Series of mistakes drops acceptance average
Hopefully my experience will help others here on Dreamstime not make the same mistakes I have made during the past month. This is not a critique about DT, it is to help others not make same mistakes.
Prior to this month, I had submitted roughly 500 images with an acceptance rate above 85%. Most of my images were wildlife related.
This month, I decided to expand my portfolio with other types of images. My first mistake was uploading about 20 butterfly and insect images. All were rejected; generally speaking, these images do not sell well and DT is overstocked with this type of image. That mistake cost me about 3% points on my average.
I also decided to upload some people type images. I first uploaded a couple images; one of a man throwing a net from the back, rejected-must have model release even if can not see face. Another of a man silhouletted while fishing, rejected-must have model release even if can not see face. I uploaded a couple images of farm equipment (like a tractor) but it was rejected because someone was driving (could not see him but it was moving so it was obvious someone was driving)-must have model release
Thinking I had learned my lesson, I downloaded a universal model release. I am working in Russia so I also downloaded a Russian version of this model release. I uploaded another mess of images and attached these executed model releases. If a model release is not in English, I have learned it must be the Dreamstime model release, no other. Another mess of rejections and another hit on my acceptance ratio. Must also have a phone number-many of these farm workers do not have phones, not sure how to satisfy that requirement.
Then, my last attempt, I uploaded an image with a complete model release but it was rejected because I was the witness. Not allowed, must be witnessed by person other than photographer or model.
Please do not think I am being critical of DT; I am not. My desire is to help others not make the same costly mistakes I have made this month. Because of my mistakes, my acceptance ratio has dropped below 80% (79.4%) and it will take some time to return to its former state.
I do want to encourage others to branch into new areas. Do not get tunnel vision and do try new photographic techniques. It may result in higher rejections but we can use it as a learning tool.
I like images of wildlife in natural setting but at times, buyers want images in human surroundings; I decided to include some of these also, in my portfolio
And lastly, a couple images that I do not usually shoot, but who knows, maybe someone needs them for an illustration or publication. Happy shooting to all!!
Photo credits: Moose Henderson.
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