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.
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...
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