$200 in about 5 months - Dreamstime
This is good news for the newbies who are trying to get paid for a hobby. I haven't really been putting in any efforts at conceptual stock photos and portraits, which are supposed to sell best. The main reason being I don't have proper gear yet. If I shot a portrait, I'd have chromatic aberration on every pore of the model's face. My eyes are black and they suddenly became blue in the photos. (my Facebook profile photo)
I'm confident about creating good portraits but it isn't probably going to be in this year with a load of studies to do. Maybe after I'm done with high school? Being a very self-taught type, I wish schools were extinct. Unfortunately schools remain the strongest institution for thousands of years. The Mayans vanished and the Roman empire fell and the Great Depression brought people to the streets and the schools passed through without any trouble at all.
Back to the subject. I have been concentrating on strange things all the time. I'm trying to make the best out of normal and usual things right now. I still don't have any level 0 image. It was around December I started getting any sales. It was 5 sales a month at first and picked up good enough for me. Last month it was 23 sales a month. I don't complain. It is way too good for a portfolio like mine. I have literally shot half my portfolio from my study room window or garden. I don't even live in a beautiful place and that is why you'll find many photos in my portfolio that can be shot from literally anywhere in the world - photos of skies, moon, etc.
I might do an article on selective overexposure soon. I studied some research publications from trusted and huge associations and organisations and found out how people respond to color intensities and frequencies. For example, blue stimulates the brain most. A person cannot sleep deeply in a room lighted in blue. Simply - my interpretation is that if it can simulate the brain, it can attract interest from an awake man. And I wasn't wrong. I searched "blue background" and found out that millions of blue backgrounds have been sold. They are probably the most sold color. I'm probably making stock photos sound like nuclear warheads, but I really feel there is more to imagery than we usually assume there is. I'm really interested about some psychological factors right now and I'm going to make use of my port to experiment. I'm more of a writer and psychologist than a photographer.
This is real fun, when you can make people think the way you want to. I'll be coming up with some more technical articles when I find time. Once upon a time I had 5 articles on the hot articles and most useful list. And now I am so busy that I have 1 image pending. :/
Here are some images made by keeping in mind certain psychological factors. I'll see if they sell as per expectations.
If you are going to shout "Photoshopped - FAKE!", that's accepted. All my images are views from my window and so they must go through intense editing to look something like stock photos. If you are new, I suggest you get into Photoshop. I didn't know what Photoshop is 6 months back. I learned a lot by spending just 30 minutes every day. Lots of tutorials out there to get started with. :)
By the way, just in case anyone has any suggestions on the recent uploads? I have many free credits. Best suggestion gets a sale.
Open bribing. But it would help me out.
Photo credits: Pratik Panda.
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