Last week, I wrote the blog article "It is the New year, time to set your Dreamstime Goals" in which I showed that mathematically I could increase my income to reach my goals by increasing my portfolio size by roughly 100 images a month.
During the past week, I have worked each day in the studio to produce images of ordinary household items; sponges, electrical plugs, etc. After a week of this type of photography and a week of working at photoshop to prepare the images for DT; I am completely drained and empty.
As I laid in my bed last night reflecting on my past week of product photography; I reflected on the fact that I gave up a successful business as a scientist making tons of income to become a wildlife photographer. Working at this type of studio product photography feels like the old days of working in the laboratory; one day merges into the next with no excitement or life.
I have decided it is time for a reassessment of my goals; I do not want to spend the next year shooting products just so I can increase my portfolio and income. I entered this business to be creative and to do wildlife photography.
I do my work in Far East Russia; most times it's a cold and most uncomfortable place. Our temps are routinely -35 and below; during the summer we are infested with tons of flying teeth (mosquitoes and yellow flies).
Therefore, I have decided to reassess my goals. I will still do some product photography but it will be the more creative type, water splash images, concept images, etc-not simple documentary shots of products. This will result in a sharp reduction in my goals but I will still attempt to upload 50 images a month but these will be images that provide me satisfaction and pleasure as a photographer.
I still believe goals are good and I encourage others to set themselves goals to increase their income on DT; but we are creative individuals that enjoy the creative aspects of photography. When setting your goals, I encourage all to pay particular attention to why you do photography and what is your style of images. I find that I must be part of the creative process and be in a modicum of pain (cold, bugs, hiking many miles with heavy equipment, etc) to be at my creative best. So set you goals but consider your creative side and your photographic style!