Hi newbies, I've been here just a few weeks and after getting only 2 of 17 images approved i can offer some info if you are interested:
(#1) You can submit a peacock photo that is better than half of the 81 pages of peacocks they already have and unless you beat all peacocks they really don't need anymore.
(#2) USE a tripod anytime you can. Amazing how they can find little out of focus spots that sometimes you don't notice at 100 percent view sometimes
(#3) Use a remote shutter switch (cost about 7 bucks delivered on Ebay) to minimize camera shake & blur. The sharper everything is the more you can accomplish in post processing.
(4) Try and get pics either early morning or late in day. Very hard to get photos past the reviewers if taken in midday unless it is something they don't have any of. If you must shoot midday try a lens hood (about 3 bucks delivered on ebay) and try out some uv filters which give blue skies a deeper blue right out of the camera.
(5) look for photos on other stock sites that appear to sell well but are not available on DT and it is possibly an idea for a photo to setup & take.
(6) be different. i know it is hard but try and come up with things not here.
(7) has to look good at all sizes and get the selling point across at first glance of the photo,... especially at the small size a buyer browses thru when searching DT.
(So I've learned this all the hard way and i'm about to raise my standards of submission to a new level. Thanks to DT for the good explanations on the rejection reports. I know you all stay very busy and it is hard to give detailed reports on every single rejection but with the help of others here on DT i'm getting it figured out.
Lenses: Primes, L series and cinema lenses...
and no, i haven't been using my tripod like i should be, and i just ordered a new remote shutter switch for my T2i on ebay for a little over 3 bucks delivered from a seller in new jersey... figured i better follow my own advice so i can get more photos approved :)
Lenses: Primes, L series and cinema lenses...
Also, use the Image Stabilizer if your lens has one. Also, be aware of your aperature and shutter speed settings and set them correctly to reduce camera shake AND to take sharper images. Be aware of the ISO setting, as higher settings create noise. Get to know your post-processing software. Online video tutorials and magazine articles are helpful.
My number one tip is to make the subject/message of your image instantly clear. If there are two or three objects or possible messages, then it is not a candidate for stock.
If you find yourself coming up with many diverse keywords that are all relevant to the image, then it is probably sending mixed messages and is not a good candidate for stock.
If you have 10 - 15 very obvious and relevant keywords for the image and then find yourself struggling to come up with more, you DO have a good image for stock. A good stock image has 10 - 12 good, relevant keywords that practically write themselves and no more. It should not be a struggle to keyword a good stock image.
Don't give up. We've all been there in the beginning. Learn from the reasons give and learn to see stock photos. Sometimes the reasons like "wrong time of day" are tough to figure out. Some subjects are just too common and not in high demand. Explore your local area for unique shots. Shoot with enough light to use a higher speed, low ISO and mid aperature for sharp, noise free images. If you get a lot of rejects due to lens quality it might be time to upgrade your equipment. Your competition is using pro level cameras.
if you're using a tripod then there's no need for image stabilization if you're camera ain't moving, then there's no need to stabilize anything. in fact, using stabilization on a tripod adds blur, because its looking for movement. since there's no movement, it creates movement.
I've been uploading photos for three or four weeks and have I think 78 pics online. I can see they're being viewed but so far no downloads (when a photo is downloaded that means it's been sold, correct?). I probably look once a day but I figure it's just a matter of time. The first hurdle was to get stuff accepted. Now I'm going over my older shots and picking out DT candidates. And of course, when I'm out with my camera I'm thinking more about the kinds of shots that might be accepted here.
Is there an "average" wait time until your stuff starts to sell? How long has it taken some of you? Are there any tricks to make your photos more visible or attractive to people viewing them, or to steer people toward them?
f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2....
Things seem to go in spurts, with no sales, and then a bunch. I honestly think there isn't much science to it. Take good pics, keep unloading, and be patient. I quit checking the site daily for sales long ago. When you least expect it, you'll see a large credit sale that will come out of nowhere it seems. Diversify, and practice. Stock is a different animal, just because you have a technically good, eye pleasing photo doesn't mean it's stock worthy. There is a time and a place for "artsy" photos, and this usually isn't it.
Canon 5D Mark II; 16-35 f/2.8; 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8
Quoted Message: I`ve been uploading photos for three or four weeks and have I think 78 pics online. I can see they`re being viewed but so far no downloads (when a photo is downloaded that means it`s been sold, correct?). I probably look once a day but I figure it`s just a matter of time. The first hurdle was to get stuff accepted. Now I`m going over my older shots and picking out DT candidates. And of course, when I`m out with my camera I`m thinking more about the kinds of shots that might be accepted here.Is there an "average" wait time until your stuff starts to sell? How long has it taken some of you? Are there any tricks to make your photos more visible or attractive to people viewing them, or to steer people toward them?
I believe that 78 Pics are way to little to count with constant sales. I have about 350 (which is also way to little) pics online and make hardly any sales on Dreamstime i havn't even reached a payout here. :(
I guess the only thing to do is to upload more and with a higher quality!