After doing a lot of research I decided that stock photography was going to be a way of keeping my photography interests afire and give me a reason to constantly be thinking about the world and how it can be captured.
So after some advice from an accomplished stock photographer I decided to sign up to DT as my first stock folio site and uploaded my first 11 images. Now I understood the first rounds of uploads are as much learning the ropes of the particular stock site as it is about making sure only the very best images are accepted.
So in this regard I uploaded what can only be considered extremely generic run of the mill photos shot in my home made light box to see what would be accepted and what would be rejected (almost half were ;-) ). I was done uploading but then at the last moment I decided to upload a picture of Australia's Parliament House from a night shoot I did recently.
Imagine my surprise and amazement when not less than a week after approval I had my first sale here on DT and it was the night shot! I had completely not expected this to happen and was totally blown away - imagine what this has done for my motivation?!
After reading so much about stock photography in part being a numbers game (totally acknowledging quality/topic has a huge factor) I wasn't expecting a sale until I had uploaded at least a 100 photos or more!
So while this happened I had my second round of generic stock images in for approval which I got a 100% success rate on which made me very glad. But now I have uploaded another
11 images which are not run-of-the-mill studio shots - more night shots of Canberra, a dog in a truck, a metal sculpture etc - and I wait with high anticipation to see what will be accepted.
Do I dare to expect the unexpected again? I think I will :)
Photo credits: Glenn Martin.