New? Something to Consider. . .

I returned to stock photography recently after a five year break. I have taken note of the images that continued to sell while others have gone dormant.

Location photos seem to be eternally popular and generally don't have a 'time-stamp' on them visually as much as a photo containing a person will, due to changes in styles over the years.

For instance, photos of this model taken around 2008 haven't sold since 2011 and are looking dated:

While photos of Dallas, such as this one from the Texas State Fair, have continued to sell steadily from when they were uploaded in 2006 through the present:

Some of the DT Assignments have focused (no pun intended) on this topic. . .while you are looking around the area you live in, consider what it's best known for. If someone is writing an article about the place you live, what images will they want to insert in the article?

Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, many people still think of that event when they hear 'Dallas', and this photo of the Sixth Floor Museum, which is dedicated to JFK, has sold consistently for nine years.

They might not be the most glamorous images, but you can still work on improving your photography skills with these photographs as well as have a steady stream of downloads from them over time.

As I look through the posts on the message boards, I consistently see new people asking, "What can I shoot to get more downloads?", I know, especially in the beginning, that getting even a few downloads is really important to help one feel validated for the effort it takes to shoot, process and upload photos.

A beautiful sunset may not stand out in the crowd of hundreds of beautiful random sunsets. A beautiful sunset behind a well-known landmark will always be useful to someone who is writing an article about that landmark.

Give a number of classic, iconic images of the place you live a spot in your portfolio for an almost gauranteed steady flow of income.

Feedback welcomed, please share photos you've taken of the area you live in that have continued to sell for years!

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July 17, 2016

Qiwoman01

thank YOU, xxxyyy123

July 17, 2016

Xxxyyy123

Thanks for the useful information

July 10, 2016

Qiwoman01

thank you, jmcchesnie, and welcome!

July 10, 2016

Jmcchesnie

Loved your article and the great advice. Thank you for posting it!

July 05, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thanks, Oldefashionmom, and welcome to our friendly community! I look forward to seeing your portfolio :D

July 04, 2016

Oldefashionmom

I really liked your article, having just signed up today, this gave me a good direction to start! I have uploaded my first picture and am so excited!

June 27, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thanks, @Gavergani! Love the great images you have in your portfolio!

June 27, 2016

Gavergani

This is great advice! You just gave a new idea where to take my next landscape photos.

June 26, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thanks, Kharms! You have some beautiful, vivid photos in your portfolio already you will do well!

June 26, 2016

Kharms1388

Thanks for these thoughts. I just joined Dreamstime, and this is really helpful advice.

June 26, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thanks, @Filonclass, look forward to seeing what you put in your portfolio!

June 26, 2016

Filonclass

You gave me some ideas about which direction to go. Tranks !

June 25, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thanks, David! :D

June 25, 2016

Lightpro

Great advice for the new member Jennifer. I also think some of us veterans can learn something here.

June 23, 2016

Qiwoman01

Thank you for your comment, Heidi! I enjoyed looking at your Editorial and location photos, nice work!

June 23, 2016

Heidifotomaniac

true.. thanks :)

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