Hang In There!

To all you newbies out there, or those of you wondering if you will ever reach your first payout, hang in there. I first started uploading to Dreamstime in September of 2007. So, you looked at my profile and said to yourself, "Hmmmm, she only has 90 uploads in over a year." You are absolutely correct. So, let me be the first to say that I am not the perfect model for doing it the right way. But I have learned a lot, and I continue to learn every day.

Everyone that has been successful will tell you that you have to upload, upload, upload, and then upload more! That is one thing that I have not been strong in doing. I contribute that to the fact that I was insecure as to what I should upload. I rationalized everything and spent way too much time trying to decide whether an image would or would not be accepted. Yes, you do need to do some of that, but you can over think yourself into doing absolutely nothing.

Patience is a key ingredient with success here because there is a lot to learn, especially when you are new to this industry. At least from the business perspective. It takes time and perseverance. You need to learn how to: select your best images; title, caption, and keyword effectively so that your work will be found; network so that you get exposure for your portfolio; and understand what is selling in a particular market and how to meet those needs. You need to not only understand all of these things, but to put them into action.

The purpose of this blog is simply to say that even if you have a slow start, sometimes you can reach your goals despite yourself. It has taken me over a year, but I finally have a level 3 and several level 2 images. My level 3 image (below) has pushed me to within $.78 of my first payout. I know to some that seems like a drop in the bucket, and it is. But I'm ecstatic! To all of you who felt the image worthy of download, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has definitely been an incentive to me to make my first New Year's Resolution for 2009, and I am going to start it early. My resolution is to: "Get the spigot off slow drip, and turn it wide open." My challenge to all of you who are also on "slow drip" is to turn up the flow and let that bucket overflow.

Never give up! May you all send the year 2008 out with a bang!

Photo credits: Carolyn L. Marshall.

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December 23, 2008


Great inspirational blog! I wish you a wonderful Christmas and I'll be cheering you on to fulfilling your resolutions. The image above is one of my all time favorites.

December 20, 2008


:) It's a great blog! Have fun!

December 08, 2008


Eclecticelegance, it's hard for all of us getting rejections. We see the image we created through very different eyes than the editors. They are looking from a very different point of view, and that is sales. It's a hard pill to swallow sometimes. We don't always agree, but we do the best we can to understand why the editor/reviewer made the decision that was made and learn from it. I still try to buck a little, but I think I've gotten a little better over this year accepting the decisions and moving forward. I see you've been with DT since June of 2007. Just keep uploading. The more images you have, the better chance you have for sales. Good luck to you, and don't give up.

December 08, 2008


Thank you very much for your good advice - I am a very amateur photographer - but I love doing it and I love the feeling of meeting the challenge and having images accepted!

I have not had any downloads yet, but I keep hoping! Many images I have submitted have been refused due to poor optical performance. But I learn much from the refusals! :)

December 08, 2008


Wonderful article, Carolyn.
Congratulations. :-)

December 06, 2008


Thanks for the encouraging advice. I am extremely frustrated by my lack of sales. I am taking your advice, though, and I keep uploading. I have a goal of at least two images per day. However, its so discouraging when each time you log in to Dreamstime you still have the same amount of sales as the last.... sigh.

December 04, 2008


Thank you ALL for such kind comments. I think every one of us, even the very successful contributors, have something that they struggle with in pulling everything together. I look at some of the one-liner, or very simple blogs here sometimes, and I can relate. No matter how far we've come, everyone has been at the beginning sometime. The blogs have a way of letting us reach out for that little bit of "atta-boy/atta-girl" or "hang in there" that helps spur us on to the next level of I-Can-Do-This. I hope this blog serves that purpose for some of those people. I know you guys certainly have blessed me with your comments.

December 03, 2008


Great advice, yeah patience is key, even I have just 94 images in almost a year, and sales is quite good for me, I believe in less is more, so i'm choosy these days to upload images.

December 03, 2008


Great advice, When you get that first payout, I hope you have a great celebration!

December 03, 2008


Excellent advice :) good luck on getting your first payout really soon. It pays to be patient and not give up.

December 03, 2008


Nice blog!! Thank!!!

December 03, 2008


Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work

December 03, 2008


Great advice and encouragement! I love the fact that DT can help foster photographer's from a lot of different skill levels and allow each of us to achieve our own goals, at our own pace...

December 03, 2008


very good advice. I hope your first payout comes very soon.

December 03, 2008


I have read many of your blogs and can tell you that you have done it with class. Every body reaches goals at a different level. And your accomplishments are to be admired just as well as someone who has had 1000 images in a month. So congratulations and a well done.

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