Thank You Dreamstime! I'm outta the gate and running! Sorta ;)

posted on 10th of february, 2010

I've uploaded my first batch of images over the weekend, and waited for many days, checking my email a million obsessed times, for a message from Dreamstime, hopefully bearing good news. I'm sure many can relate to excitement, the anxiety, the see-sawing confidence levels about one's own work. And then the intense butterflies in the stomach when you open your inbox one afternoon, and suddenly, there, stretched across the screen is the name DREAMSTIME, or whatever the first or second stock agency you've ever uploaded to is there. . . You're nervous and excited, and high! Finally, today, I am rewarded with good news(4 photos accepted, and online already!), not so good news (9 rejected, yeah, I'm kinda new at this), and an education. While we would all of course love nothing more than to have every image we upload adored and accepted and posted online immediately, in a world where this is an unrealistic expectation, I think it's wonderful that Dreamstime has given me such specific and detailed reasons for the rejections. OMG, I just hope I can figure out what to do with these valuable pieces of information, and begin to shoot a little bit less "in the dark" - sorry about the pun, lol.
For now, I am on the east coast of the United States, in Baltimore, MD, literally shut in to my house in the midst of the biggest snow event in the history of anyone's life whose only ever lived in these parts. There is a blizzard outside, and our mayor has upgraded our emergency to a "phase 3", (no one in the city government or on the news channels can remember this ever having occurred before) meaning we have been ordered to stay off the roads, to not drive (not that i would try under these conditions, but many people have been) unless we have been contracted by the city or state to drive an emergency vehicle or snow plow, or similar, and are being urged to stay in our houses until things settle down. "White-Out" conditions have existed off and on throughout the day (meaning snow going sideways and every other direction in the wind - not exactly something you want to take your average camera out in anyway)
And of course I am on a high from having a few photos accepted to Dreamstime, and I want to produce more stock! Waaaaahhhh.
So, I will have to experiment with indoor lighting and a make-shift light tent (a small plastic table on it's side with a white sheet all around it, and as many lightbulbs as I can summon logistically to one area of the house... Wish me luck, or better yet, send advice if you have any... One of my rejected photos was an object that I shot in just this manner late last week.... bad lighting, problem pixels, etc.
I'll have to try harder.
Good luck to you all as well, and if you are house-bound in a blizzard, then even more so to you. Happy snappy to all!

Comments (14)

Posted by Jacklouis on February 12, 2010
You have a great attitude! Your heavy snow conditions may present some great stock shooting opportunites.
Posted by Amyemilia on February 11, 2010
You should try to get some shots of the snow, and submit them as editorial... this is a big event and well-composed photos might be of interest to a buyer.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on February 11, 2010 sounds like you have a nice white background outside, without a light tent :):):)
Congrats on the acceptance...I look forward to seeing more. Stuck in the house,
it sounds like you should have lots of time to "surf" through this site and pick up some helpful hints. Good luck!
Posted by Jewely on February 11, 2010
welcome and remember when you do get rejections do not take it personally, use it as a tool to hone your photos I had a lot of rejections at first. One time in the rejection they called it a snap shot, I was so mad, I was even raiseing my voice SNAPSHOT, but my husband gave me the advice I am giveing you. You are off to a good start I will be glad to see more of your work. Jewely
Posted by Joe1971 on February 11, 2010
Welcome ! and wish you good luck!
Posted by Justmeyo on February 11, 2010
Welcome on DT and wish you good luck here:)
Posted by Mani33 on February 11, 2010
Yep, welcome to DT pal, it's really exciting to be here watching your skills getting better & better. Wish you luck with your next milestones & sales!
Cheers :)
Posted by Frantab01 on February 11, 2010
hi and welcome to DT, congratulations on your first submissions - don't worry about rejections - we all get them :) - you'll soon start to realise if your shot is over or under exposed etc etc, remember to view your pics at 100% and see that the main subject is in focus before submitting - i used to make that mistake very often thinking i've got a great pic but hadn't looked at it at 100% to find that the final product was not tack sharp and obviously rejected - these are all things you will learn thru rejections and you will also learn loads on the blogs too :) good luck and happy snapping
Posted by Fultonsphoto on February 11, 2010
Hello and welcome to DT and the world of stock photography, something you may get to practice a lot with the weather your having :0)
Posted by Keki on February 10, 2010
hey there! welcome to dt! you're off to a great start! look out for every day things that you don't usually notice and you'll soon discover a world of opportunities inside your house .. :) hope you are not snowed in for long! best of luck!
Posted by Bradcalkins on February 10, 2010
Welcome to DT - I've got some relatives in Baltimore and it definitely sounds like you are having some winter down there :)
Posted by Wildmac on February 10, 2010
Congratulations! You've had a better start than I did ;) There's lots of good information here in the blogs and message boards and on the internet in general. Sounds like you are having the perfect weather for staying inside and doing a bit of research. Enjoy it while you can and good luck with your next photos when the weather gets a bit better. Cheers Carol :)
Posted by Dvargfoto on February 10, 2010
Good luck!
Posted by Luissantos84 on February 10, 2010
wish you luck!

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