so, 2010 is finally here, and I am pleased to say I finally was able to get my studio set up in my new city . I had most of my stuff in storage
in my old city, and was relocating too often, I wasn't sure if it was time to settle down ... again.
but the end of 2009 was the most serendipitous when a lovely lady contacted me to say she liked my photographic style and wanted to shoot with me. I was at this time, at the verge of giving up and packing up to return to my old city due to the lack of prospect in this city . so you can imagine my ambivalence to take her up on her offer.
well, I said yes, simply on the account that she told me she was a libra, and being one, this counts big time with me, as I never met a libra I never...
Hey Everyone, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for coming in to add you lovely comments. As always this is the reason why I enjoy writing a new blog... not just only so much to brag about my gorgeous model, but also to come back later to see your avatars and recognize most of you. it's like a supportive community we have here.
BTW, 2010 started the right step for me, I reached payout today, and have requested my check. I guess I will have some money to buy my lovely photographic partner a little thank you present for finding me.
Also, I want to say a little extra Multumesc to Carmen ... aka Tangie , who have been so communicative with me everytime I feel like writing her at Support to give her a little bit of trouble, lol. Here's looking forward to the start of this new decade and I wish all of us every success here on DT.
May your own private lives bring us all the joys you cherish. God Bless, Essalam Alaykum, Peace, May Mother Universe conspire to get you all that you desire....(More)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for coming in to add you lovely comments to my blog.
As always this is the reason why I enjoy writing a new blog...
not just only so much to brag about my gorgeous model, but
also to come back later to see your avatars and recognize most of you.
it's like a supportive community we have here.
BTW, 2010 started the right step for me, I reached payout today,
and have requested my check. I guess I will have some money to buy my lovely photographic partner a little thank you present for finding me.
Also, I want to say a little extra Multumesc to Carmen ...
aka Tangie , who have been so communicative with me everytime I feel like writing her at Support to give her a little bit of trouble,...
Lowthian, yes patience counts, but regular uploads work better if you plan to earn money here.
Treasurehunter22 , it was my first payout . when i first started i was only doing very little work for Dreasmtime. i shot only about once or twice a month and hardly made any effort to get a larger portfolio. as always, the top sellers advice to me was "you get what you put into it, so get a larger portfolio. you cannot expect 60 images to earn money for you . you are 60 images in 6 million". with that, i made more effort to increase my portfolio. it wasn't until the past 4 months that i really submitted on a regular basis. taking the advice "if you cannot submit many, do at least one a day". that was when the earning started ."
Hello Dreamstimers, hope this new decade started on the right mood for you as it did for me here on Dreamstime.
now that i got my first taste of a payout, i am getting greedy and want to see the next payout sooner, and more regularly.
one of my favourite bloggers also left me with this optimistic assurance, "...the next one(payout) will be faster". is it?
well, this is the reason for this blog today. do we really have some control to the steering wheel as to how we get more downloads in this business? can we actually make images that draw DT clients to download them? are there certain elements of the image that buyers use as criteria to take my image as opposed to yours. or even more specific, this image as opposed to other similar ones?
Great article, find it very informative. The key most probably in my opinion is to be unusual, and in good way to bring buyers to your picture. The second most important is the thumbnail in the way that I see it.
P.S.: You know what, I have had the same problem as you Wildmac, except that school usually refreshes my brain, unlike other children, where school usually drains their brain fluids out. Perhaps you should actually take a holiday and stop thnking about photography for a while.
Great blog! I think you're right about enjoying your shooting. I've had a bit of a mental block recently. I'm not sure if my brain is still on holiday with my kids, they start back to school in Feb, or if I'm now putting too much pressure on myself to perform. But I just have no enthusiasm for anything photographic at the moment and I usually love taking photos. I think maybe I just need to shake things up a bit and make it more fun. Maybe I'll have a red day tomorrow with the kids. We can have a treasure hunt for red things for me to photograph. Or yellow, or fluffy things who knows as long as it is fun. Congratulations on your 1st payout! Cheers Carol :)
When I first started in micro stock , I received a really nice encouraging email from someone who was a well established best seller. He told me he reviewed one of my images and from there, he keeps checking in to my portfolio just to see how I was progressing as a contributor.
He said he was brought up in the city I was at that time based in, and just felt nostalgic as some of my works had places he spent his childhood days. He also commented on how most of my works at that time were not studio works but mostly what he called "found" images.
He said from the arrangement and lighting of my images, he sensed I knew my "stuff" in lighting , exposure, composition, and seeing images...
Before I started to contribute to micro stock photography and Dreamstime, I was not much into food. From childhood, I had a nasty habit, as my "ama" (servant) who cooked meals for my father's house had to endure, of putting food as least importance on my priority list. It wasn't often that the loving ama , an old chinese lady as old as my grandma and one who also loved and pampered me as her own grandson, waited for me till past midnight to knock on my chamber door to remind , "your dinner is getting cold, you should eat before sleeping. I need to sleep too for your daddy needs to be served early". Dear old ama was like our guardian angel, and she probably is one now, as that was some many years ago when I was a wee child. Food, is not something I enjoy "...
every picture tells a story.
some of you may remember this rod stewart best seller of the same title. rod knew eveything about selling . he was so successful that he had himself at least 5 marriages, and all to gorgeous women old enough to be his mother rofl.
yep. lucky man, and very busy man, that rod the mod was ! lol.
jokes aside, selling is the name of the game too, here in micro stock business. to quote yet another famous story, "Gia" the tragic movie story of a model which starred Angelina Jolie . In one part, Gia said memorably, "fashion is not fun. it's a business. someone has to pay for it".
How true. someone has to pay for the things we create.
and on top of it, i just cannot help to notice that editorial makes up only a small part of stock photography....
I think there are a lot of contributors here that make loads of money from their editorial images, they can sell well if relevant and up to date. I have made some good sales from my editorial images but should also submit more.
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