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,


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Photo credits: Mark Christian.

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congrats! wish you good luck!!




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


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




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.


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 ;-)


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 !


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


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


Encouraging, thanks for sharing this.


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


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


Congrats and many more to come!


Not bad at all!


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


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


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


Congratulations.. I got my first sale too. Yeppeyy


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


The first sale is always the most enjoyable one!


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


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


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


Wish you more CREDIT sales :)


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


Congratulations ! Nice to see you enjoying your photography !

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