What a year! After picking up a camera for the first time just 18 months ago, then moving to the middle east to start a new career, I've just celebrating my one year anniversary on DT, hit 50 uploads and have become exclusive with DT.
To be honest, I thought this would be easier than it was.....but i found that out from my first big batch of rejections this time last year! Time constraints and a busy life made it difficult to find time to upload, but I'm happy with the diverse portfolio I'm building - 52 images on 44 different subjects! However, if there's one thing I've learned, perhaps it's to be a little less critical with my upload selections and upload maybe three of four pictures from a 'shoot'.
As an amateur with little spare time, it makes sense to become exclusive - I don't have time to be managing several portfolios with different stock agencies. I know some of my images may, perhaps, sell better elsewhere, but I'm not really expecting to make a living out of stock. Finally, I like the DT community! I've learned so much over the past 12 months from all of you, whether it's on the messageboards or just from spying through your portfolios - some real inspiration!
I see a long road ahead with many successes on the way!
Congratulation. You have survived 50 in microstock, and you haven't gone bonkers yet ... lol.. this is a good sign that you're definitely going to be a successful stock photographer, lol. just kidding. just dropped in to wish you all the best, and to say keep it up !
I think over time you'll find yourself being MORE critical of your uploads. It's important to really cover a subject (I've often kicked myself for coming up with an idea for a shot days after the shoot was done) but in the end if you're very harsh with your own work it will push you to improve even more than rejections do.
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