Generic stock vs. Authentic stock

I am praying for that magic upload 25! And I pray it will happen tonight (I am at 24). I joined Dreamstime several months ago and was elated when some of my photos were accepted. I used every ounce of my creativity to create the best images that I knew how and was surprised to find that my images were actually being purchased!

I have always been obsessed with photography as well as theater and drawing, but like any other artist I have always been a cruel critic of myself. I have always doubted my own capabilities. So the first thing I did was to purchase better equipment than what I already had because I was certain that my photos would be a result of the camera and not a result of my photography. And while my new camera is certainly producing higher quality images, I am also realizing that it takes more than just a generic photo to be a stock photographer.

Generic. That was my first impression of what stock photography was. I thought creating a generic image that could be used by anyone was the ultimate stock. I researched many sites before finding Dreamstime and I honestly believed that the more generic an image was, the more acceptable it would be. But after finding Dreamstime I have scoured through hundreds of thousands of photos and have realized how much flair and imagination these images and contributors have compared to other sites. I no longer think that stock should just be generic. Now I believe that stock should be usable and yet have an artsy, authentic flair behind the image!

I always enjoy looking over the images of my fellow stock photographers in order to learn what I can do better myself. I have read how I should keyword and what type of tripod to use and pretty much any other advice that has been freely handed out to me by those more accomplished than I am. But the more I research Dreamstime, the more I realize that the other sites are only producing generic photos, and contributors here are creating art. Even if that art is usable stock. Each contributor is creating authentic and amazing photos that anyone can enjoy!

Hopefully I will wake up tomorrow and see lucky 25 on my account! But if not, I will continue to pour through the other contributors images in order to teach myself the art of taking authentic stock photos!

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May 12, 2012

Alvera

nice.
you will see at 50 when you can participate in contests.

May 10, 2012

Crazydaizy99

I guess just because it felt like my first real milestone :) It makes me feel like I am here now.

May 10, 2012

Crazydaizy99

I guess just because it felt like my first real milestone :) It makes me feel like I am here now.

May 10, 2012

Alvera

Uploaded files: 25
Congratulation!
But why 25 is magic? :)

May 10, 2012

Laurasinelle

Congrats!! Keep working!

May 10, 2012

Zenonk

Congrats, you have really great conceptual folio

May 10, 2012

Crazydaizy99

Thank you, thank you!! I am really excited about being a part of Dreamstime! I actually had a conversation with a woman who purchases photos and she also told me that Dreamstime is head and shoulders above the rest of the stock sites :) I agree!

May 10, 2012

Clearvista

25-great it happened. All the best for the future here :)

May 10, 2012

Egomezta

Congratulations, keep them loading.

May 10, 2012

Peanutroaster

I had a similar start. I looked around for the most "generic" looking things. Very clean images without any distractions. Then I figured out that it was the concept or story of the image that was important.

May 10, 2012

Cmoulton

Congratulations! Now on to 50!

May 10, 2012

Mark6138

Well done on reaching 25! Onwards and upwards!

May 10, 2012

Baldas1950

Ronalesa, many thanks for all you have said. I full agree with you, I joined DT for the same reasons. I don't know if your images may be defined "generic", what I know is that after only several months they sold well!

May 10, 2012

Mary981

I see 25- congrats!! :)

May 10, 2012

Cammeraydave

Good Luck ! Im sure You will find your niche here at DT

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Photo credits: Ronalesa Schneider.