The Joy of $.50

I've spent thousands of dollars over the years on photography equipment, supplies and accessories as I'm sure most photographers here on Dreamstime have.

Yet, what joy I experience when I see that I've sold a photograph for a whole 50 cents!

I'm very new to stock photography, and I still have A LOT to learn. I'm trying to improve every chance I get, and I'm seeing better results from myself, which is very important and exciting for me.

All of the work seems worth it when I see a sale. And yes, it's just 50 cents, but how wonderful to have someone buy something you've created.

So for those who are waiting on that first sale: savor the moment because it is sweet. And for those who have hundreds of sales: take a moment to remember your first sale and how great it felt to see that little blue dollar sign read more than 0.

Happy shooting everyone.


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August 20, 2007


My first sale was 35 cents. I was so excited that I emailed my fiance at work absolutely ecstatic! Over 35 cents! Then a few days later, someone downloaded an extended license for $1.50! It is one of the best feelings in the world to know that the work we are doing is touching the lives of the world, one way or another. :)

July 25, 2007


You are right! For me it came a few good months later from uploading, mostly because I post what I shoot and not shoot to post. At least not in the beggining...

July 20, 2007


Hi Caroline,

You're right, that first sale is very special and as you go along with further sales it always feels very rewarding for the work put in.

Anyway, good luck and wish you all the best.

July 19, 2007


Happy shooting to you!

And I think there is even more joy when it is not just 50cts but a few dollars for a larger picture. But you are right the first time is always great.

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