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sbgrl
Aug. 12th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm starting now that I have more of a portfolio. 31 sold so far. I'm almost ready to go back and give iStock another try. I just joined gimmestock to see how that goes. Funny thing is, they just rejected “Due to poor composition which limits its commercial value”. I had 5dls the first two days it was up. It even made it into the top 50 of the week. Oh well, there loss!
blaneyphoto
Aug. 12th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of gimmestock until I saw that you mentioned it somewhere. Looks like a good site. Better than most of iStock's competitors (you'll have to forgive my iStock bias...) anyway. And as far as rejection/acceptances go - you never know. This is one of the most common things I've read; people getting photos rejected one place and accepted another. I think its fine, though, since perhaps some photos are just more suited to the users of a particular site.

At what point can you request a check from the other sites? Is it $100.00 like iStock?

Have you thought about doing any "people" photos? You seem to have willing models. It seems like people photos sell really well. Most of mine are basically portraits, but the one "concept" shoot I did with my wife - the medical shoot - sells like crazy. Having access to good props really helps for a shoot like that, but there's plenty of other subjects to work with. I've got a few things planned actually. I was supposed to do some heath and fitness shots at a gym this weekend, but no camera = cancelled shoot. Eventually though!
sbgrl
Aug. 12th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
I love the medical one you did! That one is really fabulous. Didn't know it was your wife. No one I know is willing to do stock, well, at least not if there face is showing, so it will take sometime before I can get there. I'm hoping to be able to trade TFP and that's how I'll get people. I've also been a bit hesitant about bringing people to my "studio". I actually have all the equipment (my upstairs neighbor lets me use is lights and stands) but it's currently housed in a studio apartment with a mildewy bathroom that will be fixed whenever they get to the renovations to combine our apartment.

Yeah, soon. I think I'm almost ready. Baby steps.

Oh, and you can set the minimum to $75 but I left it at the default $100.
blaneyphoto
Aug. 12th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that you don't have anyone willing to model for stock... I have two suggestions - 1. Craigslist. My last ad got me about 50 responses. You can definitely find people there! 2. ModelMayhem.com - seems like a dumb place at first glance, but its very useful. If you're comfortable contacting people, then there are plenty there. Its been pretty good for me so far. I would defintiely start a page there - it can't possibly hurt!

I know what you mean about being reluctant to bring people into your studio. Mine is in a large converted bedroom in my house. Its really old, and a bit embarrassing sometimes. But, I think people see the photos and look past the house. I DO think that I lose some people when they find out the studio is not a stand-alone business. Oh well.

Also, don't forget about outdoor shoots. I've done several 'out on the streets' shoots that have turned out well. You also get a variety of backdrops that you can't get in the studio... paint, brick, metal, wood, etc. You're at the mercy of the weather though.