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New to contributors area - Grateful to give some advices

Hi, I am Alice, I am a new contributor. I just successfully uploaded some images.
I have 20 images submitted and 5 rejected. I think the rejection is fair.

I am looking for some valuable advices to see if I am on the right track on the uploaded files. I am a housewife and an amateur photographer. I really want to get some income from my favourable hobby - photo taking.

Thanks a lot. Cheers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/4, 70-200 f/4. 400 f/5.6.
Posted: 01/12/2014, 04:34:02 AM
There aren't enough images in your portfolio to have a true sense of direction for where you're going but I think your photography is stunning.

When starting out in stock people generally start uploading what they've already shot. The point is no one has an archive of commercial type images. If you do searches on similar photos in your portfolio, you will see very low sales on what people have already uploaded.

Doing stock on the side is a lot of fun but you will need to "expand your horizons" if you want to work your way to having an income on the side. This means spending time with a focus on images with COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL. Many people have trouble changing gears.

So... continue to have fun doing what you're doing. If you want to have sales, then learn to change gears once in a while and do images that are strong commercial concepts.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 01/12/2014, 10:33:34 AM
Thank you Wisconsinart. Your suggestions are very useful to me and I get the direction now.

This website is really nice, I learn a lot of things here. I expect my photograhic skill can keep on improving by joining this photographer family. It is so exciting!

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/4, 70-200 f/4. 400 f/5.6.
Posted: 01/13/2014, 04:32:05 AM

My advises would be:

1- keep uploading
2- ...keep uploading
3- try to have different subjects/categories
4- post blog or in the "message boards"
5- Have fun!
50mm f1.8 Canon 70-200 f4 L...
Posted: 01/13/2014, 06:24:36 AM
Try to get your family and friends to participate on your adventure and aid you by being your models!
Canon 5D MK II
Edited: 00/00/0000, 00:00:00 AM
Sir , I really admire your work a lot and I'm thinking of trying stock again after I got discouraged years ago from a lot of rejections from other sites such as ********, photo stock, ******** etc. I see that people stock seems to be the biggest seller however my biggest fear is asking for permission for the model release which seems to be so intrusive to their privacy,i.e. address, phone no etc. How do you go about this or around this? And when is a photo of people applicable for editorial
Thank you so much for your help.
Canon 50D
Posted: 01/16/2014, 15:07:30 PM
Hi, Dgascalon, I know some people will ask his/her family to be their models. So, the model release may not be a problem.

Good luck!

For the editorial, I don't have idea also. I think it is applicable for an event. If this is an event or incident, you can submit it as editorial. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/4, 70-200 f/4. 400 f/5.6.
Posted: 01/19/2014, 09:07:19 AM