After nearly two years of dabbling in stock photography, I finally feel like I've made it through the learning curve as a contributor. My acceptances and sales are picking up and I decided to work exclusively with Dreamstime.
The reason for my decision to become exclusive has to do with the attitude displayed by the people who administer this site. Dreamstime is so user friendly compared to the other stock photo agencies out there. However, the biggest thing is the professional, straightforward manner in which photos are reviewed and rejected on DT. I learned so much from the rejection process here and I was able to make the proper corrections and sharpen my skills. I must say that I was really turned off by the way other stock companies treat contributors. I didn't appreciate their smart aleck attitudes and the rather condescending manner in which they treat rejections. For someone trying to learn about stock photography through trial and error, the other agencies make it easy to get discouraged.
It's very different here and I'm glad I found a "home" on Dreamstime. I want to thank you all (including fellow contributors) for your wonderful and encouraging attitudes. I'm having a lot of fun with my photos now. I do believe if you all keep it up this way, Dreamstime will eventually make its way to becoming the number one stock photography site on the planet because attitude is the true formula for success!
Agreed 100 per cent. I am a newbie and DT helps me to improve my work. Other websites just reject my files with no explanations. Thanks DT for the excellent job and for their patience to explains the errors. Really a good attitude!! And thanks Gale for saying what I had in mind with better English that I can write
I am not exclusive. Not yet. But I can understand why you feel exclusivity is beneficial. Certainly, your workflow will be easier as you only need to concentrate on one site. The time saved in not having to submit to other sites can be applied to making more pictures for Dreamstime. I am sure you're happy.
I decided to go exclusive for similar reasons - when submitting to other sites I felt unfocused and progressed slowly. The rejection reasons and community here got me going and has helped me grow my portfolio to 1,800 images - I doubt I would have stuck with it for long without DT...
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