Let's talk some about it today,being exclusive on Dreamstime or another agency,is it really worth?
First of all I should say I haven't the experience to say yes or no,but have taken a look to some blogs lately and lots of people were on the same track.
What I learnt by reading those blogs is that it depends on you,your needs,what you expect from this world "the stock one".
If you're someone who just uploads few pictures in a month,then you should become exclusive with an agency,you'll be paid more for the few pictures you get to upload;but if you think to make this your own business or you can uplaod enough pictures in a month (around 100 or more) then it's not really the better way of going.
I say this because you have more opportunities by selling your pics to many different agencies,you get more visibility too and the sales will surely increase.
As an exclusive contributor who is uploading 100 images / month I think to work for other agencies too... Exclusivity is a great opportunity to improve skills and learning the industry and feeling at home just with one agency. I love DT more than all others I must confuse. But I must earn more too...
You are so right about calculating pros and cons before making such a big decision. Today's microstock is way different from microstock 5 years ago. It's harder and harder to get your images accepted, and I think it would kill me if I would have stayed exclusive and got so many rejections as I receive now. But now I'm just happy I can upload my images on other sites as well, and they sell. Since I dropped exclusivity, my income has doubled. And I have discovered some satisfying ways to display and sell my art via other medium. So, it's an exciting journey. But if stock photography would have been just an hobby for me, I think I would have stayed exclusive to Dreamstime. It's a best place to be exclusive, if you want to be exclusive. Less worries and keywording, uploading time for sure. Good luck everyone! The best thing is to find your place in this crazy world.
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