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12/06/2016 02:12:59 PM · #1
My submissions that do better here, do terrible in stock image sales. Images i expect to do well here, but end up tanking badly. Do exceedingly well in stock sales. Here's to thanking the tanking i guess. It's not scientific, but i've been using voting here to gauge how well an image will do in stock :P
12/06/2016 03:02:31 PM · #2
Originally posted by dmadden:

I've been using voting here to gauge how well an image will do in stock :P

As our President-elect would say, that's a "Yuuuuuge" mistake :-)
12/06/2016 03:15:33 PM · #3
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by dmadden:

I've been using voting here to gauge how well an image will do in stock :P

As our President-elect would say, that's a "Yuuuuuge" mistake :-)


So far its just what i've been noticing. The sales don't seem to be lying. One mans trash etc etc ;)
12/06/2016 03:28:07 PM · #4
that is a cool and cunning observation! (and possibly I am in luck with 2 recent consecutive last places).
12/06/2016 03:28:33 PM · #5
well, our voters are a very specific subset of "photograph makers". Stock photos are bought by a much broader demographic of "photograph users". They're not as much concerned with aesthetics, as it were; they're looking for images that convey/support whatever message they are pushing.
12/06/2016 04:10:16 PM · #6
not at all convinced of that, Bear. unless this specific subset can represent an enormous gamut. it's not that I don't expect certain photos to tank here, or certain photos to rate high, but there is always a fair range of photos whose ranking surprises me.
12/06/2016 04:36:44 PM · #7
Interesting observation. I have made the most money off a rights managed image that did pretty well in a challenge. But hard to correlate whether voters liking stuff here translates to sales. I did pretty well with my macro leaf images on Getty but they wouldn't score well here I'm guessing.
12/06/2016 04:52:23 PM · #8
ah yes. now that was an image. and supports the latter part of Bear's post.
12/06/2016 06:10:58 PM · #9
So far, my top seller on Alamy has been a rights managed image that I never entered here, and if I did, I am guessing it would score max in the mid-5s...but hey, the same textbook company keeps renewing its right to use it. I've also sold completely unexceptional images of bugs, barn lofts etc. But very rarely, if ever, do I sell a *sexy* image, like a gorgeous whitetail buck with a fantastic rack, but I have.

So long as an image is exactly bang-on technically and passes muster on Alamy, the subject matter is pretty much extraneous. Sure, they can tell you 'Oh, images of Dubai are really selling super-hawt right now'...but that just means any other macrostock photogs in the UAE will go there, shoot the living crap out of Dubai, upload and sell them.

Meanwhile, I am not about to go haring over to Dubai with a camera. So I just stay here in boring ol' North America, and when I get enough shots (usually challenge outtakes) I'll upload and keyword them. Then leave them there to sell, or not. Doesn't cost me anything, and the weirdest crap sells!
12/07/2016 09:56:27 PM · #10
Originally posted by snaffles:

Doesn't cost me anything, and the weirdest crap sells!

I've made about $50 with this one ... ' . substr('//image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/110/110,1118554956,1/stock-photo-smoking-truck-driving-on-the-freeway-368989.jpg', strrpos('//image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/110/110,1118554956,1/stock-photo-smoking-truck-driving-on-the-freeway-368989.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ... just missed the brown here ...' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/344/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_183293.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/344/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_183293.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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