'Dreamstime’s strategy is to improve the quality of the images it offers at the expense of the quantity....But Dreamstime isn’t just being more selective about the images it accepts now that it has enough images to cover all its categories; it’s also being more careful about the photographs it offers...'
Dt can afford to be really choosy, without loss. This doesn't benefit individual contributors though. Yes, one can argue that it's up to us to step up to the mark, but those of us who aren't full-time photographers/artists are naturally going to find it more difficult, given the inability to devote as much time
I'm not complaining by way, just stating the obvious.
It is globally evident that the times of "easy money" have passed :) Naturally now, instead of those "lucky snapshots", one actually has to make an effort. Beginning photographers might find dosens of sites where their pieces would be accepted, and then move forward to the more professional or "picky" ones. There is something for every need or skill set.
I also contribute to another microstock site, and I look back at the pictures I first submitted to the ones I am submitting now, and my quality has improved since then. I'm no where near the level that a lot of photographers are at in terms of quality and style of pictures, but with each set of pictures I take, I learn from the previous ones what worked, and what didn't. If microstock sites are getting more 'picky' in terms of quality over quantity, I see it as a benefit to both the site and the photographers. Yes, it probably means that my rejection rate will rapidly increase while I continue to work on my skills, but I enjoy the challenge presented by this new trend!
Interesting article. WE should always be looking at quality though. I'd rather have a few pictures rejected here and there and still get stuff accepted then have any body being able to get stuff in. THe better your pics are the better chances you have. The more unique they are, the more likely they are to sell!
The question I have is if there is a end to the amount of images DT can accept. Even with the strict approval standards they are still accepting 300,000 uploads a month. In roughly 3 years they will have around 25 million images.
Is there a ceiling?
If there is what is going to happen when its reached?
There is not a ceiling in this business. Keep in mind that old images, that do not sell, and otherwise, are disabled automatically or by users themselves. So the system is somewhat purged automatically and continuously.
Sure, there will always be more new images than old ones being purged, but as the userbase and photographer community is continuously growing it is only natural.
Google does not have a ceiling either, stating that once there will be a LAST page it will index, unless some old ones are deleted :)
The hardware is scalable and new software improvements to find what you need are made constantly.