What is a good acceptance ratio for a beginner?
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- Pocatello, United States
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I began doing photography in the early 1980's when I used my first tax returns to get my first camera (a Canon AE-1 with the 50 mm lens that came with it). The following year I was able to add a Canon 70-210 mm zoom and then a 28 mm lens (I only recently sold this first gear). After that I took my first photography course in college. Years later I took several more courses at a college 2/3 of the way across the country from where I grew up and near Yellowstone National Park. Following my move across country in 1988, I began taking short courses at the Yellowstone institute in Yellowstone National Park and that really sparked my interest in becoming a nature photographer. Several people advised against it saying that I could never make a living at it. unfortunately I took their advice and went into a different field, but photography is my passion and I have been doing it as a serious hobby ever since. I am glad that microstock sites like dreamstime have given me the opportunity to sell my images without having to invest in office staff. I will use any income to buy more and better gear. I really need a couple of flashes, a digital microscope, and I need a replacement for my 30D (since not all the images come out to be 3 MB that are required for upload at dreamstime), and a new camera that can make phone calls (instead of the phone that can take pictures). I want to use this experience as a way to push me to take more pictures more often and to improve my photography at a faster rate.
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I should mention that I began uploading images partway through November and my November AR was 50% it went down to 40% for December and for January it is 66.7% so far. I didn't realize you could look at it that way before. I think it gives me more information and I am able to look at the trend. I can also see the trends for acceptance and rejection in the graph.
One of my images was rejected because I overlooked a small logo on the tongue of someone's sneaker. I will try to be more careful. There are a lot of things to remember to check before you push that submit button.
Thank you for your kind advice to improve acceptance ratio.
It would help begginer like me having lowest accepting ratio, 10% or about.
Thanks agan for encourging me.
David, I take your message to mean that you uploaded lots of images immediately rather than uploading a few and learning from the AR and then uploading more with that information in mind. Is that correct? Thank you, I have been wanting to jump the gun and begin uploading multiple images at a time but your message confirms my plan of continuing to just upload one image at a time for a while (even if I upload several per day). I will learn how to upload multiple images at once at a future date.
Thank you everyone for your comments. So far I have uploaded just over 20 images and my acceptance ratio just went from 43% to 45% with the last image accepted. I have been using the changing AR to track the improvements in the types and quality of images I upload, however, I got curious as to where in the spectrum my numbers fell. I think that a statistic that included this information would be interesting (I like statistics) and could help a photographer improve faster if their AR was lower than average for their amount of experience for example.
I was too desperate at that start to get lots of images accepted and my acceptance ratio suffered. Its a pity that it doesn't restart every year say in January so that historic failure doesn't follow you for ever !
Don't worry about your acceptance ratio, learn from the rejection comments and you will improve and so will your acceptance ratio :) The important thing is to continue and not to get disheartened.
In the beginning my acceptance ratio was as low as 20%, now after many knowledge is up to 63%. Only for last year it was around 85%.
At the beginning my rejection rate was horrible. But now after 796 photos online it is 66.6 percent.
Don't get frustrated with rejections - it's the learning curve!
Not sure how can you tell if a ratio is good or bad for a beginner. If Stock is new for you, then you have to learn a lot of things and your % will be low.
I used every rejection as a lesson to help me become a better photographer. I have improved a lot and so has my acceptance ratio.
Keep working at it, best of luck.