My First Six Months


posted on 4th of august, 2009

I've been on DreamsTime and in the stock world for six months now and have a number of thoughts of the experience so far.

First of all, it seems the sky is the limit. You look at the successful portfolios and find inspiration with them; if they can do it, you can do it. Getting there is another story. "There" is something you have to define for yourself. When my portfolio reached about 50 images, that is when the sales really began coming in. I don't want to make it sound like a lot of sales, but 7-10 sales/month seems to be a lot for 50 images. For me, then, and if you assume sales will be linear in proportion to portfolio size, 500 images will equate to 100 sales/month. (I doubt if sales will be linear to portfolio size but being successful with 50 images means you should see much more success with...

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Posted by Komar on August 06, 2009
Great blog!
Posted by Kasienka on August 06, 2009
Good luck in getting to 500 images!
Posted by Meryll on August 05, 2009
A very good artical indeed. It is always interesting to get know other amateur contributor's - colleague's experiences in stock market. Thanks! Regarding me, I am on the start too. With gallery content about 50 photos I get 5-7 downloads monthly here on DT.



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The Niche In Your Back Yard


posted on 17th of august, 2009

You can give the same camera to 100 different people yet you will see 100 unique collections of work after the people have created a collection of images. This is because as individuals we all see the world differently and our creativity will gravitate toward what interests us the most. In the end our talents and tastes will direct us toward our niche in photography. But what is the niche in your back yard?

I began thinking about this when I had a spurt of eight sales in a two day period. My portfolio, though growing, is still too small to be of any significance within the stock world. With DT approaching 7 million images, surely there should be no expectations of any real sales for what I have available. But eight sales in two days? When I looked at which images sold, I realized that most of the images...

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Posted by Preckas on August 19, 2009
Very true for the most part. I do have two comments however on this:

Most of my photos are from my backyard but problem is my backyard is a popular travel destination so there are quite a few photos from here (Greece).

The other drawback is that, in my case, this limits my sales in way by not having a varied portfolio with different subjects.
Posted by Moth on August 18, 2009
insightful blog ~ yep we really should start looking at our respective backyards with new eyes.. :)
Posted by Melonstone on August 18, 2009
Very true - even if those people took photos of the same thing they would all be different photos. Back yards are very overlooked - I just wish mine was in the US as well.



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Not many Sales or Sales are Decreasing?


posted on 29th of august, 2009

Are you wondering why you're not getting very many sales? Or are you an old pro with stock but wondering why sales are decreasing? I have some tips that will hopefully be of help.

I am new to stock but I have 30 years experience doing freelance art. It is always a struggle to be true to your creative self and to produce work that will sell. That is the first thing to consider: Are you creating images that you like and/or motivate your creative being or trying to produce images that sell? There is no need to compromise, you just may need to consider going the route of art galleries for what gives you personal satisfaction and change hats when you're doing stock.

OK... today we're going to work on images that will sell as stock. When this door first opened, you may have perhaps ran out and bought...

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Posted by Johnnierunner on September 01, 2009
I can't agree more. Competition makes us better.
Posted by Wisconsinart on August 31, 2009
i've only joined up in the past 2 months .. and keep wishing i'd stumbled here 3 years ago. do you think we're wasting our time now .. there are so many microstock sites each with thousands of contributors and millions of images ... forget about "the golden age" being over .. do you think we are in the "don't bother cause it just aint worth it now" phase? PD

I would say the "Golden Age" is over for making lots of sales from sub-par images.

Check out this DT user:

Casadphoto

In his profile is a link to his web site; it appears he's been doing photography for a while. But he's new to DT and stock. If he keeps uploading he will go far. I see new contributors like this and it makes me think it's possible to overcome the obstacles that exist for the current market.

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Posted by OnAir2 on August 31, 2009
i've only joined up in the past 2 months .. and keep wishing i'd stumbled here 3 years ago. do you think we're wasting our time now .. there are so many microstock sites each with thousands of contributors and millions of images ... forget about "the golden age" being over .. do you think we are in the "don't bother cause it just aint worth it now" phase? PD



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