Tips for my Friends - Dreamstime
Welcome to Dreamstime. A strange world where you could earn money for the photos that you take.
You may be asking yourself, "What is a commercial image and how do I get a submitted file approved through Dreamstime?".
Well I am still learning myself. When I first started my profile I thought, I have thousands of photos on my computer. Some of those must be good for this site.
Out of the first hundred photos, only about 25 were accepted. This gave me a rating of around 25% and cut my upload limit from around 1,400 photos a week to around 350.
Most of the denials I got were because of depth of field. In artistic photography, we often narrow the DOF to create drama. Dreamstime seems to prefer photos that are absolutely crisp throughout.
This doesn't mean that you can't have artistic vision, but your photos must tell a story and be valuable for more than one purpose.
Another reason I was denied was because many of my photos contained logos. This is an absolute no-no for commercial photography. For one thing, it could be considered copyright infringement. Many of these photos, however, were picked up as editorial. As long as they have a timeless feel that could be used for a news story or article, or if they are relevant to a breaking news story, they can be used as editorial photos.
Read this guide for more information on what is accepted: https://www.dreamstime.com/photography-article-2%20
So needless to say, I am much more finicky about the photos I choose to turn in. I am also taking pictures specifically for Dreamstime, setting up props and poses that I feel can be used for commercial purposes.
Also, take the time required to be able to post model photos. Take the model release form directly from this link and post pictures of models. Pictures of people are in short supply around here.
My next goal is to have 50 approved photos so that I can be an Exclusive Dreamstime Photographer.
If you have any questions, please contact me. I will do all I can to help and we will learn together.
Photo credits: Christopher Saint Germain.
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