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Good photographers don’t need to be told what customers want

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I’m privy to a certain amount of good info and/or advice from my two main agencies, and it certainly helps as far as current trends are concerned, both editorial and commercial.  I’m also up to speed on the needs of the fiction book industry via another agency.  All this info is, in my opinion, a lot better than anything currently being offered by Alamy. 

 

“Man or woman at home relaxing in the garden with tea or coffee after working in the garden e.g. sitting in a deckchair or on a bench.”

 

That’s the kind of shot anyone could do, so if just 1% of the contributors had a go, that will produce a hell of a lot of couples sitting in gardens.  But the ‘our blog’ is available to any photographer anywhere in the world to look at.  So not really much point in setting up a shoot.  Maybe if I just happen to be sitting in the garden ... No, what the heck, the sun’s out.  A complete waste of time.

 

The best advice is the kind that is directed at you personally, taking into account your style, past history, skills, etc.  And the best info takes you into current thinking about societal and demographic trends and patterns.  And good edits are another kind of information.

 

But we can also learn a lot from our sales  history.  For example: I have noticed that some kinds of work can sell infrequently but occasionally be licensed for good fees ($500, $1000, $1500 ..), while other images sell repeatedly, but never for very high amounts. The latter tend to be images pitched at the marketplace, whereas the former aren’t.  At least they weren’t, but now, with the help of external editing, I am converting what was personal work into paid work.  Which is where I came in in the first place back in 1990.

 

Basically what you're saying is that in the context of Alamy, the Blog is right.

;-)

 

wim

 

 

What I am saying Wim is that I need and gratefully accept help. Photographers are just part of the image creating business.  Editors and creative directors have knowledge and skills I don't have and will never have.  Buyers are also part of the process, and sometimes play a creative role.   "No man is an ... " etc.

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Nor is an agency?

;-)

 

wim

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I am NOT a good stock photographer. Receiving general (trends, styling) and specific (subject matter) help/advice from agencies had been of tremendous help. My accountant can attest to that.

 

GI

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Confusing "good" with "successful" I think,  Substitute this one word and the statement makes sense.  There is a lot of commercially successful stuff out there, not just in photography, that is utter dreck and an equal amount of the very good that makes no money.

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Confusing "good" with "successful" I think,  Substitute this one word and the statement makes sense.  There is a lot of commercially successful stuff out there, not just in photography, that is utter dreck and an equal amount of the very good that makes no money.

 

Ahhh.

Is there a red light district on Alamy?

 

wim

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