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No sales yet looking for some feedback and critique

Hi everyone
I've been on DT for a little while now and have 33 illustrations accepted but no sales yet.
I was thinking of getting into the photography side of it to add to my portfolio but am a total novice (much like my illustrations) but I'm one that will plug away until I learn what I'm doing.

I was wondering what camera do you think would be a good quality one to purchase to start with for stock photography?

And also would love some honest critiques on my illustrations and if they have any chance of getting some sales.
Any replies would be appreciated ....Thanks
Posted: 02/21/2014, 17:50:49 PM
Hi Ltldragn, your illustrations are good and i love them.

The time of 1st sale will come.

For the camera, I think a normal DSLR camera will do the job and good to start with. A better len is usually more important from my experience. A better len means a len with larger aperture and less distortion, etc. I am not an expert in this but there are lots of expert here can give you advices.

Hope you will get sales very soon. Cheers.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/4, 70-200 f/4. 400 f/5.6.
Posted: 02/21/2014, 21:28:14 PM
Thanks for the feedback,
I'm going to have to ask around and pick the brains of some pros on what kind of lenses are good then also.

I had a feeling a good lens was important but have no idea where to start or what size would be good . I guess names and sizes of lenses would be helpful then also.

Thanks again.....ltldragn
Posted: 02/22/2014, 09:43:13 AM
I agree with hkrunning, just with an exception about the large aperture. If you will shoot in studio environment or you will take isolated object photos; you won't need a large aperture. All of my lenses are f2.8, but I always use them set on f8 of f11, for the sake of image quality and depth of field. BUT, if you will take outdoor photos, a large aperture will be useful for a smooth bokeh.
Nikkor 35mm f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tam...
Posted: 03/04/2014, 01:18:15 AM
Thanks , I ended up buying a cannon rebel t3. The pics are ok with the kit lens 18 to 55 I just got a telephoto lens for it also up to 250 mm so I think that should be enough for a beginner like myself to learn with. Thanks for the advice.
Posted: 03/04/2014, 07:08:03 AM
I also like yor illustrations, but try to add more details (complexity)... The first sale will come with time. Don't stop axpanding your portfolio. Good luck!
Posted: 03/17/2014, 09:27:37 AM
Thanks great info,

for now I'm doing a lot of outdoor shots but cant seem to get the focus as sharp as I'd like still. I have a 55-250mm lens for zooming in at longer ranges and a 18 to 55 mm lens that came with my rebel t3. Any suggestions on lens aperture and shutter speeds on cloudy days.
Also what should I focus on in post processing? not exactly sure what technically correct is ? I'm a total newbie at this.
Posted: 03/17/2014, 10:18:11 AM
hi, Ltldragn, as a rule of thumb, if you are using 55mm focal length, your shutter speed should be equal to or less than 1/55 seconds. For 250mm focal length, your shutter speed should be less than 1/250 seconds in order to have a sharp image without shaking.

or you can use a tripod as far as possible.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50mm f/1.2, 24-70 f/4, 70-200 f/4. 400 f/5.6.
Posted: 03/17/2014, 10:27:54 AM
Thanks very much , I have a lot to learn and that helps me put some perspective on things a little better. Thanks again...ltldragn
Posted: 03/17/2014, 22:13:04 PM
Hello. I'm a regular purchaser of stock photos, and I occasionally purchase illustrations. From a buyer's perspective, I think your illustrations are nice.

I think that the key to increasing sales is to develop illustrations/take photos on topics that are in demand from consumers. When people search a stock library, they have particular topics in mind for their project (e.g., website, brochure, e-learning, etc.). If your illustrations/photos don't pop up in their searches, then the consumers will never see them.

You should look into the topics that are popular with consumers, but are not over-saturated with existing stock on dreamstime. If you find a niche that has a demand, you're more likely to get sales.

Hope this helps :)
Posted: 04/30/2014, 15:27:21 PM
Thank you for the advice , I'm going to do more research on what's in demand and try to adjust my work to the market better.. thanks for all the great input, it was very helpful.
Posted: 05/01/2014, 07:22:30 AM