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Please see my photos and help me if I have anything that will pass for stock

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Kyankov
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 03:07:13 AM by Kyankov
I am a hobby photographer and I want to give a try to Dreamstime. I would appreciate If someone with any experience here as a contributor can take a look into my photos on my Flickr profile and advice me if any of my existing photos is suitable and can be accepted. Thanks a lot.
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Bogdanzagan
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Message edited at 02/22/2013, 03:24:08 AM by Bogdanzagan
Hello!

You have potential but you have to improve your shooting style. For example bounce the flash so you won't have harsh shadows when photographing people. It's just an example.

Concentrate on ideas, concepts. Think why a designer will buy one of your images. Close-up's are good but keep in mind to highlight the message you want to express.

Remember that submitting pictures with people implies a Model release to be signed and uploaded.

Good luck with your decision and maybe you could also shoot RAW and post process the images in a software like CameraRaw or UFRaw so you will have reach colors and correct exposure.

P.S. I liked the most Watching the sea. It's suitable for Stock Photography!
P.S.2 Leave the skies, there are too many images and you will be refused.
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Kyankov
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 03:41:54 AM by Kyankov
Thank you Bogdan, your comments are very helpful and encouraging. I am using CameraRaw along with Photoshop before I upload to web for some adjustments and I am getting better day by day. I am happy to hear that even one of my existing photos have potential for stock. It is hard really to choose for yourself what you can use for stock out of bunch of photos made for other purposes. I will take a shot and try, improve and and try again.
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 06:24:34 AM by Wisconsinart
Your images on Flickr probably will not do well here let alone survive the review process but only because they are personal snapshots. That doesn't mean you can't learn the business of stock. You can't succeed if you don't try.
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Infokus408
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Message posted at 02/23/2013, 11:17:42 AM by Infokus408
Perhaps look up about stock photography and look at peoples portfolios to see different shooting styles and search for tips and tricks. Best of luck.
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Kyankov
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Message posted at 03/06/2013, 03:15:28 AM by Kyankov
Thank you guys, my first uploaded photo was just accepted. Special thanks to Bogdanzagan for taking the time to look through my photos with his trained eye. I used the image with the girl as he suggested. Best of luck to all! This is a small step, but very important milestone for me :)
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 03/06/2013, 15:25:35 PM by Afagundes
Kyankov, there are some good images there that have good sales potential,

In my opinion, though, you should work on some aspects so you can have better results.

You should work a bit on your composition, read a lot about it, rule of thirds, guiding lines, framing, etc, this will boost up the quality of your portfolio, some images that have potential in your portfolio are still snapshots because of that. Some others you did very well, but it seems a bit of trial and error, you are experimenting, but don´t know exactly what you are looking for (please take this the right way, I mean, there is a lot of potential there, I mean only that you can do much better).

Also, for the web, its kind of "in" to have some HDR effects and highly saturated images, stock photos are normally more "clean", designers will download them and some will process them differently so they need a fresh start, if you are taking them in RAW than you should rethink your processing.

And, yes, work concepts, like the image that you have approved, images have to have some concept behind otherwise they won´t sell.

A general rule of thumb I use, if you are having a hard time to find a description and keywords, buyers will have a hard time to find your image interesting.

Last but not least, it seems like you are managing well the technical side of photography, which is half of the way, go for the composition, you will see how much this will help you.

Cheers!
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Kyankov
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Message posted at 03/07/2013, 07:05:23 AM by Kyankov
Thank you Afagundes, your help is valuable. You have good points and I will try to comment them in order to extract even more from you :)))

Kyankov, there are some good images there that have good sales potential,

Thanks a lot! I was really thinking it was good enough to find even 1 that is potent for stock. It will be really helpful if you can mark somehow which worth trying on Dreamstime even after different PP job. These photos were not taken thinking for stock, some of them are shot with old 5mp point and shoot camera, some are snaps I made for drunk friends of mine last days so pardon me for asking you to spare time on all of them. But reading from someone with massive experience around Dreamstime that I do have potential is like.. WOW, a big booster. And Yes, I need to hear criticism and you guys are awesome, thanks for being so friendly.

In my opinion, though, you should work on some aspects so you can have better results.

You should work a bit on your composition, read a lot about it, rule of thirds, guiding lines, framing, etc, this will boost up the quality of your portfolio, some images that have potential in your portfolio are still snapshots because of that.

If and when you are able to, please give me one example, so I can visually rethink a composition of one of my photos, that can be transformed in stock If taken with good composition in mind. I do know I want a little too much, but just in case someone have time and willingness to spare helping me. Again, thanks a lot.

Also, for the web, its kind of "in" to have some HDR effects and highly saturated images, stock photos are normally more "clean", designers will download them and some will process them differently so they need a fresh start, if you are taking them in RAW than you should rethink your processing.

Thanks again. I ought my dslr 6 months ago, and yes HDR was interesting for experimenting, but i have maybe 2 or 3 photos like this in flickr, and they are not good. Maybe some of the photos you are reffering to are just oversharpened and oversaturated made using my old Lumix camera, like the Etna craters and vineyards in Sicily. Anyway, I learned that severe post processing is bad for stock, plus I see photos i post processed 2 months ago, and now I know I can process them better.

A general rule of thumb I use, if you are having a hard time to find a description and keywords, buyers will have a hard time to find your image interesting.

Very well said!!

Another big issue I must confess and beg for tips and help:

I have tens of thousands photos on my hard drive (like most of you). Some made using phone camera, some with point and shoot, some with my dslr. 99.8% percent is crap, 10% is with nostalgic value for me, 0.01 percent is potential stock. Any working process how to manage this? I know they are several articles about this, but it is still too hard to get it right.

Currently I have 3 folders - Photo Import, where I put all original photos, separated by date; - Photo Edit, where I put edited TIFF photos; - Photo Archive, where I put JPG saved for web. I am planning to put stockphotos in this folder also, if save for web is what I need (using sRGP colour profile, 100% image quality). Anyone have a better idea? And how to get rid of the crap? I am trying to use Lightroom for last 2 weeks, but it seems so slow to render a preview and everything... And I don't know if lightroom actually embed metadata, or put is in its separate file. Picasa is lightning fast, but not good for tagging and organization.

Sorry for so much text and questions, I couldn;t keep it simple and structured.
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Godfer
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Message posted at 03/16/2013, 04:00:14 AM by Godfer
In my opinion you should forget your tens of thousands of images that you have on your hard drive and start from scratch shooting images especially for stock.
As well as having near perfect quality a stock image generally needs to be unclutterd and have a clear concept. For an image to sell you should be able to look at it and immediately think of several places where it could be used commercially. It is rarely just a matter of shooting what is there and hoping that you get lucky but taking time to set up a shoot.
It would probably be quicker to shoot new images than to sort through all the images that you already have.
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Twindesign
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Message edited at 04/22/2013, 09:28:21 AM by Twindesign

Originally posted by :
Quoted Message: In my opinion you should forget your tens of thousands of images that you have on your hard drive and start from scratch shooting images especially for stock.


i don't really agree with this. He has some amazing images that will sell great. Look at some of his images:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/8593009745/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/8575248659/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/7932929772/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/8581063812/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/8086333033/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/8009861571/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/7803373684/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/7659401328/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyankov/7605906162/in/photostream

Even the sky images compete great with other sky's. If you have more of this on your hard disk I would suggest to upload them. I love the images in the links. As long as they don't have to much noise and are done with your dslr they will do fine and will get accepted.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 04/23/2013, 06:44:45 AM by Afagundes
I dont know what happened Kyankov, but I can see only one image in your portfolio, so I will coment on it.

   Girl looking the sea   

The composition is great on this image, the eye is pulled directly from the girl into the sea.

I just wonder about the low DOF, if you are pulling our eyes into what appears to be a pier, maybe it shouldnt be out of focus

This image has another great potential, if you crop out the sea and made it transparent, a designer could add anything he wanted in the background, have you thought abou that?

Even with the low DOF I still like the image very much and think it does have nice sales potential. One of the reasons is that it has empty space to add some letters wich is good.

BTW, the reflection on the handle shows what it seems to be a fantastic beach, havent you took images of that as well?

About the old images, you can process them thinking about emphasizing the subject, darken the uninteresting areas, add lights to the important ones, defocus the others, its possible to make them stand from the crowd, specially if you have the RAW files.

Cheers!
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Kyankov
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Message posted at 04/23/2013, 07:28:15 AM by Kyankov
Thank you SOO MUCH, both of you! I read and I can't wait to take some time for my precious hobby and submit another batch of photos inspired by your priceless hints, tips and recommendations. My camera is getting a bit dusty lately, my enthusiasm for stock was decaying too, but you guys, you are awesome boosters. I will update/answer soon, I promise. Thank you for posting - the fact you saw "It" in my photos is deeply appreciated and I feel obligated to improve:)



PS: I am soon to be proud dad of a daughter. Sometime in May :)
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Godfer
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Message edited at 04/27/2013, 03:35:31 AM by Godfer

Originally posted by Twindesign:
Quoted Message: i don`t really agree with this. He has some amazing images that will sell great. If you have more of this on your hard disk I would suggest to upload them. I love the images in the links. As long as they don`t have to much noise and are done with your dslr they will do fine and will get accepted.

I'm not saying that there aren't good images amongst the tens of thousands but just that it would probably be quicker and more profitable to shoot new images with stock in mind rather than sorting through so many images.

Congratulations on the future birth of you daughter Kyankov. :D
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 05/06/2013, 06:21:48 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Kyankov, I don't have the time to read all the posts, so I'm sorry if I repeat some of the already mentioned suggestions.

First of all, stock photography is very different from artistic photography. I won't critic your photos because that should be the second step. You should shoot for stock purposes. When I shoot for myself (which I do very rarely) I'm a tight frame lover, I crop all the unnecessary stuff, I don't care about the quality and only look for the feeling and composition of the image. On the other hand, when I shoot for stock, I become a perfectionist, which I love to create. I process the stock oriented images as subtle as I can. I try to keep every little detail. I pay great attention to the histogram etc etc...

In short, your images are not shot and "processed" for stock purposes. That makes them mostly unusable. Some of them look good in terms composition and light, in the thumbnail size; but who knows how they look at 100% zoomed in.

I can leave a comment on your flickr port, if you want to know which ones are suitable for stock. Then you can take a look at the quality and upload them. 50 of my port is from my old photos. They are accepted but they almost never sell ;) Leave a message if you want me to comment :)
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