some advice from a newbie to fresh newbies
Hi, my name is Hugo and I'm celebrating two months here, 50 photos and one sale(!) from a few days ago.
I am new to stock photography and pretty new at digital photography.
I have learned so much the past two months I hope newbies will read this before they start.
Here are some of the things I learned so far:
2. Forget about yourself and what you think about your pictures. You came back from a trip or shooting session and you have your favorite pictures. Your friends are clapping their hands and you even find your picture has become the desktop picture on several computers at work. This does not mean the picture is stock oriented, it does not mean it will be accepted and does not mean it will be sold or even viewed. Look at the picture from the eyes of DT and the eyes of the buyer.
3. Learn Photoshop (or any other tool) – Levels, Curves, Color Balance, sharpening, saturation, saturation in LAB etc. Some people initially think it’s cheating. Whatever. They don’t understand photography is about making good pictures, not about pressing a button and hoping for the best. You will find it difficult to improve without mastering Photoshop basics.
4. Pay attention to the rejection reason. Don’t just get mad upset or frustrated. Learn learn learn. At first it’s hard to understand some things like “low color profile” “DOF too shallow” “distorted pixels” and more. In your eyes, it was objectively a perfect picture - until rejected. Take the rejected picture in Photoshop and try fixing the problem. Even if you can't fix it, you will learn trying. eventually, you will learn to do this before uploading the picture.
5. Be double patient – If you can, after working on a picture, wait a day before uploading. Sometimes you need a clean mind to look objectively at your picture.
I hope this helps.
It’s not like I got to 100% acceptance ratio but I’m improving and learning.
Good luck and don’t forget, have Fun!!!