Don't Shoot Your Own Foot!

posted on 16th of january, 2010

I didn't mean not to photograph your own foot! Do that if you feel like :)))
But It's not to fire on your own foot! Some they do!?!
How you might do that?!
In some cases photographers they might kill the sale of some photographs because of a simple mistake...
Never upload an image that includes a group of single images you have in your portfolio, unless the single ones or the "grouped photos" has way different level!
Down there I'm listing my photos that I have joined in one assignment... No way I would upload an image like that if it wouldn't be in different level.
I'm not playing smart here, the fact that I saw many photographers had uploaded some images that are a group of many images (Mostly isolated on white) from their own portfolio! Both the single & the group are in the same level!
In most of the cases, the single photos has no downloads & the grouped one has many!

Okay it's not the case of the highest rank photographers, cause they sell well almost everything! But not all of us are in the highest rank!

Wish you all good sales... Cheers ;)

Comments (25)

Posted by Tan510jomast on January 22, 2010
Nop Mat
By the way not all the buyers go to the portfolio & check what is there or more from the same model! So please don't get from what I say that it will always happen... It's just that to prevent not to happen. Cheers ;)

la, I think you are correct in many ways Mani.
From my observation from my own port here with DT and other sites, I noticed that when I get a sale , I sometimes also get a sale or two of the same concepts. Which means that the buyer found my image, came in and look at the other images from this concept, and actually did/could pick a second or third.
BUT not for subscription as usually a sub is more like going to market to grab a collection of groceries , gathering images from all over, not necessarily looking for a specific concept.

I concentrate on concept, because my shooting experience deals with concept.
I like also the idea of a composite but only in smaller images size
to whet their appetite, much...(More)
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on January 22, 2010
Good advice. I like the assignment image a lot!
Posted by Mani33 on January 21, 2010
Thanks "Shukran" Mat for the nice words! We all like to be paid fairly ;)
I am a buyer but I like to defend my self a contributor also ;)
Posted by Tan510jomast on January 21, 2010
Shukran Mani, good to hear that. I thought I was sleeping on the wheel, and it's good to read your blog, always with excellent ideas.
I am always networking with the old guys like you (lol) to learn what not to do, as I am quite protective of my work too, and I don' t intend to give away the store.
Especially now that I am in my third year, I am slowly cutting off the idea of giving away free samples.. ha!ha!..
I am growing to be a greedy BUSINESS man in micro,..and soon, I will expect to being paid a fair price for my work. Cheers
Posted by Mani33 on January 21, 2010
Nop Mat yours are ok & not the ones I meant shooting your own foot!
By the way not all the buyers go to the portfolio & check what is there or more from the same model! So please don't get from what I say that it will always happen... It's just that to prevent not to happen. Cheers ;)
Posted by Tan510jomast on January 21, 2010
Do you mean just all composites or just composites of the same picture , Mani? can you elaborate?
I have one composite of dancing and having fun which is taken from the same shoot as the single isolated dance sequence.
I noticed in your example, they are identical images, as opposed to mine being entirely difference frame.
I don't see in my particular case as shooting my own foot because of the following :
1) the images in the composite are far smaller if taken individually.
2) the single isolated images are different in concept, ie.
it's part of a dance sequence. while the composite is more of a casual poses of the model.
I did this as a working strategy. The composite will bring the buyer to see the rest of my portfolio with the larger single isolated images.
I don't see this as shooting myself in the foot.
Perharps it would be , should the composite be XXL to enable the user to get a full 3MP of each pose. Still, there is no identical poses available...(More)
Posted by Mani33 on January 21, 2010
ahh where is my pistol?! I have feet to shoot now :P :))
Posted by Fultonsphoto on January 21, 2010
Nice images and good advice, I should have read it before shooting and uploading this image LOL :0)

 Relaxing by the seaside 
Posted by Mani33 on January 18, 2010
Thanks Picstudio...
Frantab01 it's relative, because decorative images are different as sometimes buyers want the image ready with the empty space they need! Thanks :)
Ingrid Yes you are right! If buyers look to relative images or images from the same portfolio, it happens often!
Posted by Titania1980 on January 18, 2010
Thanks for the advice! I don't do very much illustration, but I see your point. If you have many single images and one that contains all images people will buy the group one, Am I wrong?
Posted by Frantab01 on January 18, 2010
you've always got great advice - i fall into that trap very often :(
Posted by Picstudio on January 17, 2010
Great advise.
Posted by Mani33 on January 17, 2010
Thank you guys... Wish you & me a good luck in sales :))
Posted by Rosedarc on January 17, 2010
Interesting comment - I love the grouped result, it's so eclectic and yet harmonious. Sometimes photos of the same series feel repetitive and that creates cannibalism, I guess, but it's not the case here for sure.
Posted by Julia161 on January 17, 2010
Anyway, you collage is exellent. No wonder that people buy it ;)
Posted by Creativei on January 17, 2010
Mani, great work, I think even my portfolio falls into same category?? I love the short fat man dancing with tall hot girl in red.
Posted by smartview27 on January 17, 2010
New blood...I like the concept, Mani! GReat illustrations
Posted by Mani33 on January 16, 2010
Thanks Carol, it would be a better blog if it's about image use :))

Debbie I think it's natural that we insist on a subject that we like most or we make better! But it's needed a new blood in the concept always... I like your port ;)
Posted by Wildmac on January 16, 2010
Another excellent blog! :)
Posted by Dmccale on January 16, 2010
yes I agree.Also having way to many of the same concept (like I have) is not always good.Thanks for the post
Posted by Mani33 on January 16, 2010
Thanks all... Of course I meant it for who's not beyond that Susan, they are here... ;)
Posted by Weir2010 on January 16, 2010
Thank you for your advice, very useful.
Posted by Noonie on January 16, 2010
Thanks for trying to help us, Maen....some of us may be beyond help, you know.....
Posted by Ponytail1414 on January 16, 2010
I know! I can never believe it when I see people doing that haha
Posted by Marilyngould on January 16, 2010
A point worth consideration - wishing you good luck as well!

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