Is It Worth Participating in Assignments?

posted on 7th of may, 2010

Let's be honest; is it really worthwhile to participate in Assignments? Sure, it's nice if your image is elected, but if you look through the archives, many of the images do not have many sales, if any at all. There are a few "real" winners, but only a handful. It seems perhaps in many cases an image is overpriced by starting out a Level 5. Better to have some lower Level sales than none at all?

I did have an image accepted in a recent assignment and it has yet to sell. However, it seemed I was getting more views than usual with my newer uploads; it usually takes a while for people to look at the new ones. Is it possible a few sales were made because that one image was displayed in a high-profile section? There is no way to prove that but it must happen on occasion.

For the Agriculture assignment,...

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Posted by Wisconsinart on July 27, 2010
Any updated thoughts now that you have 4 Level 5 sales under your assignment belt?

Boy, to answer that in 25 words or less... I think it's a matter of enjoying to do this, learning, gaining experience, and doing your homework.
Posted by Bradcalkins on July 27, 2010
Any updated thoughts now that you have 4 Level 5 sales under your assignment belt?
Posted by Amyemilia on May 10, 2010
Adding to the portfolio is a great incentive to get out and shoot. I've never actually submitted anything to an assignment - still "thinking" about it. Like you, I have very little extra time to work on stock. Good for you, to get out and see something new.

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My (non-Stock) Images on National Public Radio (NPR)

posted on 9th of may, 2010

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) was greatly influenced by German and Polish cultures. While the demographics are changing, there is still a lingering tradition of polka music.

There is a tavern in the city where everyone is welcome to come one night each week to play polka music or to just watch and listen. A number of old-timers show up and they crank away on their concertinas. I worked on a small photo-documentary project and spent a number of evenings photographing the people. By coincidence, National Public Radio (NPR) came out while I was doing this. NPR did a feature on the bar and I gave them some of my photographs which they used on one of their web sites.

If you go to this link:

Milwaukee Concertina Bar on NPR...

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Posted by Wildmac on May 11, 2010
What a great blog! I'm struggling with the whole shooting for stock thing. I guess what it comes down to is not pigeon holing yourself and just shooting microstock. I personally love images with feeling and grit, images that tell a story not sell a product. It's been good meeting up with people from here on facebook, you get to see a whole other side to their photography.
Posted by Mstycoon on May 10, 2010
What a thoughtful blog. I look at my portfolio and I cringe sometimes. I've learned so much here and have been able to increase my portfolio but my favorite photos are not accepted because they are considered art or over filtered or not what we are looking for. This process of trying to build my portfolio has really increased my skills. I have so far to go with my skills and the process and reviews help. Thank you for sharing and recognizing that we are more than what our portfolios represent.
Posted by smartview27 on May 09, 2010
One day I will you my stories

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My greatest passion is landscape and fine art photography. However, stock does provide a challenge in itself. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and concepts and learning new techniques. In the end, each compliments the other. The things you learn from one can apply for another and you grow with the craft. I have over 30 years experience with different kinds of art and freelance endeavors and have yet to become tired or bored with finding new ways to exercise the creative side of me. Thank you for visiting my profile and I hope your time here will be a reward in itself. I am located in Wisconsin... [Read more]

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