A year in stock... 2009


posted on 12th of december, 2009

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.

Comments (21)

Posted by Troo on December 31, 2009
Congrats on reaching your goals! Beautiful images!

When it comes to rejections, I've personally found the Dreamstime reviewers very helpful in explaining why the image didn't meet the standard.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and here's to another year of exponential growth (as an artist and financially) selling stock!
Posted by Troo on December 31, 2009
Congrats on reaching your goals! Beautiful images!

When it comes to rejections, I've personally found the Dreamstime reviewers very helpful in explaining why the image didn't meet the standard.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and here's to another year of exponential growth (as an artist and financially) selling stock!
Posted by Yuritz on December 31, 2009
well done!
Posted by Crisferra on December 26, 2009
Very interesting post and beautiful pictures! Bravo!
Posted by Fcarucci on December 22, 2009
Soon enough!
Posted by Baronefirenzeit on December 22, 2009
Can't wait to see your pencils pictures!!! :P
Posted by Titania1980 on December 20, 2009
very beautiful shoots and good AR, congrats!!! hopse seing more of that pretty pics :)
Posted by Janakadharmasena on December 16, 2009
4221 images online on Dreamstime
Total revenue: $5,195.03

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Posted by Kostudio on December 15, 2009
Thanks! :-)
Posted by Libortom on December 15, 2009
beautiful port. Very nice landscapes.
Posted by Miluxian on December 14, 2009
You seem to talk about my year here. It was quite similar!
Have a great 2010!
great portofolio, btw!
Posted by Morrbyte on December 14, 2009
Well done,you have a great attitude,lovely portfolio great tones.Best wishes.
Posted by Fcarucci on December 14, 2009
Thanks everyone, appreciated.
Posted by Yuritz on December 14, 2009
amazing pictures,keep uploading...thanks,ciao
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on December 13, 2009
Great images. COngrats on all the goals you have reached. WIshing you more and more sales as the new Year comes! Good luck - rebecca
Posted by smartview27 on December 13, 2009
thanks and great images
Posted by Littledesire on December 13, 2009
Amm ..what was the word? ... amm stunning? Yeah! Stunning!!!
Thanks for the advices! Good luck ahead!
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on December 12, 2009
Couldn't agree with you more! Keep it up!!
Posted by Wildmac on December 12, 2009
You're doing great! Love your night shots. Good luck for 2010 :0)
Posted by Frantab01 on December 12, 2009
fantastic, great tips, congratulations :)
Posted by Mani33 on December 12, 2009
Great Job! Keep going ;)



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I\'m a travel and landscape stock photographer outside of my daily desk job, spending most of my spare time chasing the Light; the rare glimpses of it I manage to capture are here. All landscapes and cityscapes are available for beautiful fine art print and canvas on my personal gallery.

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