It has been close to 1 month now when I began to explore the market and uploaded my first pic. It has been certainly the journey of many new revelations and new paths. I have learnt the difference between a good photo and bad one. Some of the characteristics of this new market, are so time taking that they will certainly make you wondering whether you are doing this right.
Dreamstime was my first agency and I was submitting the batches and batches of images and everything was being rejected. The rejections after rejections were pulling me down. In 15 days continuous upload sessions, I had achieved nothing except the rejections. I carefully studied the rejection reasons and some of those were beyond my knowledge that time. The horizon lines on tabletop pictures were killing it. I am bad at isolation techniques. I simply did not know what to do. I searched on the web and came to know about the sheets of different colors and how they can be used for avoiding the horizon lines. I bought two chart papers. One white and other black. I followed rules bright and white objects to be shot on black sheets while the colorful objects on white sheets. These sheets are used in folding fashion and they form curve behind the object. The overall setup avoids the formation of edges or horizon lines. My next problem was light. I bought two electric table lamps from the store nearby. Those two lamps were not expensive and I spent $4 on lamps and another $4 on bulbs. I use CFL bulbs.
My studio settings were ready and I kept going on. I shot fantastic images and during post processing I spent less than 2 minutes to make them better. I got ready with new batch and I submitted to the sites. I got my images accepted though few of them were rejected for various reasons.
My next challenge was focus. The camera was focusing on few parts and was blurring the others. I could not go too near the objects because lenses did not allow me. I ordered $10 worth of closeup kit. That solved my problem.
I use Aperture at 22f, Metering wide, and focal length less than 50mm. My max ISO goes upto 400. I never go above than that. The results are amazing. In my earlier post, you will see the links to portfolios.
I added two new agencies; Canstock and Bigstock. I am building the portfolio there as well.
So far, I have the more images are depositphotos than at any other agencies.
My latest Portfolio images are :
My portfolio numbers are:
The normalized rules offer the insight that hope for nothing until your portfolio has less than 100 images. After 100 images, you can certainly look for great results.