Always amazing what sells

posted on 12th of september, 2010

I'm always amazed at what images sell.

This week I made two sales, one of an image I really like:

and one of an image from a set that I had a good debate with editorial staff on:

Indeed my images from Western Samoa have done really well, which is pleasing as several were initially rejected based on "too many similar things in the database" i.e. island scenes, even though as I succesfully argued, there were at the time very few images from Western Samoa and I personally always like authenticism with images.

So disappointing to see an image of a gorilla keyworded with monkey, or an image from Suriname (in South America) keyworded as from Africa. But to whomever bought the first image, well done, I like your taste, and to whomever bought the second image, well done as it supports my point that we should never second guess the market.

Comments (9)

Posted by Dprogers on September 15, 2010
You're right Veyron85 and this was really why I made this blog. I don't think we should second guess buyers. I have held a number photography exhibitions and the only constant is that different people like photos for different reasons. One of the other photos that really intrigued me was the sale of the photo of an eland, not because of the sale but that someone specifically searched for an image with the keyword eland. Elands
Posted by Mani33 on September 13, 2010
You can never know what buyer likes! Well done ;)
Posted by Sobek85 on September 13, 2010
Odd shots to sell :-p
Posted by Mariaam on September 13, 2010
Great photos! Congratulations!!!
Posted by Dprogers on September 13, 2010
Thank you all, I appreciate your comments. And I particularly like your profile photo Mgkuijpers, that's a good photo.
Posted by Thanatonautii on September 13, 2010
Great shots! Congratulations for your sales!
Posted by Maddrew on September 13, 2010
Love the shots :) Gorgeous.. If only Dreamstime offer free keywording hehe :)
Posted by Mgkuijpers on September 12, 2010
Aaaah wrong keywording ! By biggest eyesore, as i see to many animals labelled as: lizard in desert, alligator instead of crocodile (or viceversa) and everything that is big is labelled as an iguana. Not to mention latin names to go wirh the pic.

Anyway good post, and keep up the good work !
Posted by Sigurdurwilliam on September 12, 2010
Sooo true... =P

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