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Lots of views, but less downloads!

Hi, everyone, i need a brutal critique of my port. don't tell me sweet things, i need downloads, how do i get them?
Nikon body and lenses
Posted: 09/24/2013, 16:31:20 PM
You have way too many keywords. Many don't apply at all. That dilutes your search results. Only put the best ones in. Read this - Keywording mistakes to avoid
Posted: 09/24/2013, 17:01:08 PM
First of all, you have nice models and it's not unexpected for them to make many views. Also, keywords will bring you "empty" views, too. Try to focus your image to the concept, both with photographic composition and keywording. This will bring you real buyers, instead of wanderers :)
f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tamron 90mm f2....
Posted: 09/25/2013, 02:00:48 AM
Thanks a lot, took a second look at my keywording, what a shame!
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Posted: 09/25/2013, 05:26:01 AM
you are from Nigeria. Then photograph the unique things you have, like the masked people and towns and countryside.
Do not attempt to produce the western concepts like dollars in pockets, they are done better in Westerland and you cannot compete.
I have heard that cellphone companies are expanding in that part of the world, so what about making a series of cellphone + model + Nigerian background, those pictures might sell all over Africa.
Nikon d 200, various lenses, strobes and speedlights
Edited: 09/25/2013, 20:59:36 PM
thanks a lot Jpsdk, what a candid advice. you are right, Telecommunication is the fastest growing enterprise in Africa today. i have just added you as my favourite photographer. thanks once more.
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Posted: 09/26/2013, 02:59:13 AM
To sell to western buyers you probably have think more like westerners with stereotypical views - aid workers handing out care packages, run down schools, happy but hungry kids etc.

Typically what comes to mind when I think of Africa is photo of "the great white hope" surrounded by African children. Bono, the Tom's shoe guy or another celebrity doing good. Charity's need images like this.

But that is just one angle. Of course shoot scenes of typical local life and customs. Modern Africa, traditional Africa. Everyone lives in a unique spot on the globe and brings a unique vantage point - shoot it all!
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 09/26/2013, 22:06:31 PM

Imagine a woman unpacking her new cell phone and a group of othe women looking enviously at it. The tele companies would love that shot.
Then same shot with men in the background, mixed group or a man unpacking.

There are so many shots to be made.....
Find some iconic African places and use them as backgrounds in shots where people do things. If you can develop a style so you can make a blurred simplistic background that is still looking African. You could be up to something great.
Take a look at Yuris pictures and see how he useses simplistic elements to suggest environment and lets people be backgrounds for eachother to show the concept.
Then do the same, with a new unique African style and beautifull african models.
Nikon d 200, various lenses, strobes and speedlights
Edited: 09/27/2013, 01:35:08 AM
Thanks Peanutroaster.


Thanks Jpsdk, you mentioning Yuri, it's like stock photography originated from Denmark. thanks for the insight once more.
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Posted: 09/27/2013, 03:14:24 AM
Be more patient and wait some more time to see more sales, In my own experience (if it has any relevance), the first months I only got 2 o 3 sales per month, now I am having around 22 sales per month, and the trend seems to be increasing. Just keep uploading.
I like your masquarade series, by the way.
Canon gear
Posted: 09/30/2013, 06:12:18 AM
You have a beautiful portfolio. One thing I notice is there is a lot of close up shots. There isn't a lot of room if someone wants to use the images as an advertisement with wording over parts, or if they need it to crop the advertisement space. I notice several of your sold images are ones with white on multiple sides, which makes it a lot easier for the buyer to add white space to write on, or to adjust the crop ratio.
D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 50mm 1.4, 105mm Macro
Posted: 10/01/2013, 16:29:31 PM
thank you Danielc1998 for the encouragement. the masquerade is one of the beautiful masquerades in Nigeria. They came out tops at 2012 Abuja carnival held at Abuja, Nigeria.
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Posted: 10/02/2013, 02:19:46 AM
thank you Lauriey, u r correct, many of my photos are close up shots, i will consider leaving spaces in my next shooting. u have a beautiful port.
Nikon body and lenses
Posted: 10/02/2013, 02:31:39 AM
food. native markets, more food. (I don't have food but I know they sell) Unrefined foodstuff, baskets of food, prepared food.
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000
Posted: 10/02/2013, 14:03:31 PM