How Can I Improve?!
How could I improve?
Some advice from you?
Some critique on my portfolio please?
Please help me improve!
You have seen these threads on DT message boards. From time to time they jump out among other posts and loudly call out for help. And I can't deny, I have written some of them in the past as well.
Everyone wants to know the secret - what makes me succeed? And we are looking for understanding and insight as well. We want reassurance, that we are doing the right thing, heading in the right direction.
There's a really great help on the DT site. I have always suggested to everyone who wants to understand what kind of images are more stock images and what are not, that he should play The Game. Although it crashes from time to time - the score isn't so important than the benefit what you can receive from the greater understanding about customers needs. It's a really a neat tool on the site.
But still, what about my portfolio? How could I improve my images?
Ellen is the author of all those great blog articles what we are referring to over and over again on message boards. She has a long history in image industry and I'm not sure if there are many people on the Earth who could compete her with the total number of the photos viewed in the lifetime. Maybe there are, but I doubt there are many, and Ellen is definitely a great expert on her field.
That's why I was very surprised at first, when I heard that she offers her consults as well as to starting photographers and microstockers and not only to long time pro photographers with well established portfolios.
That wasn't surprising that Ellen works in the professional way, but I liked how seriously she took reviewing my portfolio and giving detailed feedback. And it wasn't the kind of feedback what you can usually get from a warm and friendly photo community: "Great photos! You have fantastic portfolio! Absolutely great!" (although to tell the truth she said some good words as well ;) happy-happy), but she had well explained and well justified suggestions about keywording, composition, subjects. She brought up examples from my portfolio and showed me what I could have done differently. I liked it very much. I love to learn.
Yesterday was a really great day for me, and I appreciate a lot that I could learn from such a great expert and warm and friendly person. Now I just have to digest everything I learned and put into practice.
Ellen, if you read this, thank you very much again. And all others, if you feel that you need advice about how to improve as a stock photographer, consider seriously accepting Ellen's offer of consultation. Great advice is available which can help you a lot.