TEN THOUSAND SALES


posted on 31st of july, 2014

 



Well it's been a very interesting journey I must say and one full of highs and lows.

 



I certainly have to thank Dreamstime, who have helped me develop my photography, providing me with a platform that gets my works seen and sold. It has paid for all of my photography gear and some, 10,000 sales equates to nearly $25,000

 



In the last few years I have been lucky enough to win my first Dreamstime assignment, national (UK) and international photography awards. These successes led to an invite to a garden party at the Palace here in the UK and an appearance on a daytime TV chat show. Have to admit it's been pretty mad but fun.

 



So how did I do it? I read pretty much every single thread in the forum here on DT, which took ages but I found tonnes of valuable advice and ideas. I studied the best selling images, to better understand different compositions, the use of light and colour in my works, the importance of diversity and concepts.

 



I now see every photograph I take like a painting, if you were to paint a picture would you paint distractions from your subject, I think about the direction of light. I don't just concentrate on a subject in the center of my image, I use my compositional skills to frame an image, think about the foreground, background, the subject, framing, colour, light and shadows.

 



I have also spent time learning how to process and edit my images, the difference here is massive, it can make or break an image. I do try to get as much right in camera but shooting in RAW allows me to tweak my images without damaging the quality. I now use Lightroom 5 for my basic editing and Photoshop for the more elaborate post processing. These skills do not come quickly, well for me they didn't. There are many free tutorials on the Adobe site and Youtube is just jam packed with great videos.

 



So that's about it, easy? Just never stop learning, have fun and keep uploading, and the sales will take care of themselves :)


 


Comments (90)

Posted by Camerahistorylive on October 09, 2014
WoW!!..Congratulations!
Posted by Sebastian423 on October 09, 2014
WOOHOO! Impressive and motivating ! Pictures are amazing, top class!
Thank you for good advice about forum i will definitely look in to it.
Beauty about photography is that there is no limits this topic is endless and so awarding, it gives you satisfaction, emotions, memories and money ;)
Posted by BCritchley on October 09, 2014
Thanks, fast approaching 11,000 now :)
Posted by Haotian on October 09, 2014
Congratulations. That is truly impressive.
Posted by Bennymarty on September 23, 2014
just one question:
why your wonderful "Sumatran tiger roar" has an editorial license and not commercial ?
Posted by Bennymarty on September 23, 2014
great pics !
Congratulations !
Posted by SakisPagonas on September 22, 2014
Congratulations!
Posted by Alexserg on September 15, 2014
Cool!
Posted by Nero67 on September 15, 2014
Congratulations, great achievement!!!
Posted by BCritchley on September 13, 2014
Thanks Rajan and good luck to you on your own journey :)
Posted by Rajansingh on September 13, 2014
Though I am new but thanks to the people like you who are there to encourage us. God bless your work.
Posted by BCritchley on August 31, 2014
Cheers and Vitabello just keep learning and uploading, it's all I have done over the last 4 years or so.
Posted by Vitabello on August 28, 2014
Wow amazing story :) well done!!!!! I'm just starting out, and i hope in many years to become a great photographer/artist like you.
Posted by Wxh6763 on August 28, 2014
You are so great !
Posted by BCritchley on August 21, 2014
Cheers :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on August 20, 2014
Amazing images, very very wonderful work!
Posted by Luizavictorya72 on August 19, 2014
Congratulations!I like your photos !
Posted by Sweetheart29 on August 18, 2014
Congratulations! Your photos are amazing! Good to inspire me to be better!
Posted by Dmccale on August 18, 2014
congrats I love the wet dog in your port.Keep up the great work..
Posted by Swelsh1 on August 18, 2014
Congratulations. Amazing Photographs
Posted by Annemario on August 18, 2014
Inspiring! Amazing milestone, congratulations!
Posted by Picstudio on August 18, 2014
Congratulations!
Posted by Jdanne on August 17, 2014
Congratulations! Great achievement!
Posted by BCritchley on August 14, 2014
Appreciate your kind words, thanks :)
Posted by Irisangel on August 13, 2014
Congratulations! Well done!
Posted by Madmissee on August 12, 2014
Congrats on your incredible milestone!! Great to see such success here at dreamstime!
Posted by BCritchley on August 12, 2014
Thanks all, the exciting thing is that the best is yet to come, it's like chasing the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. You may never get to the end but it's about how much fun/success you can have on your journey :)
Posted by Bobbrooky on August 12, 2014
Very well done Brett, you have achieved a great deal and rightly so. Your images say it all, all the best for the future too!
Posted by Ferrerphoto on August 11, 2014
Sounds like quite the journey that has taken you to many photogenic places. Great achievement.
Posted by Jodielee on August 11, 2014
Wow, great, I'm up to over $41,000 in sales.

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