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I have 21 images online - Why ain't I a millionaire?

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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 07:15:39 AM by Peanutroaster
New article posted: I have 21 images online - Why ain't I a millionaire?
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BCritchley
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 07:57:54 AM by BCritchley - member is an admin
Well said :) I was certainly a very naive newbie back in 2009 when I thought I was the dogs, why because friends and family ( who can't take pictures and no nothing about the technical side to producing high quality imagery ) told me I was a great photographer. Well DT slapped me hard in the face and for that I'm truly grateful as since putting in the time, reading blogs, contributing on the forum, reading external web articles, buying books, working on editing skills etc the rewards have been very evident for me. where would I be without DT, still participating in very average picture comps on Facebook, winning some and thinking I was a pro photographer. Now at least I know I'm not a pro but a keen amateur and with an award in a national photo competition, very recent winner of DT's last assignment, a record for me 21 sales yesterday etc things are moving in the wright direction for me. What additional advice would I give the newbies here, spend more time reading blogs and learning than writing pointless ones.
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Gunaleite
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 08:13:08 AM by Gunaleite
Perfect article! Very useful in the time when definition of photographer sometimes is "someone with dslr and large lens" not "someone who knows how to use dslr".. and other type of cameras.
Canon 7D

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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 08:49:48 AM by Peanutroaster
We've all been at that delusional period where we think were great and then we wake up, look around and realise there is a lot of room for improvement. Some just are still stuck there.
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Bobbrooky
440 posts
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 09:15:32 AM by Bobbrooky
Very well written Brett, and congratulations on winning the assignement recently.
Nikon D700, 70-300vr, Sigma 180 f3.5macro, Sigma 20-40 f2.8,...

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Bradcalkins
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 12:03:48 PM by Bradcalkins
Don't knock the isolated tomato - I've read so many blogs that use the poor isolated tomato as the poster child for bad stock photos ideas that I decided to upload an isolated tomato shot and guess what? - it is level 5 now :)
Fast primes, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 12-40mm f/2.8

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Deniskelly
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 12:16:45 PM by Deniskelly
There's some excellent advice here, which all contributors would do well to heed. I try to, but often fail.

I think the one of the reasons people submit mediocre images is that they are often approved. The positive feedback a newbie gets when their isolated tomato, pretty flower or "crummy snapshot" is approved must give them the idea that their standard of photography is good enough for the microstock marketplace. When I look back at the standard of some of my first approvals, I can only conclude that DT editors were being kind to me, to encourage me to keep on submitting!



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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 12:45:02 PM by Wisconsinart
Don't worry, many of us notice all the excuses that make the portfolio itself exempt.

Now if we could eliminate the "I had a sale!" and "My image was accepted!" posts we could perhaps start having some real professional grade discussions around here. I still have a lot to learn.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15

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Peanutroaster
1510 posts
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 12:56:07 PM by Peanutroaster
I just sold a crummy shot of an apple on a bad "halfway white background" from my early days of uploading. Oh man... And for the record, my name is not Brett!
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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 13:05:25 PM by Peanutroaster
Brad, you know you just encouraged dozens of inspiring stock photographers to run out to the supermarket....
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Chanevy
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 13:10:53 PM by Chanevy
I'm confused. Do I need to add thousands of tomatos, or apples, or is it flowers and butterflies to my port to make millions?????

Well said! I'm am still struggling to achieve pro level skills. But at least I work at it and don't whine. There is a HUGE difference between a shot that is good enough to get accepted and given a chance and a shot that will actually bring in high sales. That's true on most sites, I think. Anyway, I am thankful for DT and the people that have helped me learn, even if it has been a huge bust to my poor lil ego.
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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 13:15:15 PM by Peanutroaster
You can't concentrate on that one shot that is going to sell tons. Just provide a wide range of useful images.
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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 13:26:58 PM by Peanutroaster
Thanks for stopping by Wisconsinart. Anyone needing further straight up talk, check out some of Wisconsinart's classic blogs!
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Positiveflash
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 15:37:56 PM by Positiveflash
I didn't start this adventure on DT thinking I would make bunches of money, and I have never considered complaining on the forums about not getting sales. I have asked direction though.

I get the fact that I still have alot to learn, but I think I can say that I have improved with each upload. I believe thats where most new members fail, they dont want to improve.

As a new member I hope that you do not consider asking for help or trying to get direction as complaining even if it is the 500th thread of- why did all 50 of my images get rejected.

Just my random thoughts.


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Chanevy
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 15:58:47 PM by Chanevy
IMO there is a huge difference between asking for help and complaining. You can tell right away by the response somebody makes to constructive criticism. Some will thank the other posters and try to apply what they learn-others will explain over and over why none of what is said could possibly apply to their photos.
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Chanevy
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 16:00:12 PM by Chanevy
@peanutroaster-I want to get so good that every image I post sells tons :-) Reach for the stars, you may not reach them, but at least you will get as high as you can. That's my motto.
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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 17:57:09 PM by Peanutroaster
Good motto and goal!
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Gmargittai
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 19:12:03 PM by Gmargittai
My 2c on this: Don't even think about starting in this microstock "business" if you don't like photography for what it is. Just an art form. People like to express themselves and would do it without any payment.
One cool thing about microstock, is that some of the pictures have a (small) commercial value which enabled companies like DT to commercialize them and for their self interest give meaningful and constructive feedback for the artists.
Another cool thing is that there is a numerical value of success. The amount of downloads and money a photo makes gives an objective way of measuring your art.

So now I can judge my photo skills just as I can judge my physical abilities in the gym. How many calories am I able to burn in 30 minutes? Oh I improved from last month by 5%. Good.


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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/18/2012, 19:30:08 PM by Peanutroaster
Certainly is a good incentive to get your images off your hard drive and out into the world.
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Mgkuijpers
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Message posted at 12/19/2012, 00:04:55 AM by Mgkuijpers
Good story, spot on !
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