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Am I getting it right?

I'm new here (little more than 2 months I started uploading "seriously"). I'd like to know if I'm going the right way. I'm just a hobbyist but I want to improve and build up a good portfolio. I'm pretty busy with studies at 18 so I don't find much time to shoot so I'd like to focus on uploading photos that sell more rather than upload in large volumes (which I must, I know, but only when I find time).

I already know isolated photos, bright and colorful ones with good lighting and images which reveal a clear concept even at thumbnail size sell better. I'm trying my best to get those.
What do you think about my port? Not lots of photos to see I guess but I'd appreciate advice.

Feel free to be harsh and a realist. This is more about improvement and performance than about feelings and ego. :)
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 12/31/2012, 06:02:49 AM
First of first; pay attention to the titles, desc. and keywords. For example, noone will search for a footprint on an Indian beach (especially when the beach is not visible), or very few will search for a granite statue. Think forward, what would you search if you were buyer...details should be in the description.

Second, check European and US magazines and websites, health pages, economy etc...the most popular subjects are the most selling ones. Analyze what kind of pics they use on their pages. Use that style or technique. Think global.

Third, you live in india and you have a great touristical potential. There are thousands of agencies organizing tours to your country, so use it. Use what you have, do not spend your energy to find an "iPhone 5" because it will be popular in next couple of months. Your efforts will not be worth. Your regular life is egzotic to the rest of the world, while rest of the world is egzotic to you. I'm sure you understand what I mean :)
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Posted: 12/31/2012, 08:28:35 AM
Since you are only 18 and new at this I suggest changing your profile pic. Many are put off these days seeing a person holding a gun, especially in the US. If a buyer sees a pic they like and clicks on your name they are taken to your profile page which is your "front lobby" or the first place a buyer sees when entering your shop. Many will pass on purchasing any of your images if they see your profile pic.

Cut down your keywords, more are not better. The more "relevant" words the higher the image will appear in the search results. Don't put words like ad, greeting, magazine and even beautiful in your keywords. Buyers know what they want to use the photo for so you don't have to remind them it might be good for a greeting card or an ad in a magazine. The word beautiful is overused, everyone thinks that their antique vase or tea pot or lighthouse is beautiful. A buyer will seldom use the word beautiful. If they truly want something ugly and you have a pic that is ugly that is a good keyword to use.
Posted: 12/31/2012, 10:27:16 AM
You already have the talent, you just need to know what sells. All you have to do is search the database to see what kinds of concepts do well and learn from browsing. But don't try to mimic others, see what they did and do it better.

You should also experiment with concepts no one has thought of or covered very little. An example I've used in the past is CHANGE BABY DIAPER. There are very few images of that concept in the database and virtually all of the ones that exist do a poor job of communicating the concept. And no one ever figures that out despite tens of thousands of baby portraits including the cute little hands and feet pictures. Very nice pictures but the stock world doesn't need another generic baby picture.

Once you realize that your only limit will be time and resources.
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Posted: 12/31/2012, 11:01:03 AM
Hi Patrik Panda

The technical advise are already well covered by thr others so I will go on another line
Do you know what do you want from your photography?
I doubt you joined here with 18 years old just thinking about earning a few bucks so I will make a guess

You would like to earn a lot and live only from photography

If that is the case than I have some news for you, uou can!

But there are mainly two paths, you can live from royalties or you can do contract work

I wont go into contract work, marriage, events, sports, shooting for advertising, fashion, etc because I have no experience with that

If you want to live with royalties, you can sell in microstock like you are doing here, RM agencies, sell books, training, etc

Anyway, I am convinced that to be very successful in the royalties market you have to be known as a photographer, this way people will look to buy your work,

I would start with your name and profile image and than do a promotion strategy in the social media, you are young and you have time to build your own name

Cheers and a happy new year!
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Posted: 12/31/2012, 16:37:03 PM
Thanks for your time everyone. You even looked into the keywords, etc. :)

So here are some things I need to take care of:
- Profile photo
- Check titles and keywords once again before my port is too big to deal with and remove words like "beautiful". I guess buyers are looking for beautiful stuff anyway? They'd mention ugly if they are not looking for the obvious. Got it.
- I have to think stock and aim for photos that are worth a P-EL.
- Everybody has seen babies, so I need not find an alien baby. I just need to look from a direction nobody has looked at a baby.

Afagundes, no, I don't aim to live off photography. I'm already performing well in the science stream and aiming for the top 2 engineering institutes in India. I hope I get it. I'm certain photography would always remain just a hobby. But I'm certainly not the ones who'd go slack with it just because it is a hobby. I'm always trying to be as close to perfect as possible - in every single thing I do.

As for contract work, it is not really possible out here. Too conservative in India. You don't get models anyway for stock and it is impossible to find time for contract work (if contract work is available - which is rare here).

Since all of you have those positively "horrifying" statistics and uploads:sales ratio, I'm sure I got the right advice. Thanks again. :)

And a Happy New Year to you and families!
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Posted: 12/31/2012, 20:28:15 PM
Alien baby has already been found so stop looking.

   Alien Fetus   

You have a good attitude and will go far in whatever you attempt. Happy New Year!
Posted: 12/31/2012, 21:49:27 PM
Thank you! :)
Oh no, our photographer friends go everywhere looking for a decent shot. Now alien babies too?! This is astonishing. Or maybe ridiculous?
No, inspiring.
I'll try alien grandparents.
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Posted: 01/01/2013, 03:31:16 AM
Perhaps my grandchildren might be able to oblige with that one in the near future.
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Posted: 01/07/2013, 02:36:21 AM
haha! Every thread I start ends in some sort of jokes and laughs. ;)
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Posted: 01/07/2013, 13:30:50 PM