Articles by Martingraf

Celebrating my number 2500 online file

It's been a while since I was official :) ---- but reckon that number is something to be a bit proud of and look back. With more and more competition I have lately started putting up my numbers regarding uploads to keep up a bit. I have adapted a bit to stock photography but tried not to lose my identity - so many of my pictures are still "me" - which I find important. At the same time I want to encourage the newbies here on DT - it all takes some time till pictures sell. My number one has in the... continue reading

5 years DT

Time runs - and I reckon 5 years doing something continuously without giving up is something to be a bit proud of. There are contributors who do far more uploads but I do this for fun - to learn - and I reckon I have learned heaps here. So a big thank you to all my DT friends, to the DT staff and of course to all the people who are going to buy or have already bought my work!  continue reading

1500 Sales - Thank you dear buyers!

  I am very happy that this one made it to my sale number 1500. I love Australia and sheep, sheds and farmland are typical for this beautiful country with it's great people. I want to thank my buyers - I'm grateful how many times you guys have downloaded my work and hope that I can improve it to make it even more attractive on this marketplace. Thanks heaps DT for giving me a platform. continue reading

3 Years with Dreamstime

It's my birthday at Dreamstime - its been now 3 years with them! I remember my first uploads very well - they all got rejected :) --- well, gladly this didn't stop me.2 of my 'bestsellers' are editorialand my penguin pic, which really shows what I like taking photos of, is 2nd but also my best earner.I'm really looking forward for the next few years and I also realize that I've been in many forums but this one with DT is my favorite. People treat each other with respect - fantastic atmosphere... continue reading

What was your first sale in 2014?

First of all - Happy New Year everyone. Wish you all a blessed 2014. Last few days I was asking myself - what will my first sale of the year be? One of my nature photos, people, city? Well it was my Luna Park one - and as Luna Park looks best at night I think I did a good job on this one. A bit a funny and different view on itbut I had to do something different to stick out of the crowd. Many thanks dear buyer - sale was $6.66 - not that this is my lucky number!! but it will be used for something... continue reading

500 images online - time to celebrate!

Two years ago, if someone would have told me that I will have half a thousand images online at Dreamstime - I would have said "No way".Now the 500th picture has been accepted. Funny though that they're brick walls, because I never thought I would take pictures of them -because there are already thousands on DT. But mine are different - nicer - at least that's what I think ;)I really haven't got much time for my photography but I take the time whenever I can -... continue reading

Compact camera or pancake lens?

Lately I realized that I wasn't using my Canon 5D II as much as I should. I also realized that about 70 percent of my uploads were done with my compact camera Canon G1X. Well the reason was quite obvious - I had my Canon G1X most of the time with me when I went travelling, day trips or business trips.This made me think: Shall I sell my 5D?Well, to make it short - I didn't. I sold the G1X - it nearly broke my heart but I had to be tough on myself to get rid of the temptation - and bought myself... continue reading

Sales Number 200

A small milestone for me - this number 200 - and I'm glad it's actually this picture. It's one of the rather rare moments I took a picture of people - I only have 4 "models" and they don't always have the mood to walk up and down a hill for me ;). Sales have been rather low lately - probably the season I reckon - so this is a bit of a motivation for everybody to keep on going. Milestones can also be achieved in "not so good times". Appreciate the community on DT - is really some sort of photo-family.... continue reading

Upload number 200 - what a journey!

It took me a bit over a year to gain my 200 uploads - today I did it.I'm usually a bit shy taking photos of people I don't know- so this one isn't really typical for me. But what I like about this pic is that it really tells a bit a story about the diversity of the people who live here in Sydney.I hope to have more time for photography - my week is full of other stuff and I only have a couple of hours a week which I can invest in photography. I want to encourage everyone who is in the same... continue reading

My first level 2 - one real milestone for me!

Motivation for what we are doing is of course each single sale and today one of my pictures made it to level 2 - which is for me a milestone. Good was also that it was downloaded in maximum size, so it also achieved the highest sale I have done so far. It has been a nice experience here on Dreamstime since I have joined beginning of the year and I really want to push everyone to go on putting in pictures. I will go on searching for that little bit different view of things - so that I might stand out... continue reading

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