Go Exclusive

The following are my thoughts and experiences related to becoming exclusive with Dreamstime. When I first started six months ago, I had dreams of selling thousands of images a month on multiple sites. After the first month of uploading images to 13 different sites, I began to see the time commitment involved to upload to multiple sites. After three months, I began to see the sites that were able to sell my images (wildlife and nature) and the volume they were selling. Of course, it was no where near the thousands of images I had dreamed. But, I could see the long range potential.

On DT, I was selling 40-50 images every month with a limited portfolio. I had roughly the same portfolio on the other sites. On 11 of the other sites, I had zero sales. On two of the other sites, I had a couple images sold every month.

I quickly learned, for my type of images, they were selling much better on DT; if I was exclusive, maybe they would sell even better because I would be featured higher in searches. Problem is: all the sites had contracts, some for a short time and some for a longer period. It took six months to get all the contracts cancelled so that I could apply for exclusive status on DT. Upon becoming exclusive with DT, Immediately, my account balance jumped because of the upload bonus. Time will tell if my sales increase but my RPD will certainly increase.

Over the past six months, I lost at least $200 because I was not exclusive with DT. I also lost hundreds of hours and many dollars in internet fees uploading to other sites.

I like the incentive of the upload bonus. This encourages me to carry my camera with me to everyday locations; obtaining photos of street scenes or local buildings. Getting quality wildlife images, at times, takes hundreds of hours of waiting for a couple decent images. Local buildings take just a few moments of time to click the shutter and I receive 20 cents for each acceptance. I like watching my account balance inch up everytime my files are reviewed; it inspires me to work harder.

What is my advice for new comers and established DT contributors; look seriously at your portfolio. Think carefully at how much time you have to contribute to uploading images. Maybe it is better to go exclusive now; you can always change at a later date once your portfolio gets so large you need to hire staff to do the uploading, keywording, processing, etc.

Photo credits: Moose Henderson.

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August 19, 2010


Useful article, thanks for sharing!

August 19, 2010


Thanks for the infos. You have a very nice portfolio. I wish you good luck.

August 18, 2010


Thanks for all the amazing compliments

August 18, 2010


I loved your port from day one, Visceral.
Amazing work, truly wonderful!
I remember your first posts. I kept my fingers crossed all along, wishing that you would pick Dreamstime as your exclusive agency.
I love this place and your images are a unique, treasured addition to the collection we all cherish.
Wishing you all the best,

August 18, 2010


Thanks for your advices.

August 17, 2010


Great info on your experience across multiple sites. Thanks for sharing and continue to build your excellent portfolio. Good luck with the impact from going exculsive.

August 17, 2010


Great article, and amazing images. Congratulations and I wish you further success. I need to get posting again to join you as an exclusive.

August 17, 2010


Great shots as usual! Look forward to more!

August 17, 2010


Welcome onboard lol, I loved your shots from the first time I saw them coming on to DT. It has really given me the drive to chase a dream of trying to become a good wildlife photographer. Yes it may not make millions but I will have more fun sitting in the wild hunting these animals with my camera. I am currently kitting up to take it serious, bought a great Manfotto tripod and Manfrotto 393 head. I'm about to purchase a Canon prime lens, the 300mm 2.8L IS USM, with the cropped sensor giving me an effective 480mm + 1.4 Canon converter giving me around 672mm. Your images have given me the inspiration to try this out and if I can capture anything even close to the quality of your shots I will be very happy indeed. I hope to be able to pick your brains from time to time ;-) All the best,


August 17, 2010


You have made a wonderful choice and you have an amazing portfolio! Congratulations and good luck!

August 17, 2010


Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Great shots too, John.

August 17, 2010


your photo is great!!!

August 17, 2010


good decisionand very good portofolio! Congratulation

August 17, 2010


You have a great portfolio! Good luck with the exclusivity!

August 17, 2010


Good Luck!

August 17, 2010


Still struggling with this choice myself but this may help me decide, thanks. Amazing wildlife images in your PF.

August 16, 2010


Glad it is working out for you. For some it is a very difficult or impossible choice to make, but for those who are able to focus on one site, I think it can be very rewarding.

August 16, 2010


Just went exclusive myself...great decision! Great portfolio, by the way!

August 16, 2010


wildlife and nature photos sold better on DT than others ^^

August 16, 2010


Amazing portfolio! Best of luck with your exclusivity!

August 16, 2010


Thanks for sharing your experience... That makes me know I didn't made a mistake being exclusive here too. Nice portfolio, congratulations.

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