Thoughts about Collections...

© Mani33
As a matter of fact making collections is a great feature that DT has made available for us to join the images that we love in one group & to have some special exposure for the images, that might end up with sales!

Another fact that most of the collections are made upon tastes, likes & own portfolio only!

In fact that is not enough for a collection exposure as the number of photographers & the collections is growing so much!

This is a business on the first place (Starting from DT & professional photographers) then comes the none pro ones!

Here are some tips to consider before you create a collection or to consider for your current ones:

- Define the objective of the collection:

Which comes on the first place Business or Liking... If it's both you have to decide which ones is more important to you!

In the case of liking you can just add or remove whatever you want including or not your own images!

Have I heard you saying Business?! Say it loud, never be shy of that! Okay you want to justify why your not adding your friend's image! Don't worry if he/she is really your friend he/she will understand! :)))

Okay let me start with my thoughts about pro-collections:

1- Do you have a reasonable number of images about the same subject in your own portfolio?

No: Stick with the other's images or only make a private one (Publish the link on your profile page)

Yes: Make a public collection by adding at least 4 different photos from 4 different photographers.

2- Search DT collections with the same name of the collection you're planning or the one you have!

That will explain in the future why your collection is or isn't having much exposure!

3- Choose a unique name based on the words that can be used by buyers for searching the subject of the collection!

You can always check the latest searched from the first page or the keywords used on your own sales!

4- Collection exposure is also depend on the keywords that you choose!

Bad news for who doesn't like keywording but you have to add as much related keywords from all the photos that you add there!

That's why the minimum number of keywords is 20 & no mention for the maximum!

5- For your collection to be more focused on your images, make sure that your images can make 2/3 of the collection!

That might sound selfish but it's not when you're wanting business!

6- If your images are new or didn't pass the first level try to add more images from higher levels so they won't compete with your own sales! Devilish huh?! Confess that you liked it :P

No seriously, for who doesn't know, the name of the collections where the image has been added is mentioned under that image so mostly images that been added to many collections have more exposure! These images usually have high levels of sales and adding them will mostly make your collection more exposure if not sales even!

7- Never stop updating your collections: Add more of your own & add/remove/replace of other photographers at least once every month! With some effort add adequate keywords!

There are buyers that enjoy seeing collections & visit well built ones! Yes, one of the reasons of n/a keyword sale remember?!

8- If your collection become so big you can always create another with a more specific subject & arrange sometime to move these specific images from a collection to a newer one.

That's it guys! Wish you good luck with your collections :)

Photo credits: Maen Zayyad.

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November 26, 2010


Thank you for precious information... now you are in my favorite blogger ;)

May 29, 2010


A good way of getting more exposure and an easy tool for a buyer who does not have to weed through a multitude of photographs.

May 25, 2010


Thanks Jianbinglee! :)

May 24, 2010


Very good article!
Thanks Maen!

May 12, 2010


Thanks Ann & Leslie :)

May 12, 2010


Another useful blog! Thank you!

May 11, 2010


Nicely put! Thanks for sharing :)

May 10, 2010


Thanks Jitka! It's always a pleasure to hear your comments :)

May 10, 2010


Splendid blog! I enjoy the topic of collection and I these thought were really interesting! :-)

May 10, 2010


Thank you all for your comments! Good luck in collections they are a great tool to use :)

May 10, 2010


@ Dessi, as a buyer I have searched through collections, well our company has subscription on a different site and most of the time either we were lazy or busy so we used to search for collections and download all to keep up with our daily quota.

And Mani as always your blogs are very useful, thanks bro.

May 10, 2010


Thank you very much for sharing these important tips about collections. I love to organize them, I have some collections and I love to see how many views they can reach every month. ;)

May 10, 2010


Feels like starting one after reading the tips here,

May 10, 2010


Thanks very much, Maen! ;) Great article and very useful!

May 10, 2010


Thank you for advices Maen!Very useful information for all of us:)

May 10, 2010


Thanks Maen! :)

May 09, 2010


Thanks guys & good luck with your collections! :)

May 09, 2010


Maen, good article! Now all I need to do is build a collection.

May 09, 2010


Hi Maen, thanks for sharing this info, it can be very useful...

May 09, 2010


Just started a collection. After your blog i may change some images.

May 09, 2010


Thanks Dirk :)

May 09, 2010


hey maen, great blog, interesting information. ;)

May 09, 2010


Thank you everybody! :)
Dessie if a buyer likes a photographer work in specific, he/she might add the photographer to his favorites & visit his collections to see his whole wor about the subject or get another image he/she have seen there before!

As for me I visit the portfolio of the photographer & might check his/her collections instead of searching through collections!

May 09, 2010


very useful blog,as always.Thanks

May 09, 2010


When I started I used collections as a way to organize my own pictures and have them grouped with some popular ones. Now I have personal collections and lightboxes to keep me organized and I still like to add other good images to my collections.

May 09, 2010


It's a very useful blog and I got a question, Maen! Why a buyer would search for a collection that is made through someone else's eyes, if he/she could search the database himself for the image with the keywords they are looking for? As a buyer, have you ever searched for a collection and choose an image from there?

May 09, 2010


Thank you for the information Maen. I have only just started on Collections and Lightboxea, so it was very useful :)

May 09, 2010


Like Wildmac, I wasn't aware that collections are mentioned under an image!! As usual, a very useful blog :)

May 09, 2010


thanks Mani. Learning new stuff every day. :)

May 09, 2010


Great blog Maen. Thank you very much.

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