Too many shots!
September 10, 2009
I think that if we want to get more attention from the buyers we have to take a little less pictures! Yes indeed less pictures! I see you scratching your head! You look surprised!
No this is not a joke!
I'm talking from my experience with film. I'm studying analog photography and shoot 35mm as well as medium and large format. When I'm going to take pictures with my 35mm camera I take quite a lot of pictures because there's quite some frames (36) on a film. With a medium (12) and even more with a large format (1) it is totally different.
In the same amount of time I shoot 36 frames with my 35mm only 12 with my medium and only one or two with my large format.
More than half of the pictures taken with the large format are good and one on four is really good.
With my medium format I get 5 to 8 good shots with one or two really good ones.
With my 35mm I usually get 4 to 6 good ones sometimes it includes a really good one, but not always.
This difference in quality is partly caused by the equipment. It is obvious that you get a lot more detail with a large or medium format, but the light and composition is also better when I shoot medium or large. It just takes time to take a good picture. Walk around look at the different angles how is the light, what can help to make the picture more interesting. If you just start shooting you will miss a lot and you will almost certainly miss the best shot you could have taken.
So at the end it means the more time you spent to take a picture the more chance you have to take good ones. Yes you end up with less pictures but the ones you shoot will be better!
Success in micro stock is mostly thought to be dependent on picture quantity. It is not so difficult to get your pictures accepted, it is difficult to sell them!
The lesson is that, one extremely good selling picture in your port will attract buyers and will help to sell other pictures.
Of course you need quantity to earn a little over here, but it is the quality pictures which will attract the buyers. A port with 100 pictures which includes one top seller is better than a port with 1,000 pictures of medium quality.
You need both quantity and quality!
So my goal is to shoot at least one sub topper every month and one top seller a year. I'm going to put more effort in my single pictures. Starting from tomorrow!
I will let you know how it works out.
have fun and shoot quality!