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Achilles
Admin
We're currently curating the free section available on Dreamstime. The collection grew significantly lately and is now providing a much larger set of results. As time goes by there are higher risks of jeopardizing sales within the commercial section. We have therefore drastically reduced the amount of images available on Dreamstime and will be curating it, ensuring the displayed content is of high quality.

We still believe that this content helps our community by allowing new designers to start using stock photography. As time goes by, the students that need a free image today will become customers tomorrow.

A new website was designed for this and officially launched today, exactly 8 years after Dreamstime's launch in 2004. Meet StockFreeImages.com.

The site is a simple portal, designed in a very similar way to Dreamstime's free section. Dreamstime's similar commercial images are being displayed and attribution/credit line is now compulsory. The license is the same, RF-LL with max. 10,000 copies, customers being directed to Dreamstime to purchase the RF for more copies.

Free images that are disabled from Dreamstime's free section will be instantly removed from StockFreeImages too. Basically, it's the same thing, on a new platform that is able to attract new customers without affecting existing sales.
This is very important and something that needs to be emphasized. The capability to attract new customers without affecting existing sales is much higher now.

This is a new project and although secondary to Dreamstime, you should expect development in the following days/weeks. Your feedback is welcome and will be taken into account, as part of our continuous efforts to improve. And a big thank you for all donations you've given so far!
Edited: 03/14/2012, 12:15:27 PM by Admin
Androniques
Wow, Happy Birthday then to both! :)
That's to add to thanks for your care!
photos), Canon PS-A610 (rarely, very good at macro with ada...
Posted: 03/14/2012, 13:34:41 PM
Wisconsinart
It's obvious that removing the low end images will entice people to become customers. But I hope the really good images will be reduced as well. Some of the free images I've seen have the potential of taking sales away from the community.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 03/14/2012, 14:19:44 PM
Lehmanphotos
I agree with the Badger State Artist. There is sometimes an overlap between free and paid images.

I suppose that's a reason for me to look at my own photos and do some comparisons. If there's something on the free section that's similar and I'm not seeing sales, maybe that's a good indication of what should be disabled.
Canon 50D and assorted lenses.
Posted: 03/14/2012, 15:25:58 PM
Androniques
Lehmanphotos,
ehhh. now I know why my images are so slow selling... although I removed most of my free pics resembling the ones on sale.
photos), Canon PS-A610 (rarely, very good at macro with ada...
Posted: 03/14/2012, 17:23:59 PM
Eireanna
Hi there,
A few days ago I finally found a bit of time and decided to spend it donating a few images to Dreamstime.
Dreamstime, by the way, is and has always been my most favourite agency, and the only site where I'm willing to offer free images.
I started picking and donating some of my older, non-selling images, but after I reached no. 10, I was stopped by an automatic message :'You have already donated 10 images today'.
I thought that was a clever idea. Stopping us from going too far, too soon :)
I don't know what happened to my images, can't seem to be able to find them anywhere, but I think launching 'StockFreeImages' is a very good idea.
Great domain name too, by the way :)
The site is well designed, looks fresh and clean, and is easy to navigate.
Good job the team!

I have one suggestion.
Does anybody remember the way St**Exp used to work? Linked to their free site?
Can we have something similar?
A search performed on our new StockFree should automatically be mirrored on Dreamstime and results be offered from both collection.
Let's say, 30 free images per page, and at bottom, a row of another 10 images or so, coming from the main collection and linking straight to our ports on Dreamstime?
'Not completely satisfied with the selection of free images? Why not try our paid collection instead?'

'StockFreeImages' is a very good site, with a great domain name and tremendous potential of attracting a large number of designers/customers.
Why not take advantage of the traffic that it will most certainly generate and use it to advertise our beautiful, paid collection?

I understand that there is a lot of work involved, but this is a golden opportunity with great rewards.
The decision is yours but either way, congratulations on your new site and best of luck!

Canon, Illustrator and Photoshop
Edited: 03/14/2012, 19:27:28 PM
odoi
Is there a referral link we can use that goes directly to www.stockfreeimages.com ?
The new site looks great!
Canon
Posted: 03/14/2012, 20:14:30 PM
Lostarts
I like the new site and the overall idea.

I suggest that DT include the Dreamstime logo linking back to Dreamstime.com on the new home page in a prominent way. I'd like to see some language to the effect that StockFreeImages.com is a 'subsidiary' or whatever of Dreamstime.

I also suggest that usage for free images be limited and that potentially profitable uses be referred back to DT for license.
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 03/14/2012, 20:42:15 PM
Tangie
Admin
Thank you for all the suggestions made so far, they're really good and useful and we will keep them in mind. Your feedback is important so we encourage you to keep posting suggestions regarding the free image section and the newly launched Stockfreeimages site.
Posted: 03/15/2012, 04:08:47 AM
Tonygers
There's no such thing as a free lunch!

Dreamstime should not be the exception. We sell our hard work for a low enough price without having to compete with this. I don't have to like it and I don't.

Just sayin'

:-)

Tony

DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3....
Posted: 03/15/2012, 04:33:56 AM
Jimakosbook
I like the idea and the new site.

I think that the free images is something like an advertisement for the stock photos.

My suggestion is to keep the database of the free section small.

I have donated one picture that had no sale and in the free section in couple months had 100 downloads and imo that was unfair for similar images in stock database.

Another suggestion is to delete the pictures after certain amound of downloads.

Congrats Dreamstime!
Posted: 03/15/2012, 05:11:58 AM
Evabattrick
I feel a little uneasy about this new site of free images. I have 11 on there now and they all have been downloaded - one in particular has had 46 downloads in a comparatively short period of time.
http://www.stockfreeimages.com/1193623/Dining-table.html

With this "free" site becoming more well known, surely its the case that more downloads will come from there and not the paid for one?

I would feel slightly better about it if at least there was a link to my Dreamstime profile underneath every free image that appears.
Nikon D300 Nikon D7100
Posted: 04/07/2012, 02:09:10 AM
Angelaravaioli
Hi all! I still understand little benefits from this new site for anyone who sells, of course, as far as I'm concerned do not sell much and often are very few cents subscriptions. Every now and then there is some gift for us sellers? :-)
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Edited: 04/07/2012, 02:37:47 AM
Spandau2s

Originally posted by Tonygers:
Quoted Message: There`s no such thing as a free lunch!Dreamstime should not be the exception. We sell our hard work for a low enough price without having to compete with this. I don`t have to like it and I don`t.Just sayin`:-)Tony


I have bought about 40 images from Dreamstime so far. Never purchased from other sites before.

The reason I started to use Dreamstime is because of the free images and as my needs began to grow, I started to purchase some of the photos that suit my needs better :)
Posted: 04/07/2012, 05:06:54 AM
Tonygers

Originally posted by Spandau2s:
Quoted Message: I have bought about 40 images from Dreamstime so far. Never purchased from other sites before. The reason I started to use Dreamstime is because of the free images and as my needs began to grow, I started to purchase some of the photos that suit my needs better :)


I used to contribute to the free sections not just here but on other sites too and found it gave me no advantage whatsoever but what doesn't work for me may work for others and vice versa.

As I said before, I don't have to like it and I dont!
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Posted: 04/07/2012, 10:15:44 AM
Spandau2s

Originally posted by Tonygers:
Quoted Message: I used to contribute to the free sections not just here but on other sites too and found it gave me no advantage whatsoever but what doesn`t work for me may work for others and vice versa. As I said before, I don`t have to like it and I dont!


No problems, I'm just giving a buyer's point of view.
Posted: 04/07/2012, 19:45:57 PM
Calyx22
I have not looked at the site yet, but does curated mean that the DT staff decide which of our free images stay at DT and which go to the other site? I have no problem with this, I'm just curious. :)
Nikon D80, Nikon D300s
Posted: 04/09/2012, 02:59:47 AM
Evabattrick

Originally posted by Achilles:
Quoted Message: We`re currently curating the free section available on Dreamstime. The collection grew significantly lately and is now providing a much larger set of results. As time goes by there are higher risks of jeopardizing sales within the commercial section. We have therefore drastically reduced the amount of images available on Dreamstime and will be curating it, ensuring the displayed content is of high quality. We still believe that this content helps our community by allowing new designers to start using stock photography. As time goes by, the students that need a free image today will become customers tomorrow.


The cost of downloading a stock image from Dreamstime can be minimal so I am a little sceptical about the argument that students can't afford the few cents it would cost to buy from Dreamstime. Am I to believe that the 46 downloads my free image has had have all been from students who have no money?
Nikon D300 Nikon D7100
Posted: 04/09/2012, 03:50:00 AM
Angelaravaioli
The price of the photo is already so low that has very little sense to reduce it again or even to zero. Suppose one has 2 photos almost similar that sells and the other does not and therefore the second ends between the free photos you risk losing sales even before.
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Posted: 04/09/2012, 12:56:24 PM
Alvera
How many free photos from Yuri Arcurs are in the free section? :)
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Posted: 04/09/2012, 13:14:35 PM
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