Duplicate Woes

posted on 27th of august, 2007

When I registered on DT, photography grew from a passion to business. I started shooting like hell & once by mistake I stumbled on a Google link showing me in the busiest contributors list. I never knew something like this existed. It somewhat misled me into a feeling of achievement. I started getting an addiction of uploading and editing pictures till I stumbled upon the next misleading list – top contributors. This again invited more trouble because I started uploading almost every image I had in my database.

With such a huge transfer going on, I somewhat couldn’t keep track of the files I was uploading again and ended up having duplicates on the website. Not many but still there were 2 – 3 files. I ignored it and didn’t disable them thinking that they will just add to the total number of my online files helping me move upwards in the top contributors list. But I started being careful about uploading my files and started using a certain process and structure to ensure that I don’t upload any duplicates. After that I started realizing another mistake of uploading similar pictures on the website, not necessarily the same. As an amateur it didn’t matter me much and I was happy with the wrong rat race I had entered.

In recent times I started realizing that this doesn’t help me in anyway. As a contributor or photographer what really matters me is money $$$, the diversity of my portfolio, the number of sales and how many people add me as their favorite photographer. I shouldn’t worry about those two lists in anyway. And maybe concentrate more on what can make me a featured photographer one day. One more problem, duplicate or similar files can create is lessening the possibility of x file to have a certain number of sales and reach to a higher level because a similar y file is also having the downloads. Eventually as an image or a concept it doesn’t grow up.

2 weeks back, I seriously sat down to anti-spam and remove these duplicate files from my portfolio. During the down time I lost some 100 files I re-edited. In short, if I had de-spammed them, they were back to their original keywords but anyway not much of serious spam. Finally I made a list and send it to admin to remove the duplicates. I encourage everyone of you to do the same process to grow as a photographer.

Here are some files in my list that are similar or same –

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Comments (9)

Posted by Thefinalmiracle on September 27, 2007
For new readers who read this blog, please note that the "X" sign appears where the duplicate picture existed now removed by admin.
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on September 26, 2007
Thanks a lot for all your words of appreciation. Just a joke - "Hey they aint MY kids!" :P
Posted by Maigi on September 26, 2007
Yeah, I was teasing... PS: But you have a great portfolio. Of course all your kid shots are great, but I have always admired, how you can show in such an interesting way all those everyday items like lamps or pots or water sprinklers. Good luck to you with your new uploads!
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on September 26, 2007
True - bigger portfolio = more exposure, but not when they are similar. The portfolio size should be equivalent to the variety of subjects of the photographs.
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on September 26, 2007
Yes, comparitively the files of which the duplicates were removed show more sales than earlier.
Posted by Maigi on September 26, 2007
So, how is it, does it have any influence on your portfolio to have duplicates removed, more sales on single photos? Or does it have just aesthetic value?
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on August 28, 2007
sorry but forgot to mention. only duplicates will be deleted and seen as a X but originals will yet be seen. So i guess the article will still have some images on it
Posted by Tangie on August 28, 2007
Have you thought about the layout of your article once the admin will take down the duplicates? The images will no longer appear :). And your whole demonstration will be ruined I guess. Your duplicates will appear as X and you will not be able to delete them. You will still have the text though...:) And it is important to increase awareness about duplicates. Selection is crucial and we advise all photographers to do the same.
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on August 28, 2007
The duplicates woes increase if you are submitting to more than one agency. Thats what happens with me. So there is an uploaded folder now. DT is considered first agency that i upload to, so no folder with its name. In the uploaded folder comes another agency 1. folder, then when uploaded files go in there. then within agency 1 folder is agency two folder... so kinda everything goes up to agencies in an order

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