A smile from a camel for sale number 10

The only photos I had taken for years was with a mobile phone. I'd never really had a passion for photography, but have been developing a curiosity for a while. After buying a DSLR I suddenly felt like a real photographer, I felt I was taking amazing photographs with my awesome new found skill. I couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across DT and found that people could buy my photos....I was virtually spending my first $100 already.

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So, I uploaded my first batch of twenty something images to test the water. To my amazement, only one image of an island scene in Thailand was accepted. I read the comments and was instantly bombarded with an entire dictionary of words like 'depth of field', 'lacks composition'.....and the biggest put down of its just 'not what we're looking for'.

I lost interest for a week or so but managed to get a few more images accepted. I looked at my images much more closely after understanding the valuable, yet damming feedback from my rejected images. A few days later, I logged onto my account and......a balance of 42 cents!! I'd sold one! I instantly let everyone on facebook know the news and tactically moving around the 'how much did you make?' question. I had some more images accepted and had three sales within my first 10 weeks with only a tiny portfolio. I've even found an image of mine used in a news article!

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Now, sale number 10 marks a mini milestone for me. The Smiling Camel reflects my mood! My next milestone is hopefully going to come from my favourite image, First Views From the Burj Khalifa', which is one sale from level 2. Interesting, as I wouldn't class the image as 'stock', but I'm not complaining!

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To do this though, I need to overcome my fear of photo rejection and just upload more and more! I need to stop using 'I have no time' as an excuse. I need to keep learning from the messageboards and blogs and from the very helpful feedback from the DT staff.

If an absolute clueless beginner like me can sell photos, so can anyone, just be VERY willing to learn!!

Best of luck to everybody!

Photo credits: Dean Riley.

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Refusals are tough... I struggle all the time with them. But worse yet is to stop uploading. So, keep at it! :)


keep up the good work. Your portfolio looks great so far!


The camel shot is amazing! :) Keep up the good work and don't get dissaponted. Just becasue a shot is not "stock" worthy it does not mean its not a good photo. Good art is not necessarily good stock :)

Keep on shooting! :)


Good to hear that.
Keep clicking and uplaoding.
Hope to see more from you.


Nice to hear about your will! Encouraging... thanks.


Congratulations...... Great images


Congrats! You will make your way :)


congratulations, it is funny..


Congratulations! You were really lucky to find your image in use with only 10 sales!! Wish you more & more!


congratulations. this camel is really funny. keep up the good work.


Congrats . refusals are the best teachers I suppose.


Thank you for sharing your experience! The spirit of learning to you!

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