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.

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August 07, 2011


I agree completely with you in the reasons you give, in my case I switched to exclusivity when another stock agency refused one of my pictures while DT accepted it and it was sold!
And I can not complain about my decision, sales increase clearly with exclusivity because your pictures get better positioned, the upload bonus also can not be overseen, apart I can better concentrate on the workflow as the same as you I think that slowly slowly I have got to "know" a little bit the DT editors much as they have sometimes controversial refusal reasons among themselves.
Wish you all the best!

August 07, 2011


Right decision, DT will help you improve even more!!!

August 06, 2011


I made that decision in March and have been THRILLED with it so far. Good luck.

August 06, 2011


I am exclusive and very happy! :) It´s great to be exclusive, there are many advantages!

August 06, 2011


I'm seriously thinking at the same thing; although it's kind of hard with all the policies, especially because I have plenty of images on other agencies as well.

Good luck and keep us posted if you notice any major good changes!

August 05, 2011


Hi Edward, these were the reasons why i decided to become an exclusive member with DT. Filling out forms, keywording, getting images approved..etc would have taken soo much time. Ive been very happy with DT and wouldnt even think of working with another stock agency. Good luck uploading!!

August 05, 2011


Soon I'll hopefully join u. Currently 48 photos online!

August 05, 2011


I'm exclusive on DT, and happy with it, because now I save much time to upload and the upload bonus is pleasant.

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