Getting back to the basics
Problem is that now I measure my success by downloads. There were only 600,000 images on DT when I started. Since then, the numbers have grown exponentially.
So, although getting an image accepted is an accomplishment in and of itself, it is suppose to be one step closer to $$$$! This means that I have to get those images noticed. Keywords are a big deal and I always make sure that they are accurate and properly spelled. Beyond that, it is really up to what I call "Curb Appeal" If an image doesn't look good as a thumbnail, then I am probably not going to get that designer's covetted click.
I recently figured out that some of my images were "cute" but that they lacked real commercial value. They just lacked "something". I sensed that when I shot them, but I struggled to figure out what it was. What could I do to make these images better?
That was easy, once I let my ego get out of the way: GET BACK TO THE BASICS! Figure out who could possibly use an imge like this? Look at marketing trends. Watch the news. Read magazines. Find a different perspective on popular issues and products. So, I am going back to the drawing board.
In case you were wondering...the images that are just a bit "off" are pictured here in this blog. Can YOU tell me what YOU think is missing? Don't worry, I can take it!
Photo credits: Jason Schulz.