Hello to everyone. I am Anthony from Greece I just joined Dreamstime three months ago and I have already 162 photos in the pool but I have notice that I have many views and very few downloads and I'm just wondering if something is wrong with my photos my choice of themes or it just takes time.
Hi Antonis, first congrats on your first aprovals, it might take sometime to get sales, but you don´t need to sit and wait.
I see you have a nice website and blog, you should point to your portfolio here as well, so people would know where to buy some of your images.
You have a strong and caracteristic style, some might tell you this is not stock but art photography, I won´t agree with them, because there is no such a definition as to what is stock photography and things changed a lot during the last years.
First stock images were basically people laughing at cell phones or shaking hands, that´s all that was, now it has broaden up a lot.
But I still believe some concepts don´t sell very well, like sad or crying people, misery and darkness, but you have to give it a try and see what people will buy from your portfolio, because this is a personal experience and what works for one photographer, might not work for another, specially for somebody like you that is obviously known outside of the microstock world so people might come here to buy your work.
Your image, bird watching called my attention and I think is a good starting point on where to go, but that´s just my opinion.
I am also a strong believer in using the social media to promote your work, so Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram I´ve been using in an attempt to get more exposure and pull some buyers to my portfolio.
Another tip, more on my well known style, the image "Beach in Folegrandos in Greece" #28902441, you don´t need to say "in" twice, the title can be more synthetic like "Beach Folegandros Island Greece"
If you know the name of the beach you should add it to the description and keywords, don´t use composite like "greek-islands" on the kewords, separate it as two words, "greek" and "island", this is a single island so the use of plural islands is inapropriate here.
I wouldnt use the keyword nobody, because I don´t think any buyer will look for nobody, but you could use vacation and vacations because the search engine diferentiates singular from plural.
It seems a lot to digest, but keywords are quite important on increasing your sales. Search for this theme here at the forums and you will learn a lot.
The user credited it to you, but maybe it was not with your permission, in this case I would ask him to either take the post out or link it to your webpage or even to your portfolio here so that you can benefit of something.
Its a beautiful image of a young lady sitting on a bed with a highly textured wall, I think this image would be a top seller here IMHO, BTW.
Hey everyone, first time posting here as I just joined.
(Hope I'm even posting this in the right thread.)
My wife and I enjoy going around SE Michigan were we live and we will shoot photos of nature, wildlife, and even old rustic farm buildings and occasional farm animals when we can, and we would like to get into selling our work, but aren't sure how to get it off the ground.
I submitted one photo, but I am not sure if I got everything right or not. I know I need to give the photo a title, keywords, but it didn't give me the chance to.
I edit my photos in Lightroom 4.3, any tips or pointers will be greatly appreciated.