Milestone - first $1,000

Now here is a milestone worthy of marking - I just reached my first $1,000 in sales. This month also marks my one year anniversary with Dreamstime, 600+ sales and 1,354+ uploads. And importantly my acceptance rate has gone from about 20 percent to around 70 percent. So I must be learning something!

Like anyone starting out in micro-stock the learning curve has been steep in the beginning. I think my favorite part of being a contributor has been the learning process. When you have the motivation of actually selling your photos, it spurs one to take more and more photographs and to be on the look out for opportunities to take photos. The more photos you take, the more feedback you get, the faster you learn.

You also learn to edit your work. If you only have 10 photos to choose from, how good is that "best" photo going to be? But if you are taking hundreds of photographs, you'll be able to pick out the outstanding photographs from the batch. The more you look at the top selling photographs on DT and the more feedback you get from your own portfolio (via sales, not from other DTers telling you how great your photos are) the better you get at deciding which photos have stock potential.

Microstock provides a great opportunity to receive unbiased feedback. When someone is willing to pay money for one of your images it carries so much more meaning then when your best friends says "oh that's a neat photo".

Early on I figured out shooting RAW and using Photoshop and Lightroom to develop and enhance photographs right out of the camera. Something that all of your competitors do, so its a must.

I'm in the game to earn an income eventually so the requirement to have a large and diversified portfolio spurred me to try new things and new directions including studio photography. At first I didn't think I'd ever deal with model releases and people photography. Now I've discovered that I really like doing people photography and hopefully buyers will like my efforts.

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July 19, 2012

Artshock

Congratulations :)

July 18, 2012

Miketea

good milestone

July 18, 2012

Ekson1

congrat's friend..!
you have done!

July 17, 2012

Giannit

Congratulations.... you have reached a great result!

July 17, 2012

Cammeraydave

Fantastic !

July 17, 2012

Zenonk

Wow! Congrats!!!

July 17, 2012

Peanutroaster

Babar760 - thanks for the advice. I think I have to rethink my studio space. The room I'm using is very tight.

July 17, 2012

Babar760

Good work Peanutroaster. Now, your next goal is $ 2000. It will come faster! Also, on your portraits, try to use a back light on the background ( hide it behind the people ). It will make the people pop, eliminate shadows and render the background more neutral.

July 17, 2012

Thevegetable

congratulations :)

July 17, 2012

Ewapix

Congratulations! Really brilliant! Many more thousands to come! :-)

July 17, 2012

Keki

amazing! well done

July 17, 2012

FabioConcetta

Very good, congratulations!

July 17, 2012

Halilin

cong:)

July 17, 2012

Monysasi

Congratulations

July 16, 2012

Jonkio4

congratulations :)

July 16, 2012

Kezza53

Congratulations...fantastic work!

July 16, 2012

Laurasinelle

Great achivment!!!

July 16, 2012

Infokus408

congrats!

July 16, 2012

Peanutroaster

Models - offspring, parents, spouse, friends, friends of the offspring. :-)

I work with middle school kids so I know the parents well and have their trust, so they aren't too hard to get and they like to ham it up. I have a little competition going between them to see who will be my top model at the end of the year.

Anyone who steps over the threshold is a potential model!

July 16, 2012

ImagoGestalter

Inspiring achievement! Now that is something I shall strive for!!
Also, wow, I mean wow, how do you find your models, I've been trying to get people to model for the last year with little to no success, and when I bring up the model release it's a dead end...

any tips from a pro? ;-)

July 16, 2012

Famed01

Congratulations!!!

July 16, 2012

Iwhitwo

Congratulations on your milestone!

July 16, 2012

Picstudio

Congratulations! Great achievement.

July 16, 2012

Davidwatmough

Excellent people images........ they will be big sellers once they get going. David.

July 16, 2012

Rosariomanzo

Congrats!

July 16, 2012

Arim44

Congratulations! I'm getting close to the same milestone.

July 16, 2012

TMarchev

Good ! Congrats!"_"

July 16, 2012

Rigsby8131

Congratulations!!!

July 16, 2012

Clearvista

Congratulations-great photos.

July 16, 2012

Py2000

Congratulations!!

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