First Milestone - $100!!

6 months, 313 uploads, 36 sales and today I reached my first personal milestone - The payout limit.

I was interested in photography since a long time. Bought my first P&S sometime in 2009 and started shooting just about anything I see!! After a long wait, I managed to buy my first DSLR August last year. I was much excited! I started doing a lot of searching in internet about photography and that’s when I came to know about Microstock !! It quickly grabbed my attention. Started with a few agencies and decided to settle in Dreamstime.

I had read a lot about Microstock before actually entering into this. So everything happened here was kind of expected (except the 36 sales I could make!!).

In the initial days, to expand my portfolio faster, I started uploading the images taken using my old Camera (Images which, I thought, are decent!). While it brought down my acceptance ratio badly, I realized what I was doing so far and how much I can improve. As a matter of fact, I inspected a photo at 100% zoom only after joining Microstock!! And I realized many of the photos I thought good were crap !!

I don’t know if the money I get out of this is worth the effort. I don’t think about it that way. To me, this is a platform that helped to improve my photography skills (and ofcouse Photo editing skills as well). And I enjoy the fact that there are people out there who like to use (buy!) my photos for their business/work.

Here are some important events from my port.. Thanks for reading!

First upload

Orange Drink

First sale

Butterfly on flower

Most earned

Small White pebbles

Most number of sales

Blue Raindrops

First composite image


The one that took me to $100

Workers cleaning or painting a multistory building

Photo credits: Prasanth G.

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Congratulations, you do nice


Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I hope to I can be where you are in 6 months!


Thanks once again!


Congrats for you!! Well done!


very good!! perfect job! ...Now I'm happy for my sales even if $ 7 only.


Good result, keep it up, you have a beautiful portfolio!


Thanks everyone for your wishes!


Well done! Good luck! Congratulations!


Congratulations, friend..


Congratulations! Great picture!Good luck!


I use thr cheapest Canon DSLR available !!! EOS 1100 :)


Congratulations :D can i ask you what camera photo do u use?


Keep the good work...Congratulations!


Well done that is great. Great portfolio as well can see why the butterfly is best selling so far, nice image. Good luck to you for you next goal.


keep learning, congratulations on reaching your first payout. I look back on pictures that I took years ago and realize much improvement has been made. Happy sales!


Thanks All !!


Yay so great I can't wait for my payout day and yes the personal gratification is indescribable I took photography classes in collage but they don't call us starving artists for no reason RIGHT LOL. but now I finally feel like I've accomplished something with my art even though I have only sold one image so far. But it's good to hear from peeps just like me I can't wait to get a better camera but for now I just love taking pictures


Congratulations.....I like your outlook on the money aspect of micro-stock photography. The money will keep coming and your enthusiasm is inspiring


Congratulations and thank you sharing such a inspiring story.


Thanks for all your wishes.

Lilleskut, I am exclusive and there is a bonus for accepted images!


Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful images. Wish you more sales.

My motivation is similar to yours. I am hoping to reach the first payout limit soon (am currently at 88.50), but I am a lot less efficient than you, having twice as many images online and almost 4 times the number of your sales.

Is there a way to increase the revenue per sale? For most sales I only get 0.42 or 0.29 $


First, first ,first, we always remember those first happy feeling in our life. Hope more first surprise coming soon in your photography on dreamstime.


Great pictures. Your story has inspired me. Thanks for sharing.


Congrats, wish you more sales!


Wonderful portfolio! Congratulations! The first is always the best! Keep up the great work.


Well done! Congrats!
Time for next goal :-)

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