My story for other newbies like me.
I started out wondering... Could I actually sell stock photos? What photos are considered stock? What photos should I submit? Can I really make some extra cash doing this online?
I decided I would give it a try and just upload a few older photos I had taken a while back and see what happens. As I did that and waited for my first approvals or rejections, I decided to do some research to see what is selling and what isn't. I wanted to see what others were uploading. I wanted to know what imagaes have the most downloads or sells.
Well, I got some of my first uploads approved, what a great feeling, but I also had plenty of rejections, bummer. However, instead of getting upset I decided to use the rejections as a way to learn more. So I read each and every rejection. I even researched their meanings throughout the web, and the forum right here at DT. Some of the rejected photos I was able to go back and fix the problems with Photoshop and resubmit. Again some approved and some rejections. At this point I moved on to my next batch of photos to be uploaded.
With everything I had learned to this point, I began to be a lot more picky with what I would upload. As I did this my approval ratio vs my rejection ratio, got much better. Because I have some physical disabilities and can't get out much to take photos, I also got into illustrations which really picked up my acceptance ratio. Now I was getting sales! Which is a awesome feeling! Someone actually wants my work. The more sales I got the more images I wanted to get online.
Now I am putting photos and illustrations together!
Creating is so much fun! Sometimes the ending result suprises myself, LOL. Here are a few...
These were some of the most recent images I did that got me to my first $100 cash out, and my 268th image online!
My best advice to other newbies is to not give up. Just keep submitting and learning, the sales and the approvals will come as your portfolio grows. Keep up with the forums, blogs, and DT news.
Stock Photography gives you a way to express yourself and your work in so many different ways. Just have to find yours.
Now have FUN and GOOD LUCK! :)