Articles by Martine De Graaf

All about Assignments

Participating in the (more or less) monthly assignments on DT is great fun, and challenges you to go beyond your regular photography. It is rewarding in several ways:- your accepted images are escalated to level 5 at once, wich will not only increase the price, but also results in a better search placement. It will receive 100 artificial downloads at once, although unfortunatly, you do not receive any money for those 100 downloads ;)- participating will result in extra exposure for your picture... continue reading

Almost 500!!

Today I am at 496 sales, number 500 is really getting close!A little over a year ago, I sold my first pic wich was this oneIt could not have happened with my unexpected best seller, my dear lady-cows :)not without those cuties which turned out to be very photogenic and very populairand off course not without my two precious angels ( least some of the time they are.... ;)I'm wondering wich one will be number 500!Will you count down with me??Only 4 more to go! continue reading

Summer is coming :)

Yeah!!About 7 months ago, I decided to give this microstockthing a try. Right after my first sale, I was hooked! Or maybe addicted is a better word for it ;o)I started to upload and upload, getting lots of rejections but learning along the way. Now, my uploads have slowed down a bit. My archives are exhausted and I have become way more picky myself. My AR shows that too: from about 40% in the start to 80-90% in the last few months.I am very happy to say I have just reached 200 sales,... continue reading

Happily flabergasted

After I found out about stock-photography about half a year ago, I decided to give it a try. It gave me a more or less purposeful activity to kill my days filled with boredom due to health-problems. I went through all my old photo's, got loads and loads rejected, but slowly I managed to build up a start of a portfolio.Scanning (almost;o) the entire DT database, I felt I would never be able to sell anything, with all these beautifull and professional pics for the buyers to choose from surrounding... continue reading

too many keywords?

Sometimes, with very satisfing results from shooting and postprocessing, my expectations are high when uploading a photo. The pending time seems to pass twice as slow and then some days before it really is showing on portfolio and in the searches. But finally, this very very cute pic, wich I personally like very much (but taste may differ ;o), was approved and online, ready to receive all these downloads I already was dreaming about.For this particulair pic, I spent some extra time finding lots... continue reading

Who?? Sinterklaas??

As the American culture is moving into dutch society more and more, we dutch people are warmly welcoming the grizzly pumpkins in October andthe presents under the Christmas tree. It is nice to have holidays added to the ones we used to celebrate from old.Every night, he wanders the streets with his white horse and some of his servants, zwarte Piet (black Peter). They go into the houses where sweet children live, and fill their ready-set shoe with presents. Zwarte Piet leaves behind some... continue reading

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