This month has seen a few minor milestones for me and I would like to shares these with you.
I have found the last 9 months on here has taught me so much about photography, microstock and where I want to go with the whole thing. This month I have had my 400th picture accepted which is actually quite a big milestone as it seemed a million miles away when in my first month of trying I got pretty much everything rejected. I like many mainly took holiday photo's, landscapes etc, just general pictures of average quality. Since being here I really have seen and appreciate the importance of trying to achieve high quality images. Just getting stuff on here at the start seems so hard but if you stick at it, learn from your mistakes, strive to improve, try new things and keep at it then the whole process does become much easier.
Yes I have a very basic portfolio still but it does give me ideas on where I want to go. I have quite recently started photographing people and pets and found I do quite enjoy it. From time on here I see that these types of images tend to sell well if they are of a very good standard. This brings me onto another milestone, this month I have cashed out $500 from DT (thank you very much DT) and spent it all today on my photography. I have bought a few things to help me out, 1. a Wacom Bamboo after reading a thread on here, 2. Some studio lighting gear, 3. various diffusers and a range of photographic light reflectors, 4. photographic background support with a white and black muslin backdrops, 5. A few books and some software. All in all will give me lots of room to try and further my experience in portrait photography and could be an additional source of income from photography.
From throwing the towel in when I first had all my first rejections to now where I'm loving what I'm doing and enjoying the ride. Who knows where it will take me. I know in the eyes of the stock world I'm not at all successful yet and the tiniest blimp on the stock world ladder but hey I feel proud of everyone of my 350+ sales and see this as just the starting block for better and bigger. One day Yuri may work for me ;-) Anyhows you have to dream sometimes but I hope you all stick around and enjoy the ride with me.
Again thank you to DT for the platform on which we all can learn, share and grow. It's a great place to be :-)
All the best,