The things microstock has bought for me

Like most of us here, I have been playing with cameras for 20 years or so, a passion, and an expensive hobby.

So when I joined Dreamstime all the time ago ... end of 2006 ... I really did not know what to expect. My first sale came in the first week. I had the enormous portfolio of 3 images.

Right now, I only have 342 images online. It is not uncommon for me to take 140 shots in a day and only submit 1 picture. Over the years I have learned to be really picky about what I submit. And it has worked. My return per image is much higher than most photographers with thousands of images in their portfolio.

At the moment I am comfortably moving on with around $500 a month in return. I use the money to feed my habit and buy better gear. This month I have a great set of studio lights on the way.

I moved from a Canon 300D to a 30D, bought a Nikon DIH, lots of nice lenses, Mamiya medium format camera. Oh, and a set of old construction lights I used as continuous lighting. They are about to be sent to the lighting heaven.

What have you bought with you cash?

Photo credits: Ivan Tihelka, Milosluz.

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August 03, 2008


David, Thanks for the tip. I've never tried isolation with a clipping path. I'm very excited to give it a try! Best Marilyn

August 02, 2008


yeah it's nice if microstock pays for the equipment :)

July 30, 2008


I checked out all your portfolios and see there are some great shots. I hope you keep coming back and reading. And best of luck ... keep your chin up and sell sell sell.

Marilyn - if you got some dog shots and isolated them with a clipping path they would sell well.

Bigpress - add some more keywords. You have great stuff but I think it would be hard to find them amongst the 3 million images. Go to an online thesaurus and get some more synonyms.

Studio - have you submitted those construction photos to the current assignment? Great shots of China and the Olympics. I am sure you in the right place at the right time. Go to the front page and submit them.

July 30, 2008


Hi David, I'm fairly new here on DT, joined in April of this year. My sales to date would hardly pay for a gallon of gasoline. But, in reading your blog and visiting your website it's given me encouragement to work harder, upload selectively, and just keep pushing. Thanks! Marilyn

July 30, 2008


Hi David its a year since really started loading and ive sold about 235 images, I have a small port it sat at 50 for sometime and I was still selling . I dont have time to download anymore, but Ive also become much pickier. Im working up to my third payout, and hope to upgrade my equipment with it. I love photography, have met some great people and am just happy that I can offset the costly habit of cameras. Keep it up, I love your interiors, my bestsellers are also interiors and scenic shots, have no people. cheers D

July 29, 2008


Hi David. I am one of those photographers with many images and little return. I am not as selective as you, great images by the way, but so far I have been able to upgrade on a NEW CAMERA.

Thanks Dreamstime! for helping our images reach an audience.

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