A year in reflection

posted on 7th of september, 2009

Well it was a year ago today that I decided to join DT and start submitting - for the first time - images to stock image sites, below is a brief reflection of my activities over the past year here at DT...

To start with a few days ago I posted a blog -$7 in four days, I can do it!- stating that I had about 4 days left to go before I reached my first $100-00 sales mark, well I can gladly say that today on my first birthday here at DT a sale of this image

pushed me just over my first $100 mark and is obviously the highlight of my year in reflection.

Years Stats

410 accepted images online
Acceptance ratio of 52.4% (Would be higher if I did not like wildlife so much)
115 sales at a RPD of $0.87 and average sales of $8.35 P/M (Ok dont laugh)
As stated just over $100-00 in earnings (Ok, dont laugh again)
2 Assignment images accepted - I still have one more pending (for me another highlight)

2 level 5 images, and 3 level 2 images.

My most successful image to date being -

Alas, still no Editors Choice :0( On this point, its amazing how when submitting an image, you think to yourself this could be the one the editors like and give the elusive stamp of approval for an editors choice, then the image is not even accepted, let alone given any accolades :0) Ever happen to you?

All in all, I feel that my year here has been if not entirely successful in terms of sales, a great learning opportunity. One that I hope will see me grow and adapt to stock orientated images and continue to grow in the DT community.
Thanks again to all involved in the running of DT, to friends and the community here, and as always most of all to the people that have purchased any of my images thus far.

Happy Birthday to me!

Comments (32)

Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 15, 2009
Hi Yuri, thanks for the wishes, you have some really good images in your PF, very creative, I am sure you will do very well here, best of luck and let us know how it goes :0)
Posted by Yuritz on September 15, 2009
well...thanks for share your experience untill now,I just started mine here so I'll see where I'll be by this (one year) time

too late for the wishes,but hope you had a good one
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 13, 2009
Thanks Patrick, hope you like the image, will return the favour bud!
Posted by Ratmandude on September 13, 2009
As promised … [imgr]10339575[/imgr]
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 12, 2009
Hey Patrick, thanks for the kind wishes and the support through the year here as always it appreciated. Thanks for the offer to buy one of my images, hopefully it can be of some use.
Posted by Ratmandude on September 12, 2009
Congrats Dude!
Keep up the effort … it does start to reap better & faster rewards as the time goes by …
MicroStock never made any fast millionaires, but it surely helps that our Rand is so much weaker a currency than the USD.

I firmly believe in supporting fellow photographers, so in celebration of your latest milestone I will be selecting an image from your portflio and purchase it … not for any reason, other than to say … keep up the good work.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 09, 2009
Hi Catarii, thanks, I plan to be here for some time and hope to continue enjoying it, this will be as long as I can still sell my images. I will have to buy a cake and take a pic but probably for my next DT birthday ;)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 09, 2009
Hi Gabriel, thanks for the kind wishes, and yes you did tell me I would make it :0)

Eclectic, keep them coming, it is not always easy in the beginning but as I said it has been a learning curve as I am sure it was for you. I too made mistakes in the beginning because I did not really know the criteria here but one learns fast in order to adapt.
Posted by Eclecticelegance on September 09, 2009
Congratulations! You have done much better than I have in one year. I am trying to get my acceptance ration higher (it is pretty low because I submitted a bunch of mistakes in the beginning when I didn't know any better and I am still trying to recover from that.)
Posted by Justmeyo on September 09, 2009
Happy DT b-day !Congratulations for your portfolio and wish you luck in Assignments and here on DT!(I told you u will make it 100$) :) Best wishes,Gabriel
Posted by Catarii on September 09, 2009
Happy DT Day! I hope you will enjoy staying with us the years that will come. And we wanna see a picture of the cake and candles ;)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 09, 2009
Thanks Joe and Karen :-)
Posted by Jjphotos on September 08, 2009
I'd say that's one successful year! Congrats and all the best! - Joe
Posted by Karenkh on September 08, 2009
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 08, 2009
Hey Keki, thanks yes I made it within time so I am happy. Looking forward to the next year here and even sooner the next $100.
Posted by Keki on September 08, 2009
Wahey!!!! you made it :) a big WELL DONE!! :) best of luck for your next year!
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 08, 2009
Thanks Maen, as always your comments are welcome.

Carolyn, thanks for the slice of birthday cake ;)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 08, 2009
Hi Richard, thanks for the comments and I will keep uploading and trying to be diverse in my PF. I am not that concerned with editors choice image, was just trying to make my blog light hearted otherwise would be too boring :0)
Posted by Mani33 on September 07, 2009
Nice work and more sales ahead.
Cheers ;)
Posted by Wildmac on September 07, 2009
[imgl]8420229[/imgl] Happy DT Day! I hope you have many more uploads and downloads in the coming year :0)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 07, 2009
Thanks Brad and Marilyn, I sure would not mind if the second one does come a lot quicker :0)
Posted by Marilyngould on September 07, 2009
Congratulations on your achievements -- As Brad says the 2nd hundred will come even faster! Cheers!
Posted by Bradcalkins on September 07, 2009
Congrats on the first $100 - it is amazing how much faster the 2nd hundred goes :)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 07, 2009
Thanks Adrian, much appreciated.
Posted by Asyan on September 07, 2009
Hey! You did it! I just knew that you will succeed! ;)
Congratulations! Wish you many, many, many more downloads in the coming year!
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 07, 2009
Thanks Creativei, I am hoping so and will try and continue to diversify my PF which should help...Thanks for all your help over the past year as well :0)
Posted by Creativei on September 07, 2009
Happy DTian Day, well I wish you lots and lots of sale coming year. Anyways now you have varieties in your pf that shud bring in sales. Once gain have great day and congrats on first pay check too.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 07, 2009
Thanks Conceptual :0)
Posted by Conceptualcreations on September 07, 2009
Congrats! Hopefully many more dl's will follow.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 07, 2009
Thanks Roberto and Desi, I shall celebrate while waiting for the space ship :0)

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