Came- Aim- Fame

posted on 16th of october, 2009

I want to talk about simplicity.
One of my best selling photos was simple to shoot and shows none of the skills I have learned in photo school.
To be honest I don't even know, why it had succeeded so much because technically I have done nothing but aiming at the subject and shooting.

This photo had sold 109 times and generated about 15% of my income.
I went out to the fields in late spring, I saw the wheat field, I liked the sky, I aimed and shot. I did care for the light and measured it correctly, but there is nothing at all beyond that.
Why does this photo sell so well?
Part of it was the decision to post it as free for download which has generated almost 3400 downloads. right after that week, the sales had risen substantially, but that was 3 years ago.

couple of other factors contribute to the success of this photo
One is the fact that this straightforward picture is basic in terms of photographic skills and wheat is considered basic food.
Part of it, is the light and sky conditions that added to the feel of the picture

My conclusion is, sophistication has its place, but sometimes the simple clear and uncluttered images convey a much stronger message.

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Comments (6)

Posted by Patl on October 17, 2009
Sorry, wrong photo.
I agree.......
   Keep it simple blue paper clips   
Posted by Patl on October 17, 2009
I agree............
   Teen`s problems   
Posted by Fultonsphoto on October 16, 2009
Nice colors, great lighting conditions, simple composition and as far as wheat goes better than the average images.
Posted by Creativei on October 16, 2009
Well sometimes you never know what a buyer is looking for. This photo in particular can be used in many ways.
Posted by Davidwatmough on October 16, 2009
Cannot argue with your conclusion. Thank you for pointing it out. David.
Posted by Patl on October 16, 2009

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