Posted Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:42AM
Anyone else in this boat. I am a new contributor (jan 2012), and got around 60 photos, and only 10 downloads. I am not a classic stock photog and am learning the trade, so did not expect to rise to meteoric fame instantly. However, with only 10 downloads, I realise that my photos are probably not the best stock images. However when I look at my PP results I am more than double that (26), ergo, I guess my images aren't that bad afterall.
Could it be that the savvy shooper who knows Istock, searches for images finds one of mine that they want, checks my portfolio, sees I've had less than 250 downloads, and therefore must be non-excluive and all images are in the PP sites. Then they head over there and grab themselves a bargain. This means that I potentially will never reach exclusive and earn any real money.
Anyone else seeing a similar trend.
Posted Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:52AM
Of course some sales will be lost to PP, but it's not going to ruin your chances making it up to 250. These things take time. I didn't get my first DL for a while and it was slow going at first. Granted, in eight months time I had more than 10 DLs but I also had 100s of images in my port by that time. Thus, the message here is while it's good you're grounded by not expecting meteoric growth, if you apply more focus and effort into increasing the size and quality of your portfolio, your growth here should increase proportionally.
Posted Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:21AM
I think that iwth time Ill make the 250 downloads. But I am concerned that this could become a trand for buyers, especially if they have the foresight to think that way to get a bargain. Not that I'll change it, but be good to have at least maybe a few images that non-exclusives could opt out with. Even just a handful. Just to get a go at the big leagues. Or at least have your PP downloads go towards your 250 tally. Because, istock cannot guaruntee that the above scenario that I descibed is not occuring.
Thanks for you feedback, Ill be shooting this afternoon to increase my portfolio.
Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:25PM
i like your underwater shots very much, keep going with those, take a photo of clown fish if you can, they seem to do well, oh and diversify
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:58AM
Thanks Susan. Appreciate the feedback. Working on diversifing. Just takes a while for my images to get reviewed. you know, not being exclusive and all.
Got some clown fish pics in the pipelline on the next upload.