Posts Tagged ‘sales’

Tis the season…

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

There’s a lot of truth in this comic for most independent photographers…  I know I didn’t fully anticipate how expensive this would get.  I suppose when it was just my “hobby”, I didn’t have the need to keep track of how much money I spent on equipment, software, computers, etc.  But now it’s a requirement.  I only have one word: ouch.  So now I need to really focus on building a business, getting work more consistently, and yes, marketing myself.  

I’m not 100% sure what the best approach is, so I’m throwing all kinds of stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks.  I think the first thing I need to do is find a mentor or two, second is do a LOT more networking.  And I need to revamp my website to start driving more traffic this way.

PhotoShelter Collection goes live

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The PhotoShelter Collection officially went live to buyers on Monday morning. To the best of my knowledge, there have not been any sales as of yet, but there are over 250,000 images [and counting] that are available. I have only managed to get 52 images in… but considering I’ve only submitted 64 in total, I’m OK with my numbers [I definitely have room to improve, though]. This week I’ve been perusing the collection trying to get a better feel for what the editors want to see, and then digging through my archives accordingly. I’ve also decided to stop submitting uncompressed TIFs, and go with high res JPGs instead. It seems many of us new to the stock world took the technical requirements a bit literally and suffered through long upload times with 29mb TIF files…

PhotoShelter Collection

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

PhotoShelter has launched a new edited stock photography site called “The PhotoShelter Collection” and aims to shake up how stock is bought and sold in today’s digital world. Among its notable qualities, they offer photographers a 70% commission, and give you the freedom to also post/sell through other means. It is free to join, but there is a pretty strict application process with a long list of requirements, and each photo is reviewed by an editor. This almost scared me away, but I submitted my application on Monday with 10 images, and found out this morning that I have been accepted as a contributing photographer. What’s more, 9 of my 10 original submissions have been approved, and two of them are Editor’s Choice.

I’ve long pondered entering the world of stock photo sales, but to be honest, have never particularly found the process or the companies all that compelling. Until PhotoShelter, that is. This is definitely a good fit in terms of content, style, attitude, and compensation. I am very happy.