do not shoot for peets sake ... unless..

Today I've self criticized myself and my work and realised that if I don't follow the following rules my images will be rejected or unsold. no use having a portfolio full of wonderful landscapes, isolated shots etc if they won't sell!

I came up with the following thought .. do not shoot for peets sake ... unless..

1- you really have a good subject

if you know it will sell, if you feel it will look good on a cover of a magazine or a billboard and will catch your eye... don't shoot it.

2 - You are inspired

don't set up your camera on a tripod etc and just chuck anything on a board or what ever is used to get that spanking backdrop if you are uninspired - a) they will not come good - you will work to fast and too bored and b) they will probably be useless anyways

3) you have the time for keywording and submissions

if you don't - leave them - do them when you are free - a lot of thought should go in to keywording. if you do not have the proper keywords - they will not be found - and obviously - will not be sold

4) have good lighting

- if you are a) inspired b) have a good subject - but your lighting is rubbish - do NOT shoot it today!! it will only let you down. think about it - if you think you'll forget the idea - write it down and wait for a sunny day as your images will turn our grey and a lot of time will be wasted.

I think I've wasted loads of time just ignoring the above and shooting for shots sake .. my ranking is low, my sales are low and my images .. well they speak for themselves .. I think I am improving but I have a loooooonng loooong way to go!

please feel free to add to the list to help me and maybe others like me .. :)

hope this helps!! :)) keks

Photo credits: Pjmorley.

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April 29, 2010


OK , that does it.
As I have only one upload at present, I have the tips as to how to start. By the way I have already implemented your third point (Keywords) I always put in the key words the next day (totally relaxed)

February 22, 2010


good tips!mark!

January 30, 2010


thanks for all the comments :) yes annieyek I realise there is a typing error- I meant to add a "then" before .. thanks for spotting it ! :)

January 29, 2010


Good tips, your PF is looking good so I agree, dont be too hard on yourself :0)

January 29, 2010


For the first point, any typing error?

1- you really have a good subject

if you know it will sell, if you feel it will look good on a cover of a magazine or a billboard and will catch your eye... don't shoot it.

You means shoot it or not shoot it?
Why not shoot it?

January 29, 2010


nice one kek :)

January 29, 2010


I agree with Mani, and great points

January 28, 2010


Thanks for the good tips! I think I like Maen's idea of looking at them again the next day too. Cheers Carol :)

January 28, 2010


Good tips!

January 28, 2010


What I usually do is never upload something I did today! I get another look to it the day after to see if I like it the same way! Try to be your own reviewer before sending it to be reviewed! That's why I played much the game (not to mention the addiction) :))
I agree with you that if it's about forcing things, it won't be ok!
Cheers ;)

January 28, 2010


It's good to do a bit of auto critic sometimes as it's a good way to learn and improve, but don't beat yourself up too much, you've got some good shots in your portfolio and some good sales too. Hang in there and keep up the faith!

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