Sales followup - adjust your portfolio on the fly

Not sure how many of you guys out there upload all the photos you get in a shooting session. I figured out I upload less than 10% of all good photos and some pictures, sometimes because they are pretty similar to one another so I don't even bother to convert them from RAW, and in the end I forget about them.


Just recently I made a review of the photo sales and noticed some of them are getting pretty good sales when comparing to others. This one in particular was generating a fair amount of interest on all stock websites.

So I started to dig into my photo shooting archive to find out that I still have some good pictures I left behind from that shooting session. Following the indications of your sales, you can adjust the portfolio and upload more of the same kind, or even pictures taken in the same photo shooting session, making sure you don't send too many of them or break the submission guidelines in any way.

That's the case with this picture that I only uploaded a couple of days ago and it got sold pretty quick:

Honey - pouring

So, a piece of good advice for you is to follow up your sales and see if you have similar unpublished photos you can include in your online portfolio and go for it.

Photo credits: Coraldesign.
  • Coraldesign
Commercial photography, product photography, food photography, architectural and interior photography, macro photography.

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April 02, 2012

Bad advice. This will dilute sales.


April 02, 2012

Nikitu is absolutely right, Dreamstime is paying more royalties for pictures that are being downloaded multiple times, as opposed to other agencies. So, it is a good advice to upload on DT only your best photos. I am used to shoot the same composition from multiple angles to be able to select the most appropriate picture for a specific design project and only select one for uploading on stock websites. This selection is pretty much based on my intuition that the chosen picture is the one that buyers are actually looking for, leaving many other good pictures on the hard drive. In my opinion, this is a decision that only experienced stock photographers can take and be sure they made the best choice from the first attempt. I'm pretty far from that point, but I'm training my skills on DT's Stock rank game - which is by far the most entertaining way of learning stock - even my children are having a good time watching and guessing with me when I play it.


February 22, 2012

However you should all keep in mind that we have quite a strict policy regarding similar images that you should only upload your best. Remember that uploading more images with the same subject that are shot pretty much the same will dilute sales on lower levels and lower royalties, unlike when you upload your best images with said object when the level will be higher and royalties as well. My advice would be to keep your similar images to a minimum and grow your portfolio with varied subjects.


February 14, 2012

Thanks! I think that's a very good advice. I will for sure use it.


February 14, 2012

That's a good advice! Thanks a lot!


February 14, 2012

Great advice!!!


February 14, 2012

Yes, @Sijohnsen, sometimes you tend to discard pictures based on arbitrary reasons. Also, a picture that once was regarded as "unusable" can be salvaged after you learn a smarter processing technique, or get the hands on a better processing software.


February 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing.


February 14, 2012

Great advice, I often like to go back and take another look at shots from a shoot, sometimes one which gets passed over initially looks much better a few days or weeks later


February 14, 2012

I will keep this advise in mind.


February 14, 2012

Thanks for the advice.


February 14, 2012

Yeah nice!


February 14, 2012

Great advice.


February 14, 2012

Good advice. I did that too.