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
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We all have to wait patiently for our images to be reviewed. I had just finished uploading and submitting my images for admin approval (or rejection) when I noticed the images had been given approximately 17 hours before reviewing. Great, excellent, I've never had such few hours stated it's usually at least 56 hours before a review for me. So I just went and checked in my pending file and nearly fell off my chair! 3 of the images I had just submitted were already under review - amazing! Is this the... continue reading
Hi everyone,I've just reached the limit of 50 images online and thinking about submitting one of the images to the current assignment - Security and protectionCan someone please tell me if images I already have online in my DT profile can be somehow submitted, or I need to re-upload them for the assignment?I really can't find the info anywhere :(Thanks,Goran continue reading
Well, this discussion might be specially helpful for beginners. I wanted to share what I learnt from my initial experience and some of my friends who are with DT for long time. During initial days many people might have sufferred to enrich his profile with lots of photos. At that time we do not understand why most of the photos get rejected although those have earned lot of good feedback from other photography forums.So here are few tricks :)Accept that buyers who visit your profile here are... continue reading
I have seen many DT newcomers with questions and seeking advice. Not to say that I am the best person to bring up this topic, with my 51% acceptance ratio, but DT allows you to resubmit a photo after being rejected for a reason. There are multiple DT reviewers and they definitely are there to help you build your portfolio and succeed.The attach picture was previously rejected. Instead of taking it to heart I resubmitted it. Now with 18 downloads and $60 income, though it is not much of a photo,... continue reading
Before I submit any image to Dreamstime these are the steps I take:1. First I select the best photograph of each subject series based on composition, lighting and sharpness. If it is not sharp already I don’t consider submitting it.2. Next I straighten and crop it in Photoshop to fit the rule of thirds.3. I then slightly reduce the shadows, if necessary using the Photoshop Shadows/Highlights function and a Shadows Amount of around 5-8.4. Next I enhance the lighting and colours... continue reading
From my engineering background I find the quality versus quantity discussion interesting.What seems to be missing from the discussion is a third variable: time.It is kind of meaningless to talk about quantity versus quality as if both can't be accomplished!A simple example illustrates the point.If spending twice as much time on an image produces an image with better 'quality', then I can either spend the same amount of total time on images and produce half as many of higher quality, or I... continue reading
I've been submitting stock photos for a while now but didn't really start adding to my portfolio until late last year, and once I began submitting regularly I saw a big jump in sales.I've found it helpful to join a few forums includingthis one to learn more about stock and share encouraging stories as well as struggles. DT certainly has a great community and it's been a big help as I grow my stock photography portfolio.Last week, I was interviewed about my stock photo sales - including my latest... continue reading
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