Up and away, keys to success on Dreamstime.

Been on Dreamstime a few years now and I can say there's no magic formula to selling images, in other words sales don't explode by reaching any certain approval rating or having a certain amount of images in your portfolio, I believe that the 80% approval rating sales kicker has been debunked numerous times. It's all about the image itself how rare, unique or useful is it?, next is quality, how gifted are you at creativity? and what is your skill level in editing software?, these are keys to success.

The only advantage I can see anyone as having is folks that have been here for years meaning over about 8 years they will have high sales, they were here before everyone and their momma start selling pictures and the database wasn't millions and millions of images.

For those just starting out approvals can be difficult as your scrutinized more closely, the more images you take and submit the easier it will become because you will learn the nuisances of reviewers, you will learn that some disapprovals have nothing to do with quality, lighting or dull, dark or grey skies, sometimes it simply means that there are 1 million images of a daisy and 1 million are enough. Good luck to all.

Memphis Arkansas Bridge Nightscape

Photo credits: Calvin L. Leake.

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February 08, 2016


I totally agree with the 'daisy' analogy, however that best selling image of a long time contributor will conceivably always trump the search over newer posters. Perhaps a few more similar 'daisies' from newer contributors could or should be allowed through.

November 25, 2015



November 23, 2015


Great article...thanks for the tip!

November 21, 2015


What a very useful tips, thanks for sharing it.. and best luck for you too

November 20, 2015


Thank you for your great tips ! I completely agree.

November 19, 2015


I completely agree. After my initial enthusiasm settled, I learned to check the database before I go and shoot yet another cool train or bunch of violets. I understand this is a business and I need to keep that in my mind more when choosing subjects. Thanks for your straight forward advice.

November 18, 2015


Great points. The basic maths suggests more photos displayed for longer have better chances of selling more. But the pixie dust that makes some images stand out, so that people just have to buy them is a challenge - I'm definitely putting it on my Christmas present list...

November 14, 2015


great tips!

November 14, 2015


thanks for sharing your point of view...very helpfull for us...the beginers

November 14, 2015


Totally agreed and thank you for sharing.

November 12, 2015


Thanks to all, glad you all enjoyed the article and hope it helped, good luck!!!

November 12, 2015


Fully agreed GREAT article :)

November 06, 2015


Interesting and helpful read! As a newbie I will bear these points in mind.

November 04, 2015


You said everything. Good helpful blog!

November 04, 2015


In the end it´s all about why anyone would buy - pay for - your image of a daisy or whatever. In competition of a million daisys, only the best will sell. And the ones that matches the search...
On the other hand - it doesnt matter if the agencies got hundreds of millions of images as long as there still are demand and theres subjects not really covered. Make a test, search for: resilient adhesive, hostilely, foam extinction, idealism... I bet all of us can find a bunch of subjects that is not really covered - even very commercial ones!
And of course - many subjects can be done much better :-)

November 04, 2015


Yes, I would agree with you. It seems to be combination of many factors at work here, quality, concept, demand, over supply... on and on. Some things we control...some not. Good luck to you too !

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