As a contributor who has put a lot of effort into learning about stock photography, studying my craft, investing in equipment and building my portfolio over the past two years, I think there is nothing that gets under my skin more then a slacker, whiner complaining about how their portfolio of 10 shots of isolated tomatoes or a snapshot of their cat sleeping on the couch isn't selling.
Just because your wife bought you a semi-professional camera, your mom asks you to take pictures at the family barbecue and microstock agencies such as Dreamstime allow anyone with any level of experience and background participate in this market place, doesn't mean anyone owes you anything just because you took the time to post your photos.
Microstock is a market place for real business people come to purchase images for building websites, illustrating blogs and selling products. Its not amateur hour. Just because amateurs are allowed to participate doesn't mean the business drops down to amateur quality.
Amateurs are allowed into this business model for one reason - to make the price point of imagery lower. It is only because technology prices have dropped to the point that amateurs can afford professional equipment, that amateurs are allowed to participate. But the image quality demands have not changed.
No one needs or wants crummy snapshots. If you are not selling as many images as you thought you would be selling then look around at your competition here on Dreamstime. Are you images up to the quality level of your fellow contributors?
Are you producing and submitting image that you like or images that image buyers want and need?
Are you taking pictures of pretty flowers in your garden? Take a look at the millions of floral shots already on Dreamstime. Are your's better that what already exists?
We are in the company of professional photographers who do this for a living or put their "extra" photographs in microstock. Amateurs can at least do their homework strive to accomplish images at professional level. Its your choice - cry and whine or do something to improve your skills.
This is no get rich quick plan. To make a decent return in microstock takes effort, perseverance and a large, diverse portfolio full of images that buyer need and want. So dry your crocodile tears and go out there and make some great stock images.
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