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How and why to manage a collection?

As you will find on the dreamstime website, managed collections are groups of pictures with a similar theme.

They can be something simple as Food or Editorials or Backgrounds, textures.

Or can be very specific as Recognizable Landmarks.

The choice of what to add is left up to the creator and their thoughts of what may be needed or researched by buyers.

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Having a minimum of five contributors as specified by dreamstime will allow the managed collection to become visible on the site. Less than five contributors will make the collection only visible to the creator.

Collections will help a customer look quickly through one specific theme that may be more specialized than the normal search functions on the sight. Since key-wording is important, sometimes our images do not show up in the normal search function of the website but if your picture is added to collection it will become part of this and will be seen by those who look at it.

The creator can also tailor the collection to include their favorite contributor’s pictures that support the theme. This helps increase visibility to their own pictures and their “friends” pictures. This increase in visibility will hopefully yield positive results for them and their “friends”. Sharing the collection on social media sites will also lead to more visibility. As I have written before, more visibility does not guarantee sales but it will help increase your chances of being downloaded.

Photo credits: Tempestz.

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May 03, 2015

Tempestz

@williamsphere To be honest, this is one comment and point i wish Dreamstime would improve. i also find it very difficult to figure out how to message someone separately. it is not very obvious how to do.

May 03, 2015

Williamsphere

How do you thank someone separate from replying to blog comments? When I click on their link and go to their profile, I don't see a message function. I know I am missing something key, but can't locate it. Thanks!

May 01, 2015

Williamsphere

I'm fairly new and have just a few collections so far, but I add others to my collections to make them more interesting. I felt it was a win-win for all of us. I especially like to learn from others' key-wording. Lots of insightful ideas!

May 01, 2015

Tigertim01

Thanks Tempestz - I didn't know that.

April 30, 2015

Tempestz

@tigertim01 you will receive a notification that a picture of yours has been added to a collection. The notification will tell you the picture and the collection it's been added to. It is always nice to thank the person adding your picture as a courtesy.

April 30, 2015

Tempestz

@winnietam i am surprised that you received a nasty comment and it is unfortunate. I would suggest that you ask and i believe that you would receive more favorable responses more often than not. If you have pictures that would fit into my collections, please add me as a favorite photographer and suggest the picture id's to add and i would be happy to help you.

April 30, 2015

Tigertim01

If someone adds your pictures to their collection do you get notified? Otherwise how would you know?

April 30, 2015

Winnietam

What are people's thoughts about asking to have their photos added to their collections? I've had some success in the past -- some photographers were very nice to do so but I had a nasty reply from someone saying they do not advise contacting people in this way and it was bothersome. I haven't done it since, but I feel like I have some in my portfolio that would fit certain collections.

April 23, 2015

Tempestz

@chrishumphreys1 so true, and great idea. You should suggest the idea to dreamstime through the message boards, they may also like it.

April 23, 2015

Wordplanet

Collections are always helpful. I've seen my images that are in collections sell better. Some people here do a great job of setting them up.

April 23, 2015

Chrishumphreys1

Yep! Totally does and makes complete sense. Thanks! :)

It's really too bad there's not a way to easily "suggest" images for a collection. That might make it easier for the person managing the collection to just go through and either approve or disapprove an image to add and keeps them from having to do all the work of going through people's profiles and portfolios.

April 23, 2015

Tempestz

@chrishumphreys1 good question, unfortunately and fortunately, the only way to have your pictures added to a collection is by the person who manages it. I say fortunately, because you want to make sure that only pictures that are added support the theme and you don't want to have 1000's of pictures in the collection. I say unfortunately because it means the person managing it has to add the pictures, which takes time and effort. You can send a note to the person, if you think some of your pictures are worth having in their managed collection. I hope this answers your question.

April 23, 2015

Chrishumphreys1

Is there a way to ask to be added to a collection or do you have to wait for the person managing the collection to come to you? How does that work?

April 21, 2015

Tempestz

@rajansingh no need to ask. Adding their pictures to your collection will help increase their visibility, which may lead to sales.

April 21, 2015

Rajansingh

@Tempestz Should I have to ask other contributor that I am going to use their image in my collection ?

April 18, 2015

Sebastian423

Tempestz you're absolutely right :)

April 18, 2015

Tempestz

@Rajansingh 5 total contributors including you. and you only need to have one picture per contributor. however, it pays to have a good sampling of images to support your collection theme. it will give the customer more to choose from and likely to look at the collection again.

April 18, 2015

Rajansingh

Having a minimum 5 contributors mean I have to include 4 other photographers photo in my collection or 5 plus mine images ? How many images of others I have to include ?

April 17, 2015

Tempestz

thank you sebastian for pointing that out. one thing to keep in mind, having the collection in your profile only won't help a customer unless the are looking for you as a contributor.

April 17, 2015

Sebastian423

Thanks for sharing:)

One thing to make it clear is that even if collection is managed by 1 user and it contains 1 user photos it is still visible by everyone through contributor profile :) only.

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