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posted on 14th of october, 2015

hi folks

It has took me a while but i have managed it, I got my 100th picture accepted today.

           



It has been a bit of a struggle with some ups and downs and some lessons learned. My main genre is nature especially birds however I did realise that i needed to expand my portfolio into other areas.

Being more of a nature lover landscaping was really a first choice but i soon found that this was easier said than done. I presented a couple that were rejected fro the dreaded "we have enough of that kind of picture and yours is no better than what we have". So having these rejections i had a think about things and realising that where I live doesn't really present anything "special" in the way of landscapes I decided that this was not a feasible avenue to follow as I could envisage more rejections being the order of the day.

I almost fell on it by accident, I had been asked to do a small portfolio of the local area for a historian and suddenly realised that there was a lot of excellent architecture close to home and started taking pictures of churches and other older buildings. i really enjoyed this, it was a new theme and it was getting me out and about in the summer days around the local area locating more buildings. i also discovered that the acceptance rate was good.

i then started looking at my local area and finding out what events were on and where possible going along and taking images to upload. i found this OK but rather time consuming as most of the events were weekends when i was already busy with family matters but i did manage to find some that all the family could go to and amuse themselves while i got precious images.

So now i have hit my target of 100 pictures, and more to the point keeping a reasonably good acceptance rate, 77%. Had it not been for some schoolboy errors ie uploading several pictures at a time and getting them all rejected, rather than testing the water with one or two i believe my acceptance rate would have been in the mid if not high 80's.

So there is a tip, when you are trying "new" themes, upload one or two and see how they go - just in-case they get rejected.

So where form here, well sales haven't been good and i am not so sure that my portfolio as it is will sell very well, but for me sales is not really the main thrust. I find that putting images forward for inclusion helps me focus on my photography and i do find that the overall standard of my photography has improved dramatically. The idea of going out of my comfort zone and into other themes has certainly improved my "photographers eye" and i now find myself looking more closely to my surroundings, looking at things differently and trying new techniques.

Sure like everyone else i would like to be selling loads, but for now i am happy just building a quality portfolio and improving my skills.

the next target is to consider how i will pass the winter days where getting out and about in the cold wet Scottish weather is not the best of ideas. So at the moment i am building my own small "home studio" old cardboard boxes and bed linen making "Lightboxes", getting together some lighting - mostly an array of yongnou flash's as they are cheap and very good. So hopefully in the next few weeks i will have my little portable studio together but in the meantime its thinking hat time to work out what themes to do with this set up and enter yet another new genre of photography.

          



So if anyone is getting a little disheartened and finding it difficult to put their portfolios together, all i can suggest is that you take your time, don't rush it or try to put any old images up for acceptance, work on it, get your best, be selective in what you present and continue to look for new ideas.

Finally one thing i have found very useful to concentrate the mind is to look online at the many "competition" sites and look at the themes for competitions then go adn take photos to meet that theme, even of you don't enter it is a great way of finding inspiration.

Happy Snappin
bob


Comments (13)

Posted by Jill1312 on October 19, 2015
I for one appreciate the tips - I'm new too and have just got 6 accepted but really see the sense in what you are saying. Good luck with the sales - and thanks for the inspiration!
Posted by Kathywooding90 on October 15, 2015
Congratulations!
Nice article. Keep uploading!
Posted by Martingraf on October 15, 2015
very nice work - it seems to me that you take your time when you take a picture - I see that straight away
Posted by Julietta24 on October 15, 2015
Congratulations!
Posted by Aimeevh on October 15, 2015
Congratulations. It was nice reading your article. Good tips!
Posted by Gauravmanral on October 15, 2015
nice article. Thanks for the sharing this article it's very useful.
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Posted by Picstudio on October 14, 2015
Congratulations!
Posted by Cammeraydave on October 14, 2015
Nice Bob ! Keep at it !
Posted by Tetopedro on October 14, 2015
Congratulations!
...and now....have fun...have sell !! :)
Posted by Lmtphotography on October 14, 2015
Congrats! Such a great post and a very inspiring read for beginners like myself. Hope your work sells soon as your portfolio is brilliant :)
Posted by Pepebaeza on October 14, 2015
Nice portfolio Robert and congrats for the target achieved. I am very close to 100 photos but no sales for the moment :-(.
Hope to see your sales increasing.
Posted by Jdanne on October 14, 2015
Congratulations!
Posted by Adammeadows12 on October 14, 2015
congrats! hope you get sales in the near future:)



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i just love the outdoors, so needless to say landscapes and wildlife make up the most of my portfolio. i am fortunate to live ina semi-rural area with a river at the bottom of my garden and the variety of birds i get on my doorstep is amazing, hence the amount of birds in my collection. i do intend to get more landscaping done but its all a matter of finding the time and locations to get out there and get some good images. my intentions are to put together a collection of images of birds, wildlife and scenery from my local area in the West of Scotland, so don't expect weird and wo... [Read more]

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