Mid Term Report

posted on 29th of june, 2011

It's not really a mid-term report cause I still have many more years of learning here but still.
It was a bit more than a year and a half ago when I came to learn that I have something useful to do with my pictures. All those pictures I took all those years that were just laying in an album I looked at maybe once a year.
Those pictures friends would occasionally glance at and say "very nice, very nice".

A year and a half ago I saw a facebook post of a friend declaring about a sale he just made of this photo

Asking him revealed this cool site where I can sell my photos.
I wrote in previous posts about my beginners insight and the journey I went through scanning my old pictures and moving from film to digital.
Like most beginners, it took me a while to figure out how this works and what is expected from me as a contributor.

What struck me the most when I started, was seeing all those contributors with those 4 digit sales. I remember waiting a few months for my first sale. And then a few more weeks to hit 10 and so on.

I kept kicking myself that I didn't start in 2005, knowing I will never ever get to those numbers.

Well today it finally happened - I hit my 1000 sale.

Honestly, in my wildest dreams, I couldn't imagine getting here.
In addition I can report 18 level 3's and 3 more that will be level 3 any moment now.
No level 4's yet. I'm not even sure when an image becomes level 4.

This is my1000 sale!

Well here are some of my mid term insights for succeeding here:

1. Photography is only partially photography. Yes, you still have to master all the photography skills to create a great photo.
But today that's only half the job (maybe a bit more than half).
Today you have to master the software of post processing.
Looking at my portfolio, I think I have no more than a handful of pictures that came out of the camera and were uploaded as is.
Post processing saves many images that just aren't technically good enough.
Post processing is what takes a high potential picture and turns it into a great picture.
Without processing you will have a potential, not a great a picture and potential doesn't sell and may not even get approved.
If you don't master the software your success will be very very limited.

2. It's more about quality than quantity. Nothing new here - strive to produce better unique images and your sales will increase.
Get over the pain and throw away duplicates and non interesting pictures.

3. Get a small high quality pocket camera to carry at all times.
You never know when a great vision will appear in front of you even near home or on the way to work.

4. Shoot Raw. This has been discussed many times before.
I can tell you that many pictures that were over saturated or over/under exposed were saved because I had the raw.

5. Love thy pictures. Do you upload your pictures to facebook and wait for all those likes and comments?
Are you proud of every new picture? Do you enjoy looking at them again and again? If so you are in the right place.
Without the love, you probably won't have the patience to learn post processing software and technics.

6. Love thy neighbors pictures. What better way to learn than look and like what other people are doing?

I hope next time I'll be able to report 5 digit sales and all those level 5 pictures I have.
Good luck with that...

Comments (18)

Posted by Danielal on July 04, 2011
Congratulations, your photos are wonderful. It's good to say that one can be successful also with travel photography. That's my goal, but it's still a long way to go.
Posted by Mlhead on July 04, 2011
Congrats, I hope I can say the same someday!
Posted by Kaththea on July 01, 2011
Great article and great portfolio! Your landscapes are amazing, I'm not surprised with number of your sales and have no doubts it will be increasing:)
Posted by Xiaofeng123 on July 01, 2011
very interesting!!
Posted by Hugoht on July 01, 2011
Thank you all!
Adeliepenguin, I always carry a Canon S95 which is surprisingly tiny and has the image quality of a DSLR shooting raw.
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on June 30, 2011
Awesome milestone, congrats
Posted by Amilevin on June 30, 2011
Great Blog Hugo. Who would have believed I would create such a monster... :) Keep up with your great uploads! :)
Posted by Adeliepenguin on June 30, 2011
Very nicely said! Congratulations on the great milestone. I love looking at your portfolio, traveler that I am:):) I am curious, what pocket camera do you use?
Posted by Halilin on June 30, 2011
Posted by Francy874 on June 30, 2011
Well deserved!!! I wish you 1000 more sales in less time :-) Bye, Francesca
Posted by Thanatonautii on June 30, 2011
You have a great portfolio and you deserve the 1000 sales! Good luck for the future!
Posted by Nero67 on June 30, 2011
Congratulations, beautiful images!!!
Posted by Petin on June 30, 2011
Well done, congratulations!
Posted by Mariaam on June 30, 2011
Great achievement. Congratulations!!!
Posted by Mary981 on June 29, 2011
congrats! wonderful images
Posted by Egomezta on June 29, 2011
Great blog, congratulations for your 1000 sale.
Posted by Cammeraydave on June 29, 2011
Nice Blog, Great photos, You do get around the place !
Posted by Noodles73 on June 29, 2011
Great blog, words of wisdom, really...your numbers are impressive, congrats!

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