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Please critique my portfolio/ I think I need to change it up...Thoughts?

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Snookless
124 posts
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Message posted at 10/14/2012, 20:17:31 PM by Snookless
Hello fellow Dreamstimers!!
I have been a member since 2010 and only have a modest 178 photos and an even more modest sales count at 129.

I normally go out shooting for nothing in particular and then when I get a photo that I think has potential I upload it. I do not do much studio type shots and as you can see from my portfolio it is mostly nature/scenic.

However I feel I must change it up if I want to make more sales. I think that my photos are good but it is the subject that is not a great seller....( I "think" there good anyways )


Could you please critique my portfolio? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Snookless
Nikon D300. 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - SB800-SB900

Uploaded files:384 | Total Sales: 288
Wisconsinart
1592 posts
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Message posted at 10/14/2012, 23:30:34 PM by Wisconsinart
Your portfolio is full of images you enjoy doing as a photographer. Nothing wrong with that and don't stop doing it.

If you want more sales then you simply need to change gears once in a while and create stock-oriented images. The challenge for many is getting out of first gear.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

Uploaded files:2059 | Total Sales: 11671
Bradcalkins
2551 posts
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Message posted at 10/15/2012, 00:41:39 AM by Bradcalkins
In terms of stock I think you are on the right track with the computer repair, money for gold, and sandstone. The problem with the nice shots that you see while walking is that they don't fill any particular need of the buyers. You can get lucky, of course, and sell some of them, but thinking about what people need and filling that void is the path to sales... Or even better, find the images people don't even know they need yet :)
Olympus OM-D EM-1: 12-40mm f/2.8, 75mm f1.8, 25mm f1.4, 50-2...

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Bogdanzagan
288 posts
78
Message posted at 10/15/2012, 05:28:22 AM by Bogdanzagan
wow, you sold some nature images like that spider... I have some macro pictures too but I think they will never sell... wonder how did you do it...
Photography I use Nikon 105mm F2.8G, Nikon 35mm F1.8G, Nikon...

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TMarchev
1299 posts
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Message posted at 10/15/2012, 14:29:30 PM by TMarchev
Yeah... good useful images... keep walking :)


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Snookless
124 posts
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Message posted at 10/15/2012, 17:37:31 PM by Snookless
Thank you for your input, and indeed getting out of first gear is difficult.
Nikon D300. 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - SB800-SB900

Uploaded files:384 | Total Sales: 288
Afagundes
3247 posts
<10
Message posted at 10/15/2012, 21:33:16 PM by Afagundes
Todd, just a small tip on the sunset at a beach in Natal, you should be more specific in the description and keywords, which beach?

The title Night in Brazil would be better as Night Skyline of Joao Pessoa, nobody will look for "night in brazil" thinking about that image...

Your portfolio is good, images have that punch thats good for selling,

The level sales is not that bad, you are here for two years and have almost one sale per image, that means something is in the right direction here.

If you work on your keywords (tree frog, least sandpiper, those titles wont help you sell), and upload a little more (178 images today get lost in the middle of the millions of images on the database) you will make your portfolio work better and have a better amount of sales per image.

Of course promoting your portfolio can also help, but I wont go there for the moment, you really need to check your keywords and upload more stock oriented images first.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 17-40mm USM f/4L Canon EF 24...

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Snookless
124 posts
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Message edited at 10/16/2012, 06:54:11 AM by Snookless
@ Afagundes,

Muito Obrigado. I see what you mean regarding the titles. I really appreciate your opinion.
Thank you.....and nice PF
Nikon D300. 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - SB800-SB900

Uploaded files:384 | Total Sales: 288
Snookless
124 posts
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Message posted at 09/25/2014, 20:58:08 PM by Snookless
My Fellow Dreamstimers!!!!!

It has been almost two years since this post, although I have not had a lot of time ....which is a very sad unfortunate problem I would like your honest opinion once again..

I feel like I "need" to do more on the conceptual side......however I am sure enjoying shooting food when I can.

I just recently did an Espresso set which just got approved..yeah!!

I really appreciate your honest opinions.....please note.."HONEST"...I can handle constructional Criticism. :-)

Thank you Dreamstimers!
Nikon D300. 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - SB800-SB900

Uploaded files:384 | Total Sales: 288
Wisconsinart
1592 posts
80
Message posted at 09/28/2014, 10:53:01 AM by Wisconsinart
You're doing a good job focusing on concepts with commercial potential. That's half the battle. But I would try to go beyond businessman shaking hands, things like that are overdone.

Now you need to focus on execution. Composition, look and feel, those are things I struggle with too. The high end portfolios with lots of sales, their style of photography is a step above and you need to compete with them on their level. A lot of it has to do with lighting and photo editing skills and I have yet to figure those things out. Still, learning execution is a must and something to strive for.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

Uploaded files:2059 | Total Sales: 11671
Snookless
124 posts
66
Message posted at 09/30/2014, 06:08:46 AM by Snookless
Thank you Wisconsinart. I appreciate your thoughts....and i agree with you...big struggle for myself as well.
Nikon D300. 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - SB800-SB900

Uploaded files:384 | Total Sales: 288
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