Free Images Q&A

Many questions & opinions are going around the fact that there is a Free Section on DT & the fact that photographers are not paid any minimum cents by giving for free...!

I wanted to answer the question made in a recent blog & I found my self over writing! So in order not to give incomplete answer, I'm writing you this...

Q WHY THERE ARE FREE IMAGES?

A Marketing strategy, competing with the other establishments in the same field. When the offer is high & the demand is low, some measures has to be taken to attract clients, commercials, publicity, promotions, merchandising, gifts & free stuff...

Microstocks world is not different from any other industry, it faces the competition with one of these Marketing strategies!

In specific DreamsTime is competing the other agencies using many strategies including the classic one, give something for free! The free sections exists in many Microstocks agencies!

Q WHY DON'T THEY GIVE FROM THEIR SHARE INSTEAD OF GIVING IMAGES?

A Because it's their only product at the moment, while DT give more two classical things as a marketing strategy, lowering the price with the more credits you buy or the longer subscription you make. The second one is that DT give free stuff from their Shopping Section for both buyers & photographers as a thanks & as a reward for faithful members!

Haven't you ever see a photographer wearing DT T-Shirt, Jacket or Hat? I did! :))

Q WHERE TO SEE OR TO KNOW ABOUT OTHER FREE STUFF GIVEN BY DT?

A Rewards are free if I'm not mistaken! Every month DT has an assignment & at least 3 winners receive a good bonus in cash for a single most voted image in the assignment!

Every milestone DT makes there is a GIFT for a photographer (At the moment: Apple iPod touch + 1 DT T-shirt) & a buyer (At the moment 100 credits). Other merchandising might be sent to members, but you shouldn't know everything! :P

Q I HAVEN'T WIN ANYTHING FOR FREE TILL NOW, HOW FREE SECTION CAN BENEFIT ME?

A If your image gets visibility it might create a traffic (visits) to your portfolio & who knows potential sales!

You know that downloads with no keywords (n/a) can be a result of visiting directly your portfolio through the free section.

Q I DON'T HAVE FREE IMAGES, MY N/A SALES CAN'T COME FROM THE FREE SECTION, RIGHT?!

A WRONG! If you open (view, click) any image from the free section, you will find many similar images that are chosen from the RF section...

Your image could be one of them or within the similar ones of the next click!

Q CAN BUYERS DEPEND ON THE FREE SECTION? (Killing Sales) Answering the previous blog

A Noway! Free section at this moment are 83.276 images while DT have over 9 million!

- I'm sure not all the subjects are covered. (Not going to discuss what subjects!)

- The highly potential sales are not included, no reviewer would allow that.

- Regular buyers can't only depend on that, so the free section is a small reward for them when they find what they want every now & then.

- Members who have never bought any credits or subscriptions have a limit of downloading 50 images for free from the free sections only, if they want more they have to buy credits or a subscription at least once.

Q DO ANY IMAGE I UPLOAD CAN GO TO THE FREE SECTION?

A No, being free doesn't mean it should be anything! Free images should have the minimum quality for the buyer to like & to motivate him/her to visit again or even to buy!

Q WHAT IMAGES CAN GO TO THE FREE SECTION?

A a) Images that you have accepted to go to the free section if it's rejected by the reviewer & has the minimum quality to be there;

b) Images that you donate for free from your portfolio: You are only allowed to do on images with no downloads & been at least for one year published on DT;

c) Images that doesn't have downloads & stayed on DT for more than three years! Photographers are free to choose between donating them, disactivating them or re-key-wording them by the key-master Check This Threat Out

Q WHY DT ASKS TO DONATE OR DISACTIVATE IMAGES THAT STAY FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS?

A To clean their data base from images that took enough chance to sell & they didn't! As these images where an effort made by the photographer, so they are given the chance to be used from the free section & used to commercialize the portfolio.

Not to mention that with this cleaning, other photographers have more chances to sell new generation of photographs...

Left to say here that the technology used in the word of photography 3 years ago, is no longer the same, for surely some old images don't have the high standards quality & the size of the most recent ones.

Q Am I OBLIGED TO DONATE FOR FREE?

A No, you always have the choice, when uploading or when it's about your old non-selling images.

Q FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE, DID YOUR FREE IMAGES BRING YOU SALES?

A I have two donated, and as I remember I had some sales on the days after, but can't say it was the free images 100%

Each case is a case & still the image it self speaks, whether it's Free or RF!

I hope I have covered this subject! Have good sales everyone! ;)

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August 22, 2010

Mani33

Thank you! :)

August 21, 2010

Swamin

thanks for sharing. i know somthings about free images but not as detail as you explained MANI. thanks.

August 17, 2010

Mani33

If you say so! :P

August 17, 2010

Rangpl

First of all.. it's a pleasure to donate:)

August 13, 2010

Mani33

Thanks Maria & Jennifer :)

August 13, 2010

Jeniicorv8

You did a fantastic job discussing this subject. The very few times that I've needed artwork for volunteer work I browsed at the free stuff first but I didn't find everything I was looking for there and ended up downloading from the RF section. So I totally agree with you that buyers can't totally depend on the free section alone. As for me, I trust DT as my partners so I totally submit to their acceptance/refusal (and which of submissions get sent to free section) decisions. Very informative blog, thanks!

August 13, 2010

Mariaam

Thanks for writing this article, Maen! Very useful and interesting! I also like to donate images in order to promote my portfolio.

August 12, 2010

Mani33

Thanks Enrique ;)

August 12, 2010

Egomezta

Great blog, now I understad more about the free section. Thanks

August 12, 2010

Mani33

Hi Damithri, thanks for your question! Till now it didn't happen & it's difficult to have a free image that doesn't get a single download in 3 years!
But if there is a need to clean the data base of the free section DT could take a step like this! Thanks!

August 12, 2010

Damithri

Hi Maen. I have another question you may be able to answer. Does DT disable content in the free section after 3 years if it still has no downloads (unlikely)?

August 12, 2010

Mani33

I have never seen "Star Trek" giving images for free! :P

August 11, 2010

Morphers82

If we lived in a "Star Trek" society everything would be free.

August 11, 2010

Mani33

Thanks for the kind comments ;)

August 11, 2010

Mstycoon

This is the most thorough explanation on the site. Thanks

August 11, 2010

Antoinettew

That was very clear. Thank you

August 11, 2010

Nikmd

Nicely said...i like it...wow you did really put in one helluva-n effort to put this down!!!!! Thankyou

August 11, 2010

Mani33

Thanks Yuri ;)
Thanks Maigi, it might sound like but it's not! :)))

August 11, 2010

Maigi

Hey, Maen! Great blog! Thanks for taking time to explain all those questions. Great job! But it's true what Eliane said, it sounds like official statement from DT staff. :))

August 11, 2010

Yuritz

always some great advices for all the photographers,surely something to keep in mind!
thanks :)

August 11, 2010

Mani33

Thanks everybody, you're the best ;)

@Eliane, I think Jitka had answered you, thanks Jitka & welcome back ;)

August 11, 2010

Justmeyo

I agree also with you Maen;)
And i think my free images bring me some sales too.

August 11, 2010

Joe1971

Thanks for your sharing :)

August 11, 2010

Starblue

Splendid blog - I get time by time an automatical messages that an image wasn´t sold for 4 years and so if I want to disabled or donate... I must say I am surprise how important is a topic. In the beginning of DT time, every free images was downloaed thousnads times... now I have donated three images - one was downloaed just 25 times (a church from an unusual angle) that is a little for a free image. The level of microstock images is so hight that even free photos can or doesn´t need to be successful :-) great blog!

August 11, 2010

Dmccale

I agree with you Maen.I have several free images,in my opinion it has made me sales.Thanks for the blog...well done
Deb

August 11, 2010

Maddrew

Thanks for sharing :)

August 11, 2010

Noonie

People love to argue about this!

August 11, 2010

Rosedarc

Great effort Maen, I think you're covering the subject very well - and all for free!! :-) I hope you get a credit for that one - another DT freebie, yeah!

August 11, 2010

Elianehaykal

It's like the site's FAQs :) Question: How does DT ask for a photo de-activation? Never happened to me until now...

August 11, 2010

Scottysally2

Another great blog Maen, thanks for sharing. :)

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