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Vector .cdr, .ai or .eps images are editable depending on the program that you are opening them in on your end. If the .eps is not you can get a refund or contact support for more information about that specific image, include the image ID. DT does not s ... [Read more...]
Vector .cdr, .ai or .eps images are editable depending on the program that you are opening them in on your end. If the .eps is not you can get a refund or contact support for more information about that specific image, include the image ID. DT does not sell any layered images (.psd and others) but vectors should be editable.
When a buyer searches for an image all 30 million do not show up. I've purchased images and it is still surprising that there are gaps for what I am searching for. I sometimes get results of only 50 images or less and if you weed out the images with ... [Read more...]
When a buyer searches for an image all 30 million do not show up. I've purchased images and it is still surprising that there are gaps for what I am searching for. I sometimes get results of only 50 images or less and if you weed out the images with incorrect keywords the choices are not that great. The hard part is identifying those gaps and providing better images. I was looking for an image to go along with a blog about International Woman’s Day and found 313 photos, only 153 with people and many did not apply (some of the 313 were illustrations although I filtered those out in the advanced search). There are no images identified specifically as leafcutter moths, only 46 photos of ruffled tulips (even less because some are not ruffled due to poor keywording), 259 photos of red toy wagons (along with trucks, trains and cars that did not apply), and on and on. Is there a huge demand for those subjects? Probably more demand than smiling customer service woman, tropical sunset, hamburger, pet dog, hand holding cell phone or Rome, Italy. But new contributors keep uploading those subjects and wondering why they have no sales.For those searches with thousands of results the images on the first 5 or 10 pages are there for a reason - great titles, descriptions and keywords, previous sales and other secret deliminators that bring them to the top.Thirty million is not a lot if you can’t find what you are looking for.
Hope to make a living from this site? Hoping won’t get it done and there is no magic ticket to wealth in stock imagery. How do you make a living at anything? You have to have the talent, the drive, the resources to try and fail. You have to work your w ... [Read more...]
Hope to make a living from this site? Hoping won’t get it done and there is no magic ticket to wealth in stock imagery. How do you make a living at anything? You have to have the talent, the drive, the resources to try and fail. You have to work your way up. It’s harder to get an income from this industry today than it was 10 or even 5 years ago. If you have to ask how to get started you haven’t done your research. There are those who have made a living shooting stock but are losing ground because of the millions of choices of photos and/or illustrations in many different price points that buyers have today. These choices are supplied by other photographers and illustrators around the world on many different sites, not just here.Have you read everything there is out there about stock imagery? Is your equipment up to the task? Are you willing to shoot photos or create illustrations full time? Can you change what you love to shoot to what sells? Are you wiling to get into video? Do you have access to any niches that other contributors are not supplying images for? Can you identify original concepts that will give you the first shot at buyers and if those concepts don’t sell are you willing to switch gears? Are you willing to spend the money on studio shots or locations that yield images that may only sell for pennies at a time? Can you produce in volume - not volume of images but volume of “quality” images (which is a noun that is hard to define)? Can you afford to hire models - not the polished ones but real people? Are you comfortable shooting people on the street and then asking them to sign a model release? Are you willing to become uncomfortable, get out of your comfort zone, in order to produce the shots that will sell?Simple objects sell but not like they used to. Landscapes don’t sell that often if you want to “make a living” and neither do casual travel photos or flowers or animals. Stock imagery is not fine art. If that is your passion you need to sell at art fairs or galleries. It’s easier to supplement your income with stock imagery than to make a living unless you are willing to do this full time and spread your images over many sites. Do your homework, there is no one easy answer to your query.Many stock images have become worn out. Buyers are looking for something new and modern. But, people keep uploading sunsets and babies and pets and their dinners. Those don't sell. They are looking for images that don’t look like they were shot in a studio. That makes it sound like there is more opportunity for the average guy to succeed but casual photos are often planned. Do your photos tell a story? If so, where do you think a buyer might use them. If you can’t imagine a use for one of your images a buyer won’t either. Constantly check out your competition. If you have what you think is a great idea, check other stock sties to see what is out there. Don’t’ copy but innovate. Serious buyers want images with an emotional impact. These days you have to know how and where to market your images. You may have to enter the world of social media in order to create a buzz about your images. If you choose that route you have to keep your feeds up to date. It’s not as easy as uploading to one site and hoping that buyers find your images. You need to make a name for yourself, set up your own website, develop your own style, promote yourself and most important of all, have a day job that you can depend on for a regular income because in the world of selling stock images there will be days when no money is coming in no matter how many images you have online.Yes, this is all advice that is obtuse, general and bottom line applies to any endeavor you are passionate about. Quit asking for simple answers, you have to devote your time and energy to doing, not asking. All the technical answers are out there if you are willing to do the research. Much has been written about succeeding in the field of stock imagery and it is available to read but nothing beats trying and failing and trying again until you get it right. You may never make a living at this no matter how many articles you read titled “How to Make a Living in Stock Photography” and there are a lot of them.
I am a photographer and an illustrator (and DT Keymaster)
Joined:July 29, 2005
I am a photographer working exclusively with Dreamstime.com.