What a difference!

Hi there...I am a brand new Dreamstime member and it looks as if I have quite a bit to learn!

It was interesting to see that the photos that are most liked by friends, family and Flickr members are the ones that are no good for stock photography and the photographs that I thought were not quite right are accepted on Dreamstime. I have learnt quite a bit from other Flickr members but I think I have a lot further to go before becoming a successful stock photographer! Flickr members are perhaps a bit too kind with their words!

Reading a blog by another member, Charles Outcalt _ Flickr or not to Flickr _ made me think about the difference between my normal aims in taking shots and those that I will have to think about if I ever want success in stock photography. Stock images not only have to be technically good and clear they also have to be ones that can be used for selling or illustrating or complementing text. Where as before I have always taken my shots to please my own eye and have aimed to create a picturesque image that I think looks nice/interesting to others; now I need to learn to think about what images can be used for and what is the best way to take a shot to maximise their usefulness. Thinking about what subjects/objects will sell and what composition would appeal to an illustrator or designer is something completely new to me and I think it will be an interesting challenge.

Anyway, so far I have had two accepted images out of 4 so I am quite excited about uploading more and learning about stock photography further. Not sure if I have what it takes but i'll keep trying! - My first accepted image!

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January 29, 2008

Cleaper

Thanks Willyvend, very kind of you. I have had a few approved now so I will see how it goes! :)

January 29, 2008

Willyvend

Welcome on board Charlotte. Very nice shots. Be patient...

January 27, 2008

Charlesoutcalt

Charlotte, I couldn't have said it better. I love your talent, as I have seen it on your Flickr site. Sorting out what would be worth hanging on a wall versus what a designer might need for a commercial purpose is really tricky.

I have gotten some good tips from Michael Heron's How to Shoot and Sell, but the best education has been poring over images on Dreamstime, especially when I sort by download counts.

January 26, 2008

Cleaper

Thanks guys!

January 26, 2008

Photojay

congrats! Welcome to the club! This job is so much fun it almost doesn't seem like work! I wish you much success.

January 25, 2008

Photoboykane

Charlotte, I'm sure you have many more images that will be accepted. You'll soon get a handle on what is, and is not, going to be accepted. After that you'll get an even keener idea of what will sell from all those in your porfolio. I've been doing this for about six months, and am surprised at what sells compared to what gets "looked at" over and over again.

January 25, 2008

Cleaper

Thanks Seesea - still hoping that I get a few more than 2 accepted!

January 25, 2008

Seesea

Congrats! I love those two photos!

January 24, 2008

Charlesoutcalt

Congrats on those uploads, Charlotte! I love the photos.

I've had exactly the same experience regarding friends' opinions of photos and Dt's requirements: Many pictures that grabbed friends' attention were rejected, but then some I submitted without especially high hopes were accepted. This is indeed a tricky business to learn.

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