DT life starts at 50!

posted on 25th of january, 2011

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'.

But, after seeing my images begin to sell, 50 uploads is something I've had my sights on for a few months for a few reasons:

1. It's half way towards my next target of 100 uploads by Easter!

2. It means that I can now really challenge my technique and creativity by having a go at assignments

3. I can become exclusive and, ultimately make a little bit more revenue from sales (plus the added incentive of cash-per-upload!)

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!

Have a great 2011 everybody!

Comments (24)

Posted by Tan510jomast on January 30, 2011
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 !
Posted by Sweetheart29 on January 30, 2011
Congratulations!! Good work!
Posted by Shopartgallerycom on January 28, 2011
Posted by Noodles73 on January 27, 2011
I just passed the 50 mark and thinking too apply for exclusivity...congrats!
Posted by Dgmate on January 27, 2011
Posted by Countrymama on January 27, 2011
Posted by Mani33 on January 26, 2011
Congratulations your milestone! Good luck with the next target! :)
Posted by Scottysally2 on January 26, 2011
Congratulations, you have a nice portfolio. :)
Posted by BCritchley on January 26, 2011
Congratulations and welcome to the club :-)

Brett, UK.
Posted by Digitalexpressionimages on January 26, 2011
Hi Dean,

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.
Posted by Laurasinelle on January 26, 2011
Posted by Luckydog1 on January 26, 2011
Congratulations. You are building a very nice portfolio. I am glad you are experiencing success and have accomplished your first goal. I look forward to seeing your next 50 uploads!
Posted by Vilaimages on January 26, 2011
Good for you! keep it up!
Posted by Egomezta on January 26, 2011
Congratulations.. Enjoy the exclusive benefits...
Posted by Ver2exe on January 26, 2011
congrats :)
Posted by Mariaam on January 26, 2011
Congratulations!!! :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on January 26, 2011
Congratulations,well done :)
Posted by Defess on January 26, 2011
Congrats! Very nice photo.
Posted by Ongchangwei on January 26, 2011
Wow, nice photo. Congratulations!!!
Posted by Halilin on January 26, 2011
happy DT:)
Posted by Jonkio4 on January 25, 2011
congrats :)
Posted by Youths on January 25, 2011
Congratulations!! :)
Posted by Xiaofeng123 on January 25, 2011
exclusive is good for the person who have not many time to manage the stock photo.
Posted by Py2000 on January 25, 2011
Congratulations on reaching 50 uploads and becoming exclusive! I've been exclusive with DT ever since I was eligible. Good choice!

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