Dealing with the ups and downs of stock photography

posted on 11th of may, 2012

It won't be long before I will have had a year on DT. In that time there have been many ups and downs. Getting my first images accepted and, shortly afterward, my first sale were the first ups, but were shortly followed by my first down with a series of rejected images (mostly ones deemed too similar to my existing portfolio).

Now, with a little more experience I am having many more 'up' days with sales (and often multiple sales), and fewer down days caused by no sales or occasional rejections.

There are also 'up' days when I am inspired to get out with my camera and 'down' days where my inspiration escapes me. This journey has also left me with a few images I wish I hadn't taken (and have disabled) and many that I wish I had taken, or even had the accumulated talent and experience to take.

So, what have I learned from these ups and downs? Well, I think it is fair to say there will always be 'down' days but the aim should be to minimise the number, but whatever happens I should remember that it won't be long before an 'up' day comes to spread a little ray of sunshine.

Enjoy the rollercoaster!

Comments (8)

Posted by Baldas1950 on May 15, 2012
Your remarks are very appropriate for many of us and certainly for me.
Posted by Digitalvox on May 14, 2012
You hit the meaning of life with ups and downs but you forgot to mention and occasional crises :-) These days is hard to produce stock photography portfolio because all marketplaces are over saturated with millions of images. In this situation wee all need to take extra steps to bring something new to the table. I have these days more "downs" than "ups" even with bigger and various portfolio but... that`s life :-)
Posted by Gussmann on May 13, 2012
nice sunrace picture
Posted by Jdanne on May 12, 2012
That's life! Nevertheless you have a lot of nice photos. I'm sure you have much more UPs than DOWNs.
Posted by Mark6138 on May 12, 2012
Glad it's not just me then. Today is an up day. No sales but plenty of inspiration. Good luck to you all.
Posted by Crazydaizy99 on May 11, 2012
I am still learning the ropes of stock and I totally agree about the ups and downs. My up days are the days I feel creative and inspired and my down days are the days when I can not conjure up those creative juices no matter how hard I try.
Posted by BCritchley on May 11, 2012
I think you can generalise that across photography as a whole, I have days I could just sell my gear, no ideas or inspiration and then there are days I love to take photographs. Your doing great and just keep doing what your doing and the up days get even better on here. :-)
Posted by Egomezta on May 11, 2012
I guess we all suffer the same things here, I'm glad you're now you're having more UP days.

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