A Bit of Hard Work Does Pay Off

Well I have been a member here for just over a year and for most part not very successful. My first month saw me get 15 uploads and 45 rejections. It hurt and I pretty much felt fed up and left it feeling like I did not have what it takes to provide stock photographs.

I spent then the best part of a year buying a little bit of new equipment, spending time on the forum watching and taking in what was going on and selling etc. April 2010 I decided to try my hand at it again. In the year my very small portfolio sold around 20 pictures making around $25. Since April I have had around 130 pictures accepted, gone exclusive and tried to participate where I can on the furum. I feel this extra bit of effort has been rewarded as today I hit over $100 mark with around 35 sales in the last 8 weeks. I know this is still very small compared to a lot of the great contributors on here but I feel a sense a pride in this personal achievement and it certainly motivates me to continue with this venture.

I feel like this is a great place to learn and grow as a photographer and I would like to thank the people I have had dealings with in my time here. Also a big thank you to all the DT staff as I have had nothing but great things from them also :-)

Exclusivity ticked all the boxes for me and I feel like it was the correct choice for myself. I have less free time now to shoot and upload as I foster 2 children and most of my time is given to them so putting all my efforts in to DT really is the best option for me.

Again a big thank you and here's to the next $100. :-)

This was the shot I sold today to hit my first payout:

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November 01, 2010

Portiadecastro

First of all sorry my english is not good..
Congratulations..,-)
I just began here 2 days ago and I had 20 rejections and only 1 approval.
I was so scared that I delete the rest of the photos that I have for aproval.

I think I must take some time to see all the wonderful work here to continue to upload .

Your words makes me feel better..,-)

Thank you and you have a wonderful photos..

Portia

June 06, 2010

BCritchley

Thanks for your supportive words :-)

Brett

June 05, 2010

Joe1971

Congratulations!

June 04, 2010

Adeliepenguin

I'm glad you kept going--you've got great spirit. Congratulations.

June 04, 2010

Wordplanet

Lovely shot--glad it's working out for you.

June 04, 2010

BCritchley

Thanks for all of your kind words and support :-)

June 04, 2010

Scottysally2

Congratulations, I agree it is a great place to learn. I'm only an amateur and enjoy reading all the hints and tips. Hope you have many more sales. :)

June 04, 2010

Frantab01

Congratulations :)

June 03, 2010

Justmeyo

Congratulations!

June 03, 2010

Mariaam

Congratulations! :)

June 03, 2010

Mstycoon

How nice you are to share both your failures and success. I wish you many, many sales as fast as they can come. I'm within a few dollars of my first $100 so I can appreciate your excitement.

June 03, 2010

Komar

An inspiring blog Brett and great images. I really like this image.

https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-stormy-sunset-rise-image9446031

June 03, 2010

Mani33

Congratulations!

June 03, 2010

Egomezta

Congratulations... I feel the same as you do. Effort pays....

June 03, 2010

Franky242

Congratulation, Brett! You mention a lot of aspects that I experience as well. You really did use the time well, your images are great and I am sure you´ll hit for the next payout soon - good luck!

June 03, 2010

Franky242

Congratulation, Brett! You mention a lot of aspects that I experience as well. You really did use the time well, your images are great and I am sure you´ll hit for the next payout soon - good luck!

June 03, 2010

Jdanne

Congratulation!

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Photo credits: Brett Critchley.