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My first sale!!!!


My first sell!!! I just got back from a vacation to San Francisco and Santa Rosa. I logged in to see the status of some uploads and noticed the earnings balance. I've never been so happy to make $0.35 in my life. :-)

I took this shot while walking through a state park. The opportunity came from the blue and I'm very happy that I was prepared.

This is a big confidence booster for me because I was starting to wonder if stock was worth the effort. Not that hours and hours are worth such a little amount of $$, but it is a vindication that my shots do have some economic value.

I just really got started in photography in March and I've learned enough to know that I've learned nothing. I'm continuing to shoot as much as possible and trying to find a way to differentiate my content from the other 35 million pictures. I've actually found a genre where I have access through work and there are only 5 other pictures on dreamstime.

To whoever reads this in the future, don't quit and enjoy photography. Studying photography has changed the way I see the world and I feel that I appreciate the beauty in life much more.

I'm not sure what the average "good shot rate" is but right now I'm well under 5%. However, the positive is that my eye is more discerning and my acceptance ratio is going up. I'm currently in the low 40s on 91 accepted images. Like everyone else, I submitted way too many in the beginning that were of poor quality.

I took over 2k shots during my vacation driving from Southern Arizona to San Francisco and I have to tell you that California is an amazing state full of beautiful landscapes, great wildlife, and political contradictions.

I'm interested in learning more about the drought situation out there. We drove past many farms with signs reading, "Congress created dust bowl." I couldn't help but to think, "Well this is the desert, more of natural dust bowl that Congress allowed to return to its original state." I know the issue is more complicated than that and I look forward to learning more. If you know anything about it, please send me some links so I can educate myself.

Thanks for reading,


Grandmother mother daughter horseback ride

Photo credits: Mark Christian.

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October 26, 2015


congrats! wish you good luck!!

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August 12, 2015


Congrats Mark!
Find your own niche and learn from blogs here...
Patience pays :-)

August 08, 2015


I like good news - and the first sale is one! Congrats and keep on uploading!

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July 30, 2015


Congratulations on your first sale, I wish you the best of luck on your future sales! I am still on my journey to my first sale. Thank you for sharing this.

July 28, 2015


Congratulations! I can understand you so good as I also had my first sale last week. It's a fantastic feeling.

Thank you very much for sharing.

I wish you many more sales and I wish you, that you celebrate each following sale as much ;-)

July 27, 2015


Thank you for sharing and congratulations!!! I have also just begun this Stock photography chapter of my life and had my first sale this weekend! Very exciting indeed !

July 26, 2015


Well done. irst sale is always very special. Wish you many more sales

July 25, 2015


Congratulations!!! I was glad my first sale))

July 25, 2015


Encouraging, thanks for sharing this.

July 24, 2015


Congratulations! Hopefully I will have that feeling before long. Still waiting and shooting.

July 24, 2015


I felt the same way, when I sold my first pic! Haha. Congratulations!

July 24, 2015


Congrats and many more to come!

July 23, 2015


Not bad at all!

July 22, 2015


Nice work!!! Still waiting on my first - sigh :(

July 22, 2015


Thanks for all the congrats and well wishes. I really appreciate it.

July 22, 2015


Congratulations!! The very first sale is always bring a special feeling.. ^_^ Best luck on more sales..!

July 22, 2015


Congratulations.. I got my first sale too. Yeppeyy

July 22, 2015


Congratulations!Today is my first sale,0.35$ is great.

July 22, 2015


The first sale is always the most enjoyable one!

July 22, 2015


Congratulations! Much like you I recently made my first sale. Keep up to good work! Great shot.

July 22, 2015


Well done..... It does feel great. And Bpardo I am new to this but it will happen soon have some great shots :)

July 22, 2015


A bad image is rejected here but can be sold to a newspaper for many dollars

July 22, 2015


Wish you more CREDIT sales :)

July 22, 2015


Congratulations, I have not sold anything still lie but I imagine it will also give me great joy perhaps just $ 0.35

July 22, 2015


Congratulations ! Nice to see you enjoying your photography !

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