The Journey to 1000 Sales by Making Excuses

I have reached 1000 sales.

As I write this, one of the most recent Featured Photographers was Subbotina. I found this Contributor a while back while browsing the database and I added this person to my list of favorites. The reason for adding is because we both joined DT on the same day. I thought I was doing good with sales versus the size of my portfolio, but Subbotina only proves that I still have much to learn about stock, producing quality images, and figuring out what sells. (Just look at Subbotina's time on DT versus size of portfolio and number of sales).

There are many Contributors like Subbotina who demonstrate that you can make it in stock, but only if you study and learn and continue to improve the craft. I make this point because I continually see in the forums various topics about why sales are low. You will hear reasons like the search engine algorithm being changed to favor others or blaming Buyers because they don't know how to do a proper search.


No matter what endeavor you are involved with, it is a constant of human nature: Successful people find a way to succeed while others make excuses. I know some people will not like that statement but Subbotina and other Contributors are proof that sales come fast and easy if you work at it.

I have been allowing my sales to build up and have made around $1,000 over the past six months. I am cashing it out and will be using the money to purchase studio lighting equipment. One of my weak points in stock is indoor work because I do not have the proper equipment. I know there is going to be a stiff learning curve in using the equipment properly (I didn't start producing top notch images just because I upgraded to a good Nikon and purchased Photoshop) so there is going to be angst and frustration while I figure things out. It's also going to be fun now that I will be making another step in becoming a better photographer.

Either way, I will no longer have excuses for not producing quality stock images when doing indoor studio shots. Despite the ever growing competition, watering down of various subjects and concepts as databases become bloated, I see great potential in the stock world because there are so many ideas that have not yet been covered.

I know some people don't have the time and means and others do this for fun, but it's the same for me too. I don't have the time and when I do work on stock it's only to have fun in trying new and different concepts. Yet, stock is still a business and if anything that means studying and learning and trying to improve. (The great thing about this kind of business is you don't have to pay rent, fees, or taxes when not working).

My journey to 1,000 sales has had a lot to do with studying and learning the business of stock. I had a legitimate excuse for not doing inside work, but no more. A simple blog like this isn't going to tell you how to get from A to B nor will it inspire you to do better, but when you see Contributors like Subbotina, there should be an epiphany that there is a way to get to B. It's up to you to find the way.

Photo credits: Subbotina.

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November 21, 2010


Congrats to you!!

November 20, 2010


she truly does have a beautiful portfolio, and I think yours is pretty good as well. I think your blogs are great and you put a lot of thought and time into them. I am working hard to get their. i got a great deal to learn. but you aree incouraging thanks

November 19, 2010


That`s great! Wish you many more to come! And keep up the good quality!

November 19, 2010


Congratulations!! ^0^

November 18, 2010


Congratulations for your milestone! Keep learning and improving!

November 18, 2010


Congratulations your milestone! To be better we should always look to better examples and your example was simply great.

November 18, 2010


Yes Subbotina's portfolio shines out quality.......... no excuses then ! Thanks for your helpful post. David.

November 18, 2010


Great article. I'm definetly in the "doing this for fun" category, but this site has been great for learning. I agree with your point though, no excuses, keep improving. Thank you for sharing this.

November 18, 2010


thanks for sharing good luck with your next venture and milestone. well done! :)

November 18, 2010


Indeed - if there was ever a contributor who deserved to be the featured photographer, it is Subbotina. 100 uploads this month and WOW! Amazing quality and concepts... It is easy to think you need to upgrade equipment, harder to upgrade skills :)

November 18, 2010


Good Luck on your studio lighting journey.... it never ends. Just like the photoshop journey.... Cheers

November 18, 2010


I absolutely agree. Despite all techniques, keywording and other tutorials, human factor is one that sets the limits to success. Great article! Keep staying motivated.

November 18, 2010


That is fantastic! It is definitely an investment of time over the long run that pays off. Congratz on your first $1000. I think it is great that you are re-investing that to improve your images even further. Best wishes on your continued adventure.

November 18, 2010


Super congratulations and keep up the great work :-)


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