Going Exclusive on Dreamstime
I'm just getting started with micro stock photography but I've recently made a decision to go exclusive with Dreamstime and I'd like to share with you my reasons.
I've been trying a few agencies and have gotten acceptances but no sales yet as my portfolio is still in under 100 photos at this point. From a few months of experience with the different agencies my reasons for concentrating on Dreamstime is based on compatibility, ease of use, feedback and viewership.
1. Compatibility - my photography style seems to match what Dreamstime is looking for better than other sites. My acceptance rate has been higher on Dreamstime.
2. Ease of use - Dreamstimes's back of shop contributors area is far better than other sites I've seen
3. Feedback - Dreamstime excels in feedback. Not only does DT tell you which photos are not accepted, they state the reason why and encourage you to fix problems if they feel the image could eventually become accepted. Other sites reject your image with nothing other than a code number so you are left trying to figure out which photo was rejected.
DT keeps a file on your refused images so you can learn how to take better stock photos and it help the photograph keep track of the history of submissions.
4. Viewership - I've had photos looked at 70 times on DT while on other sites the same photo might get two views.
I would like to say that my decision was purely financial but that will come as I build up my portfolio.
I feel at this point I can easily go exclusive with DT since I don't have a lot of photos out there to track down. In the future if it doesn't work out I can become non-exclusive.
Photo credits: Peanutroaster.