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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I thought that it would be much better to divide the submission process. In the first stage you have to submit just the photo without keywording with a small description. The editor will check if photo is acceptable based on the technical qualities. On the next step you keyword and geo-tag and everything else and another editor helps you with that.My feeling that this will make submission less time consuming for editors and for photographers.Because it really is SAD when you spend like few hours... 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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Ok, so I'm not THE most successful stock photographer in the world, but here are a few tips i have picked up whilst being involved in this fab world of stock photography!ConceptsSpend time before you go on a photoshoot thinking about what you want to convey with your images.Study other images in magazines, online, in adverts etc, not to copy, but to get inspiration.Take into account the colors, angle it was shot from, focus point.Keep a notebook and take notes to remind yourself while... continue reading
888337I started many years ago with a couple of images, and gave up. Checked back recently and one image had generated earnings. I have resumed submitting images with a new goal of trying to get +++$100.00 in sales. Then the next goal will be to try and get that every month. The only problem is because of high refusals, I can only upload a couple of images now, so the odds of just getting a few approved has dropped. I hope that the limitation on uploads is not permanent, and that if I can get... continue reading
In my last blog I was trying to decide whether or not I would close my account.I don't have a huge portfolio but still I had put effort into it and hated to completely lose the time and work.After prayer and consideration, I enabled most all my images again and have been submitting and SELLING!One of my assignment files from last year has sold twice this week.as well as some of my older filesand one of my new ones sold within hours of being addedseveral others have sold... continue reading
Piggybacking on the excellent blog article by Ellen Boughn about keywords, I thought I'd share a technique that I use for keywording when inspiration runs low (probably because I used it all to shoot the pictures, lol!) and that may or may not give you a hand if your "keyword ideas" tank is empty.You should have some keywords about your image to start with. Even when inspiration is lacking, I know you can come up with some ;-)Use the keywords to do a search, rank images by relevance, and open... continue reading
A few months back, I remember seeing an article here on Dreamstime about when to shoot and upload images for upcoming holidays. They recommended doing so within those couple of months before the holiday.I definately agree with this, but at the same time dispute it. People are hungry for seasonal images both during and right before that season arrives. But, what about deadlines? Back in the spring, there was an article in a women's magazine about decorating Easter eggs. The author devoted an entire... continue reading
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