Success (mostly)

After almost six months on Dreamstime I am very happy with how things are progressing. It takes some time to get the hang of what will be accepted, what will sell, etc. There are some surprises along the way, like finding out what the market judges as your best stock photo. Not surprisingly this differs wildly what your own favorites are. My top seller so far, is a relatively mundane subject - a toilet! It is important to keep in mind the difference between a beautiful photo, and a top stock photo seller - two totally different goals...

I'm headed towards 500 photos online by the end of the year, and expect to have over 200 sales by next week. As well, I've finally got an editorial photo online so I'm excited about that.

This month has seen a drop in my acceptance as I try out some new subjects as well as some scanned slides (no luck there yet)... I would definitely counsel people to upload new stuff slowly at first to make sure you are on the right track. It is frustrating to get new ideas rejected, but even worse if you've uploaded a whole bunch and push down your acceptance ratio as well.

© Iofoto

Finally, I think I'm finally going to spend a little of the earnings from DT on some lighting gear (portable softbox). My goal is a new camera body, but since that is relatively far off I think I'll take a stop along the way with something smaller...

Photo credits: Brad Calkins, Iofoto.

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September 29, 2008


Good work Brad. After reading your blog last week, I took some time reviewing your portfolio and saw many potentials for the future... Good luck reaching your goals and a small reward is a reward indeed!

September 29, 2008


Update: I did hit 200 sales today, and got one of my scanned slides accepted! This may open the floodgate of scanning old photos...

September 26, 2008


Thanks for the comments! While I'm happy with the toilet shot, I'm pleased to see my sleeping baby picture ranks highly among my shots :)

September 25, 2008


Great job Brad. Congratulations on your best seller -- as you pointed out we must keep in mind that a "beautiful" photo does not necessarily make it a good seller. As toilets go, the photo of yours is very nice -- thanks for putting the lid down. :)

September 25, 2008


Happy spending with your DT earnings!!! keep uploading, you're a great portfolio!

September 25, 2008


Nice toilet. It makes me rethink the potential uses of mine...

September 25, 2008


Congrats Brad! Given the relatively short time you've been here, the number of files and the amount of sales you have is very impressive. I should get to 500 pics and 200 4 years. :)

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