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What are your plans when you receive the first payment
posted by vtr - 1st of june, 2012
This is in continuation to my earlier Blog Entry Monetizing a hobby is the sweetest thing and for some whom this is a fulltime profession the need of the hour. I know that there are lot of photographers here who would have already... More...
What Sells in Microstock?
posted by peanutroaster - 31st of may, 2012
They say people photos sell the best. Specifically business people. But what if your portfolio is shy of, say, 30,000 people images? Do your people shots have much of a chance against the competition? What should you be concentrating... More...
Pinterest's Evolving Attribution Data - FlickR
posted by peanutroaster - 21st of may, 2012
From Pinterest's blog: "You can now find a Pinterest button in the Flickr share menu to easily pin everything that you can share via Flickr, including photo pages, favorites, and groups. If you pin frequently, the Pin It button... More...
Pinterest - The Cross Agency Lightbox?
posted by peanutroaster - 18th of may, 2012
There's been a lot of discussion about Pinterest lately here on the DT blogs and forums. Some feel its a great social networking promotion tool while others think its the spawn of the devil and yet another example of rampant copyright... More...
Is the Fuji X-Pro 1 good enough for stock?
posted by tangjans - 15th of may, 2012
My de facto camera for stock is the Nikon D7000, and with the release of the Fuji X-Pro 1, I researched as to whether it would be a viable (and lighter) alternative to my pre-existing system. The forums seemed to be filled with haters... More...
Dealing with the ups and downs of stock photography
posted by mark6138 - 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... More...
Generic stock vs. Authentic stock
posted by crazydaizy99 - 10th of may, 2012
I am praying for that magic upload 25! And I pray it will happen tonight (I am at 24). I joined Dreamstime several months ago and was elated when some of my photos were accepted. I used every ounce of my creativity to create the best... More...
Two Stock Tricks That Utilize Larger Megapixel Cameras
posted by wisconsinart - 6th of may, 2012
We amateurs struggle to find time to work on stock, especially when you can upload only a small number of images every month. Every rejection hurts. Trying to grow the portfolio a handful of images at a time is a daunting task for making... More...
How mature is this mature market?
posted by peanutroaster - 2nd of may, 2012
They say the micro stock world is a maturing market. But how mature can a market be when new players seem to jump in everyday? It is a mature market in many ways but in a lot of ways the players still act very immature. I think... More...
Your first, your best and the ones you can't explain.....
posted by mark6138 - 1st of may, 2012
I suppose like your first kiss with a partner and your first day at work I don't think you will ever forget your first sale on Dreamstime. Similarly, like the most successful holiday you have ever had, the best piece of feedback... More...
Portfolio Milestone - 1,000 Images
posted by peanutroaster - 1st of may, 2012
I just reached 1,000 images in my portfolio after ten months after discovering and deciding I should try this micro-stock thing. I must admit two things. 1. I didn't think I'd reach this point this soon. Who could imagine there... More...
Adventure in Colombia, South America
posted by rjlerich - 27th of april, 2012
Just back from an adventure throughout Colombia, South America. Find new pix in my portfolio of hard to find images of Colombia including Bogota, Cartagena and San Andres Island in the Caribbean. Only a handful of San Andres Island... More...
The eyes of the tourist
posted by lejoch - 26th of april, 2012
I uploaded 6 photos and with my great surprise 5 of them were accepted and just one refused as “not generic enough”. Of course this does not mean good sales but it has been a very interesting and funny experience. More...
Do you ever suffer from "stock block"
posted by miraclemoments - 17th of april, 2012
The last few days have been terrible. I have not been able to get any decent photographs due to what I term "stock block". Have you ever just tried and tried to get the images you believe will work and when you view them you just... More...
Assignments, Why Participate?
posted by vcarmstrong - 11th of april, 2012
The assignments are a pain in the neck. The chance of getting an image accepted as an assignment is dismal. It is alot of work! So why participate? I participate because it pushes me to think a little harder about my shots.... More...
Microstock = Microloans
posted by laroach - 9th of april, 2012
I have great news to share! Today I made my 35th microloan at Kiva.org from the proceeds of my microstock portfolio! My goal is to reach 50 microloans by the end of this year. Thank you to everyone who has purchased from my Dreamstime... More...
Instead of Uploading the Obvious, You Should Upload the OBVIOUS
posted by wisconsinart - 7th of april, 2012
We all know the story; you have a camera, take lots of pictures, and then you discover the world of Microstock. "You mean I can make MONEY doing this?" you say to yourself. "Sign me up!" And thus your career began. You searched the... More...
I Found My Boyfriend's Face on a Dating Website
posted by peanutroaster - 6th of april, 2012
I'm on a errand to buy some new jeans with some department store "play money". You know the freebie rebate your wife gives you after she's gone on a shopping spree and says "Look how much we've saved, here is thirty dollars in... More...
Gaining & Losing with Stock Photography
posted by mark6138 - 6th of april, 2012
One of the joys of an interest in photography is that you start to notice things that previously went unnoticed. An interesting Latin engraving around the edge of a church door and the interesting carvings on familiar landmarks seem... More...
Made it past 50
posted by guayaquilwriter - 3rd of april, 2012
I am new to stock and the first couple of months were rough as I found that many of my early shots I thought were great were refused one after another of my travel photos. I am learning though, and my accepted uploads are increasing... More...
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