Hello fellow Dreamstimers!! I have been a member since 2010 and only have a modest 178 photos and an even more modest sales count at 129.
I normally go out shooting for nothing in particular and then when I get a photo that I think has potential I upload it. I do not do much studio type shots and as you can see from my portfolio it is mostly nature/scenic.
However I feel I must change it up if I want to make more sales. I think that my photos are good but it is the subject that is not a great seller....( I "think" there good anyways )
Could you please critique my portfolio? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Snookless
Nikon D750: 50mm 1.4/85mm 1.8. Alien Bees - and me!
In terms of stock I think you are on the right track with the computer repair, money for gold, and sandstone. The problem with the nice shots that you see while walking is that they don't fill any particular need of the buyers. You can get lucky, of course, and sell some of them, but thinking about what people need and filling that void is the path to sales... Or even better, find the images people don't even know they need yet :)
Todd, just a small tip on the sunset at a beach in Natal, you should be more specific in the description and keywords, which beach?
The title Night in Brazil would be better as Night Skyline of Joao Pessoa, nobody will look for "night in brazil" thinking about that image...
Your portfolio is good, images have that punch thats good for selling,
The level sales is not that bad, you are here for two years and have almost one sale per image, that means something is in the right direction here.
If you work on your keywords (tree frog, least sandpiper, those titles wont help you sell), and upload a little more (178 images today get lost in the middle of the millions of images on the database) you will make your portfolio work better and have a better amount of sales per image.
Of course promoting your portfolio can also help, but I wont go there for the moment, you really need to check your keywords and upload more stock oriented images first.
You're doing a good job focusing on concepts with commercial potential. That's half the battle. But I would try to go beyond businessman shaking hands, things like that are overdone.
Now you need to focus on execution. Composition, look and feel, those are things I struggle with too. The high end portfolios with lots of sales, their style of photography is a step above and you need to compete with them on their level. A lot of it has to do with lighting and photo editing skills and I have yet to figure those things out. Still, learning execution is a must and something to strive for.