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Please critique my portfolio

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Hugofelix
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Message posted at 10/01/2012, 12:50:35 PM by Hugofelix
Hello friends!
I've started to work in microstock and in DT almost 5 years ago and I have around 8k images here.
However my results were never good, as I am a very low earner.
Since the crisis is affecting very bad us here in Portugal, I've decided to increase my income here in DT.

Can you please give some feedback about my portfolio and help me improve, suggesting what to shoot?
Many thanks and best regards!
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message edited at 10/02/2012, 03:31:49 AM by Parkinsonsniper
I checked some parts of your huge portfolio. I don't think you have any problems with the concepts or ideas. Maybe you should increase your post processing skills. You have lots of model shoots, but colors are somehow desaturated and most of your shots lacks bright-ness, which kills the dynamism of the shots.

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Compare your shot, with these ones. Sorry, that is all I can find to critic :)

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Hugofelix
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 03:57:01 AM by Hugofelix
Friend many thanks for your answer.
You're right in that photo hehehe. Was my first set in studio, back in 2007. :)

Many thanks once more.
Best regards
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 06:23:58 AM by Afagundes
Hi Hugo, I am not a "people" photographer, so I dont think I am much skilled to criticize your portfolio.
What I can do is help you on your FB and Google+ pages, in FB I liked your page, you can like mine as well,
I think you could use your page better to promote your portfolio, you have 5013 likes!, if you post there some nice images with a link to dreamstime, you might attract some sales.
I am a huge fan of Google+, I think you should give it a try as well, you can target your audience better than FB.
Your FB page just dont have a link to dreamstime portfolio, only to your webpage, it should be linked everywhere!
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message edited at 10/02/2012, 08:08:04 AM by Parkinsonsniper
For the brightness; yes you solved it in your late uploads :) but after reading the uploading year of 2007, I remembered 700 views of that image. I think, 700 views is too little for a 5 years old pic. So I took a look at your newer images. You definitely should care about your keywords and titles.

These pictures (and many others) are all titled as "woman" which is not wrong, but not enough descriptive. This is a serious problem :))

   Woman   
   Woman   
   Woman   
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Cleaper
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 08:01:07 AM by Cleaper
Hi there,
I agree with Parkinsonsniper - I think it may have to do with the titles of your images. Your titles are single words such as Girl, Woman, Couple, DJ etc and they don't describe what is really in the image. This will really affect the placement of your images in the searches and will therefore affect the amount of possible sales. It may also be worth relooking at your keywords and descriptions to make sure they are ok. Good luck as you have a good and varied portfolio.
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Hugofelix
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 08:56:51 AM by Hugofelix

Originally posted by Afagundes:
Quoted Message: Hi Hugo, I am not a "people" photographer, so I dont think I am much skilled to criticize your portfolio.What I can do is help you on your FB and Google+ pages, in FB I liked your page, you can like mine as well, I think you could use your page better to promote your portfolio, you have 5013 likes!, if you post there some nice images with a link to dreamstime, you might attract some sales.I am a huge fan of Google+, I think you should give it a try as well, you can target your audience better than FB.Your FB page just dont have a link to dreamstime portfolio, only to your webpage, it should be linked everywhere!


Afagundes many thanks for your suggestions. I'm new in Google+ and honestly never spent much time looking at it. :(
I'll follow your advice and give it a try.
I'll also try to be more active in FB, posting there some photos with links to dreamstime!
We'll keep in contact! Many thanks once more


My friends Parkinsonsniper and Cleaper

Many thanks for your critics. Some months ago I've contacted dreamstime support, asking for some help in improving my sales and they said to me that my titles were very big and that could affect my keywords. They've told me that the title should be telegraphic and the real description should be in the description field... that's what I've done :(

I'll try to make my titles not so telegraphic :)
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 09:17:17 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Those titles should be "woman/girl and dog" "beautiful girl playing poker" "gambler girl" etc...your titles are hyper telegraphic :))
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Red
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Message edited at 10/02/2012, 09:34:22 AM by Red
Don't put a back (or front) slash in any fields. It can do bad things. Sometimes it is read as a wildcard and sometimes it is seen as a url end. It can return an error message in some databases. Stay away from any special characters if possible, even apostrophes can wreck a word string.


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 09:44:49 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Red, Thanks for the info and I'm sorry for my misleading. I tried to say "choose one of them" girl or woman :))
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Hugofelix
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 10:37:51 AM by Hugofelix

Originally posted by Parkinsonsniper:
Quoted Message: Red, Thanks for the info and I`m sorry for my misleading. I tried to say "choose one of them" girl or woman :))


Many thanks once more!
Understood :)
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Red
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 10:42:25 AM by Red
Actually, titles don't even have to make sense. You could put Woman Girl Dog and that would work in most cases. Most high-end searches usually disregard little words like and, or, the, of, etc. These types of words are typically thought of as extra words not needed, not important. Maybe I shouldn't be giving away these secrets?


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Afagundes
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 16:31:11 PM by Afagundes
I havent seen about your titles, Parkinsosniper is right, a little bit more descriptive, you dont need articles, like "a girl doing that thing", but "woman" is too little "man"!

An example, for this one you used:
"Woman"

You could use: "Redhead Woman in a Library" , or maybe even get rid of the "in a" like Red said, in this case "Library Redhead Woman"

   Woman   

Or maybe, "This hot redhead gave a smile to me, Oh My God!" , this might call your buyers attention! :)

Cheers,
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Red
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 17:13:30 PM by Red
Why do you think my name is Red? Maybe I should change it to Red Hot!!!!


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Afagundes
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Message edited at 10/02/2012, 20:24:32 PM by Afagundes

Originally posted by Red:
Quoted Message: Why do you think my name is Red? Maybe I should change it to Red Hot!!!!

Wow, that would definitelly attract some buyers😃
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TMarchev
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Message posted at 10/02/2012, 23:36:46 PM by TMarchev
Guys, good shots Congrats!
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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 10/03/2012, 01:53:49 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Afagundes and other friends; I know that it's just an example and I'm just asking your opinion for general purposes...do you think that anyone will search a "redhead" girl in a library? I mean do we need to describe the model's features in such a case. My opinion is "girl reading book" or "girl in a library" will be enough, maybe we can add "smiling" or "happy" to the titles. Because hair color is not important for a book reader. It's not a beauty image. What do you think? I repeat, I'm asking to learn :)
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Red
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Message posted at 10/03/2012, 06:44:59 AM by Red
It probably isn't the most important word represented in the photo but since red hair occurs naturally in only approximately 1–2% of the population a redhead is more rare than a blonde or brunette. It "might" be a search term input by a buyer. It should be in the keywords but maybe not in the title. Redhead could be a word entered into an advanced search if a person was looking for that specific trait. Woman Library Book returns 4391 results, Redhead Library Book returns 36 results - so it depends on the person doing the search and how important they feel that attribute is. If the word redhead is somewhere in the description or keywords it appears in both search results which is a good thing. If the word redhead is nowhere because the person thought it wasn't an important word it will only appear in the first, more populated results. It doesn't hurt to cover all the bases as long as the keyword isn't spam.


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 10/03/2012, 06:53:43 AM by Parkinsonsniper
Thanks for the input Red :)
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Afagundes
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Message edited at 10/03/2012, 09:36:37 AM by Afagundes
I think redhead should be in the description and the keywords not in the title
If it was an image of a woman dying her hair than it should be in the title
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