Hello, everybody! The majority of my editorial stock photos are about the people that I have found interesting for some reason. I'm specialised in candid photography, which means that I photograph people when they don't know that I'm doing it. I always portray them in public places where photography is allowed. However, sometimes I think that I would portray somebody at his/her best only if he/she knows that I'm photographing him/her.In this case, my main rules are three:1)... continue reading
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In May 2009 I joined DT after meeting another photographer who said he earned $480 per month on micro stock sites.It was sometime after I joined before I knew what I was doing.................... even now there's much to learn. The feedback from editors is probably the most valuable aspect of micro stock. If you listen and learn your photography should improve.I made so many mistakes to start with submitting too many images and damaging for ever my acceptance ratio. Thinking landscape was more... continue reading
I am not proud to be admitting I have learned the following lesson the hard way. By sharing this experience I hope others may avoid making the same mistake.After reading many times about the importance of backing up files at least twice for safe keeping, I purchased an external hard drive wih plenty of space. Although I had planned to copy my photographs, there was always the urge to spend any spare time capturing that next shot as the idea came to mind. My computer was only a year old, how could... continue reading
I've recently reached two milestone with Dreamstime: Fives years as a contributor and $20,000 total earnings. I was first published 40 years ago and thus started my career in freelance art, but I never really enjoyed any real income until I branched into online microstock. I've had a lot of fun and many unique experiences over the years, but it's nice to have learned a few things along the way to where it generates a secondary income.One thing I've recently learned is the conflict between "Confidence"... continue reading
Initially it was a rough starting point like my old cars, then smoothened with rejection oil and became reasonable mechanic. Learned a few tricks here and there. Now, I am here with 200 plus images and 200 dollars check. I feel like I have achieved something with the help of this community and Dreamstime. Thanks a lot guys!More to come…… drrrrrrrrr………..Credit to my friend Venkra (Dreamstime member), who introduced me to Dreamstime. continue reading
My very first blog was titled "28 photos and $10.00 Later" Posted April of 2011.My Next Blog had a titled "I found one of my photos on the web!! And what a strange article!" posted just a week later.Well it's 2013 now and just wanted to share with the community how I have come along. Although I do not have thousands of pictures uploaded and most of them are of outdoors/nature, in fact I am lucky to make a sale a week nowadays ...and I completely understand why that is......I only... continue reading
I've been selling stock images online for about a year and a half now.I started out as a complete novice and have grown to the point that I consider myself somewhat of a pro.But I'm always learning and improving!The learning curve in selling stock online is steep and success is directly related to effort.The cycle of uploading, getting images accepted or rejected, and selling images is an important feedback loop that allows one to learn at his own rate and is based on the level of effort... continue reading
Looking back at my portfolio I discovered a thing: I like take pictures of the sea ! Living in Sicily it's easy to take advantage of a beautiful day to reach the coast. I soon discovered that (like often occurs in photography) the best moments are in the morning and in the late evening, avoiding to shoot photos at noon when the light is too harsh. I like images with clear water with blue or green colors that remembers fantastic tropical islands. Sometimes it's possible in Sicily too to have these... continue reading
Well I have 166 photos online, 21 sales and I'm half way to my first payment.I was a major learning curve form me and my acceptance ration unfortunately reflect that.One thing I would like to share with everyone who beginning their journey with micro stock is to look for trademarks and artwork.It seems obvious and simple but it's not, since trademarks are everywhere - t-shirts, shoos, coffee mugs... even on price tags.Artwork is also something to have in mind, when shooting at home... continue reading
Working with Stock Agencies can be more challenging than working events. The quality standards are demanding. In events, customers do not usually have the professional knowledge and they do no inspect images at 100%. As a result, they can be happy with results that agencies would not accept.The main benefit I have found in these agencies is the learning perspective, the challenge, and getting used to rejections without "dropping the ball"This week, I learned the hard way that working tired... continue reading
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