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  • Hanna_Fate changed the title to How lame is my portfolio?

Hi Hanna (Darla?)

Not going to comment on your vectors because I'm completely ignorant of this branch of stock photography. Just briefly (to get the ball rolling maybe!):

A lot of your stock pictures are underexposed:

 

Abandoned pottery shed, looking into a kiln.  Creepy empty building. - Stock Image

too many pills scattered from a beaker onto a blue background - Stock Image
Little dog on the beach, Maine - Stock Image
 
Your captions are far too short, e.g.:

overflowing with jelly beans - Image ID: 2F772YF

 

This does not really describe what the picture is showing.

 

View of the Grand Tetons from the wilderness, with painterly effect- Image ID: 2F4PHCW

 

Tetons  which country, which state? What is the picture actually showing? Trees, mountain? Etc....

 

https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/captions-and-keywords-for-images/?section=8

 

"Before you start, think about the potential use of the image and what it’s likely to be sold for, the more accurately you describe your image, the more visibility it will have in customer searches, which will significantly increase your chance of making a sale."

 

Steve

 

p.s. a question. Do you ever sell the digitally manipulated pictures with a 'painterly effect' on Alamy? Seems it would be more suited to a personal or fine art website. I never see stock images like this published (but maybe I'm not looking in the right places!)

 

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I agree with Steve. 

 

I'm in the US and it took me awhile to get that Alamy is a global company and sometimes people on the other side of the world need all the details, especially the location, in the caption to make sure they have the right photo for their picture needs. I've worked as a travel guidebook editor and the more detail in the captions for a place I've never been, or hadn't been to lately, made all of the difference. I think we at first think that the caption will be printed with the image, but that is generally not the case. The caption is more for the photo editor who wants to make sure they have the correct one. 

 

I randomly looked at the pottery barn photo and I would think that your first two keywords would be "kiln, abandoned kiln" and even though it is abandoned and "creepy", if the image was edited, it could be used as an editorial image of a kiln. 

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Hi

Your images and captions are mostly very typical MS, they will have limited appeal here.  You are not dealing with an agency that is primarily design(er) clients, Alamy is mainly editorial stock so pictures typically need to illustrate something they would want to use in their media e.g a newspaper or book.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 29/05/2021 at 10:03, Hanna_Fate said:

I've been doing stock for a long time, but it never hurts to get a reality check from time to time.  What do you think?

https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/darlahallmark

In my opinion,  Lame.

 

Looked at the first page and did not want to see more.

 

Keep in mind that I am not a "stock" photographer,

 

Not meant to be insulting, just a direct answer to your direct question.

 

Chuck

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20 hours ago, kimba said:

I agree with Steve. 

 

I'm in the US and it took me awhile to get that Alamy is a global company and sometimes people on the other side of the world need all the details, especially the location, in the caption to make sure they have the right photo for their picture needs.

 

Good point, thank you!

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27 minutes ago, kimba said:

Thanks Steve - uppercase M and uppercase S confused me and I couldn't think of two words they would stand for. I get it now.

 

NP

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