Don’t upload anything and everything to stock agencies, they won’t like it!
There will undoubtedly be times when you have a couple or multiple shots of the same subject. Don’t be tempted to upload them all and hope for the best, pick your best shots in terms of exposure, composition and overall “look” and only upload those.
However, in the stock image below, the photographer has included a range of photos of the same subject with different expressions and included them all in one, single file…that works (well, I bought it didn’t I…to illustrate this point : )
If you have a number of similar images like this, either upload them in this style (as a montage) or integrate them slowly into your portfolio…over time.
A small selection showing different angles and themes will do unless you are covering a wide range of sub-categories.
Upload too many of the same subject and practically all agencies will reject the ones they feel are too similar. Do it often enough and you will p*** them off…not good.
Get yourself a reputation as a consistent, quality photographer and they will even help and promote you where they can. For example I was the “featured photographer” at Dreamstime way back in July 2005.
If you feel deep inside that an image you are working on just doesn’t make the grade, save yourself the time and effort, leave it and move on. This gets easier as you go on and you will learn the “boundaries” of each agency and even the reviewers.
Don’t feel bad as all this does is push you to improve your techniques, ideas and execution!
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