Hi, my name is Hugo and I'm celebrating two months here, 50 photos and one sale(!) from a few days ago.
I am new to stock photography and pretty new at digital photography.
I have learned so much the past two months I hope newbies will read this before they start.
Here are some of the things I learned so far:
1. Be Patient! - You are given credit to upload many pictures per day as a new member. If you are new at stock photography, don’t just take a bunch of photos you or your friends think are great and upload them. Take one photo of a certain style, upload it and wait for the response. You learn so much from each acceptance and rejection. If you upload many pictures of the same style and they are all rejected you will have such a low acceptance ratio that when you finally get the hang of things you will be stuck with a picture or two a day and that is frustrating! It takes a few days to get the response but as I said – Be patient!
2. Forget about yourself and what you think about your pictures. You came back from a trip or shooting session and you have your favorite pictures. Your friends are clapping their hands and you even find your picture has become the desktop picture on several computers at work. This does not mean the picture is stock oriented, it does not mean it will be accepted and does not mean it will be sold or even viewed. Look at the picture from the eyes of DT and the eyes of the buyer.
3. Learn Photoshop (or any other tool) – Levels, Curves, Color Balance, sharpening, saturation, saturation in LAB etc. Some people initially think it’s cheating. Whatever. They don’t understand photography is about making good pictures, not about pressing a button and hoping for the best. You will find it difficult to improve without mastering Photoshop basics.
4. Pay attention to the rejection reason. Don’t just get mad upset or frustrated. Learn learn learn. At first it’s hard to understand some things like “low color profile” “DOF too shallow” “distorted pixels” and more. In your eyes, it was objectively a perfect picture - until rejected. Take the rejected picture in Photoshop and try fixing the problem. Even if you can't fix it, you will learn trying. eventually, you will learn to do this before uploading the picture.
5. Be double patient – If you can, after working on a picture, wait a day before uploading. Sometimes you need a clean mind to look objectively at your picture.
I hope this helps.
It’s not like I got to 100% acceptance ratio but I’m improving and learning.
Good luck and don’t forget, have Fun!!!