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posted on 9th of october, 2009

Today I've reached the milestone of 50 uploads with my Greek images

and of 30 sales with another Greek image

The numbers may seem not so great, considering the fact I joined DT 1.5 years ago... but you simply don't know yet how it all started. :-)
In spring 2008 I learnt from a magazine that photo stocks exist in the world. At that time I had only my dear old point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix S2, nearly zero knowledge of Photoshop and much love to photography. Not that I seriously believed I could sell my images (though, I hoped!!!) - I rather wanted to check whether any of them might qualify for sale at all. The article contained a couple of links those proved to be rather useless ;-), but I found in the net some other pages. Joined one, uploaded a few files and got ALL of them refused. I felt a little discouraged but tried DT, just in case. Probably, if all pictures had been refused here either, my amateur's curiousity would have been satisfied, and I'd had just stopped my stock experments. But four images of my Venetian series were accepted! Here's the first one

...and later I managed to resubmit some others, learning how to use Photoshop meanwhile. Including my current bestseller and my only level 2, which was also the first to be sold

I didn't have regular uploads, and past year was a hard year for many reasons, so there were long months when I had neither time nor inspiration to take pictures, or even do something to my old ones. The brightest event was the purchase of my new Canon 450D. Then a period came when I was exploring it, reading some info about all photography stuff, learning, playing with PS - but uploading very little (and getting lots of rejections). Yet, I don't think I wasted that time. Three months ago I came back, to put it in a way, and started new uploads (while old ones were being sold pretty well :-) ). I even managed to raise my approval ratio to 37.6% (this summer it was not more than 25%...). Yes, and I discovered the fun of the blogs area at last!

So, today I've come to 50. 30 of them were uploaded within the last three months, and 18 were taken still with Coolpix S2. I don't know if photography ever becomes a serious occupation for me, or stays a pleasant travel hobby. What I know is that I'm having fun taking photos. I've understood that I love it even more than before. I've learnt much about photography at all and stock photography in particular. I've met many nice people here. And the last but not least, now I know that I CAN DO IT. I'd like to tell it to newbies here, especially to amateurs just like me - keep trying, be optimistic, be creative, and you all can do it. :-)

Comments (15)

Posted by Claudiofichera on October 28, 2009
Congrats Anna! And beatiful your photos. Good buy the Canon 450D. Then a lens L, and then...
Posted by Acies on October 16, 2009
We share a passion and a dream! trying is the only way to get better, it doesn't matter if sometimes it will end in a failure. Let's continue on this wonderful path and we will succeed, sooner or later! Bye!
Posted by Adeliepenguin on October 12, 2009
What an exciting milestone, Anna! I am looking forward to your next 50 images:)
Posted by Ladyamber on October 12, 2009
Many thanks to all of you for your support and nice words! :-) Creativei, yes, I'm considering getting exclusive.
Posted by Digitalg on October 12, 2009
Hello Anna! Congratulations and I do hope you keep telling us about your success stories :)
Posted by Fultonsphoto on October 11, 2009
Congratulations, may you have continued success Anna.
Posted by Littledesire on October 11, 2009
Congrats for your milestone! Weird, my story is the same :) Great images, keep uploading!
Posted by Meryll on October 11, 2009
You have some very nice stock pictures, congrats!
Posted by Frantab01 on October 10, 2009
congratulations, and keep uploading, wishing you lots of sales :)
Posted by Creativei on October 10, 2009
Congrats, are you planing to be exclusive in DT?? Think about it its worth.
Posted by Studioportosabbia on October 09, 2009
Congrats!! Great story, very similar to mine. Started exactly one year ago with a Canon Ixus and discovered microstock at the same time. The Ixus is upgraded to a 450D and photography is my main hobby!
Posted by Wildmac on October 09, 2009
Congratulations! You're come a long way in a short time. Keep uploading, you have great travel images :0)
Posted by Mani33 on October 09, 2009
Congratulations your milestone! Keep going & have a nice DT. Cheers ;)
Posted by Jeniicorv8 on October 09, 2009
Rejections and low AR--yep, I can relate to those. I'm on my 2nd month here and I am learning a lot both from those rejections and reading everyone's posts here. I also admire the friendly atmosphere here. I am having lots of fun here and that's what keeps me going!
Posted by smartview27 on October 09, 2009
Congratulations for your article!

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