This is my first week with Dreamstime. I am an enthusiastic amatuer and by way of introduction to the site I thought I would write a quick article for those like myself who are just starting out.I understand there are many other blogs about' Finding your Niche' but I would wish to air my personal views and hopefully relieve someone from anxiety attacks!There may come a day when a photographer starts to think about his or her 'Niche'Now it's not immoral and you won’t go to... continue reading
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Last week I was surprised by four niche sales of the city Zwolle, no subscriptions, fully paid. Most of you probably don't even know where Zwolle is located.Like most of you I have architectural pictures of London and Paris. Dreamstime has plenty of pictures of these famous cities. Resulting in very few sales for me. I sell more pictures of for example Beijing and Machu Picchu. The reason is probably that it is more difficult to go there.The same is true for Zwolle, few people... continue reading
It's been almost two weeks since I made my first upload and I have 14 approved photos. With an approval rating of 100%! Which in some ways is fantastic, but in other ways it will make that first rejection much more powerful. I am very particular about the quality of my work, which I think translates into that statistic.I have only uploaded about half the number of photos that I intended to in this time. But they have all been the ones I am most proud of out of each session and hopefully that will... continue reading
In my last post, I told the community about how I was new to DT, but not new to the stock photography business. then I commenced telling of all the things I have learned to do, & what not to do. Well, an update on that. I logged in today to look at my portfolio to see which photos were being viewed the most.The ironic thing is, the photo that I posted in my last blog showing that I had not learned enough about lighting, the "Deserted Barn" photo, which I have posted in this blog, it is... continue reading
In my block apartment where I grew up, I was surrounded by three dogs, different parrots and even a hamster. My little zoo has been the joy of my childhood and when they died whether from illness or old age, I was devastated as if a brother or a sister had gone.I'm a grown up now and I love animals more than ever. And I like to photograph them when they're sleeping, making silly faces or playing with kids. And I'm sure that all of you who have pets are crazy about them and... continue reading
Finding a niche is definitely important, preferably one that isn't over crowded already. At the same time, photographing what you love, is very important.So I find myself mixed between what I love and finding a "not so crowded" niche. I guess Im still looking for the right niche for me, but I do know that I love nature. So I've now happily added 14 images all nature related, but all different and unique.I love nature! So I experiment with a variety of nature shoots:I am also really... continue reading
Today I past 500 images online on DT. That's my primary goal for the first year, now I made it in eight months. I know, DT editors are not happy about flags but this one made me happy. As Swedish I will celebrate our National day next week on June the 6th. Check!My images are mostly very niche. So my strategy from the beginning is to fill the gaps. No point in shooting handshaking businessmen, pizzas or beautiful sexy women, there's litterally tons of such images out there... Check!... continue reading
Hello, this is my first blog , so bear with me . I wanted to share my experience with editorial, street photography turned into stock , since I think very few of us tackle this niche . I did some research and since there are so many royalty free stock images on this particular site and on the internet in general , I found it very difficult to come up with fresh ideas. So I wanted to take a risk and I was surprised to notice that my editorial photos had considerably more views than my non editorial... continue reading
Since I started contributing to Dreamstime almost five years ago, I have learned a few things about RF Stock.1. The internet has made it more convenient for buyers to connect with photographers, but it has also made RF stock more competitive.2. Shooting for stock is much different than shooting for art.There is less creative license for the images in RF stock because of their intended use, so things that can be used to create a mood or a focus are more strictly controlled, like white balance,... continue reading
You can give the same camera to 100 different people yet you will see 100 unique collections of work after the people have created a collection of images. This is because as individuals we all see the world differently and our creativity will gravitate toward what interests us the most. In the end our talents and tastes will direct us toward our niche in photography. But what is the niche in your back yard?I began thinking about this when I had a spurt of eight sales in a two day period. My portfolio,... continue reading
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