It's been more than a year since I've joined Dreamstime. 100 sales might not be much, but it is a milestone. Along this time, I've learned a lot about microstock photography, one of the most important things beeing that I have to provide pictures that Dreamstime clients are looking for, which are not necessary pictures that I personally like.
I started with Dreamstime in order to test my photos quality - if they are accepted it means the quality is good - and to find out more about photography. Being connected day by day with Dreamstime, I started to read more and more photo related articles, thing that was not happening before because I thought I was too busy and didn't have enough time for this.
So, what I have learned and what I want to do next:
- I have to choose more attentively the pictures I upload. First reason, I want them to be sold, not only to have them there, in my portfolio. Second, a better choice will increase my acceptance ratio.
- I have to create pictures that represents ideas, metaphors.
- I will constantly look on others photographers portfolios to see what they are selling. I will not make the same kind of pictures, but I will try to find new angles, new approaches on the same subjects.
- For every picture that I take I have to think about my camera and lenses capabilities. It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time for a good picture. If there is no quality in it - it will be rejected.
For who might be interested, with 100 sales I've earned 76,29 dollars. I am not an exclusive photographer for Dreamstime, but I will become one in short time, as Dreamstime is rewarding royalties retroactively. So, instead of 76 dollars, now I could have almost 200! Money are not the only reason for which I want to become exclusive. Another reason is that I do not have enough time to upload pictures on more websites. And, after more than one and a half year and 100 sales, I've learned that Dreamstime has the most friendly upload page, best forums and the most interesting articles about photography.
Photo credits: Petrina Calabalic.