The Art of Not Selling Photos
So, 60 uploads and about 35 "sales" later, there is a definite pattern as to what sells in my portfolio. So far (and some may find this useful) my best selling photos are...drumroll please...medical related pictures which include people. (Yeah, big surprise I am sure!) Of course, my portfolio here is tiny compared to most contributors, so I'll let you decide if that is useful information.
The problem is I really dislike the kind of studio shooting required to get those type of pictures. I also find the lighting and presentation to be extremely....hmmm clinical (to borrow a medical term). Yeah, I know, it's stock photography, not fine art. But I need inspiration.
Natural lighting inspires me as do natural settings and people in candid moments. Not posed and meticulously controlled moments. Its funny because I am something of a control freak by nature, but with my photography I think I want to escape that.
My next group of contributions to the site may focus on editorial and landscape pics from my local area. Yeah, I may not sell any of them I imagine, however it may just help me recharge my creative ideas and eventually work my way back into taking the type of microstock that sells!
Photo credits: Russell Linton.
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