I had my first photo accepted in October. It was a picture of an outhouse with a solar panel attached to charge a light inside. I took the photo with a Sony Cybershot I carried around in my jeans pocket. I’ve been thinking about how my life has changed since then. This is what I learned in the last 3 months of 2009 by contributing to Dreamstime:
1. Just because your first picture submitted was accepted doesn’t mean you are a good photographer.
2. If your first photo is accepted you will now have an obsession with Dreamstime.
3. You shouldn’t try to upload 100 images just because they let you.
4. Patience is a virtue I need to learn.
5. There is a difference between art and stock photography (maybe I’m really an artist).
6. Lighting can be changed if you use Photoshop.
7. Editors don’t like portraits of brown cows no matter how long you spent using Photoshop to clean the animal’s nose of debri.
8. One 60 watt light bulb produces light and noise.
9. If you do manage to send a bunch of photos your first month you have run the risk of being rejected and ruining your acceptance ratio forever.
10. You can still love a photo that has been rejected.
11. Your favorite photo changes every week.
12. There are photo opportunities everywhere you look.
13. There are no rules for Stock Rank.
14. Rejections don’t hurt so much if you have more photos to upload.
15. $3.77 feels like a million dollars if it is your account.
I hope you all enjoy your holidays! My battery is charged and I’m ready to celebrate!