Quoted Message: Hi Mturhanlar, your DSLR can make wonderful stock imges, you are ok to start with it. Later when you earn some more money you can upgrade, but its not imperative.As wisconsinart said, there is a lot to learn so I will just focus on two subjects, the Titles and Descriptions. Titles are important to DT search engine so you shouldnt use abstract titles like "General View of Church" use "Orthodox Scei Sur Saone Church", use objective and focused titles. I suspect no buyer will search for general view of church.The description should describe the image not the way you took it, like I used a tripod, that´s not what the buyer is looking for, its a description of the image, like wood benches and golden altar with 6 candles... Check how other photographers are using titles and describing their images and you will understand better.Just think about it, will buyers search for images taken with tripods or for images of the interior of a Church they are looking for?I hope this helps.You are starting a nice portfolio, congrats!Cheers,


Guys thank you for your messages...
Hi Afagundes, Yeah I confused also in writing description and title of photo. I will try to look other photographers portfolio and look their titles..Title must include the meaning of photo or whats in photo ? And description what must be thank you for your message..
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Message posted at 12/28/2012, 04:21:18 AM by Robinstockphotos
I believe this site is growing fast and it's better than most. Your portfolio should probably just be bright and attractive? I'm happy here as I started uploading about 2 months back. I have a point and shoot only and it has no raw mode. But I do have an acceptance ratio of 32% and steadily increasing. Sales are good keeping in mind I'm so new.

I'm focusing on a vivid,.brigt and attractive port with useful and general conceptual photos. No cluttered photos. Most selling photos are isolated or distinguishable even at thumbnail size...that's what my search said. I'm not very experienced, but I'm learning by searching beforehand for images and looking under the bestselling tab. Fill in the type of photos that aren't in huge amounts.
Should work. We'll know in a year. :)

I love looking at the portfolios of the "big guys" here for compositions.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 12/28/2012, 07:13:38 AM by Afagundes

Originally posted by Mturhanlar:
Quoted Message: Title must include the meaning of photo or whats in photo ? And description what must be thank you for your message..


Title must include what is in the photo briefly, like, Woman holding an apple. Don´t try to add the meaning like Eve just before biting an apple, unless its quite obvious is better to be literal.


Description would describe it more, like, Attractive smiling blond woman wearing a bikini holding a red apple being watched by a snake on a branch of a tree.

in this case, you could use keywords like eve, paradise, etc...
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Mturhanlar
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Message edited at 12/28/2012, 11:54:35 AM by Mturhanlar

Originally posted by Afagundes:
Quoted Message: I believe this site is growing fast and it`s better than most. Your portfolio should probably just be bright and attractive? I`m happy here as I started uploading about 2 months back. I have a point and shoot only and it has no raw mode. But I do have an acceptance ratio of 32% and steadily increasing. Sales are good keeping in mind I`m so new.I`m focusing on a vivid,.brigt and attractive port with useful and general conceptual photos. No cluttered photos. Most selling photos are isolated or distinguishable even at thumbnail size...that`s what my search said. I`m not very experienced, but I`m learning by searching beforehand for images and looking under the bestselling tab. Fill in the type of photos that aren`t in huge amounts.Should work. We`ll know in a year. :)I love looking at the portfolios of the "big guys" here for compositions.


Hi pratik2440new actually I have also lots photos not in RAW mode only in JPEG mode before I took... And I'm worried if I send them and they dont accept my acception ratio will be low.. Do you sending photos which only you took in Jpeg Mode??

Afagundes Thank you for your message I understand you I will write in that way..
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Message posted at 12/29/2012, 02:00:40 AM by Robinstockphotos
JPEG image workflow

I don't have a DSLR so I only have JPEGs, whether I like it or not. So I use the above post processing method (for all JPEGs, whether they are good or not). And yeah they might reject some photos if you overdo some editing! But no use just letting old photos sit.
As for approval ratio, I am not very concerned. I'm fine with anything more than 30% because I know for sure I cannot find time to upload more than 50 photos a week.

It would be like not uploading photos for the fear of low AR, then what is the use of being allowed 140 photos a week? ;)
AR is just that fear factor and also a bar that prevents people from uploading bad quality photos in large quantities. But to learn, you must take the risk...
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