2 years back in September 2006, I was with no work. My music business was down and pathetic. Though I was having a decent income, there was not much work to do. I used to run a cybercafe which I had stopped, but all that experience had given me a good knowledge of the internet. One day in frustration I was searching for freebies on the net, when I stumbled upon dreamstime. With no idea about photography (knowing stock photography was out of question), I joined in thinking its easy money. 2 years down the line I know it isn't easy money but at the same time it delivers the $$ if you give quality. Maintaining that quality and promise, I set targets improving not just my photography but also knowledge of stock photography buyers, and finally hit my targets.
Though I was delayed by a months time. I hit my target. The Target?
Online Files : 3000
Total Sales : 5000
I had my humble beginning on DT with my first camera a Canon A410 - 3.2 MP. After a year a Canon S3IS and now a Canon Rebel Xsi / 450D . Though my camera's improved, what I feel improved was my knowledge about what buyers buy and what they don't. It really feels great to have achieved this small target not being a professional photographer. Especially from my earnings here I could upgrade my photography gear and also have some extra cash to spend in real life.Good enough to inspire me to shoot better pictures and have more records done.
Also, just a search on all microstock sites on the web for Indian photographers led me to a conclusion that I am the No.1 Individual Photographer from India with largest portfolio and sales. (I am not talking about designers). I saw that some companies which have a team of photographers are quite close to where I am, but they are not individual. So I am kind of happy with that achievement too. Now I am doing great on the musical front too. Finally the struggle was worth it! Thanks to Dreamstime for leading me to the wonderful world of stock photography.
I look forward for a great business ahead for myself and everyone here with one advice - "Don't take stock photography lightly. If you are serious about it, it is serious money!!"