01 - Discovering stock photography

posted on 17th of february, 2009

I stumbled upon "my first" stock photography website about 2 years ago. I am not a professional photographer, but me and my photo camera get along pretty well, so I said - Let's give it a try! It was fun, and I did not actually expect any of my photos to be selected. To my surprise, around 50% of that first series got approved and started selling. And then I started to learn about photography, and about stock rules and different websites, different target groups...

The thing is, ten years ago, it was exactly the same manner I "discovered" web design, as a kind of art expression. So I started practicing, learning programs and scripts etc, and today I am earning nicely from making websites and other kinds of design (logos, vectors, posters...).

Web design came into my life pretty much like this interest in photography...just a flare of curiosity at first, and then it became an important part of my life.

Although I sell several hundred photographs in couple of websites now, and recently I started slowly uploading to dreamstime.com, I have all the patience in the world, and I hope you all do.

Stock photos are often timeless in relation to their subject, so most of them can't "expire" from the gallery, and their use is probably only limited by thing like included text like "Happy New 2006" written all over them or something similar. Every bit of your efforts counts, even if you are not a professional photographer.

Good luck to us all :)

Comments (7)

Comment by Littledesire on February 18, 2009

Hi Bosko,
welcome to DT! Wish you lot of luck and have fun here!

P.S. Hey, do you know your and mine last photos are in the same topic :):) I even learned a new word from you - potpourri ... I have to enclude it in my keywords! Thanks!

Comment by Sil63 on February 18, 2009

Welcome! All the best for sales :)

Comment by Picstudio on February 18, 2009

Hi, welcome to DT I am also a new comer on DT, I will only give advice to b patience and keep on uploading pics.

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 18, 2009

Hi and welcome to DT, good luck with the uploads and sales.

PS...even the illustrations with text are timeless as the 2006 can easily be changed to 2007 etc...

Comment by Creativei on February 17, 2009

Yeah I agree with Rebecca, its a nice blog, most of them are like you here, not professional photographers, but we do enjoy shooting, and now due this stockphoto sites we get an platform to showcase our images, and the added bonus is that we make some extra money.

Comment by Elianehaykal on February 17, 2009

Welcome to DT & keep uploading :)

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on February 17, 2009

nice blog, good luck!

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Photo credits: Bosko Martinovic.

About me

Bosko Martinovic is, among other things, enthusiast photographer from Belgrade, Serbia. His growing collection of stock photos for sale can be found on several online stock galleries. Bosko is trying to keep the balance between art photography and stock photography. Ever exploring, Bosko's photos and vectors try to escape uniform style that is common in stock photography.

Belgrade, RS

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