Seems like some people are just cruising through the stock photography with ease, and some people like me are really struggling. Is it difficult for you as well? what are the challenges you go through mentally, physically? how much hours do you spend? how long have you been doing this?
Depends on your expectations. I've been working very hard at this and estimate I've simply broken even (paid for equipment, probably not props, gas etc). I'd hate to add up my time uploading, photographing, keywording, marketing, blogging. But I have learned a lot. The more effort you put in the better you get as a photographer. But monetary reward simply isn't there.
I looked at your portfolio - 17 images? I don't think you are trying very hard.
I´m here from September 2012, which I consider very short time to find out, if microstock is easy or difficult for me. First two months I was mainly uploading photos from my archive and was disappointed, how much of them were rejected. (But, yes, they were shoot for other purposes and didn´t fit microstock needs very well - noise, dark areas..) I began to shoot intentionally for microstock and was suprised, that it helped a lot. Then I decided, that first year in DT will be my microstock school. I will spend minimally 2-3 days a month on shooting and will upload minimally 20 images a week. I think that plan helps keep shooting and more you upload, more you understand, how it works. For me also milestones which I put for myself are helpful (now I´m heading challenge to get 50 photos online, to be able to participate on assignments). So keep shooting and uploading, and give yourself time to learn! P.S. nice profile photo!
Try increasing your portfolio photos, going exclusive and add more keywords to your photos. Of course relevent keywords. As at the time of my post, your photo ID: 23296460 you missed common keywords like 'field', 'flora', 'space' and 'serene'. Remove 'among', 'the' and 'with' which are prepositions and article.
For as far as I remember, I have always shot in RAW and in Manual mode, But as new technology gets better, I cant help but notice that there are other stock photographers who set it on Auto and are able to get soo much photos online. I guess it would make sense because they have less processing time. Do you shoot in Auto or Manual? Also do you post process your photos? thoughts and ideas?
For me it´s always RAW and postprocessing. Camera (Nikon) usually on P and bracketing, always adjusting aperture or shutter manually. Occasionly manual (with camera on tripod) and always manual on ISO. U-presettings on some Nikons are extremely useful also. Very frustrating to forget high ISO after "off microstock" shootings though...
It always depends on the situation for me. As I shoot around 90% editorial teere are times when you dont have time to fiddle with the camera and use M or AP. Howevere when ethere is time, of course, M or AP is probably the best way to do it as you also learn from them.
For me (1)Insect macro - Manual Mode, RAW and manual focus (2)Events - Shutter Priority, Jpeg Fine and autofocus (3)Walkabout with still photos - Aperture Priority and Auto/manual overrite focus. For events, i dont have a fast lens so i take not missing a moment and no motion blurring as priority, forcing the aperture to be selected as the biggest so the next auto in-camera adjustments will be ISO. Once ISO is hit to my selected maximum threshold, i will rely on post processing to remove the noise and adjust the exposure. No time to fiddle much during events on settings.
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