do not shoot for peets sake ... unless..

posted on 28th of january, 2010

Today I've self criticized myself and my work and realised that if I don't follow the following rules my images will be rejected or unsold. no use having a portfolio full of wonderful landscapes, isolated shots etc if they won't sell!

I came up with the following thought .. do not shoot for peets sake ... unless..

1- you really have a good subject
if you know it will sell, if you feel it will look good on a cover of a magazine or a billboard and will catch your eye... don't shoot it.

2 - You are inspired
don't set up your camera on a tripod etc and just chuck anything on a board or what ever is used to get that spanking backdrop if you are uninspired - a) they will not come good - you will work to fast and too bored and b) they will probably be useless anyways

3) you have the time for keywording and submissions
if you don't - leave them - do them when you are free - a lot of thought should go in to keywording. if you do not have the proper keywords - they will not be found - and obviously - will not be sold

4) have good lighting
- if you are a) inspired b) have a good subject - but your lighting is rubbish - do NOT shoot it today!! it will only let you down. think about it - if you think you'll forget the idea - write it down and wait for a sunny day as your images will turn our grey and a lot of time will be wasted.

I think I've wasted loads of time just ignoring the above and shooting for shots sake .. my ranking is low, my sales are low and my images .. well they speak for themselves .. I think I am improving but I have a loooooonng loooong way to go!

please feel free to add to the list to help me and maybe others like me .. :)

hope this helps!! :)) keks

Comments (11)

Posted by Joezachs on April 29, 2010
OK , that does it.
As I have only one upload at present, I have the tips as to how to start. By the way I have already implemented your third point (Keywords) I always put in the key words the next day (totally relaxed)
Posted by Cincin0120 on February 22, 2010
good tips!mark!
Posted by Keki on January 30, 2010
thanks for all the comments :) yes annieyek I realise there is a typing error- I meant to add a "then" before .. thanks for spotting it ! :)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on January 29, 2010
Good tips, your PF is looking good so I agree, dont be too hard on yourself :0)
Posted by Annieyek on January 29, 2010
For the first point, any typing error?

1- you really have a good subject

if you know it will sell, if you feel it will look good on a cover of a magazine or a billboard and will catch your eye... don't shoot it.

You means shoot it or not shoot it?
Why not shoot it?
Posted by Frantab01 on January 29, 2010
nice one kek :)
Posted by Creativei on January 29, 2010
I agree with Mani, and great points
Posted by Wildmac on January 28, 2010
Thanks for the good tips! I think I like Maen's idea of looking at them again the next day too. Cheers Carol :)
Posted by Justmeyo on January 28, 2010
Good tips!
Posted by Mani33 on January 28, 2010
What I usually do is never upload something I did today! I get another look to it the day after to see if I like it the same way! Try to be your own reviewer before sending it to be reviewed! That's why I played much the game (not to mention the addiction) :))
I agree with you that if it's about forcing things, it won't be ok!
Cheers ;)
Posted by Rosedarc on January 28, 2010
It's good to do a bit of auto critic sometimes as it's a good way to learn and improve, but don't beat yourself up too much, you've got some good shots in your portfolio and some good sales too. Hang in there and keep up the faith!

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