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2.0 out of 5 stars Over hyped, doesn't deliver., December 20, 2010
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I read this book once and resold my copy. I rarely sell my books, but I could not envision ever rereading this one. Part of my problem may have been all the glowing reviews here that the book did not live up to. That aside, I can objectively say that I found the book to have little useful content. At least not useful to me.

Contrary to the implications of the product description and of many of the reviews, this is not a book about selling photos. It is a book about the techniques and workflow needed to get your photos accepted by a stock site. The author shows that the secret to getting your photos accepted as microstock is knowing that the decision is made by quality control inspectors who reject photos for obvious technical errors or for overprocessing. As far as I could tell from the book, and the author never discusses it, the inspectors have zero interest in content, composition, sales potential, or anything else other than technical quality. The author spends a great deal of time detailing the workflow in Lightroom. Not having Lightroom, I quickly read through that material and saw nothing that would not be contained in any good book on workflow or in any good manual for your particular software.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2010 9:58:26 AM PST
I'm sorry that you did not find the book helpful, but I appreciate your willingness to give it a try and to share your thoughts. Perhaps Ellen's book would be a better match for you? Microstock Money Shots: Turning Downloads into Dollars with Microstock Photography

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 3:28:54 PM PST
CMOS says:
Sort of an ironic comment / review considering the #1 factor in getting your images to sell consistently, is probably... "technical quality" as the editors perceive it, followed closely by originality. They know what makes their site successful, what kinds of images are downloaded most (and least) and why. So how that information isn't useful to you is a little bit of a head-scratcher.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 8:34:18 AM PST
Thank you for mentioning the Lightroom aspect. I don't have lightroom and will pass on this book. Thanks for the review!
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