My learning about photography is still in baby phase. Comparing accepted and rejected images i get the clue. I just can not do the right image which will satisfy me (at the first place). To fill the gap I recently started to play with Swift 3D, designing cute little characters from primitives. I uploaded the whole bunch of them and they were ALL accepted. OK so i have 58 photos and illustrations online.
My next task was to study the image visibility, messing up with the additional keywords, synonyms. Then I checked the relation between views and downloads, not just of my images but from many others. Lots of things you can learn from this.
Then suddenly, DT is implementing new counting system which almost stop views to increase. I will not discuss this, you can check the recent thread about views counter
. Anyhow, all my views numbers stopped and I was clueless. Now what? Would I benefit producing more characters? Are people interested in them. Can not say. At least not for authenticated users.
So, I was wandering for about a week, thinking of what to do next, because I want to continue uploading which should improve my overall stats.
And today, something interesting happened. My little scuba diver was sold!
So I was hopefully thinking what could be consequences of this. I know that when certain buyer checked on this images he cannot miss the others from my portfolio on "More images from...". Maybe he took one illustration just to check the quality of full resolution. If he like it he may come back for more characters. It is Dreamstime, right?
But then some new ideas cross my mind. What if I try to do more scuba diver, in different pose, holding fish, jumping into water, diving (with bubbles) etc. It should not be problem in 3D software. I can exploit all of those characters even more. If you read my earlier article about buyers
you will understand what I mean.
I know that big fishes on DT doesn't share my concerns as they have a steady income based on large numbers. I may sound silly to them, constructing all that theories based on one single sell. But hey, why not? If any of us know what image will be sold tomorrow, he will upload it right away. But we can't. We can only think in approximations.
The result can be different after lots of time spent on producing DT content. After a year you can ask: Was it worth? You can always check you numbers for the truth. But maybe some thinking can be done in advance.
There are people that have 2000 uploads and 300 sells. But I found some with 1000 uploads and 2500 sells! That's business, think of those numbers. Maybe my single sell may point me to other three downloads. Those three may lead to ten. And ten can show the right direction to a hundreds more.
And then maybe you can catch your dream with 2000 uploads and 5000 sells. Some people were thinking, analyzing and producing more stuff based on experience. They follow the right directions.
Don't think they were just lucky?
Dreamstime is vehicle, but we need to work on our own driving style.
I wish you all be careful on the crossroads, make smart decisions in choosing directions and spending your time. On what subject you will work next? Every path leads to somewhere. And a smart man said: If you don't know where you want to go, you will probably get exactly there.
Keep moving people, there are sales on DT every day.