Whew!!!Well, I have been in Dreamstime as a stock contributor now for 4 1/2 years. I have finally just now had 2000 images accepted!!The learning curve has been long and hard (my acceptance percentage is coming out of the toilet a little dab) and I still have MUCH to learn. I TRY to have a diverse portfolio but I just can't seem to conquer the success of taking pictures of SOME things.....like....sunsets or flowers. I wish i could, because there are some people out there that take some really... continue reading
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Today I reached 100 sales! After around 1 and a half year with DT and a tough learning curveI made this milestone.Although not really sexy but obviously useful enough this photo made it:Thanks to DT and all the photographers who helped me to improvemy knowledge. continue reading
I'm learning so much from reading other contributors' blogs.I almost feel like I should be paying for this.One contributor summed it up nicely by saying it's quality that will get you noticed and as someone else said: everyone can improve.I think that will be my mantra from now on: everyone can improve.(and keep learning) which is what I plan to do. continue reading
Well , Curves (Ctrl M)is one of the most powerful tools to whiten our backs :) in Photoshop but I think it also destroys the details sometimes.What I want to recommend is another way, simply selecting the image with Magic Wand tool and make Tolerance about 10 or 20... After selecting your image copy and paste the selection area into another layer and fill it with pure white.Use brush tool to paint every little point into white.For edges , use a soft brush and make the flow and opacity... continue reading
January has arrived and with that I have started to upload my latest bird photgraphs taken during my recent vacation to the Wilderness area in South Africa as well as the Langebaan lagoon on the South African West Coast.Since joining in September, the learning curve to get images approved has been very steep and frustrating at times.I am happy to say that coming from a low of 58% in November 09 I am now submitting at a 94% acceptance rate.So what has changed.Firstly I am now only photographing... continue reading
After having steadily increased my monthly acceptance ratios, I'm moving onto different grounds.I have now a relatively good idea about whether this or that portrait or landscape will get accepted or rejected.But when it comes to concept shots, it's still a total fog!I have lots of ideas but more often than not they're too complicated to execute. Some ideas I manage to put into a what I consider nice enough picture to submit. But more often than not they come back as "not stock... continue reading
Hi Dreamstimers,I've been posting only since Nov. '08 & now have 51 photos online. Some of them seem to be getting a lot of looks, but so far only 3 sales. Reading some of your blogs & hearing about the learning curves others have gone through is encouraging & helpful. It seems logical that the more uploads you have, the better your chances at making a sale, so I'll just keep trying & see what happens.Anyway, just want to thank all you bloggers that have issued words of encouragement to all... continue reading
im still finding my way through the rejections and acceptances and by looking through everyone elses great work.. i feel kind of silly to be excited over a 60 cent sale but it is my first one..i shot this barbeque pig the other night and had to clean it up a lot in PS, which im also learning..but , hey its the ONLY barbeque pig neon sign on the site i could find, so im a little proud of that.also im been experimenting with removing and replacing backgrounds( photoshop COULD be dangerous in the... continue reading
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