Tips of the Trade

posted on 24th of october, 2012

Hi Folks,

After all the response on my 10.000 sales blog, i decided to write down some tips of the trade, many things you already know, but its always good to emphasize, things I learned from my experience here, some you may know, but has long forgotten, some you may dont know, even better:

- mind your acceptance ratio, this can seriously compromise your long term goals, I did loose a lot of time because of that, you loose it because you upload a lot and few are accepted and you loose it because after a while DT wont let you upload much.

- be an active member of this community, I am pretty sure this helped and keep helping me a lot, I disagree with many people opinions sometimes, and the other way around, but eventually we learn stuff from each other and this helps me being a better stock photographer,

- be polite and respect others, you cant expect others to be helpful with you, and this includes DT staff, by being rude and crude in your comments in the forums,

- be an active member in other communities, DT community can help you a lot in microstock business related subjects, but its simply not as responsive for some subjects, specially technical ones, I used to be active in dpreview, they helped me perfect my gear and my technique, I learned about difraction with them, now I am investing in Google+, they are helping me a better photographer, a girl already gave me a tip on Photoshop CS6 that just changed my way of doing HDR photography, and it really does make a diference,

- be yourself, learn from others, but keep doing what you think is right, dont copycat, you will never be as good as the guy you are copying, but he can never be as good as you are if you do what you are good at. Besides that, you diferentiate yourself from the others and buyers will look for your work

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- variety is good, but not that much. Yes, if you add variety to your portfolio you will address a larger market, but you have to understand in what you are good at and what is not your thing, if you are afraid of dogs, dont try taking dog pictures, if you dont like radical sports, dont try taking pictures skydiving, if you dont have much patience and is not into details, forget about macro and studio photography. You can add variety within the themes you like, but still focused, buyers will eventually catch what kind of images you have in your portfolio and look for them. There is a travel magazine here in Brazil in which I normally find one or two of my images, every month! They are buying them here at DT, eventually they buy images from some others, but for sure most are from me, I am positive they are looking first at my portfolio, because they know I have a good chance to have what they are looking for, if they dont find it, than they look for the others.

- experiment, this might look contradicting with what I said before, but its not, always look at photographic oportunities and try new things, rent a diferent lens, try a new software, new lights, filter gels, do a photowalk, have fun, you will eventually go back to your standard way of taking pictures, but you will learn new things and apply them to your photography adding variety almost instinctively.

Well, I hope this helps, thats my way of saying thank you guys for all the support I have been receiving through this last 6 years.


Alexandre Fagundes

PS: This blog was made entirely with images from other fellow photographers here at DT.

Comments (45)

Posted by Afagundes on December 13, 2012
Thank you Victor312 for sharing a link in your blog and for all the kind words by Photobee, Anindyo, Calyx22 and Dprogers
Posted by Victor312 on December 12, 2012
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Posted by Photobee on November 06, 2012
Thank you very much for sharing! Very good creativity!
Posted by Anindyo on November 03, 2012
Great! thank you for sharing :)
Posted by Anindyo on November 03, 2012
Great! thank you for sharing :)
Posted by Calyx22 on November 03, 2012
Wonderful article! Very useful advice, especially the part about being yourself.
Posted by Dprogers on October 31, 2012
Well done on making the blog from others' images :-)
Posted by Afagundes on October 29, 2012
Thank you all for your great support
Posted by Drewrawcliffe on October 29, 2012
great helpful hints and tips - thanks for sharing
Posted by Laqhill on October 28, 2012
Great blog, very interesting and informative. I'll have to try some of your ideas. Thanks.
Posted by Pindiyath100 on October 27, 2012
Excellent, useful tips, Alexandre!! Thank you! :)
Posted by Afagundes on October 26, 2012
Thank you guys, your support has been awesome! Lorenzo, your blogs "I will be a Microstocker" rocks, they are very good! Congrats
Posted by Ilposeidone on October 26, 2012
great post, i like your story, i like the way you talk! there's always somenthing new to be learnt. have a nice day
Posted by Jdanne on October 26, 2012
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Marquardt21 on October 26, 2012
Thank you for the great post. A lot of good information.
Posted by Tsrphotography on October 26, 2012
Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Elifranssens on October 26, 2012
It seems to me you really enjoy your photography, Alexandre... and that maybe is the most important of all.

Keep enjoying!!
Posted by Akulamatiau on October 26, 2012
very inspiring post, hope I could emulate your success. Thanks
Posted by Hanbaoluan on October 25, 2012
Thank you very much for sharing!
Posted by Egomezta on October 25, 2012
Thanks for sharing this great blog.
Posted by Lfmpereira on October 25, 2012
These are great advices, Afagundes. As always, you are a very good help for all. Keep being like this.
Posted by Afagundes on October 25, 2012
Thank you all for your terrific support.
Posted by Maxx71 on October 25, 2012
Yes, exactly! great blog! :-)
Posted by Scottysally2 on October 25, 2012
Another great blog, thank you for sharing. :)
Posted by Laurasinelle on October 25, 2012
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Picstudio on October 25, 2012
Great blog!
Posted by Lejoch on October 25, 2012
Another very nice blog from you. Thanks for the tips.
Posted by Afagundes on October 25, 2012
Thank you Dragos, you are more than welcome
Posted by smartview27 on October 25, 2012
Thanks for sharing !
Posted by Afagundes on October 25, 2012
Bogdan, by big LCD you mean having a notebook tethered to your camera?

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