Similarity - thin line between smart and excessive, or how less can mean more

posted on 25th of march, 2009

As we all know, the ever-growing database reached a point where each serious contributor must analyse his/her portfolio and see what sells and what doesn't. We wanted to get Big and we got Big together, offering a vast variety of quality imagery. Let's finetune now and be more selective as to get the best download per image ratio, as well as the best time per download.

There are a lot of benefits from being selective, I'll just name a few:

-It is better to have a level 5 image than 10 level 1 images, because you earn more per download. Several similar images will always compete for downloads.
-Your portfolio looks more appealing due to a more visible variety of images.
-You save buyers time so they don't get bored...

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Comments (21)

Posted by Digitalexpressionimages on August 26, 2010
Good points if the only objective is to service the sales potential of photographers. If however you want to service the needs of buyers then similarity is a good thing.

I am a contributor but I'm also a designer who often needs stock photography. I can't tell you how many times I've found a great image BUT damn, if only she were looking the other way, or if only the angle was slightly lowered or if only he had his hand up above his head rather than shoulder height. In other words variation on a theme can be very helpful to a buyer.
Posted by Maczuga on April 15, 2010
grat points!
Posted by Gilmourbto2001 on November 23, 2009
Wow, very well said. Nice article.

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