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Mcharles999
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Message posted at 03/18/2013, 11:41:47 AM by Mcharles999
Hello All

I am new to DT and have just 45 images in my portfolio. I would greatly appreciate feedback from the forum as sales have been slow.

Some questions that come into my mind are:

1. Are the pictures good enough to sell?
2. Are the models good choices for commercial pictures?
3. Where do I need to improve my photography skills?

Those are just some of the questions that bounce around my mind but I know there are plenty that I need to consider.

Please do not be concerned with hurting my feelings as I am new and realize that I have much room for improvement. Straightforward feedback is appreciated.

Thanks for your time in advance,
Mike Charles

http://www.dreamstime.com/mcharles999_info
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Matthiase
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Message edited at 03/18/2013, 12:06:44 PM by Matthiase - member is an admin

Originally posted by Mcharles999:
Quoted Message: Hello AllI am new to DT and have just 45 images in my portfolio. I would greatly appreciate feedback from the forum as sales have been slow. Some questions that come into my mind are:1. Are the pictures good enough to sell?2. Are the models good choices for commercial pictures?3. Where do I need to improve my photography skills?Those are just some of the questions that bounce around my mind but I know there are plenty that I need to consider.Please do not be concerned with hurting my feelings as I am new and realize that I have much room for improvement. Straightforward feedback is appreciated.Thanks for your time in advance,Mike Charleshttp://www.dreamstime.com/mcharles999_info



The carnival boat, ferrari and tubing may sale good i'd think:). The other pictures may need some more colors to them, stock photos usually have a lot of colors and these may just fall out among other similar pictures that have more saturation. Im not expert, but that is just what i have noticed around on the site, pictures with more colors are very attractive.
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Nospmisk
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Message posted at 03/18/2013, 12:20:46 PM by Nospmisk
Only thing I would suggest is to leave more room for copyspace.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 03/18/2013, 21:45:32 PM by Afagundes
you have some potential images there, so I will just launch some tips that you could work to make your portfolio even better.

remember that you can and upload a portrait and a landscape version of the same image if its possible and still works in both positions, so you can add up twice the possibility of sales with the same model/ocasion,

You can work on isolating better the subject like in the Ferrari image by using a smaller DOF and blurrying a bit the background, you made it black and white and this worked fine, but a little blur would probably make the subject stands even more.

For now it seems like you are experimenting a bit of everything and thats good, in time you will find out the subject you know how to work best and likes more and develop more your own style, but for now experience whatever you can, its a learning curve.

Since you seem to like action pictures, one thing you should try is panning, it works fine to add interest to your subject.
One good example would be the young girl running picture.

Overall I would say you manage the technical side quite well (I dont agree on the colors observation of Matthiase, I think its a bit of preconception, for me the color of your images are natural and look fine, but thats just my opinion), now it really is getting your eye more experienced and there is only one way to do it, click, click, clik... :)

Reading a book on composition is always good, I recommend Michael Freeman, The Photographer´s Eye, not that you have any problem with composition, but reading always bring some fresh ideas for you to try on your experiments.

Cheers!
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 03/18/2013, 21:50:59 PM by Afagundes
I forgot to say, yes, they might be good enough to sell, some of them are not going to be best sellers, but some are.

BTW the one I liked the most is the girl running even though I think the panning suggestion would make it even better, congrats!

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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 03/18/2013, 22:19:42 PM by Wisconsinart
For someone who's been here barely two months, you are doing fantastic.

Six months from now after you've increased your portfolio to 500 images, you'll probably be making $20-$30/month. If you're content with that, there is no need to continue reading this post.

If you're hoping for more with your new-found stock career, then... well... since you're starting at the beginning, let's start at the beginning...

First of all, you're doing what 99.9% of what all new Contributors do, and that's to upload snapshots and vacation pictures. Nothing wrong with that but the vast majority never make the leap into COMMERCIAL photography.

Let me give you an example:

There are thousands of baby pictures in the database. Cute baby portraits, funny baby pictures with food mashed in the face, etc. Images such as these have little commercial value and do not sell well. With thousands of similar pictures, competition is already high for a concept that does not sell well. Despite that, Contributors continue to upload these types of images by the hundreds and it's because they cannot change gears from cute to COMMERCIAL. I will defy you to search the database to find ONE well-executed image of a parent preparing baby formula!!!!!

I will assume then the kids in your portfolio are yours. Nothing but head shots and portraits. It's the same thing, nice, cute portraits but not one image in your portfolio of kids doing homework, going off to school, or standing in front of a school bus. Education is but one subject for which you can create dozens of concepts.

You have a number of images from a cruise. Again, an over-done subject as many of us have gone on a cruise. I won't say don't upload these pictures but have you looked in the database for similar images and then sort by BEST SELLING? How do your images compare to the best of the best? You don't get sales by uploading, you get sales by being better than the competition. This isn't a criticism against you, hey, you're just starting, but it surely will be two years from now if you continue to take snapshots and fail to up your game.

A few paragraphs here isn't going to change your life. There is much to learn and I am still learning myself. But it is amazing Contributors can be uploading part time for years and never go beyond landscapes and generic architecture. You CAN create COMMERCIAL images without hiring dozens of beautiful models and renting venues. Keep looking over your shoulder to see what the competition is doing. Experiment with new ideas, don't always be a follower.

Again, you're off to a great start. Study and learn the industry. The ones who really need a critique are those who have been here for two or more years, have hundreds of images in their portfolio, and earn next to nothing because their photography never goes beyond snapshots.
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Message posted at 03/19/2013, 08:27:16 AM by Robinstockphotos
45 images aren't going to bring in many sales for you right now. It usually starts coming after 3 months and 100+ photo.
The colors look good. But personally, I don't think cropping so tightly around your subjects is a good idea. For example, this image:
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I'd probably not buy this image if I was looking for images of softball players because the image doesn't make it obvious that the sports is softball.

You should have both closeup photos and full body shots too.
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The above one is excellent for showing action. If you cropped the photo to fit his upper body only, it gets hard to figure out what he is doing.
Just my thoughts.
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Mcharles999
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Message posted at 03/20/2013, 05:41:55 AM by Mcharles999
Thanks to all for taking the time to write such thoughtful feedback. I am overwhelmed by your thoughtful responses. One of the reasons I like Dreamstime is the support given generously thru the forums. I am just getting started so your feedback and thoughts are very helpful and appreciated.

Thank you'll very much and I hope you have a good week.

Best regards,
Mike Charles
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