Articles by Tim Martin


I'm not sure if the buyer will ever read this, but I'd like to say a special thank you you for purchasing one of my images with the SR-EL license.The picture was taken during a cycling trip from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. I remember exactly when it was taken, mostly because of the sheer amount of blood lost to mosquitos! It was around 4 in the morning when the electricity went out at the beach cabin I was staying in for the night, and all of the mosquito killing and warding off measures were rendered... continue reading

1000 Sales

Today I hit my 1000th sale!Its funny how these things work out though. The image that made lucky number 1000 is of Singapore, where I currently am. Although Singapore is not my favorite place in the world (compared to where I live, Hong Kong, Singapore is vastly boring!) I keep returning, either because of work or in transit to another place.When this picture was taken I was on my way from Pakistan to Hong Kong and had a one night layover between flights, so, grabbed the camera and headed... continue reading

Photographing your Town or City

Home is often a house, an apartment or a city. It is a place where you feel at ease and comfortable and yet its also one of the places where photography is tough. You see the same sights every day, go to and from the same places on the way to and from work and everything seems to blur into a mundane routine where you don't feel an urge to take out the camera and start making images.On the opposite end of the spectrum though, images of your home, whatever it may be, are usually the ones with the... continue reading

Election Package

In preparation of Barack Obama's inauguration in 12 days I have prepared a package of election and Obama related images...Campaign visit:Voting:Election Day Democrats:Election Day Republicans: continue reading

100 sales!

After a couple of slow weeks from the Christmas season I had some surprising sales today! Numbers 100 and 101!Thanks to DT and the buyers!!Here is the one that made #100 continue reading

First $100

Joined DT on August 4 and had my first images online August 11.Just reached the milestone of my first $100 this morning!Thanks to all of the buyers who downloaded my files and to DT for a great first three months!:) continue reading

Search Keywords

After looking through the keywords used to download my images I noticed something a little strange...To date I have 57 downloads. Only 25 of them were found directly from search keywords. In other words, only 44% of my downloads have been found directly via keyword searches.Some of my images have been downloaded strictly via keywords but most of them have been strictly without keywords, with few exceptions.What are your stats regarding this? Do you find that you get more downloads from... continue reading

50 Sales!

Hit the 50 sale mark this afternoon! It took over a month and a half to reach the 25 mark, and only 23 days to reach the 50 mark!I didn't believe that sales would jump to new highs every month even though I've been slowly uploading more work. Now I believe it!Thanks to the buyer who purchased this one! continue reading

5 Downloads Today!

Being a newbie at Dreamstime I'm accustomed to getting only one or two downloads in a day if anything is downloaded at all. But today I got five!Out of the five downloads, four of them were for the first time!I would like to say thank you to the buyers for downloading my images and making my day a very happy one! continue reading

25 Sales!

One day shy of being with DT for two months I made my 25th sale and my first level 2 sale!The same sale also put me over the $25 mark!September was a great month considering how new I am to the microstock business and with a small portfolio. Hopefully October will bring even more sales! continue reading

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