Upload What?

As someone who is just taking my first tentative steps into the world of stock images,‭ ‬I am of course wondering what sort of images are most likely to be accepted.‭ ‬I would‭ ‬prefer to not waste my time on images that‭ ‬have no chance of being accepted due to the choice of subject.‭ ‬What sort of images do appeal to microstock sites like dreamstime.com‭?

I started out by looking at the FAQ section of the site,‭ ‬but didn‭’‬t find the explanation offered there particularly helpful at first.‭ ‬“Well defined commercial concepts,‭ ‬marketable good compositions with creative insight...‭”‬ didn‭’‬t seem that useful to me.‭ ‬It just seemed a bit vague and general.

I then‭ ‬looked at some of the‭ ‬best-selling images on the site.‭ ‬A link to this is included in the answer to the FAQ‭ “‬What sort of images should I upload‭?”‬ Looking at the images‭ ‬began to give me a better understanding of what was meant by‭ “‬well defined commercial concepts,‭”‬ though I‭’‬m not sure I can describe what that is.‭ ‬The sense‭ ‬I‭ ‬got from viewing the images was that the concepts were simple and direct.‭ ‬So perhaps‭ “‬vague and general‭”‬ can‭ ‬be used to describe the images that sell on Dreamstime.‭ ‬The word‭ “‬generic‭”‬ is‭ ‬even‭ ‬used in the answer to the question.

But‭ ‬there was such a wide variety of images‭ ‬that I was still left feeling somewhat confused and unsure.‭ ‬I decided to ask my friend and Dreamstime contributor Guernica what she thought worked here.‭ ‬She told me graphics or images with texture that can be used for backgrounds are a good choice,‭ ‬as web designers and others who buy from microstock sites often have need for such images.

Grunge vintage photo frame

Her Grunge Vintage Photo Frame is one‭ ‬of her most popular downloads.‭ ‬I can certainly understand why.‭ ‬It has a wonderful and interesting texture,‭ ‬but would not detract from any text or image that would be placed on top of it.

But images of people...particularly people in action...seem to also be a good choice.

boys playing soccer in Giza

This photograph of a group of boys playing soccer is a good example of how images of people could be appealing.‭ ‬Viewing images like this helped me to get a better idea of what sort of images to try to create myself.

I am starting to get a sense of what sort of images work for microstock,‭ ‬but still have a lot to learn.‭ ‬I‭’‬m sure my understanding of the topic will improve‭ ‬in time and I‭’‬m looking forward to the day when I finally‭ ‬have an image accepted.


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Photo credits: Guernica.

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April 01, 2017


Thank you, Egomezta, for the good advice. I appreciate getting a response from someone who has been so successful here.

March 28, 2017


Competing with millions of images is very difficult, you have to get very good quality images, and give them a good chance with correct words to let them be found. You have to upload images and see how they do, and that will give you a better feeling of what's good for this site.

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