Ed Rooney Posted March 28 Share Posted March 28 I haven’t done that badly with sales at Alamy. We are all suffering from the new pricing structures. I had an average of 15 sales a month in 2022. I’m down to just over 10 so far this year. Understand, I’m not building a career; I’m winding one down. I try not to spend money on making images. I don’t own a car anymore, so I’m now just a city shooter. I don’t do live news, sports, or wildlife. I’m not happy that I shoot so many sign. But . . . signs sell. There are some very savvy shooters at Alamy who understand how things work and give great advice here in the forum. These contributors have explained the value of good captions and tags and lots of other things. What I'd like to discuss here is just what are the factors that have some togs selling more than others. What else sells? What subjects? I’m curious about what you all think. This is the basics of what I do: I shoot a lot of food, meals I’m about to eat. They sell. I capture other tabletop subjects too. And they sell. I’ll walk to a location but I find subjects rather than plan them. If I see something I’ll evaluate it on the basis of the 4 elements of a good image — lighting, shape, colour, and message (what the image is about). I don’t sit there thinking about any of that. It all happens in a snap of the fingers. But again, what sells? I think location is important. In the past year, Liverpool has sold better than NYC. This was a big surprise. I’ve had 63 sales of Liverpool and 40 of NYC. 25 sales were of food and other tabletop subjects. Seville hasn’t sold well and lovely San Miguel de Allende is worse. I try to keep my tags to a minimum and accurate. What do you think, Forum folks? Edo 1 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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