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    New contributor, few questions

    sure, just realize that the pool of potential buyers is smaller so you're likely to get less sales. I think SS specifically says not to put foreign language tags for photos as they're translated/mapped to foreign languages. I don't know. I do have some but I figure it can't hurt, but I wouldn't go overboard making 10s or 100s of sets. My sense would be to have fewer images and have them be higher quality. Though I suspect numbers are important too (more, and varied photos=more of a chance something will sell.
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    Recent Rejections

    I've done the same thing once or twice and deleted the extra photo before submitting the batch. I got the same "rejection notice"... I agree it's a bit odd unless you think of it as us (the contributor) rejecting the photos....
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    SS should delete images with no sales

    I've had a few photos that have sold for the first time after being on SS for more than 6 months so 3 would too short. I'm sure something similar has happened with others I think another site I'm on has a policy that photos that haven't sold after being up for 2 years (or some such time period - much longer than the three you suggest) can be offered for free/deleted from the portfolio - with the photographer's permission of course. I'm trying to find the posting on the other site so I can quote the policy more accurately. Of course the company could have stopped doing that since I joined....
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    Can you sell black and white photo?

    I am no expert but I'm not sure there is any mystery to it. It is something that takes practice. When I first started getting interested in photography (In high school - we had to take some form of art electives) we developed our own black and white film!!! One has to take time getting used to visualizing in shades of gray/black and white.
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    Can you sell black and white photo?

    Welcome Haruka. I agree this photo lacks detail in the buildings. I think I have only one black and white photo up here on SS. If you're not used to doing black and white photography, I'd get used to it before posting. Remember that in a black and white photo, you loose color. I know it's obvious, but easy to forget. A photo that looks good in color because of contrasting colors may look bland because in black and white, they're the same brightness (eg, a red door with green doorposts might show up drab because the red and green show up the same in the black and white photo).
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    Is my picture boring

    1) From your contributor profile it also looks like you've been here about 6 hours. This is not a place to get rich quick. You need We all need to upload many high quality photos that have commercial value to make sales.You're not any different in that respect. You could get lucky and have your first sale today. More than likely it will take some time before you get even that first download. In the meantime take the advice given here. 2) When you do start getting sales, keep track of what is selling and that should help you figure out what direction to take.
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    Is my picture boring

    I agree with dcurzon. Also you're in the Philippines. I'd search shutterstock to see the kinds of photos people have up that are specific for the Philippines and then look for what's local to you that is unique about the Philippines.
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    Hard work, low number of downloads

    You don't have to wait until you have 600 photos to start uploading. When you have a number of photos that you can upload, do so - at least those that you post have a chance of selling while you increase the # of photos you have to post. I am presuming here a bit (I do consider myself relatively new to stock photography), but if someone is say, making a calendar, looking to do some advertising with a fall theme, etc, they'll probably look for fall photographs in the summer or early fall (say early September..). If you have any photographs that fit that bill, if you wait until you have 600 photos to post it, you'll likely miss out for this year. Of course if someone's writing a blog or has as shorter lead time, it's a different story but you can hopefully see my point. Granted if you have ideas for things that are local to you that take place once a year, you'll have to wait. I'm thinking of things like Karneval and Oktoberfest where for most of us it wouldn't make sense financially to photograph one of these festivals unless we were already going to be there at that time..
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    Help me improve by critiqueing my portfolio

    And before I forget, someone (which I guess is me) will likely comment that a port of 69 photos is very small and to get a decent number of downloads, you need hundreds if not thousands of photos. But it's not just quantity, but quality as well: not just in a technical "is it well focused and correctly exposed, etc" way, but is it something someone can use to sell something? does the photo illustrate a concept? Does it have space for someone to put text in (if they're, say, using it for an advertisement)? You could have 1000 well exposed, sharply focused photos and still not get downloads if none of them can be used to sell something or explain something.
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    Help me improve by critiqueing my portfolio

    I'm no expert and am still learning what makes a good stock photo (as opposed to a good fine arts photo, snapshot,etc) so take some of what I say with a grain or two of salt. Some photos, like this one are under exposed: The pictures you have of the sunsets could have some of the shadows highlighted better (or if you could have made a HDR photo of the same scene). One piece of advice I also need to work on (as well as to remind myself about exposure, focus, etc) is not to shoot down on subjects: To me the photo of the duck is ok, but other's might think it a bit too much of a snapshot. A couple of other things to keep in mind: when shooting plants and animals, give the common name (in English) and the scientific name. I am not a buyer on Shutterstock, 'just' a contributor, but also think about the descriptions. "Rocky foreground with Alp mountains in far background at sunset" sounds off to me as native speaker. "Sunset in the Alps with a rocky foreground" to me sounds more natural and gives essentially all the same information. I would hope most people on Shutterstock who are looking of photos of the Alps would know it's a mountain chain.... Then again I do often say most of the Germans I've met speak English better than I do (and given that my German is so rusty I would probably be banned in Germany or Austria if I tried to speak it there). Anyhow that's my 2cents. I'm sure there'll be others who'll give you more advice. If Laurin starts posting again, his suggestions are worth reading!
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    Suggestions for new contributor?

    I am in a similar situation. I don't have daily downloads but at this point have a steady (but smallish) # of daily downloads & I'm in the process of comparing what's sold and what hasn't, and figuring out how to "tell" more of a story with photos. I don't have people in my photos except for a few where they're in the distance and arguably non identifiable enough to make the photos editorial. If I were making more from my stock photos (or I knew with more certainty that at least a few of the photos from a photo shoot were likely to sell and defray all or part of the cost) it might be more of an option. I have a feeling it's a common problem with those like us who are "just starting out" in stock or don't photograph people for a living.
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    Maybe you have an advice for . Im very of need it.

    Quality is important as well. If you have 10,000 photos of poorly exposed photos (or have no commercial value for some other reason), you still won't sell. It is Quality AND Quantity that count. Not just one or the other.
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    Maybe you have an advice for . Im very of need it.

    First of all, learn all you can about lighting, taking macros (if that is your 'thing'), etc. Also as @alexanderrotenberg has mentioned, look at the competition and try to create something unique. Secondly your portfolio (many abbreviate it as "Port") is very small. The people that make the most here on SS (and other sites) have two things 1) good photos and 2) lots of them (hundreds, more likely thousands). Also learn to keyword and put good descriptions on your photos - that's how they get found. Lastly, remember it takes time. You say that you only published your sets a few days ago - but as mentioned above the photos were already published. Some folks - those who have been here a long time AND have many thousands of photos might get some photo downloaded daily. Then there are those folks who are building up their portfolios and go days and weeks without getting a download, but at least get them with some regularity even if it's not daily or every set number of days.
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    Model release

    For those photographs you would not be able to use them as commercial stock. It would be possible, from what I understand, to use them as editorial photographs. This link should help with how to caption editorial photos (and also go into the difference between editorial and commercial): https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/en_US/kbat02/What-is-the-difference-between-Commercial-and-Editorial-content?l=en_US&c=ContributorKB%3AGuidelines_by_content_type&fs=Search&pn=1 If there is anyone with more up to date/better information, post here (I'd like to know if I'm off base with what I've said).
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    Slow sales, hard work

    3 sales in a week when you've only been on that long, and for a port(folio) of 81 is good. If Laurin were still posting, here are some things he'd probably say: 1) Tell a story with each photo. (or "make a photo, not just "take a snapshot"). 2) find something near you that is unique. There are 100's if not thousands of photos of beaches, flowers, people, etc and to some (a large) extent you're competing against numbers as well, and if you have something unique and do it it well, that helps. 3) learn how to title and keyword well. As with the photo I have in this post: put the english and scientific name of the ducks in the title and/or keywords. Same with flowers/other animals/etc. It's not enough just to say "two ducks" or "yellow flower on a dark background". Mind you some of us (me for example) are still working on some of these (and others) to become better stock photographers. - lest I be accused of being the pot that calls the kettle black.