10 cool tips if you're new on Dreamstime
Since I'm new here I decided to write a little article about what to take into account when you create your account on Dreamstime. This is my first ever so I learned a lot in the process.
1. After you've created an account, which is the easy part, and can start uploading photos, you still have to fill out some information about yourself in order to be ok. When you're online, you're gonna see a message written in a red colour in the top right hand corner. Click on that and you have to fill in info about your payments and adress and stuff. This is personal and I can't really get into a lot of details because it really depends on each person - whether you're an individual or business, from the U.S. or not. Don't worry. Dreamstime has a wonderful, well organized document about it to help guide you along the way.
2. FTP upload works faster than simple Upload images and you can upload a lot more photos at once.
3. Make sure you upload photos of great quality since this is a factor that can make or break your photos. If the photo is not very well focused or is shaken, it will be refused. The cool thing about this is that the website provides feedback for every photo they decline, so you learn a lot in the process. But do try to select only good images because in the end it will affect your acceptance ratio, which is important.
4. When uploading a series of photos of the same subject, try to select just a few and not too many. The photo will get repetitive and some may be refused on this account.
5. Keywords, keywords, keywords. Use them, be generous but relevant and try al least 20-25 per image. It really helps.
6. Search for popular images on Dreamstime. It can help you figure out what sells best and what people are looking for. Don't copy. Just be inspired.
7. You will be able to get paid only when you reach the sum of 100 $. That's when you can make a payment request.
8. You can become an exclusive photographer with Dreamstime only after you've made your first payment request. I know. I was a bit sad to find that out.
9. Find a niche. I hear it's much easier to just focus on a particular area to make you identifiable for that certain thing and much easier to take photos of just one thing - food for example. I'm a foodie.
10. Write blog articles. It helps know people, interact, have fun and maybe help someone at the same time.
Hope you enjoyed this and good luck everyone!
Photo credits: Cristina Mehedinteanu.
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