My 2 Cents
Well I have wanted to post something hopefully ....useful. I have been with Dreamstime for a couple of years now and must say I seem to "fit in" here. I enjoy the community feel. Also Dreamstime seems to be well managed and respect their contributors. Reading the blogs is also enlightening and fun at times. All of us here are creating Micro-stock for various reasons. Maybe for the money, love of photography, skills improvement or a creative outlet. I guess I'm doing it for all of these reasons.
That said, Micro-stock photographs, images and illustrations are strictly a commodity. Like any "commodity" , quality and creativity helps. Also craft and skill are more important than ever. The quality of micro-stock images will keep going up. So it will get harder
to get images accepted. Royalty-free photography went through the same quality curve. I find rejected images painful just like you. Best to just accept it, move on, learn and improve.
A Few Photography / Photoshop Tips
1) Always save your files in layers and paths (if they have them) . I find myself going back to many images after a new concept pops into my head that is totally different from the original image. Saving a lot of time behind the computer.
2) Go back over all your images every once and a while. Think about combining images, montages or shooting some additional images to make new concepts.
3) Shoot, experiment , analyse, learn, improve.....Shoot some more. I am still learning, improving after more years than I care to tell.
4) Get out of your photography comfort zone occasionally. If you shoot studio work, get outside for a change. If you photograph only people...do a landscape.
5) If your shooting an apple on a white background, It's going to need to be AWESOME !
6) The cheapest, most cooperative model is yourself. Self-timer is your friend, Get naked if you have to (see image 10185817)
7) Remember that it is the photographer that is creative, artistic, and imaginative not the camera.
Well thats my 2 cents worth. I hope this was just a little more informative than my previous blog !
Enjoy and Good Luck