Hi, I’m Karen Wise, a new member, and I am looking for very honest opinions and feedback about the photos I have posted to my page so far. It would be a great help if you would take a moment to have a look at my page. Do you like or dislike any images in particular? What images do you think are most marketable? What am I doing well and where can I improve? Any and all comments and gentle constructive criticism are most appreciated!!! Thank you! The more comments, the better!
I like Your flowers. Did You use the best pixel setting on Your camera (because they are a bit on the small side)? In my observation they are hard to sell, because the competition is very big. Many (like me) have tons of flower photos. 15% of my images are flowers but only 1.3% of my sales.
Angela, Wow, thank you so much for the kind words! I do plan to add more photos, I’m just getting started uploading them. Am I even replying to the correct person? The sort order of the messages and replies is confusing.
Rudi, Thank you. Most of these were taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. Is there a way to make the images larger without losing quality? I’m a newbie to this site. Your stats are really interesting for me and although I love flowers and they will always be a huge part of my work, I will try to include a variety of other types of images too as I move forward. Thanks for the help! Am I even replying to the correct person? The sort order of the messages and replies is confusing.
Not sure why you are confused about the order of posts in the discussions.
The original is at the top. Every time someone adds to the discussion it goes underneath and each post tells you how long ago it was posted.
It is not like Facebook where you can go to someone’s post and press a reply button. It is all in chronological order so just carry on adding the poster’s name first as you have been doing if you want to specifically reply to one person.
Regarding the size of your photos. iPhones now default to saving images as heic files which are compressed so just check what your camera is set to.
Go to camera settings and formats. Choose most compatible to save as a jpg instead of high efficiency that will give you the largest file available.
An iPhone 8plus should give you a full size image of 4032 x 3024 pixels but it looks like you are cropping most of your flower images to a square and not only a 3000 pixel square but cropping them even more so that is why they will be too small for large products. You could either photograph the flowers closer up so you don't have to crop so much away or cut out the flowers and put more than one on a larger black background. You must not try and make them artificially larger or you will degrade the image and make it look grainy.
its better than calling it a purple flower, but try to ID the type and don't tell anyone you found it by chance at a grocery store.
Are flowers marketable? In my experience, no. Unless you do something real distinctive, they won't stand out
same with sunsets, while pretty - anyone can take one. Sunsets are better off in a city where the color reflects off of buildings and are usually ignored by common people with a camera. The trees usually don't add anything, and silhouettes are easy to get, getting some definition back in the tree would make it stand out better. Trees are usually used as props to frame something or cover something up.
this uses it better but the black is so dominate its all you notice. Without that much in the scene, you can't have enough keywords to attract attention. If this was a farm you could.
In general the easiest subjects to get are the ones that sell the least for me anyway, because they are common, and anyone can take it. You have to first out compete the buyer. Beyond that you need more keywords and longer descriptions, don't say it was for fun, or you just found it etc. Talk about the location.
And as said you need more variety. I don't have stats but I can say I sell very few flowers, sunsets, butterflies and a few other things that you would think would sell.
Mike Savad - thanks for your time and all the advice. I have changed the description on the purple orchid since you made a very fair point about that. Still working on identifying the type of orchid. Most of my work is flowers or sunsets, but I will work on finding other subject matter to also include moving forward. I do struggle to think of enough key words and write good descriptions.
The store or garden usually say it so take a picture of that. Otherwise if you have a phone or even now, go to google lens or get the app and point it at the flower. It will give you at least more info than now. Good at Id'ing butterflies, dogs etc.
Mike Savad - I already did add prices in the bulk price update, however, those products are still not showing up on my page. For example, I added a default price for a coffee mug but I do not see a coffee mug as an offered product for any of my photos.
I did do a bulk price change. Previously I thought I could offer mugs and other small items and they definitely were showing up on the FAA site for all of my photos. Then I guess I misunderstood something and I thought I had to create an image the size of each template to be able to offer mugs and other small items, so I went through each photo and deleted all products except the prints. Now I want to add the mugs and other small products back. Someone else said it takes 24 hours for changes to show up, so I guess we will see if the issue has resolved itself tomorrow. For now, I need a break!😊
Mike Savad - I clicked on the link you sent, made sure all photos were selected, and submitted a bulk update. The smaller merchandise is now appearing on a few of my photos but NOT on most. Same on the Pixels side. There must be some type of glitch. Any ideas? I will have to come back to this another day (hopefully tomorrow) as I don’t have any more time to spend on it today.
And you opened each product section of that and added the prices? Its more than just opening the bulk, each product has to be opened on its own and adjusted. I think I left that step out (I only adjust the prints now and then).