Just like some people think that anyone with a decent camera can point, shoot, and create a great image, some photographers seem to think that great images should somehow sell themselves. It's true that sites like DT take a lot of the burden of marketing off our shoulders, but if there are a few simple things we can do to increase the exposure of our portfolio, why not do them? Here are my suggestions.
1-Use social media well. This includes using the tools built into the various stock sites to automatically post updates, etc, but should go beyond that. Use social media tools to actually connect with your followers by offering things of value. This might include links to articles on photography techniques, retweets of great images, etc. When you offer more to people than self promotion, they will pay more attention to what you say.
2-Participate in the DT community. Read blogs to learn more about the art and business of photography. Share your knowledge in blogs of your own to help others along. Seek and give constructive criticism on the message board. Get to know your fellow photographers not as competitors but as collaborators that can help you learn and grow. As an example, I did not have a great marketing image to use for this article, so I am promoting someone else's. This helps both of us by getting attention and exposure for their image and my article.
3-Promote the work of others along with your own. One way to do this on Dreamtime is to establish collections. Keep them up to date. Your goal is for your collection to become a natural place for a designer to look for pictures on the featured topic. This is a good way to bulid relationships with other contributors, but keep your integrity and only select images that you think are great!
I'm sure you have some favorite marketing tips of your own, why not share them with all of us below?
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