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For one half year on Dreamstime, time for a review

For one half year i am upload images, but i have not yet a single sale.
So it is time to ask some feedback!

In the beginning it was a struggle to get images accepted, with result a low acceptence ratio. But the last months my images are (technical) getting better. The acceptence ratio for this month is around 70%. And the refusal reasons are not technical.

The last months, i compare my images with the others online. I think some of my images (not all!) are good enough to be attractive for potential buyers.

What do you think about my current images? And do you have further tips?
Pentax K5 II
Posted: 08/22/2014, 13:36:32 PM
Hi Mrommens,
I am still fairly new myself and only have a couple of sales, but I viewed your photos and wanted to tell you what I like. Your Industrial chimney, candid people shots and the Old Dutch Windmill are my favorites. I'm sure others will offer more constructive feedback, but I think you have a nice assortment started.
50mm f/1.8G, Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 G ED Ultra Wide Angle ...
Posted: 08/22/2014, 16:45:42 PM
I want you to take a look at my collection of less than a 100 photos that's been online since 2008; the year doesn't matter. You'll notice around 10-15 photos have made actual sells while the rest are just waiting to be deleted over time. Your collection is great and I'm not saying that just to make you feel happy. When you capture images, think from the perspective of a designer, imagine if you were designing a magazine cover of a smartphone brand for example, picture in your mind how the final product will look like. If you like you're photos don't assume the everybody else will like it too.
Check other photographers best selling images and see how you compare to them, not technically just perspectively.

keep trying, don't give up.
50mm F1.4, Canon 50mm F1.8, Canon 85mm F1.8, Canon Speedlite 58...
Posted: 08/23/2014, 00:09:14 AM
Like I said many times before: You have 24 online photos, DT has 25 000 000 photos in its database... so I think you can do the Math. Increase your portfolio and the sales will come (of course your photos MUST be stock - oriented)
Good luck.
Posted: 08/23/2014, 01:13:57 AM
Thank you all for your reply!
It is clear, you must be patient in stock, 24 images over 25.000.000 is not much of course. The only thing you can do, is keep uploading :)
In the near future i am going to try different ideas, to spread the subjects of my portfolio. And i am going to search for a model

@Doogiexxxx, 271 sales over 97 images, is a nice score, with 2 level 5 images! But it takes time to get so far.

@Sandshack33, 30 average monthly uploads good work!

@All, nice images!
Pentax K5 II
Posted: 08/23/2014, 10:18:34 AM
Yup an it seems to me what is popular and selling on stock images is ever changing and kinda random. I have had no sales yet but I only joined Aug 3rd. I think I will just take the attitude keep plugging away and try to take pics of a commercial value. Even though its more pleasing to take pics that inspire us, which you can still do..just ask yourself..can someone use this as commercial stock? Those pics to me, are uber boring, but understandably we are on here for the sales and not for artistic reasons. But I won't kid myself and expect to make lots of money off this.

Anyhoo..that is what I have learned since lurking around here, although it hasnt at this point seemed to help a lot. lol
Nikon D5200, 50mm 1.8 G lens,
Edited: 08/23/2014, 13:10:22 PM
Keep uploading , it will come.
Nikon d7000
Posted: 08/23/2014, 22:11:20 PM
24 accepted images in a year? Time to reevaluate if this is for you. Microstock is about high volume and low commissions. What is your goal? To make a few bucks a year?
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 08/28/2014, 08:11:01 AM
I understand the concept of microstock, high volume and low commissions per image.
My goal is to build up a large portfolio, so my uploads must be more. In the beginning was my acceptence ratio very low. But it is raising :)
Pentax K5 II
Posted: 08/28/2014, 09:13:57 AM
Keep uploading and keep learning. You don't need a huge portfolio to get sales but uploading new content helps you to learn what sort of things might sell. Like the previous poster, I have found that most of my sales came from a couple of photos that have done really well.
Nikon D7000, 35mm f/1.8 DX, 50mm f/1.8
Posted: 09/01/2014, 21:35:04 PM
Well I have two sales now and its pictures that to me...are really boring, but I guess commercial. I try to take pics that I think will be of a commercial value but sneak other pics in too, in hopes they may sale. Seems to be kinda random to me though. Just keep submitting some will stick!
Nikon D5200, 50mm 1.8 G lens,
Posted: 11/11/2014, 13:06:37 PM
Sorry but I disagree with most of what is said above.
It's not about quantity.
It's about quality.
Uploading thousands of images just for the sake of uploading many images won't do the job.
Look at sellers with lots of sales. Look at their portfolios. Look at what images have lots of sales.
Learn from what works and then get some ideas of what type of pictures to upload.
Good luck
Nikon D90, Nikon D40, Canon S95, Various Nikon Lenses
Posted: 11/11/2014, 15:32:24 PM
Thank you for all the replies, i have got my first sale!
The next 3 or 4 months i am busy with a other project, so there is less time for uploading more stock photo's.
Pentax K5 II
Posted: 11/13/2014, 14:24:34 PM