What Sells Images?
You've for sure heard it bandied about, here and in other places, the issue of what factors might best sell or stimulate high interest in images. The issue often arises as to whether it's key-words, or concepts, or good composition, low noise, some unique perspective, or some other combination of variables. It seems that contributors invariably obsess about some alchemy that will provide a simple answer to marketing their own images in the most favorable way.
Just do a search of the threads and you'll see that the issue routinely comes up. I'll venture to say that despite the volumes of words exchanged, nobody ever satisfactorily arrives at a list of the definitive factors that explain how to move one image quicker or better than another.
Having said that, I'll now suggest a rather antithetical yet fairly simple response: 'Shoot primarily those things you enjoy'. If you're a landscape sort of soul. . then shoot those. If you like to take pictures of people holding cell phones . . then do that. If fantastic, surrealistic photo manipulations float your boat, then by all means, do those. But for Heaven's sake, don't worry about what somebody else says is the magic bullet for success. Shoot what you love. If you do that, then its exponentially easier to accomplish the second half of that equation which I suggest is: 'Stick to the Fundamentals and pay Attention to Detail'.
If you're out in nature, or in a studio, or sitting in front of Photoshop, its much easier to incorporate the fundamentals of good photography. When inspired by what you are shooting, you are much more inclined to want to know more about effective composition of a scene, making proper exposures, using the most effective apertures and/or shutter speeds for the conditions, and lastly, in using your creative juices to render a unique perspective to a perhaps otherwise commonplace image.
So if you tend to be one who believes that any problem can be measured by reducing it to its base elements, think again. When it comes to the creative process (and creating stock images involves just that) you'll find that success is often a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
Photo credits: , Lightart.
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