Massive upload completed – will it be worth it?
I went on a cruise in May between Athens and Venice and over the 14 days we were away, took a total of 3300 images and 26 videos. Ever since I have been working on editing and then keywording/uploading the images (still got to work on the videos…). What surprised me, and hopefully this is a good sign that my skills are improving, is that although the 3300 images included the individual frames of stitched panoramas, and also the multiple shots that I take to remove noise when I am hand holding interior shots, I ended up with 916 submitted images. As I often take two shots of a scene to increase my chances of getting the framing and focus right, that means that almost all the shots I took turned out to be worth editing and uploading.
Looking at the images now in StockSubmitter, I ended up with 543 commercial images and 373 editorial and almost all of them have been accepted by the various agencies. I only really check Shutterstock and Adobe, but I think the others are probably similar. If you want to see what images I decided to upload, you can check them out in my Shutterstock portfolio.
The big, big question currently is whether these will ever earn enough money to make all the effort worthwhile. In the past, I would have said – yes, they probably will – but I’m far from sure these days with the lower prices, over-supply and, of course, the free download sites as well. I don’t want to discourage anyone, but I think it will be a hard task to get a lot out of these images. All of the countries we visited were new to me, and so I should be able to track sales from time to time using Microstockr Pro (using the country name as the search term) and so I’ll report on sales in around 12 months or so.
I’ve just inserted some images into this blog post to give you an idea of what I look for. Beautiful landscapes, certainly, but also workmen keeping the beautiful villas on Santorini a pristine white color, the Royal Navy in Corfu, a more abstract view of the wake of the ship at night with the moon on the horizon (Fine Art America perhaps!), a wood fire in a farmhouse that we visited as part of a day trip in Croatia, a panorama of a less well visited town of Novigrad in Croatia together with an editorial of a fishing boat in the harbor. It is really everything that attracts my eye all through the day (and night!)
You will also note that I am keeping a bright, contrasty, colorful look to these images, and using that Dehaze filter in Lightroom to make the skies more dramatic in many of the shots. That seems to be the “in” style at the moment so hopefully that will work for the buyers!
Putting all this talk of money to one side – I really enjoyed the visits to each city and the weather was about as good as it gets, which all makes for some great photographs. So putting aside my business hat, it was well worthwhile!