Color catches the eye - Dreamstime

After analyzing my sales, I noticed something that most of you guys knew for ages, colorful pictures attract the attention.

Although sales are not always directly connected to views, you still need people to look at your pictures in order to sell them, so the higher you get the views, the better.

Try it yourself, type in your random keyword, and look for the best selling pictures in that category. Seldom will you see a picture that isn't colorful (and really really sharp).

In my last bunch of pictures, i'm trying to increase the contrast/saturation, giving it a bit more punch. Looking more closely at the light that falls on the subject and so on.

I'll keep you guys updated if it works for me or not, but I hope we (beginners) can learn from this little test.

Feel free to comment on any techniques you use to increase your sales, as everybody wants to learn here. Also, any critique towards the below pictures is welcome.

© Fiifre
© Fiifre
© Fiifre
© Fiifre

Besides this, i'll run another test, trying to diversify my portfolio. I know I'll have a lot to learn about stock, but i'll try to keep those interested, up to date on how it impacts my sales. Here are a few pictures in an area that's new to me.

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© Fiifre
© Fiifre
© Fiifre

I know these last few pictures lack something, but I can't really tell what it i. Feels like they don't catch my eye as much. So feel free to comment, as we all wish to learn.

Feel free to prove this point with a link to your own colorful pictures.

I want to make this blog as useful as possible for all of us, so cheers on you guys and wish you all many sales.

Photo credits: Fiifre, Phil Date.

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February 28, 2012


Thanks, and yes, over saturation ain't good, it's all in the balance I guess.

February 20, 2012


Thanks for sharing! That's a very good advice!
My experience is that bright photos with good contrast have a higher acceptance rate and better sales potential than dark photos with low contrast.

February 20, 2012


Thanks for sharing!!!

February 20, 2012


I agree with you that catchy colourful pictures will sell better, but pay attention when increasing saturation and contrast (especially saturation) so it won't fall in the other extreme - look fake. You need to find a good balance between the amount of saturation, vibrance, contrast, brightness. Of course, the lighting is the most important factor! Without good lighting it's very hard to obtain a visually appealing image.

Regarding the last batch of photos you posted, I think they lack brightness and contrast, the light is a bit too 'faded', too uniform (I don't really know how to put it), especially in the image 'woman with smartphone'. Try playing with curves, brightness and contrast. I would personally try to increase the brightness until the background is white (or close to), but without overexposing the model too much. It's up to you to see what every tool does and find the balance between them :) Also, instead of simply increasing saturation, I usually prefer to play with selective color.

You can also shoot in raw, so you'll have more control over the post-processing, less loss of detail and better noise reduction and sharpening tools.

Hope this was useful. Good luck!

February 20, 2012


Thanks for good word of advice :)

February 20, 2012


Thanks for sharing!

February 20, 2012


Congratulations, very useful blog & beautiful pictures! Apart of that we have to remember over filtration is common reason for rejection. I wish you all success!

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