Earlier this year I signed up for Shutterfest in St Louis. There were answers I needed and guidance I needed that isn’t available in this area, or not easily anyway. I attended in April with an open mind, taking in everything I could. I saw how others do the same technique I do in regards to my photography business. I wasn’t there to agree or disagree, nor to judge. I was there to collect unbiased information. Skip Cohen Skip Cohen University instructed a class of us for 3 hours. In this class I gained knowledge of probably 80% of what I wanted to learn by attending the conference.
I was looking around on that site, about to upload images that I saved for the web. What I noticed was this requirement that said you couldn’t have watermarks on or borders around your images. I went on and uploaded an image. Right after that, I saw they needed to be approved. Right above the image, it showed the maximum size YOUR image could be if it were printed. That seemed to click with why they didn’t want borders or signatures. So they’re selling the images you upload too?
On the average, based on estimates from those in the professional photography industry, 1 image out of 100 is going to turn out absolutely perfect. If you fire off 200 shots during a shoot you’ll have a few that are outstanding. But more on that is that you’ll probably have 3-5 others that really stand out, while not matching the first few you chose. Is it realistic that you only have 10 awesome images from a shoot? The answer is “Yes”.