250 up but disappointing sales

It was rather apt yesterday to notice the I got my 250th image up on line and it was a rather celebratury image of some strawberries and champagne :D

However my motivation is taking somewhat of a knock due to the incredibly slow sales I am seeing and am not really sure what to do next...

I will continue to dig in and try and produce images that DT see as being worthy to upload here but am concerned than I am failing to create commercially popular images.

How do you all go about not just framing a photograph but come about an idea that you think will be commercially succesful?

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Llareggub

Thank you all for the comments...

Maybe I should write blogs like this on a regular basis, I sold 4 images yesterday and achieved a revenue of 90% of the total for all of May :D

Stock photography is a strange old game!!!

Silent47

"However my motivation is taking somewhat of a knock due to the incredibly slow sales I am seeing and am not really sure what to do next..."
+1-I feel exactly the same way you do.I have 173 pics online and my sales...well they suck.This thing can be very disappointingl.(at least for me)

"I will continue to dig in and try and produce images that DT see as being worthy to upload here but am concerned than I am failing to create commercially popular images. "
+1

Karenfoleyphotography

I think you'll see the same thread repeated every time the question of "what sales" comes up .... it seems to be about creativity. Thinking of new ways to express an idea or theme should give you lots of inspiration. Good luck and congrats on the milestone.

Mariaam

Congratulations! Keep up the good work and more sales will coming...Good luck!

Picstudio

Congratulations!

lzf

also have the same question like yours and even have none sales on the past week..

Mvogel

You have a very nice portfolio of pictures but you have a lot of repeat subject, i.e. a lot of wine glass, fire, and spice pictures. They are all good pictures but if no one is looking for wine glasses, fire, or spice then you will not make a sale. You basically need more diversity in your portfolio to get more sales. You can have 500 great shots of one subject but your sales will lag if no one if looking for that subject.

I have also found that pictures that have been in my portfolio for up to a year will all of a sudden sell.

Llareggub

Thanks all for the comments, I am very pleased to have had 250 images accepted and sales in other places (I submit to 6 sites) are going very well.

I got my 250 in a shade over 5 months so am getting around about 50 each month accepted with an acceptance rate a shade over 60%. I will keep going, not planning on turning my back on it, I love taking pictures :)

Really is just a question of whether I am missing any tricks, am hoping to get more people pictures uploaded in the coming weeks and hopefully push on with the diversity aspect of my portfolio. I spend most of my time in a very sleepy rural village so many of the lifestyle shots I hope to take require a trip out which is difficult when you are tening crops :D

Xiaofeng123

nice 250 uolaods.
but I think 250 is not enough to generated very obvious sales.DT is not a quick sales sites.But it is steady.If you want to generate sales fast,another site will suit you.

Joezachs

250 is a good figure.
Just let it be there and forget about it. Check once in a way and you will find surprises :-)

Calyx22

First, congratulations on getting 250 images online! That's a nice milestone in itself, and you should be proud of that (personally, I think it's a nice touch that it's a celebration pic!).

As far as making commercially successful images, there are a number of stock books out there that are very helpful. If you want, leave a note on one of my images and I will tell you titles. Simple always sells. Images with people sell well. Lifestyle images sell well. So do images that illustrate concepts. If you want to get a better idea of what makes a good image, go to each category and select one, then sort by downloads decending. That will be a good start. I hope this helps, and congrats again on your milestone! :)

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