Time to stop procrastinating Jeff. You've been a member here for a few years and you have no images up! You'd be surprised at the images that people will buy. The first step is always the hardest but in the time you spent writing this blog you could have uploaded your shot of the Irish castle.
Thanks Babar760. I agree. I signed up a few years ago with what I thought was a really great shot taken from a pretty lousy camera. It did not meet the criteria of Dreamstime and they rejected it, basically telling me to go get better equipment. I just purchased my first mid range DSLR a Nikon D3200 on this most recent Cyber-Monday. I now have 7 images uploaded and pending approval and more on the way. The approval process currently is running over 127 hours so I wrote the blog while I wait.
Using the light of the sun to your advantage certainly takes some planning, as do good moon shots. You are right on target here. I use an application called Sun Surveyor to allow me to forecast where the sun or moon will be at any given time, even days or weeks ahead. This also lets me know how to plan for shadows or avoid them. I use it more for the moon than I do the sun as I like to plan moon shots reflecting off water immediately after sunset. This happens pretty rarely, so an app like this let me be in the right place at the right time with my camera pointed toward where the moon will rise before it does so. I have yet to get the picture I am trying to get...but with patience and careful planning I intend to one day.
I got my girlfriend started with DT (helzupix) with the same camera. I'm sure you will begin uploading great photos soon. My advise: enjoy nature while learning to use what is available. Take the best shot with what you have without wishing for something you don't. There is no such thing as perfection, but we have Photoshop to help us get close to it! :)
Vilaimages I hope you are right. Feeling pretty bummed right now had my first 4 images rejected last night. I taught photography and ran the photo lab for a few years in school made a pretty good side biz back in the film days but just waited over a week to find out one of my photos was rejected because Dreamstime did not like the title I provided. Another because the subject was too specific for their liking. Over one hundred images of a green door on Deamstime but my tiled building facade was too specific. The other two... well let's just say it is too late for Christmas related backgrounds at this point anyway so I won't be resubmitting them. Completely bummed. I have 7 others pending, gotta go change some titles.
Don't get discouraged, we all went through that. At the end you will see an improvement in the quality of your photos and realize how much better photographer you have become thanks to these rejections.
Your right. Just difficult being as selective as I am to get the right shot and hearing from some unknown source that I didn't title the shot properly so "better luck next time". I need to reread my own blog. Specifically the portion dedicated to patience. If Dreamstime is not interested there are others that will be.
I do not disagree that the rejections will improve my skill, but I expected more success. Sure it is a new camera but it is not that different. I have 19 years of Photoshop experience and the images I submitted were only the best that I didn't need to alter at all. An untouched histogram vivid and bright in the RAW.
Who knows, maybe monitors on the computer and camera are too bright or out of calibration. The reviewer may be seeing something I am not, or there is another reason for the rejections. I don't even want to attempt to upload my videos until I get this figured out.