Thank You Dreamstime! I'm outta the gate and running! Sorta ;)
I've uploaded my first batch of images over the weekend, and waited for many days, checking my email a million obsessed times, for a message from Dreamstime, hopefully bearing good news. I'm sure many can relate to excitement, the anxiety, the see-sawing confidence levels about one's own work. And then the intense butterflies in the stomach when you open your inbox one afternoon, and suddenly, there, stretched across the screen is the name DREAMSTIME, or whatever the first or second stock agency you've ever uploaded to is there. . . You're nervous and excited, and high! Finally, today, I am rewarded with good news(4 photos accepted, and online already!), not so good news (9 rejected, yeah, I'm kinda new at this), and an education. While we would all of course love nothing more than to have every image we upload adored and accepted and posted online immediately, in a world where this is an unrealistic expectation, I think it's wonderful that Dreamstime has given me such specific and detailed reasons for the rejections. OMG, I just hope I can figure out what to do with these valuable pieces of information, and begin to shoot a little bit less "in the dark" - sorry about the pun, lol.
For now, I am on the east coast of the United States, in Baltimore, MD, literally shut in to my house in the midst of the biggest snow event in the history of anyone's life whose only ever lived in these parts. There is a blizzard outside, and our mayor has upgraded our emergency to a "phase 3", (no one in the city government or on the news channels can remember this ever having occurred before) meaning we have been ordered to stay off the roads, to not drive (not that i would try under these conditions, but many people have been) unless we have been contracted by the city or state to drive an emergency vehicle or snow plow, or similar, and are being urged to stay in our houses until things settle down. "White-Out" conditions have existed off and on throughout the day (meaning snow going sideways and every other direction in the wind - not exactly something you want to take your average camera out in anyway)
And of course I am on a high from having a few photos accepted to Dreamstime, and I want to produce more stock! Waaaaahhhh.
So, I will have to experiment with indoor lighting and a make-shift light tent (a small plastic table on it's side with a white sheet all around it, and as many lightbulbs as I can summon logistically to one area of the house... Wish me luck, or better yet, send advice if you have any... One of my rejected photos was an object that I shot in just this manner late last week.... bad lighting, problem pixels, etc.
I'll have to try harder.
Good luck to you all as well, and if you are house-bound in a blizzard, then even more so to you. Happy snappy to all!
Photo credits: Cmoulton.