To upload or not to upload, that is the question
I am an amateur photographer, exclusive on Dreamstime, this is my second year. I have about 250 photos uploaded on the site. I had my share of rejections and acceptances. By now I kind of know upfront which images will be accepted easily and which have a lower probability of getting accepted. Currently my approval ratio is 43%.
It is easy to play it safe and upload only the images that I know will go through. But those are the images I personally like the least. Unfortunately most of my “creative type” images are promptly refused with rare exceptions. I understand that this is a business and DT has its own commercial agenda.
The question is: Should I stop uploading images that I know have a smaller chance of getting accepted, running the risk of being “Not quite what we are looking for”?
The downside of having a lower acceptance ratio is the lower number of images that one can upload per day. I never ran into this problem. With the 43% acceptance ratio one can upload 10 images per day. I wish I’d have so many images to upload. I don’t want to waste precious editor time with bad photos. I also hate to receive rejections. On the other hand if I try to upload more I may have a better chance of increasing the number of images online and also the sales. I have an image that was rejected first, but accepted the second time after a bit of selective sharpening in Photoshop, it has been downloaded 4 times already. I rarely resubmit a rejected image or go argue with the admins. It is not worth it. But I cannot stop myself of trying to upload an image that I like, just because I know it has a lower chance of being accepted. What if I am wrong? What if this will become the killer photo with hundreds of downloads? This could happen (theoretically) because the image is just different.
I refuse to look at the acceptance ratio as a grade I get from DT on my photographic skills. Many people here are proud of having a 90% acceptance ratio. I am not saying it is easy to achieve, but is it a good goal? Is it a good goal to try to achieve a high acceptance ratio by excessive self-censoring and by forcing yourself to stay on the beaten track?
Thanks for reading
Photo credits: Gavril Margittai.