While I'm waiting on DT to review the 12 photos i recently submitted I was doing some studying and realized this: Yuri_Arcurs is uploading about 400 photos per month. He now has the resources to know exactly what is needed and will sell. So i suggest, if possible, looking at all his latest uploads and making the exact same thing. Try to make them at least as good as his, or even better if that is possible. I'm still waiting to order some pro lighting, and i'm a little (well, actually a lot) short on models :) But i think by using his research at no cost to you, you can get the latest, greatest ideas to shoot and submit... just my 2 cents
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If you want to be successful in microstock, copying Yuri or any other top contributor is a bad idea to start with. But in fact, I'm not talking only about top contributors, usually copying other contributors with larger portfolios and better sales is a bad idea.
Why? Most probably they do it better than you, have higher approval ratio than you, get better placement in searches than you, have more fans than you, have better equipment than you (yes, I'm talking about hundred thousands dollars) and so on.
Chances are you'll end up being just a bad copy, just like thousands of others (of course, from about 140.000 photographers, others had your idea too).
What can you do to be successful in stock photography?
Try to fill uncovered niches, specialize in a less covered topic, read the requests from buyers, join the Assignments, create your own style, promote your portfolio in Social Media, there are lots of things you can do in order to be successful, instead of just copying others.
Mudplucker. What you are encouraging people to do is disgraceful. I presume (hope) we will get an official follow-up on this discussion from Dreamstime management, as I have a hard time believing they are allowing contributors like you to submit content. IS have banned many accounts due to plagiarism, but what you are suggesting is even more. Both clear "intent" to plagiate, but also conspiring to do so on a larger scale.
The best way to be successful is to develop your own style. It's one thing to study a successful photographer's work to learn about lighting, posing, subject matter, etc...but it's another thing entirely to try to emulate them. Be original :)
Only eight photos online and you are already looking for shortcuts and cheats?
Yuri put a lot of time, money and effort to get where he is. He even has offered tips to other photographers. We can learn from success but to think you are just going to order some "pro lighting" and copy him? So naive.
Ok guys, now that an official statement has been posted above, I guess the OP got the point and this thread will serve as a another reminder for everyone on what is ethically unacceptable. So, we will lock this thread. Thank you.