Exclusivity; the end or the beginning
Those of you all that follow my blogs know that I went exclusive on DT six months ago. At the time, I was traveling, super busy and had limited internet connection. I wanted to see the effect of my income by being exclusive with DT.
I have canceled my exclusive contract but not because of anything that DT has done wrong or any radical change in the microstock industry. MY situation has changed and now I must increase my income over what I can bring in using DT exclusively. I now have a bit better internet connection so can upload to other agencies. I have also become engaged and will soon be married. My home base will be Khabarovsk, Far East Russia but most of my time will be spent in a photographer's blind in some desolate wilderness.
I believe the husband is responsible for the family well-being and that translates to needing to provide a good income. As a full-time wildlife photographer in Russia, that is a daunting task.
I have applied and been accepted at all the top microstock agencies (SS, IS, FT, etc) and the less prestigious agencies. Soon, the mad rush will begin to populate these agencies with images but DT will still be my home and where I interact with my community.
I have felt very at home, the management has been good to me and provided feedback to all my emails. The community (that is you all) have been like family. I only know you by your screen names but i know you better by your images and your style of photography.
I thank all; management, buyers and contributors, for this wonderful community.
So what is the final analysis: i roughly doubled my average monthly income by being exclusive, I made roughly $150 just for the images I uploaded (that is the 0.20 cents they say you get for uploads, nice!) but more important; I feel I gained friends and associates in this industry that will be my friends and peers for many years to come. I am not sure that is possible when we spread our time between many different agencies.
So, one could ask, should I go exclusive with DT. If you are not a full-time working pro with lots of time to invest maintaining multiple portfolios, I would say, Yes. You will find a good home at DT; a community that supports the newbie and the seasoned pro.
Thank you Dreamstime.
Oh, this is me! Sorry but that is all you get to see of me, I am pretty shy.
Photo credits: Moose Henderson.