Improving Photography Skills Through Dreamstime

This is my first foray into writing a blog for Dreamstime....

I've been a contributor to Dreamstime for some time, starting back when there were less than 1 million images online (seems like ages ago!). At the time, I had discovered the Dreamstime site while looking for inexpensive, quality stock images, then later decided to try my hand at contributing a few myself.

Performing Dolphins

At first, I submitted a few vacation photographs, captured with a little "point and shoot" camera (which I thought was a great camera at the time!). I was delighted when my first images were accepted and I became part of the Dreamstime contributor community.

Canadian Geese taking flight over a frozen lake

Soon, on the advice of a photographer friend, I traded in my camera for a DSLR, with the (incorrect) expectation that a superior camera would naturally result in superior photographs. It took me a while to realize that the camera was simply a “tool” and did not guarantee higher quality images on its own.

Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms at sunrise

Shortly afterwards, I hit a major wall, where most of my images seemed to get rejected and my "acceptance ratio" went into the tank. Frankly, it was very discouraging and I almost gave up. But, rather than quit, I chose to carefully examine the constructive criticism that came with each rejection and applied myself to improve the quality of my submissions. Gradually, my fortunes reversed.

Mist on the lake at sunrise

Today, I try to take my camera with me wherever I go and attempt to capture the beauty and the uniqueness of the world around me as I visit various locales. When friends compliment me on my photographs, I give a lion's share of the credit to the stringent quality expectations of the Dreamstime editors and how these inputs have sharpened and improved my skills over time. Clearly, no one appreciates criticism and rejection. However, I’ve learned that, if we allow these inputs to "sharpen" us, we can benefit tremendously from the experience of others.

Lifeguard chair on beach at sunrise

Photo credits: Jruffa.

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September 16, 2016


Thank you for sharing your experience I just recently found this site myself and have been impatiently waiting for my first submissions to come back from review I'm anxious and nervous at the same time hoping for approval I was not aware that they gave constructive criticism him on rejections so that is something I will be looking Forward to should I have any rejections on these original six images

September 14, 2016


Taking the camera wherever we go is the key.

September 13, 2016


Great blog. It seems that most contributors are going through the same steps as you did. It was the case for me too. Good luck with future downloads.

September 13, 2016


Amazing images!!

Yup, Dreamstime definitely have helped most of us, including myself to improve our shooting skills tremendously!

While image quality is of primary importance, it is not the sole factor that determines if images get accepted, because there is a lot more to photography than image quality as you have mentioned.

September 13, 2016


Fantastic pictures, and wise words, couldn't agree more!

September 13, 2016


Congrats :) Wow! I love your pictures! Thanks for sharing! :)

September 13, 2016


Very good images... Congrats... Agree with you... Almost same experience with me too...

September 13, 2016


Nice !

September 13, 2016


Yes agree fantastic images. Wise words, voice of experience. Thanks for sharing.

September 13, 2016


Beautiful images, especially love your "Mist on the lake at sunrise". Haunting.

Thank you :)

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