Is It Worth Participating in Assignments?
Let's be honest; is it really worthwhile to participate in Assignments? Sure, it's nice if your image is elected, but if you look through the archives, many of the images do not have many sales, if any at all. There are a few "real" winners, but only a handful. It seems perhaps in many cases an image is overpriced by starting out a Level 5. Better to have some lower Level sales than none at all?
I did have an image accepted in a recent assignment and it has yet to sell. However, it seemed I was getting more views than usual with my newer uploads; it usually takes a while for people to look at the new ones. Is it possible a few sales were made because that one image was displayed in a high-profile section? There is no way to prove that but it must happen on occasion.
For the Agriculture assignment, I had another image accepted. No sales to date but I did receive some nice compliments for it. A little exposure certainly can't hurt.
Regardless, because of the Agriculture assignment, I made arrangements to visit a dairy farm during milking time. It was a difficult shoot; the lighting was bad, there was little room to maneuver, and the dern cows would never hold still or pose for me (as if they would!). As a result, I didn't even try submitting any of the usable images for the Assignment. The session was virtually a bust.
However, it was an interesting experience. That was my first time ever where I got to see an operation like that for real. The Assignment caused me to do see and do something I had never done before.
In addition, I did have images from that day accepted and are now in my portfolio. When you're a small portfolio with little time for stock, every image counts. They're images I normally wouldn't have if not for the Assignment.
So I found it all to be very worthwhile. I got to see the milking operation, I gained more experience for shooting in difficult situations, and I had a fun day.
I will leave you with my images from that day. Who knows, maybe I'll get a Level 5 sale, too. :-)
Photo credits: Wisconsinart.
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