Submit with caution
I joined Dreamstime at the end of January, after months and months of hesitating about whether I should take the plunge into the microstock world. To find out more about the submission process, I checked out the blogs and message boards. Here I found a number of stories from contributors who uploaded dozens of images for their first submission, only to have them all rejected. So I decided to be cautious and submitted just three images. To my surprise and delight, two of them were approved. Here they are:
None of the photos in my portfolio was taken with the stock photography market in mind - they're basically just my travel snaps! I like to photograph the things that stand out for me when I visit a new place. Sometimes these are curiosities, which make me wonder about the story behind them. For example, this photo of the only cable car in Ireland, which was originally licensed to carry three people and a cow!
I liked the fact that it was rusty and battered, but still in service, providing the people of Dursey Island with a vital transport link to the mainland.
If you like Bible stories, especially those in the Old Testament, or if you are a teacher, or someone who works with young children, you might like one of the other curiosities in my portfolio. I found it in a children's playground in Italy. Have a look and let me know what you think.
Finally I'd like to thank all those people who have provided invaluable information on the message boards and in the blogs: without them I wouldn't even have got this far. And thanks also to the reviewers who gave me such valuable feedback about the images they rejected.
Photo credits: , Denis Kelly.