What does it take to become a stock photographer? today? nothing. (shot on a day trip with my daughter).A decent camera, basic composition skills (since Auto everything/photoshop will take care of the rest) is all you need. (shot on a family trip to a nearby park)Of course the more you learn and practice the better you will get, but don't let any lack of experience to stop you. Looking for opportunities is the key to success. Will I ever retire my day job and buy a house... continue reading
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In a very interesting coincidence, I stumbled upon this TED talk about 2 weeks before I reached my 2,000 sales benchmark (today!!!).Grit is a concept that claims that individuals who show passion and perseverance have more chance to succeed in the long run than other factors such as IQ or EQ. More information can be found in this link: Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and persverance I can testify that in photography it could never be truer.I started my photography... continue reading
Hi everyone,I'm a new stock photography contributor and would like to reach out to other contributors, designers and users of stock photography. I enjoy traveling and photographing as I go. I never really had any idea that I could make money on my photos. It's exciting to think I could sell and I have read as much as I can to learn more about stock.My current goal is to upload my photos but also to keep learning as I go. I now have about 100 photos in Dreamstime and I hope to contribute more.... continue reading
After quite some posts in the message boards section discussing the sales situation here for us contributors and many of us considering that the saturation of contributed material to microstock could be among other reasons the causefor the difficulty to achieve satisfactory business results...I made in one day three P-EL 50 credit sales,one day later three W-EL license sales and another W-EL one after two days!In six years of exclusivity here this is the first time.. ... continue reading
Twas the night before dreamstime, as I clutched at my mouse,My images were all sorted, the time’d come to pounce.The keywords were entered with such loving care,In hopes that the buyers soon would be there. When suddenly my smartphone started with a clatter,I opened the app to see what was the matter.And what to my curious eyes did appear?One image approved, on the screen, it’s right there.Now Dudau, Now Francy, Now Nikitu and BCritchley,Review all my images... continue reading
I started uploading picture few years ago and in couple of months I was able to upload32 images. Then I could not give much time to Dreamstime but continued shooting for couple of years. Those few images then started selling and again I started to upload. Finally got 100 photos approved. Learned a lot from Dreamstime. Hopefully will get more sales now. continue reading
After being a Stock Photographer on Many different stock sites , every site has it's ups and downs. Dreamstime has many perks! They Accept almost everything. They have wonderful Media Sharing Options. Which helps with exposure and linking to other free sights like Facebook that can help your exposure.there are many things I love about dreamstime , so even if you don't see the money rolling in right at the beginning don't get discouraged. Stock sites are about Time+number of Uploads+Quality+Keywording=... continue reading
It seems like yesterday but its been 10 years since I got my first digital camera Canon Powershot A320. A 3.2 mexapixel camera that opened the world of stock photography for me. I was a hobbyist and was happy with my Nikon SLR till I understood the potential of digital photography and the market it had.I was very confused initially whether to go for RF (Royalty Free) or RM (Rights Managed) . Since I had won quite many awards as a hobbyists in different photography magazines, online contests and... continue reading
There is a multitude of needs for people images so there is no single right answer when it comes to submitting images with people. Simple things like the model looking at the camera or away can grab a sale or prevent one. Therefore, the best way to handle this topic is to discuss some of the main points involved.First of all, buyers generally look for images that communicate a specific concept. The focus may be business, healthcare, science, education, parenting, what have you, but contributors... continue reading
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