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Four years and a request

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Silent47
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Message posted at 05/28/2013, 04:47:52 AM by Silent47
Hello to all DT community!After 4 years on DT i finaly want a serious feedback about my portfolio(In special from Wisconsiart)
Who want to help me spot the crap from my port?Thank you all in advance
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 05/28/2013, 21:48:52 PM by Afagundes
Hi Silent47, sorry, I dont have enough time to go through all your portfolio, but the ones I saw are great images.

My opinion is that one shouldnt use abstract titles, like, sensual lady, or Love Problems, because a buyer probably wont look for that, I tend to be much more descriptive, like, young man holding a red heart, but maybe you are right and I am wrong, I dont know, just my opinion.

Great job you are doing.

Cheers!
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Silent47
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Message posted at 05/29/2013, 02:01:09 AM by Silent47
Thank you for your feedback
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 05/29/2013, 08:34:01 AM by Wisconsinart
500 images and 700 sales after four years, that's not very good numbers. You should be doing much better especially with the caliber of photography you're producing.

As mentioned, you need to address your keywording and titles. If a Buyer is searching for a picture of a cat, he is most likely going to search on CAT. Some people think they're in an art gallery and try to be fancy so they'll title their image something like FURRY FUZZBALL OF A FELINE. Images with CAT in the title are going to be ranked higher.

OK... suggestions on how to get to the next level...

You are doing a lot of concepts which is really good but I get the impression you are also struggling for ideas also. Many of your images are essentially head shots and portraits. Man-Drinking-Coffee, using a cell phone, using an ipad, those are cliche ideas. It is good to upload them but they should be secondary images thrown in after you shoot the primary images during a shoot.

So... let's talk about "Doing a Shoot." From what I am seeing, you have a few ideas here and there and you photograph them when you have time. You have access to models which is great but it appears you're thinking ahead and preparing for a shoot. You'll shoot the model drinking coffee, do a couple portraits, and that's it.

Here is the real trick to maximizing your shooting time: If you scheduled time to do a shoot several days into the future, sit down with paper and pencil and brainstorm with ideas. You have the idea of shooting a businessman using a digital tablet. Write that down. What else can you think of? You envision a businessman with his side toward the camera and looking down at the tablet. How about the model facing the camera? Then how about the model looking at the camera and holding the ipad toward the camera also?

You now have THREE shots instead of one. You just maximized your time for a particular concept.

But... WHAT ELSE? You have your equipment set up, the model standing there in front of you, WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

What other props do you have? Can you throw a Santa Claus hat onto the model and have a Christmas-Businessman? Have him pull out his pockets and shoot a Poor-Businessman with no money. Do a funny picture with the businessman pants falling down.

Instead of one image you should be coming up with 10-20 images from the shoot and then weeding out the ones that don't work for whatever reason. And with a nice range of different concepts.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR A SHOOT will maximize your time and increase the number of images in your portfolio. We've all seen portfolios with a pretty girl standing next to a tree. Then it's the same picture with the girl on the other side of the tree. Sitting in front of the tree. Leaning against the tree. They upload 5-6 pictures of the same thing. They don't even think of doing tired clichés like Sad Girl, Girl on Cell Phone, etc. Realize the potential of planning ahead, create a script, and you will have fantastic results.

Concepts. You have many wonderful concepts. You also have concepts that are executed poorly. I know how it goes, you come up with an idea and find the execution a challenge to your skills and it doesn't come out the way the idea looks in your brain. One example of this is the businessman on a chess board. It was a really great idea but it just doesn't work. The men in the background don't work well in the image. The businessman shooting a sling shot, I don't get it.

I actually have a People-on-Chessboard concept in the queue right now. I think it will be accepted but it's the same problem, great idea but poorly executed. It's a little too busy and the elements within the concept aren't working well together. It's not going to sell well.

However, I have learned from the experience. I've been scripting out a set of chessboard/strategy type images and will be working on them when I have time. I think the concepts are worthy for pursuing so I will work on doing them better now that I have an idea of what it takes to create these ideas.

Does this help? I see greatness in your portfolio but I also see you struggling with ideas because you're pushing yourself into areas of photography for which you have little experience. This is a good thing because a lot of amateurs never go beyond landscapes and generic architecture, and if they get a model they just photograph them smiling and standing next to a tree. Or they just do head shots and the database doesn't need any more portraits. It's really refreshing to see someone like you trying new things.

Plan your shoots to maximize productivity and ideas/concepts. Critique yourself and learn when an idea does not work well. You see a lot of people around here who try something new and pat themselves on the back when the reality is they did a lousy job of executing the idea. (Then you see threads asking why there are no sales or views). Understand the BUSINESS of stock and understand the COMPETITION you are facing. Concepts have to be executed well and the elements need to work well together. Fixing the titles is easy to do. I think the idea of planning and scripting a shoot will take you to the next level in terms of the business. You have the skills to beat just about anyone here, even Yuri. Half of your portfolio is fantastic and demonstrates what your true potential could be yet you still resort to the coffee-drinking head shots. Time to leave the nest and soar on your own!
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Sml
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Message posted at 05/29/2013, 09:26:25 AM by Sml
Silent47 you have a great portfolio and both Afagundes and Wisconsinart have given you powerful advice.


Winconsinart
Fantastic reply, this is very helpful for everyone. Thank you for posting your extensive advice. susan
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Silent47
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Message posted at 05/29/2013, 10:57:58 AM by Silent47
I must confess that I did not expect such a feedback from you Wisconsinart.Like always,you know how to cheer a man with great advices.

I never struggle with concept,i struggle only with the lack of images needed for composition..

I never plan ahead(big mistake)i just have fun with my model(I know all of my models)

In two months i will finaly open a small studio and then I have no excuse if i fail to do what i want.

Concept involve a lot of work(croping,healing,change background...)that is the reason for "Man-Drinking-Coffee".I must have quantity in my port or alse i will fail having sales.

Thank you very much for you feedback(and thank you all memebers who take the time to look at my port)and if anyone have more advices,feedback etc..please feel free to tell me

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Artistashmita
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Message posted at 05/31/2013, 04:25:31 AM by Artistashmita
Wisconsinart: thanks it's a guide for most of us who aspire to master the trade but dont know how, it's good advice for all of us with smaller portfolios!
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 05/31/2013, 05:11:31 AM by Cleaper
You have a great portfolio Silent47 - you sure have better skills than most in terms of photography and processing (way out of my league that's for sure!). Afagundes and Wisconsinart have given very good advice and I would suspect also that most of your issues have come from using abstract titles and keywords. If you concentrate on making these more descriptive (which I think you may have started to do already) then you are sure to get more sales. Best of luck - I am sure that many sales will come your way!
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Silent47
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Message posted at 05/31/2013, 05:31:20 AM by Silent47

Originally posted by Cleaper:
Quoted Message: You have a great portfolio Silent47 - you sure have better skills than most in terms of photography and processing (way out of my league that`s for sure!). Afagundes and Wisconsinart have given very good advice and I would suspect also that most of your issues have come from using abstract titles and keywords. If you concentrate on making these more descriptive (which I think you may have started to do already) then you are sure to get more sales. Best of luck - I am sure that many sales will come your way!


Thank you very much.I will try to resolve the keyword and titles issue but i have a feeling that i will fail.I will see
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 05/31/2013, 09:18:51 AM by Cleaper
I don't think you will! Just make sure you describe what is in your photograph rather than being too abstract - just as Afagundes/Wisconsinart said. I think in the most part you have done this now anyway so you definitely won't fail! You really do have a fab portfolio so just keep uploading :)
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Psilentrain1
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Message posted at 06/04/2013, 06:12:54 AM by Psilentrain1
Wow! I am glad I stumbled upon this! This is all great advice. Thank you all!
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