Submit with caution

posted on 12th of march, 2010

I joined Dreamstime at the end of January, after months and months of hesitating about whether I should take the plunge into the microstock world. To find out more about the submission process, I checked out the blogs and message boards. Here I found a number of stories from contributors who uploaded dozens of images for their first submission, only to have them all rejected. So I decided to be cautious and submitted just three images. To my surprise and delight, two of them were approved. Here they are:

None of the photos in my portfolio was taken with the stock photography market in mind - they're basically just my travel snaps! I like to photograph the things that stand out for me when I visit a new place. Sometimes these are curiosities, which make me wonder about the story behind them. For example, this photo of the only cable car in Ireland, which was originally licensed to carry three people and a cow!

I liked the fact that it was rusty and battered, but still in service, providing the people of Dursey Island with a vital transport link to the mainland.

If you like Bible stories, especially those in the Old Testament, or if you are a teacher, or someone who works with young children, you might like one of the other curiosities in my portfolio. I found it in a children's playground in Italy. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Finally I'd like to thank all those people who have provided invaluable information on the message boards and in the blogs: without them I wouldn't even have got this far. And thanks also to the reviewers who gave me such valuable feedback about the images they rejected.

Comments (14)

Posted by Deniskelly on March 13, 2010
Thanks to everyone who has added their comments today - I'm getting more optimistic by the minute - though also a little daunted by the quality I see in your portfolios! Not sure I can match that, but I'll keep trying.

Lowthian - as a keen birdwatcher (and a not very competent bird photographer), I'm knocked out by your American bald eagle photos.
Posted by Creativei on March 13, 2010
really cool images
Posted by Lowthian on March 13, 2010
You have a very nice portfolio started. I'm new here as well and as others have told me, "keep uploading and the sales will come". That appears to be true as I now have 26 sales in my 3 months on DT. Good luck.

Posted by Ciska76 on March 13, 2010
Congratulation and good sales!
Posted by Wildmac on March 12, 2010
I had heaps of rejections at the start, but they've helped me learn to assess them better before I upload. Even the bad is good :) Good luck :)
Posted by Deniskelly on March 12, 2010
Davulcu: I've just noticed that you've put one of my pics in your landscapes collection. Thank you - It's a pleasure to be there! I wanted to send you a personal message, but I'm not sure if this is possible on DT.
Posted by Deniskelly on March 12, 2010
Thank you all so much for your kind comments and encouragment, and especially the opportunity to see your portfolios - inspirational!.

Komar: I'm sorry you had to go through the experience of rejection, so that people like me could benefit from! But judging by your sales, it didn't put you off uploading for too long, and that's a good thing, because you have some terrific images.
Posted by Komar on March 12, 2010
What if the cow starts to panic and then takes it out on his fellow passengers lol! I was one of those people who uploaded loads of pictures at the start, only to have them all rejected. It put me off from uploading for quite a while.
Posted by smartview27 on March 12, 2010
Congrats for your photos!
Posted by Davulcu on March 12, 2010
You have very nice landscape shots. I bet you are going to sell them soon too. wish you luck
Posted by Maczuga on March 12, 2010
Great shots!
Posted by Miluxian on March 12, 2010
great portofolio indeed and great attitude!
I am sure sales will come very soon :)
Posted by Jonvitalija on March 12, 2010
Nice pictures!!
Posted by Aginger on March 12, 2010
Wow, those grain-stores are great!

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