This is my first blog post but hopefully not the last.
I’ve decided to progress towards exclusivity with Dreamtime. This is after experimenting with several Microstock agencies for the past few months. Why, you might ask?
I really don’t want to move into the factory produced type of images. I know that this type of image will sell more consistently. But for me it’s more than turning a dollar, quid, or whatever. My photographic interests are landscapes, architectural and travel photography. And herein lies my dilemma.
Many of the most engaging images in my area of interest can’t help but have either people or intellectual property issues. Dreamstime seems a bit more realistic in this regard, particularly it seems with
editorial images. To my mind, editorial images don’t necessarily have to be about a recent or high profile event which seems to be rather restrictive criteria elsewhere. They can also be about images that might prove useful to illustrate articles, books, journals etc years after they were taken – provided always that they are contextually factual (I’m happy to discuss this interpretation). They might be light-on in terms of sales but useful nevertheless.
And Dreamstime has a great forum, they are very consistent with their reject reasons (unlike some agencies) and appear genuinely helpful to contributors. Also, Dreamstime now gives us the ability to upload Raw versions of images. This is not for everybody of course
but I can understand the rationale. I’m sure that some perhaps many designers want to use an image but would prefer to apply a different “tweek” than that applied by the photographer. After all, it’s the designer that knows where he or she needs to use an image. Having the availability of Raw gives them an attractive option.
I feel my endeavours will concentrate more and more on editorial images.
So, there we are. I’d be very grateful for any comments on my strategy and my portfolio. Noting of course that some of my early acceptances are not really what I would call “up there”.
Photo credits: Verdelho.