Exclusive or Not?

I'm at 40 images online and I am just wondering Should I go exclusive at Dreamstime once I cross the 50 images mark???

The only thing that is pulling me back is that even after 3 months I am yet to get a sale here, so whether going exclusive is the right decision? If I do, is it something that can be canceled at a later stage of time? You can see the kind of subjects that I can shoot from the images in this post.

I am also new to the field of stock photography. So I haven't tried any major agency sites so far.

Being more experienced in this field, what do you advise? Go exclusive, or try all major sites to find where I can turn lucky, or something even better uhm..?

Photo credits: Midhun Menon.

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May 17, 2011


I'm exclusive here, and have a lot to say about whether it is really advantageous to sell in lots of places - it really depends on what you have to offer! In my opinion, though, it is very foolish to go exclusive somewhere that isn't getting you sales. Exclusivity may get you a boost in search placement, but if your images don't interest buyers on this site for whatever reason, that won't get you too far. My advice is to test the waters. You can make individual images exclusive without committing yourself completely. This gets you the search boost, some boost in revenue (but not 60%!) and lets you get an idea of how you'll do...

A really big advantage of being exclusive, to me, is the fact that you can focus on what sells at that one site. If you are going to adapt to Dreamstime and what sells here, then going exclusive could be very rewarding. Going exclusive was the best thing for me, as prior to that I was really just dabbling and it gave me the focus to get submitting! Good luck!

May 16, 2011


Depends by your needs, being in more sites is an advantage near my oppinion.

May 15, 2011



I have been exclusive here for 2 years and a half. All I can say is that exclusives in DT have a lot of advantages: 60% sales revenue, better position on search engine and 0,20 cents for every image accepted.

I decided to quit exclusivity because I wanted to try other sites. Now I find that rejection/acceptance policy is thouguer and higher here than it was used to be (i suppose due to the large number of photographgers and files there are). So not being exclusive has the advantage that you can send files rejected here to other sites, but exclusivity have the advantatges I have listed before.

It's your own decision ;) Sales and revenue in DT is much higuer being exclusive, but you cannot send your rejected images to anywhere

May 15, 2011


nice pics

May 14, 2011


I would suggest you try two or three major sites. Dreamstime accepts some types of images that other sites may not and vice versa. My rodeo series was accepted here but not on another site since they don't accept editorial sports images. I've found that my sales are better at other sites, but I can be more creative here. And that's personally rewarding. Look at the portfolio size of other sites (millions of images) and judge for yourself.

May 14, 2011


I'm exclusive because I don't have time for the work required with multiple sites. I would make more money if I were signed up at mulltiple sites.

It's a business decision, not a badge of honor.

May 14, 2011


Sometimes it takes a while for photographs to start selling. 3 months is nothing really. You have some great pictures, but your visibility may not be that great at the moment because your portfolio is still relatively small and young.
One thing, the portraits are great, but as unfortunately the vast majority of them are editorial licensed their use is limited and thus they might not sell immediately.
Hang in there and the sales will surely come.

May 14, 2011


For my concerns, as I do not sell any picture elsewhere, to be exclusive is not really a matter. I can see only advantages for this moment.

May 14, 2011


In my opinion it all depends on how much time you have to spend it in different sites. In my case I have too many things to do (work, family, friends, etc) so being exclusive works very well for me.

May 14, 2011


I think u should think about what's the purpose to be a contributor.
Make money by popular images or photograph any topics u want.
Do not anxious to be a exclusive photographer.
My suggestion is try all the major sites first and estimate ur condition.
Good luck.

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