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Portfolio advice plaese!

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Simathers
71 posts
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Message posted at 08/05/2013, 18:13:10 PM by Simathers
I'm fairly happy with the number of images I have online since I've only been on DT for a few months, but I still haven't gotten a sale. Any advice on how to get past that annoying milestone would be greatly appreciated! Thank You
Nikon Coolpix P520

Uploaded files:327 | Total Sales: 54
Wisconsinart
1592 posts
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Message edited at 08/05/2013, 18:41:35 PM by Wisconsinart
You're taking the typical New-Guy-On-The-Block path and photographing generic things around you. One third of your portfolio is images from a baseball game. They don't sell well to begin with.

Your remaining images are common landscape subjects. Look for equivalents in the database, specifically the ones that sell well. You will see how the others pop compared to yours.

This image is good:

 Columbus skyline at night 

But it's a common type of scene in the database.

I would suggest browsing through the database and looking at images that sell well. You will find the successful images are geared toward COMMERCIALISM and COMMUNICATE a specific type of CONCEPT. Or they're just head and shoulders above the rest.

People don't come here to buy YOUR pictures. They come here to buy pictures they NEED.

Try to cater toward THEIR needs. Sky's the limit in terms of subjects. You're better off experimenting with topics for which there is little competition. If you're going to do common subjects then make your images pop better than the rest.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

Uploaded files:2062 | Total Sales: 11722
Dieniti
354 posts
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Message posted at 08/06/2013, 05:04:08 AM by Dieniti
You have to improve your titles, descriptions and keywords. Buyers normally don't search for "beautiful or unique flower"... More often they look for a specific type. You have to add the common and the latin names of plants and animals so that buyers will find what they are looking for.
Wish you much success here!
Canon Eos 5D Mark II+several L lenses Photoshop CS3 Photos...

Uploaded files:561 | Total Sales: 340
Red
1796 posts
Message posted at 08/06/2013, 06:27:09 AM by Red
Your "Unique Flower" is not unique or a macro (extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size) and buyers seldom search with the words breathtaking or stunning. It is simply a common Coleus, Latin Solenostemon. Take the emotion words out and put more descriptive words in. Use a search engine like Google to help you identify your subjects and give them better keywords. Simply by typing in pink leaves with green edges into a web search tool brought up the exact plant.


Uploaded files:233 | Total Sales: 1647
Simathers
71 posts
<10
Message posted at 08/06/2013, 09:24:03 AM by Simathers
Thank you All very much! I've already gone through and renamed all of the flower pictures. I've been trying to think of different concepts to shoot, but I always find myself wandering back outside to take nature photos!
Nikon Coolpix P520

Uploaded files:327 | Total Sales: 54
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