is there a formula to successful downloads?
Hello Dreamstimers, hope this new decade started on the right mood for you as it did for me here on Dreamstime.
now that i got my first taste of a payout, i am getting greedy and want to see the next payout sooner, and more regularly.
one of my favourite bloggers also left me with this optimistic assurance, "...the next one(payout) will be faster". is it?
well, this is the reason for this blog today. do we really have some control to the steering wheel as to how we get more downloads in this business? can we actually make images that draw DT clients to download them? are there certain elements of the image that buyers use as criteria to take my image as opposed to yours. or even more specific, this image
is it human interest that made this image
one of my most downloaded ? i had two other captures of this event but only this one sold repeatedly each year.
why? was it the child being the centre of focus
that made this more attractive to the buyer?
or was there something more? eg. the imaginary triangle placement of the 3 cyclists? timing, composition, placement - capture...?? the eye contract with me from one of the cyclists? or all of the above?
eye contact? did you say eye contact?
like this one? it's all but eye contact with this one surely.
or is it the colour ? the unearthly tone ? the uneasy mood of the eyes, the wrinkle on the forehead, the use of lighting to bring out texture to the skin, the intensity?
or all of the above?
what about these other ones?
there is no human interest, nor eye contact, yet they are my most popular images?
did someone bought the license to use these images because of nostalgia? was it because of the juxtaposition of the subject vs object? was it the immensity or the historical factor ?
or was it the conscious use of a certain focal length to show grandeur as well as panorama? would another focal length have failed to make these images not quite right?
or all of the above?
i think, it's all of the above. or is it just coincidence and highly academic? users of generic micro images don't think this way?
they just found the images via keywords and viola, they buy it?
nothing calculative as this.
what do you say?
thanks for coming along as usual. it's always good to be in your company.
enjoy your shooting ! in the end, that's what truly makes the whole thing about photography worthwhile. in fact, i think, when we place the enjoyment above all other factors, the rest just falls into place to be the icing to the cake. Peace.
Photo credits: , Tan510jomast.