My first full year of stock has passed, when I think I produced my best images in order to reach my objections:
- 500 images online on Dreamstime
- 1.0 download/image ration (actually 0.98)
- 70% acceptance rate
I've learnt a great deal about photography this year, tips that I would like to share here:
- Edit my own work: I stopped submitting every sharp enough image I could produce and started to edit my work very tightly. The number of images I submit monthly went down, but both D/I ratio and earnings went up
- Enjoy. It looks like a silly tip, but I don't enjoy what I'm doing, I wouldn't submit my work to Dreamstime
- Rejections: They are annoying sometimes, but I imposed to me the rule to learn from every rejection, because something must have gone wrong: a perfect image would never be rejected whatsoever. I (ab)use Dreamstime support often asking for details over some rejections, in order to learn from the mistake I've made. I learnt a lot through this approach, and support has been extremely helpful
- Equipment: lens lust is a joy, but I'm trying to choose the equipment basing on actual needs in my photography rather than what I want to own. I just got a new Macro Lens, cause I want to diversify my portfolio.
Looking forward now to 2010, where I set to my self some rather ambitious goals to achieve. I wish everyone great light for the new year and some beautiful images to share.