As I've started to get some sales, I've started analyzing my downloads to make sure I focus (at least as far as uploading) on what I'm selling, to some degree. What I've found surprised me: my sales are evenly split between photos I take specifically for stock, and those from my more personal shots that happen to be candidates for stock.
For example, my last four sales are split between shots I took for the shot (personal), and shots I took for stock specifically. The brick wall and street sweeper being ones I wouldn't haven taken for my own use, and the New York and Victoria shots being ones I took for myself, without the thought of stock sales.
I'm taking away two things from this:
1. Taking shots specifically for stock is turning into sales.
Nice theme. I thought about that too. I will try to make both pictures, for sale and the ' pretty' pictures. I saw a simple picture/illustration like trash can with lots of downloads. I think WE must think like buyers BUT like ordinary people too, people that like nice and powerful photos.
I make pictures mostly for my friends and family. And for experiments :). But sometimes when I feel my sales on microstock are stuck or I need support for my travels or equipment, I focus on stock photography and graphics.
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I had a nice week off recently, spent at the beach with my kids and extended family. At one point we had a dinner with over 25 adults and 14 kids, most under 7. It was a little bit of chaos, but I loved every minute of it.
These are a few of my recent uploads that came from this trip. It was fun to concentrate a bit more on taking shots of family and destinations that also serve double duty for stock photos. Hopefully these will serve me well next year when summer photos are back in demand!
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