I’ve lately begin to re-shoot some of my older themes. There are two main reasons that I am doing this. The first reason is since I am now shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II, the images are 21 megapixel as opposed to the 12 my previous camera created. This equates to stock images being available in sizes up to XXXL versus XL. The cost difference between the two on iStockphoto is 28 credits (XXXL) versus 12 (XL) for the largest available size. While a low percentage of buyers purchase the largest image, when they do my royalty increases by over double.
The second reason is one we can all probably relate to. When I revisit a theme, I come at it from a different perspective. I will usually shoot the theme differently – lighting, posing, props, etc. Today’s featured image is an example of this. I did a re-shoot on Monday of one of my most popular images. Here is the previous image featuring Alyssa as a receptionist.
This popular image has sold over 1,000 times in the year that it has been available. While I like the warm tones, I have since painted the inside of the studio walls so the new image with Kylee features a white walled background. It’s also noticeable that I shot a tighter crop from a different angle.
Time will tell if revisiting this theme will pay off. In the coming months I will be continuing to re-shoot my most popular themes.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100