Satisfaction of the long awaited sale

After you've been in the micro stock game for a while, perhaps a few years, you'll come to appreciated the satisfaction that comes along with a long awaited sale.

Perhaps it was one of the first images you uploaded and got accepted. Maybe it was an image you worked hard on in post processing, carefully cutting out the background or blurring the trademarks, or erasing the tiny numbers on a rubber tire. Maybe it is an image that has been teasing you with tons of view but no sales. Or maybe it was one of your favorite shots whether anyone else likes it or not.

Or perhaps it was a long forgotten image in your growing portfolio. One that you forget you even had. In any case a sudden sale of a "well seasoned" image has a particular satisfaction to it. Not only does it mean the image will survive the automatic culling after four years but perhaps it will gain some new respect and interest. Nothing stands out better than an image that has had downloads. It kind of reassures the buyers that some else also thought the image had merit. Success breeds success as they say.

Now this is not to say one should hope a truly weak image should survive the four year cut. I remember a while back a contributor was expressing concern that a few of their images were about to get culled. For some reason they really like these images although they really were kind of dul l and boring - shots of mud or feet as I recall. Sometimes its simply better for these images to fade away quietly. Besides four years later surely you are a better photographer, with better stock offerings and a stronger portfolio. Better to just let the week shots die of starvation from not having and downloads and look forward to producing strong work.

Here are a few of my oldies that have just recently been downloaded:

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June 29, 2013

Peanutroaster

Probably because the ones you think will sell everyone else shoots. Like when I go to a balloon festival and stand shoulder to shoulder with everyone who dusts off their camera twice a year. Rarely do I sell a hot air balloon shot.

June 29, 2013

Babar760

Some of what I consider my worst shots have sold. Yes, the ones I was sure would never sell. On the other side of the coin, the shots that I considered really good have hardly sold! Goes to show that my tastes are different from other people's. Now I photograph what I think won't sell and I'm doing better! Go figure!

June 29, 2013

Peanutroaster

Good point. I do try to revisit my keywords on images that don't seem to be getting their proper attention. I'll have to check on that one.

June 29, 2013

Peanutroaster

Good point. I do try to revisit my keywords on images that don't seem to be getting their proper attention. I'll have to check on that one.

June 29, 2013

Martingraf

what wonders me a bit is why there have only been 3hundred and something views on that doggie one - which, besides that is really a great idea - congrats to the sales!

June 28, 2013

Unteroffizier

I think the last 3 of your older images are good! Especially the doggie one : )

June 27, 2013

Peanutroaster

Pug Line Up - "N/A" and it was a crummy 26 cent extra small. :-(

June 27, 2013

Karenfoleyphotography

Agree! I'm still waiting for one of my pics that's in 15 lightboxes but no sales ;-( Just curious, what were the search words for your Pug Dog Line Up? K-

June 26, 2013

Psmpics

[imgl]http://www.image1931376[/imgl]This one took over 2 years for its first sale - not a great shot, but I sure had fun taking it with a new camera. And who doesn't love Manhattan?
I really love your Pug Dog Police Line Up.

June 26, 2013

Acrogame

oh yes, I understand your feelings very well :-)
Congrats!

June 26, 2013

Celiaak

I also do love those sales of forgoten images, even if they are subscrition ones. It feels like one of my cuties being adopted.

June 26, 2013

Suyerry

Congrats on the sales! :)

June 26, 2013

Famed01

Finally... :-).....Congrats!!

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