As any kind of management has four basic steps (Planning, Orientation, execution and control) we might make from our life a small business including our micro-stock management.
Yes I am going to speak about micro-stock management as a business...
Planning: Starting from choosing the subject of the photo that you're going to shoot or to illustrate. Before you start thinking of how and when to shoot, you could make a small case study from what is available online of the same idea and see if it is a well covered subject or not! If you come to a conclusion that your photo idea will be original or unique go to next step try to make your expectations on how many of this photo will sell?! (Take a note with your ideas).
Organizing: Are your tools and methods available with you? Choose the right day, time, place, model and angle! Check your camera programs. Take a note with what you need and what you have to do the shot!
Execution: Get your shot on the right place, time and angle, take various shots from the same photo. Open them isolated, then browse them all together, play some with saturn contrast and brightness... Maybe you can put the same image with three different effects! See where your eye feels more comfortable.
If it's needed to repeat the shot, do it! Don't loose an idea that might worths money!
Now when all the shots with all the effects are done... choose, make your decision upon the evaluation that you made before.
Think that your photo will be accepted because it's different from the others and has a different style. (Save all your work till the photos are accepted).
Control: After uploading if it's rejected check the reason and go back to the execution. If it's accepted then congratulations be patient to see the results. You could set a time table for each photo, when to take the final evaluation about your art.
If the results are good you could start planning more different photos from the same subject. That's why you see the collections on DT.
Make the same about the subjects that you can offer, this enriches your portfolio.
Remember that your photos should have the quality that satisfy you before satisfying DT or the buyers!
Like this you can answer your self why my photo was not accepted? Why it didn't sell?! Have you hit the subject on the right time? Is my portfolio rich?
thank you for your article,i have a question want ask for you .do you know something about where can edit my imformation in dreamstime.com,for example,my head sculpture,today,i login in my space in DT,look at the acount have 0.42$,i am exciting,but after i upload the image,my account is 0.03$,i am very disappoint,i don't know the reason,hope for you response.thank you.
Of course no race here I already said that before in my previous blog and indeed the game was more than just a game for me that's why I played it much and will continue! Maybe talking much about it made sounds like!?!
Littledesire don't be sorry I know we are having fun and joking :))
Good post. Unfortunately, I have no time to make big plans on my shots. Anyway, these are good infos and advices. :-) Small note about the "infamous" game: I'm not into a race with anyone. This is just one of my daily routines because I strongly believe this tool (more than a game, actually) does help improve all about the business trends and aknowledgement about what is selling and what is not. Besides, I personally think it is my duty to improve my skills on my activity as a reviewer. However, may I stress that I am not definietly into records or alike ;-) All the best you all !
Thank you guys :) Actually Hlehnerer some times the management turns into routine steps that we do on our day by day spontaneously, without noticing that we really Plan, Organize, Execute and Control. The bigger the issue is, the more management steps are required. So it's good to keep in mind those steps not to panic when facing big projects :) So even with your simple steps of taking the camera and looking for the oportunities you are doing the four steps but in spontaneous way, that turns a piece of cake with the experience. Something I believe that you have and I noticed in your portfolio (Natural day by day photos).
It is wonderment where you find the time to write such a helpful and informative blog in addition to playing the rating game. :) I especially like the tip about if you need to redo your image then do it! Thanks for these helpful strategies. Cheers!
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