Getting Increased Portfolio Exposure for Newbies

posted on 2nd of february, 2009

For those just starting out in stock photography, you know there are a lot of frustrating hurdles to overcome before it becomes rewarding. But one of the most frustrating things for me is how on earth is my small portfolio going to stand up against the thousands and thousands of photos? How on earth is the designer going to find my photo in the search engine? For most of us newbies our portfolio exposure is less than 1%.

One way is of course to have relevant keywords for your photo. Another is to participate actively in forums and writing blogs that are useful. Another is to submit to DT assignments. And of course there is always upload like crazy and hopefully your portfolio will have more exposure based on numbers. These are definitely ways to get some...

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Posted by Mastercowley on November 18, 2016
Great tip have never thought of taking pics for editorial...will have enough to give it a try! Thanks!
Posted by Sandrafoyt on February 01, 2016
That's a great tip! Do you have any suggestions for creating editorial images that do wel?
Posted by Senshimusume on November 30, 2015
Thank you for the info! I'llhave to upload some editorial images!

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Traveling with a stock photo mindset

posted on 6th of february, 2009

The past Christmas I went with my family to Japan for the first time. First of all I want to thank the people on DT for the advice for my trip. Not only was it my first time to Japan. It was also the first time for me to have a Stock photo mindset for a trip.

So here are some of my tips:

1) Research before you go

This encompasses many things. First your general research on the place you are traveling to such as accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. But for more specifically for stock photography, look at the photos on guide books, tourism websites, stock photo sites. Find out what has been photographed before and what hasn't been photographed. What photos are popular for that travel destination. DT forums is also a great source...

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Posted by Retina2020 on February 09, 2009
Alberto*_* I'm glad you found this helpful
Posted by Alberto*_* on February 09, 2009
These are some helpful reminder for me.
Posted by Retina2020 on February 07, 2009
Marilyn - Thanks for the gracious comments.

Aughty - I'm glad you find this blog useful. Bring along a tripod if you can so you can take photos of your hotel room with small apertures and low ISOs.

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Spelling errors can go unnoticed

posted on 12th of february, 2009

Nowadays with the use of computers and real-time spell checkers. There really isn't an excuse for "making a spelling mistake". However, if you use the correct word in the wrong context, spell checkers will missed them and usually people who rely on them will also missed them. I found out I've made such an error today. Normally when my photos are accepted and become available online, I like to do a search for them. This way I can see if I can actually find my photo online to see if my keywords are appropriate and that my image falls into the same similarities as the photos in the search results. If they don't, then I figured maybe my keywords are not appropriate or may not have enough relevance. Today I searched for my "Strawberry Mouse" Dessert. What came...

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Posted by Retina2020 on February 17, 2009
I'm hoping I didn't offend anyone. I just wanted to point out that spelling errors or words used in the wrong context can affect the ability of designers or buyers in finding the photos. In no way was this blog meant to ridicule anyone. This blog was meant to help. If I have offended anyone, my deepest apologies. And if anyone believes that this blog is offensive, please notify the admins to remove it. Thanks.
Posted by Yoda694 on February 17, 2009
Boys have wieners and girls have vaginas :)
Posted by Yoda694 on February 17, 2009
Monkies are racists and i believe in equal right so im gonna go punch a woman

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