Articles by Vickie Priestley

I understand my rejections

I did an interesting exercise today.I went back and looked at the images in my rejected folder.I keep them, purely because I don't want to mistakenly try to resubmit them.Obviously I thought there was something about them that was worthy in the first place, so there is a chance I would try again with them.You know the feelings/thoughts you have when you first get the email that your image/(s) hasve been rejected?..."no, it can't be right, damn that is so unfair, I must have landed... continue reading

Managing files for submission

How do you manage your files for submission?I have created a folder called DT & then sub folders:PendingAccepted (I love this folder)Rejected (much fuller than I would like)Resubmit.Every time I submit an image I load it into the pending folder.Then after review, I either moves from pending into accepted, rejected or resubmit.I find this works well, so long as I am conscientious about it.It means I know where I am, at any point in time.It also means I am not submitted images... continue reading

Making progress

One of my goals in a previous Blog was to try to move towards something conceptual in my photography.I had some success yesterday!!!I managed to combine 2 images taken over the last week in photoshop and I am very chuffed that the 2 files I submitted were accepted.Not only is this my first attempt at a concept, but it is the first time I have been successful in submitting photoshopped images.It's funny, the harder I tried to think of an original concept, the less inspiration I felt.These... continue reading

The WOW factor

What is it?To me it is an image that just totally jumps out at you. An images that touches me on some level, an image I will never forget, an image I wish I had created, an image I wish I could create.How do you create an image with the WOW factor?LOL, I wish I knew.I thought for my 3rd blog, I would share some images that I have saved in a collection called "Images that WOW me": link to collection.These are the images so far on DT that I just knew I would want to look at again, the... continue reading

My next steps

I am in my 7th week on DT now.I have been on and off a number of photography forums for a couple of years now & never have I learnt as much as I am learning on this site.My progress in terms of success is slow but definite.I now have 121 images approved and 5 sales.A few kind people even added me as a favourite photographer :).I am starting to take images with a view to stock, rather than trawling the thousands on my computer to find any which may be suitable.My ratio was about... continue reading

Comfort zone, not as comfortable as I thought.

My first blog on Dreamstime.I have been here just over a month, 76 images approved, no sales yet, but I am more inspired each day by what is possible in the future.I am pleased to announced I received my first Editors Choice for this image yesterday. I wondered why my views on that image were over 400, when most of my images seem to average around 20-30 views.Now I know.What a pleasant surprise!I guess the image chosen was an appropriate one for me.I am on a jouney here.Most of... continue reading

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