Originally Posted by jovo
You bring up alot of good things here that are worthy of dicussion. First off, the question of what sells and what does not. That really depends on who your trying to market your images too. Clearly the guy that is mostly sellings his images with people in them is selling them for commercial use and not fine art. Personally, I tend to sell more of the "pretty pictures" and nudes over the abstracts, however I've had several fantastic abstracts that have been fantastic sellers. I'm selling my work as strickly fine art.
When you mentioned an alt process site that just had mediocre images, I feel that is because the photographer gets to caught up in the technical process over creating the actual image. I admire alot of the processes that some photographers use, but a processes is just a technique that one learns, where creating the image actually take an artist vision. I see tons of photographers on APUG that do very interesting processes, but their images are boring and lack any sense of creative vision. Your artist vision must come first, the technique afterwards to emphasis that vision.