Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why my work will never sell


For a number of times, I tried selling some of my work as stock images, and each time my work gets rejected.  Their reasons are these: poor lighting, unacceptable borders, no commercial value, not in focus or focus is not where they want it to be, autotracing (I have yet to figure out what that means), simple filters (I don't know what this means either) or artificial framing, poor or uneven lighting or shadows, white balance may be incorrect, noise, film grain, over-sharpening, or artifacts at full size.  I should be thankful.  Why?  Because I know that my work is not like everybody else.  This is why my work will never sell as stock images.  They are quite simply not to be considered as stock.

also in RB and Flickr

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rob,one of the biggest selling stock item is probably pictures of money. Be careful of what you wish for. tony



mycymuff is the magic word, almost sounds relevant.

Juznobsrvr said...

yea, money makes the world go round... i am such a dope to even try stock images

Anonymous said...

Rob,a couple of years ago a gallery was opened here for art photographers, i went in & had a look & expressed interest in maybe displaying some of my work. As soon as they found I had been a Commercial Photographer for 20-30 years they said "A C.P. can never be an Art P." They didn't even want to have a look. Rob, the work they where showing paled to insignificance compared to what you are producing. By the way I always thought" My Back Pages" was a Byrds song. Ignorance is Bliss.tony

Juznobsrvr said...

hey tony... always great to read your comments, and thanks for the vote of confidence... okay so my work won't sell because it's better than those that do... hmmm... something is wrong here :-))

it's too bad that people distinguish art and commercial work... why can't it be both? i'm not sure if you've been to my RedBubble gallery but i have stuff there that so eclectic that one would think they're created by different artists... but that's my point... for instance, why can't a photographer do both scapes and film noirs? we're complex people so we ought to appreciate and create major and minor themes...

yea there's a lot of dylan songs that sounds better covered, e.g. all along the watchtower, like a rolling stone (hendrix), down on the easy chair (byrds), knockin on heaven's door (clapton), It's All Over Now, Baby Blue(Van Morrison), Blowin' in the Wind(Peter, Paul, and Mary), etc.

take care, mate :-)