I have been contributing to Adobe Stock, to sell some of my images, for about 3 months now. I wanted to use it as a tool to possibly generate income to support my photography. In 2018 I submitted a total of 145 images to Adobe Stock. Of which 61 images were accepted for sale. So if you were to view my profile you could see the 61 images that were accepted.
I chose Adobe Stock to sell my images because I felt that they would be the most strict. I didn’t want to sell a bunch of crap photos. That wouldn’t help my photography get any better. I don’t know if anyone has even viewed my photos, but I do know that nothing has been downloaded yet. I am assuming that is because of user error, mine.
Today I spent a few hours over at the Adobe Stock site doing some reading and research. Here is what I found:
- None of my images were indexed properly.
- Inaccurate and misleading keywords.
- Images not organized.
- None of my images from 2018 were edited.
- Images were not uploaded as recommended.
When I say that none of my images were indexed properly, some of you way wonder what I’m talking about. When you upload images for approval, there are three things you must do. You must give the image a title. Use a simple title with no more than seven words. You must list keywords people may use to search for your image. It’s suggested that you use 8-30 keywords. Sometimes more doesn’t mean better. Third, you must say whether there is recognizable property in the image.
I was doing all of these except the keywords properly. I was adding as many keywords as I could with different spellings of words in case the people searching misspelled words. Something I didn’t know until today, that I was also doing wrong, was that the order of your keywords is important. Not one of the 61 images has the keywords in the right order. Also keep your keywords simple as possible.
I am not going to go back and try to figure out how to change the ones already accepted, but I am certainly going to make sure everything is right for all new submissions.
The inaccurate and misleading keywords goes right along with the previous resolution. The default keywords aren’t always correct. Like if you upload a photo of a shore with water. Adobe doesn’t always know if it’s a lake, a river or a big mud puddle, yet it suggests all of those keywords. If there is only a little yellow in a photo, it may not be a good keyword to use unless the little yellow is the highlight of the image.
For the longest time I have been frustrated with Adobe Stock for not allowing my to organize my images as I upload them. Today I found out that I can kind of organize my images by putting them into what Adobe call collections. This only allows someone looking at your images to quickly go to a group of photos. It doesn’t change how they are displayed from your Adobe Stock Dashboard. I did today go thorough the 61 images I have in my profile, and organize them into collections. You can view a collection from the dashboard so you can see what the customer sees.
Yes that is correct, I didn’t edit any of the images I submitted to Adobe in 2018. That won’t be the case for future submissions. They may have been cropped but I don’t really consider that editing the image. The image is still the same you are only viewing part of it.
Finally, most of my images were not uploaded properly. It is recommended that you steadily submit your images and to not submit large batches of images. I didn’t have a lot of images to submit or the means to shoot a bunch of images to submit. So the few times I went out I took a lot of photos and as soon as I got back I copied them to my computer, cropped them and submitted them. I should have submitted them a few at a time after I was done editing them, which I didn’t do.
So I have my work cut out for me this year if I want to have a chance at selling any of my work…