Eureka : lessons learned in reaching $1000 today.

posted on 2nd of november, 2010

This is not a boast although naturally I am pleased that today I reached earnings of $1000 and I haven't withdrawn a cent yet. I joined Dreamstime in the Spring of 2009 and it took a while to get the first image accepted. Then I believed wrongly that scenic images would sell well and went on holiday taking loads of pictures many with identifiable people in them, got no model releases and damaged my acceptance ratio until at one point I was only allowed to submit 3 images per day.
After studying the best sellers of other members I gradually realised that concept images were better sellers. Here are some that have done well for me :

Gradually I improved my acceptance ratio but as I got close to $1000 and 977 images my desperation drove my ratio down from 59.7 to 58.0 . Actually to be fair standards are rising and often one gets a criticism ' does not exceed the quality of images already on the data base '.
Some recent images do please me like these on success:

I just looked up examples of what other members did on the subject of success and here are so many different approaches:

To sum up its been hard work and I would never have done it for the money......... but it is a lesson in quality, colour, composition, marketability, and ........... perseverance ! When it comes Happy New Year to members and dreamstime Editors.

If this blog has helped anyone please tick the 'helpful ' box .

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Comments (37)

Posted by Gennaro86 on November 30, 2010
Good picture! Good blog! Congratulations!!!
Posted by Williamardrey on November 26, 2010
Thank yo so much for your encouragement and tips. I feel I learn something new every day by reading insightful blogs like yours.
Posted by Sammyer on November 22, 2010
Congratulations, and thank you very much for sharing. I will keep this in mind as i am a noob. lol Great job on your images as well.
Posted by Serjedi on November 22, 2010
very good blog, thanks for the advices! :-)
Posted by Anhong on November 21, 2010
Good article, nice pictures.
Posted by Fenghui on November 18, 2010
thanks for shareing your lessons with us.wish you many more sales.
welcome to my cjinese blog :
Posted by Davidwatmough on November 16, 2010
Mimnr1 I really hope you persist and learn and make big money David.
Posted by Mimnr1 on November 15, 2010
Congratulations! I remember how hard at the begining was to get my images online, and I hope that soon I will reach my first $1000 :)
Posted by Seattlephoto on November 10, 2010
Congrads!! Great job. I find reading things like this very inspirational.
Posted by Mommamoon on November 09, 2010
Thanks for sharing - I found this helpful and encouraging.
Posted by Mani33 on November 04, 2010
Congratulations! Great work!
Posted by Heathse on November 04, 2010
Many, many congratulations. I think it takes a lot of technical knowhow to produce conceptual images like yours and more time too.
Well done!
Posted by Iwhitwo on November 03, 2010
Congratulations on your accomplishments and thanks for sharing your learning's in a great blog.
Posted by Davidwatmough on November 03, 2010
Sigal Petersen I love your image entitled ' Girl with flower'. David.
Posted by Sigalpetersen on November 03, 2010
congratulations and thanks for shareing great blog really incourageing for me :)
Posted by Gussmann on November 03, 2010
a good article
Posted by Suebmtl on November 03, 2010
Well done.
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 03, 2010
Posted by Sobek85 on November 03, 2010
wow well done
Posted by Adeliepenguin on November 03, 2010
Thanks for sharing your great milestone! You do have a lot to be proud of. I am glad you found the "niche" that works for you and is satisfying.
Posted by Py2000 on November 03, 2010
Posted by Trottola on November 03, 2010
Congratulations! You have done a great work! I had to learn micro stock rules too and I'm still observing and learning, but' I thing it's a nice hobby, so I like it! ;)
Posted by Pawanpullarwar on November 03, 2010
Hi David, congratulations, even I realize that teh conceptual images are better saler after seeing lot of images in microstock. I recently started with dreamstime and for last 2 week, only 2 images out of 12 were accepted. Hope, soon I will get better idea about what the quality and the type of images I should be submitting.
Posted by Scottysally2 on November 03, 2010
Congratulations, great blog, you certainly have worked hard. Wish you many more uploads and sales. :)
Posted by Keki on November 03, 2010
well done!! :)) hope your next milestone comes easier! thanks for sharing!
Posted by Egomezta on November 02, 2010
Congratulations..... Great blog. I hope in two months to write a blog like this one : )
Posted by Davidwatmough on November 02, 2010
Fultonsphoto ; I only just traded in one D700 for a new one to get a 3 year warranty. People on this site with relatively poor equipment still do much better than I do at making money. David.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on November 02, 2010
Good to know that with a little patience, effort and dedication one can change their own fortunes, per say, around and make a real go of microstock. Congratulations and well deserved...PS, can I have your D700 when you upgrade soon :0)
Posted by Davidwatmough on November 02, 2010
T2tantan I am pleased if it helps you........ for a long time I didn't study what successful contributors did... I didn't understand Editorial images..... or acceptance ratios and their effect............ and I am still learning and know very little about microstock..... so you persevere and you will have a free lesson, actually a course, in photography even if you don't get rich quick. David
Posted by T2tantan on November 02, 2010
Your article is very inspiring to me. I have so far succeeded in getting only 4 images on line and had 5 rejected. After reading your blog, I think I know how I can improve my batting average.

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