photography with the canon "pancake" 40 mm

posted on 3rd of august, 2014

Due to health limitations during the past months I passed from traveling far abroad with my 300 mmm f2.8 canon lens and the canon 5D III, heavy (!) to stay near to my home and use exclusively a 40 mm "pancake" lens from Canon. This inexpensive little lens hardly protrudes 2 cm from the camera body and it's weight is just about 125 gr. while the price (around 200$) is equally reduced. It's sharpness however is excellent and I have gotten used to shoot anything from landscapes to buildings and even insects!  

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posted on 29th of august, 2014

I have been at DT since 2010 with now around 2800 images online and with an average approval rate of around 84 percent, I have newer stopped uploading any month, sales were increasing with temporary downs, (all the veterans here may remember the crisis in the first quarter of 2012) but on a growing trend till the end of 2013, since then sales have gone down reaching results of 2011(!) , so for me persistence has not payed out.

During the before mentioned problems of the second quarter of 2012 many contributors were complaining here at the blogs section but as I can see in this occasion nobody seems to have problems so it seems to be a personal problem, as I have not changed my working method...

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Posted by Physi28 on August 30, 2014
Appreciate very much your very helpful comments, thank you!
Posted by Vilaimages on August 29, 2014
I understand your pain, you have amazing nature and landscape photos. I too like nature photography but I rarely upload those to my DT portfolio because I feel that they won't sell. In my opinion, commercially speaking, this type of photography does not do well in stock. Although it is probably my favorite subject when I go out shooting, I'm here to make some $ and the number of sales or "downloads per image" is important to me. It has to have a relation with the time and effort I put into this (in my case is a hobby).
So, again in my opinion, you would have to make a very hard choice: keep shooting what you like or change and focus on more commercial-stock oriented photography.

Also, going through a few of your pictures I noticed very few and missing keywords. You might want to try a keyword-finder like for example, to add more relevant keywords and give your photos more exposure and a better chance for the potential buyer to find...(More)
Posted by Physi28 on August 29, 2014
Thanks so much for your comments, it's really helpful, I am thinking about leaving exclusivity too.

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