Is it Normal?

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ValeStock
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:17PM
Having a portfolio of 118 images and oly 4 downloads? This is being active since April...just checking if I am on the right track...
bamlou
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:20PM
You do have a lot of editorial content. I do believe non editorial might be a bit more popular.
BB_Image
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:21PM
There is no exact science to this game!  If you are not shooting with frequency, I would possibly adjust and/or look at your key wording on the images in your portfolio. 
koi88
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:26PM

Your images are mostly editorial and with quite specific topics, so I guess, yes, it is normal.


You may want to shoot more general stuff. But that's just my opinion.
ricardoreitmeyer
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:30PM
It does take some time to get things working. Content is very important. Making images that are commercially available will get you far more sales for sure. Try looking at the competition here. The creativity and quality of the work here will challenge you. Find what you enjoy and do it to the best of your ability, then improve your ability. Good luck.
ValeStock
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:32PM

thanks for the replies.


yes, I do prefer Editorial photography rather than commercial, but I see that in other websites editorials are selling with more frequency. So, it is probably safe to say thatiStock works better for RF oriented portfolios...


The keywords are the same I use on the other websites.


 


 
sjlocke
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:30PM

Posted By ValeStock:
yes, I do prefer Editorial photography rather than commercial, but I see that in other websites editorials are selling with more frequency. So, it is probably safe to say thatiStock works better for RF oriented portfolios...

The keywords are the same I use on the other websites.


Walk around photography of random buildings and parades is never going to sell in droves here.

Also, you mean "iStock works better for _commercial_ oriented portfolios". All sales here are RF.
meadowmouse
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:09PM

One thing I have learned here is that ...  if what you are doing isn't selling well, diversify.  


 
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:52AM
As noted, the vast majority of your portfolio is editorial and editorial content has limited uses and therefore is a more limited market. Couple that with the fact that iStock only started offering editorial content relatively recently, so it's not so widely known for being a supplier of it, and you get lower sales volume. And if you factor in that even by editorial standards, your shots are of pretty limited commercial appeal due to the subject matter, you will likely get very low sales. So I'd say it's perfectly normal.

As for if you're on the right track. That's hard to say because I don't know where you're trying to get to. If you're just trying to please yourself by uploading shots of things that appeal to you and that makes you happy, the maybe you are. If you aim to sell images though I'd say no, you need to shoot subjects with more commercial appeal, whether editorial or not. Good luck.

(Edited on 2012-08-17 02:53:04 by kelvinjay)
ilbusca
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:29AM
It's not about the number only but about quality and usefulness.
ValeStock
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Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:46PM

thanks for the replies...


Yes, I know, Editorials are less appealing than commercial shot. But I have to find enjoyment in what I do, and I like to more the editorial thing.


As per what my goals are, I have in mind to


 


1) Keep the passion level high and turn this hobby in something more


2) Grow my portfolios and my earnings every month


3) See where this whole microstock thing take me and draw conclusions on March 31, 2017 (5 years from the beginning of serious uploading)


 


Ciao
meadowmouse
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:22PM

One thing I would suggest that you do along the way is keep stretching your boundaries...  it can be a frightening thing to do - trust me, I've been there... and, in many ways, I still am!  


You talk about your passion and turning this into something more (financially as well as something other than hobby)....  


You know right now what you are passionate about...  but there is so much more out there that you don't yet know about.  And in those things could be a new passion!  


So every couple of weeks, venture out and try something new...  you might end up with something great to upload that will enhance your portfolio, or not...  but you will have expanded and you'll have to expand if you want to honestly be able to say that you've givien this a try.  


And make sure that soon, that includes people, signing model releases...  even if it's just your friends to start with.  Play and take some classes, learn online....  have fun - that's a great advantage of digital cameras...  


 
amdandy
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:46PM
your images are set to editorial when they do not need to be. only name brands and packaging of products or public figures (people not buildings) if you change that then you will probably see a change.
slobo
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:59PM
Posted By amdandy:
your images are set to editorial when they do not need to be. only name brands and packaging of products or public figures (people not buildings) if you change that then you will probably see a change.

don't worry about that. Inspectors would reject image that doesn't need to be editorial.
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:01PM
If I might offer some advice - your work may need some more production value and style to get noticed.
lfreytag
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Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012 9:59PM
I have been disappointed by my editorial efforts. The freedom you get to shoot is dampened by the problem that for some reason the editorial images are not moving on this site. I would move to the main venue here if you want more success.
AlbertoSimonetti
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Posted Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:50PM

I'm pretty sure you won't leave your day job any time soon, just like many, if not most of us   lol


Someone once said that it's better to fail at something you love than succeed at something you hate.


I guess it just depends on how strongly you feel about your work. If you like what you do, if that's your main interest, then I would just keep trying and improve all I can along the way. That's what I'm doing...


If your main objective is sales, then you should change subject and shoot what is more likely to work (business, and so on).  It still takes a lot of expertise and passion of course...


On the whole though your questions are all too familiar to many of us. I guess I will never get a definitive answer myself
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