100 images online, what a journey :) - Dreamstime

Today I signed in to my profile and here it was looking at me ... "magical 100" in the uploads. That has made my day to finally cross to three digit number. Also image which pushed me over the top has symbolic 2013 (New Year illustration), so I take it as a good sign for me to carry on in the stock photography.

What a journey, since becoming member last year. I know, still a newbie, a bit slow .... hey but learning :)

I've heard about stock a few years ago, since then I've been sometimes remembering about it, but never got myself to check it out. Then finally I read good article on stock photography in one photo magazine I borrowed from friend of mine. And I thought to myself.... how long are you going to put it away? Give it a try!

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So I opened account here, read articles, blogs, watched successful photos, ... well doing some education. Test uploaded 3 photos, got 2 accepted. And for sure, I was hooked! Then came many rejections, lots of frustration and really time to learn. First I realized, technical quality will be my nightmare. Changing a few cameras through past years, but never having dslr ... now I see, it was a mistake. Nowadays, in the age of 20, 30 mega sensors your old photos are no good and what could be accepted in 2006 is not gonna take me anywhere.

That made my fast forward through the photos till first reasonable camera. Second step, ... What is good as stock photo? What would buyers want? Fast forward again .... now, small selection of old images done, technically good, keywords done, acceptance ratio slowly improving :)

Ok, so got a sample of what is stock photography, how much effort it takes ... but also how rewarding it is in sense of learning (thanks to Dreamstime and DT Community), how motivating is being rewarded for trying to improve (sales).

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Although it's a beginning, I'm happy to stay with stock photography now. First 100 images (checked), new camera (checked), new lenses (checked), new objectives (checked) ...

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Now, I'm ready for my 100 sales, 1000 images and especially good times taking photos.

Thanks for taking time to read :)


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April 09, 2012


Thanks guys! This month is going well with uploads and acceptance :) It must have been my "Dorian King Crown" that brought me all the "fools" good luck ;0 ... pity it's gone today :( But perhaps buyers will be image hungry after the Easter break :)

April 09, 2012


That's a great inspriational story for everyone. Never give up, and just keep going. Congratulations on your achievement. I wish you all the best in achieving your next milestone. Keep learning, keep uploading, and keep positive. Happy shooting! :)

March 31, 2012


Congrats! well done!

March 30, 2012


Congratulations. Hope the sales keep coming, and just get better the more you upload.

March 29, 2012


Very creative concepts ! Congratulations!

March 28, 2012


Congratulations. Keep up the great work :)

March 28, 2012


Very well done, I too am working towards that magical 100

March 28, 2012


Well done, congratulations!

March 27, 2012


Congratulations-great portfolio :)

March 27, 2012


Wishing you the 100 sales soon, IT will take no time with your wonderful portfolio!

March 27, 2012


Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like my photos. And "Fiifre" fingers crossed for the 100 sales. They should come in no time :)

March 27, 2012


Congratulations for your achievement, your images are amazing.

March 27, 2012


Congratulations! Good luck with your beautiful pictures!

March 27, 2012


Congratulation and wish to reach 1000 soon

March 27, 2012



March 27, 2012


Congratulations. Very nice portfolio

March 27, 2012


Keep uploading and have fun! Closing in on 100 sales, so we have the same target. Good luck.

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