Shortly after sharing my experience searching for a niche in business images I got insipired to spend half day shooting some conceptual business related images.
Here are some statistics, gathered during my workflow, that you may find interesting:
- the prelimiary step of discovering about 10 interesting reference images to inspire me took about half an hour, but actually these have been collected over several months (however keep in mind I do try to keep myself as far as possible from “me too” shots and would suggest everybody does so :))
- shooting took about 3 hours and resulted in nearly 200 shots
- after 40 minutes spent for selection only 30 shots were shortlisted for further processing
- the next day I inspected the shorlisted shots in more detail and fully processed the 8 most promising shots (IMHO)
- keywording these 8 images took me one hour and a half
- uploading them to all 7 micro-stock agencies I currenly contribute to took about 2 hours
- approving the images took between 1 and 5 days in most of the agencies (and some of the other agencies still haven’t inspected all images)
- the approval rate of this set is currently between 75% and 100%, and the only case where two of images were rejected (the 75% approval rate) was bacause of potential trade mark problems for the used toy cars, a little bit paranoic maybe 😉 but still somehow understandable.
OK, without further ado, here are the eight images currenly available as part of my portfolio at Fotolia:
What do you (honestly :)) think about these?
And would you like to share your shooting statistics?
I’d be very happy to hear from you, so feel free (or acutally – invited) to comment below!
Hi! After the anaylsis of my bestselling stock image so far I’d like to share my thoughts about another good (IMHO) stock image that is still not selling as much as originally expected ;).
It’s a business concept image that I titled “Business success concept – wealthy“. Actually the business and finance image collections are among the most populated niches in micro-stock photography. There are various reasons for that and I guess the main is that business is something that’s always trendy and newsworthy, and thus the constant demand for appropraite visual illustration of various business concepts. The conceptual value of this type of images is quite high, and sometimes they are even funny :).
Now back on my image, here it is:
The idea seems to be quite clear ( at least to me 🙂 which unfortunately is not enough ) – it illustrates the concept of a wealthy man or high-value business. I tried to think for a smaller niche that is still not that occupied and evenutally lacks the typical smiling people shaking hands and growth charts 😉
However, for almost an year it has generated less than twenty sales in total, across all agencies where I upload. Why is this so? This is the hard part… as we naturally tend to like what we’ve done so much. Anyway, let’s try to analyse a little bit:
- The framing is probably not the best pissible fit – it looks like there is too much white space at the top of the image, which actually is not intentionally left blank as copy space, and seems a little bit useless. I’d cropp it a little bit more at the top if I were to upload it now.
- The money amount in the meter may seem too binding – it’s nice to have something particular in this area to help illustrating the concept more clearly, but on the other hand the chnace it will the fit the exact idea of the customer is low. For example if they want to put a particular word, or another amount, or another currency there. I currently think it’s a good idea to either leave this field blank or create multiple versions with predefined content. What do you think?
- The are some artifacts such as the dark-blue linear area at the top of the weighing machine – it’s actually a natural effect as the material it’s made of is some good quality glass. But it still may look a little bit strange if you can’t easily percieve that this is a glass.
Probably there are some more reasons, though I still think it’s a good stock :-), and it’s keywording is also appropriate.
But what do you think? I’d be happy to hear that! Is this a good stock according to you? Would you buy it for a project? If you were to shoot it what would you change?