What is "FUNNY" and my Adventure of being a DreamsTime Reviewer
I want to tell everyone my adventure as a DreamsTime Reviewer, but first I want to talk about funny images. Periodically I will have a few extra credits and I will challenge Contributors in the REQUEST forum with different criteria; if the criteria is met then I will buy the image. It's all in fun and hopefully entertaining for some.
The last time I did this, the criteria was to upload a FUNNY image and it had to be a recent addition to the site. I was requested to post them in a blog, so here are the images:
The thing about humor though, is it's a personal thing to each of us as an individual to what we think is funny and what is not. But... "funny" is a unique human experience. Now... I would like to tell you about my experience as a Reviewer for DreamsTime.
It all started when I received a private message from one of the DT supervisors; he asked if I was interested in working for DT as a Reviewer because they were hiring. This surprised me greatly because virtually all my images are rejected. The only reason why I have a portfolio at all is because of the old saying: Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.
I asked about this; why would someone who is constantly submitting rejected images be hired by DT? The reply was that it takes a really bad photographer to know what a bad image looks like. Being able to recognize a bad image was a sought after skill for a Reviewer and DT figured me to be an expert.
Needless to say, I was flattered and I accepted the position.
But it's not that easy; first you have to go through a series of tests and then work through a period of probation. The first step was to take an eye test. At the doctor's office I was asked to look at a chart that was filled with the letter "E" of different sizes and they were facing all different ways. The doctor asked me to tell him which way each "E" was facing. However, considering I never made it past the second grade, I said "What's an E?"
The doctor smiled and said I had the potential to be a great Reviewer of microstock images.
Next I had to take a software test. I was asked what a gradient was and I said I already told them I never got past the second gradient. When asked to describe "HDR," I beamed a great big grin when I told them how great it was for recording sporting events off the cable TV. Layering is what you do in cold weather before going outside.
The staff all agreed I was indeed a natural so I was offered a position. I was ecstatic when I got the job! However, I first had to make it through the probation period.
What they do at DreamsTime is to send you a great big manual in the mail on steps and procedures on how to reject... um... I mean review an image. Fortunately it has lots of pictures so I looked at those since I couldn't read the letters. By now I did know what an "E" was so I was moving through the learning curve quickly.
Unfortunately, this is when things started to go downhill for me. You see, being a Reviewer is not that easy. I mean, it's really hard to keep your sanity. We're talking image after image after image of isolated tomatoes, pictures of clouds in the sky, people using cell phones, and so on.
Day after day the tedium began to wear on me. I was getting high praise from the DT managers because I was rejecting more images than any other Reviewer and I was just the new guy on the staff. They said I had "the gift." It got to where I was always the Employee of the Week EVERY WEEK because I was so good!
But I began to crack. All those pictures of tomatoes, clouds, etc., I just couldn't take it any more. Finally, the day came where I lost it. The image I was looking at was yet another boring picture of a dog. I sent off a rude and nasty message about pets needing a property release and shortly after that I was fired.
You see, it turns out the picture was not of a dog but the wife of of my boss at DT who also works on the side as a Contributor.
And thus my career as a DreamsTime Reviewer was over.
That leads me back to the subject of "Funny." There is a market for humorous images in stock but it seems to be a largely untapped subject overall in the database. Losing my job was not funny but I have to laugh at that "dog" picture.
So... what is "Funny?" That's up to you. :-)
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