It's my birthday at Dreamstime - its been now 3 years with them! I remember my first uploads very well - they all got rejected :) --- well, gladly this didn't stop me. 2 of my 'bestsellers' are editorial and my penguin pic, which really shows what I like taking photos of, is 2nd but also my best earner. I'm really looking forward for the next few years and I also realize that I've been in many forums but this one with DT is my favorite. People treat each other with respect - fantastic atmosphere - reckon it's because we all have the same goal - be successful in what we love doing!
Special thanks to my wife Marion who always encourages me to go on and does all the keywording for me.
First of all - Happy New Year everyone. Wish you all a blessed 2014. Last few days I was asking myself - what will my first sale of the year be? One of my nature photos, people, city? Well it was my Luna Park one - and as Luna Park looks best at night I think I did a good job on this one. A bit a funny and different view on it but I had to do something different to stick out of the crowd. Many thanks dear buyer - sale was $6.66 - not that this is my lucky number!! but it will be used for something good :).
Two years ago, if someone would have told me that I will have half a thousand images online at Dreamstime - I would have said "No way".
Now the 500th picture has been accepted. Funny though that they're brick walls, because I never thought I would take pictures of them -because there are already thousands on DT. But mine are different - nicer - at least that's what I think ;)
I really haven't got much time for my photography but I take the time whenever I can - the issue always was: What reason do you have to take photos - whom do you want to show your pics - how can you make a bit of money out of it??? With microstock I did find a purpose and suddenly the learning curve skyrocketed - man did I know nothing and I thought I know it all! Honestly, I...
Martin, please, there is nothing to worry about! I am a big fan of your photography and I am sure I am not alone. Bricks are just a small part of your portfolio - which is all brilliant. I was very pleased to hear that you are doing so well. The numbers show it all - both the expanding portfolio and the number of your sales. Your success is an inspiration to other photographers. All the best! And keep us informed! :-)
Lately I realized that I wasn't using my Canon 5D II as much as I should. I also realized that about 70 percent of my uploads were done with my compact camera Canon G1X. Well the reason was quite obvious - I had my Canon G1X most of the time with me when I went travelling, day trips or business trips. This made me think: Shall I sell my 5D?
Well, to make it short - I didn't. I sold the G1X - it nearly broke my heart but I had to be tough on myself to get rid of the temptation - and bought myself the 2.8/40mm STM from Canon. The idea was that it had to fit into the same compact bag I was using for my G1X and the only way to do that was the pancake solution. Now someone might come up and say that I have no IS anymore, no zoom, no flash. Yes, that's correct but I now have my fullframe...
40mm handhold at 1/40 f4 ISO800 with CANON 5DII --- took this shot while strolling through the city - I suddenly can do handhold up to 1/25 with avoiding shaken pics - with the 50mm I couldn't - there it was usually 1/60 -- this was also one of the typical situations where I usually used the G1X -
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A small milestone for me - this number 200 - and I'm glad it's actually this picture. It's one of the rather rare moments I took a picture of people - I only have 4 "models" and they don't always have the mood to walk up and down a hill for me ;). Sales have been rather low lately - probably the season I reckon - so this is a bit of a motivation for everybody to keep on going. Milestones can also be achieved in "not so good times". Appreciate the community on DT - is really some sort of photo-family. A Blessed Christmas time to ALL!
It took me a bit over a year to gain my 200 uploads - today I did it. I'm usually a bit shy taking photos of people I don't know - so this one isn't really typical for me. But what I like about this pic is that it really tells a bit a story about the diversity of the people who live here in Sydney. I hope to have more time for photography - my week is full of other stuff and I only have a couple of hours a week which I can invest in photography. I want to encourage everyone who is in the same situation or has just started - to go on and not give up. For me it's not the money - it's the learning by doing what makes stock photography interesting for me - and yes - one day perhaps I can invest much more time and gain more out of it ;)
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Motivation for what we are doing is of course each single sale and today one of my pictures made it to level 2 - which is for me a milestone. Good was also that it was downloaded in maximum size, so it also achieved the highest sale I have done so far. It has been a nice experience here on Dreamstime since I have joined beginning of the year and I really want to push everyone to go on putting in pictures. I will go on searching for that little bit different view of things - so that I might stand out of the crowd like so many here doing so successfully.
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