First year at DT and my first sale

posted on 22nd of april, 2011

This month, I celebrate one year at DT.
Photograhing iss for me a hobby and an obsession that started in november, 2008 when I bought my first camera - compact bridge Fujifilm S1000fd -, for a time, I was quite happy with it. Improving my photography skills was one of the main reasons for which I join in 2010 Stock Photography and Dreamstime. For me, being rewiev and accepted from a professional level was a huge challenge.
But really soon I became really frustrated. In the first months, I uploaded 15 photos but only two of them were admitted, most of them were rejected for technical reasons such poor quality lens, chromatic aberations or frying lens.
So, in november 2010, I decided it was time for an upgrade: I bought my first DSRL. I must admite, I am crazy about this gear, it is really great. My acceptance ratio improved dramatically: 12 uploades accepted and only two rejections. Yupiiii - No more anoying reasons such: poor quality lens, chromatic aberations.
These days gave another reason to be joyfull:my first sale.

I am so glad it happened.

I am not an expert but I would give some advice for those who want to begin uloading in stock business:
- know your gear. Even if you have an compact, you can do acceptable photos for stock photography. For example, those photos were made with my bridge camera
- learn the basics of photography. Know about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, depth of field, composition rules, is the first major step in dramaticly improving your work. Search on the internet and you will find all kinds of great tutorials. Read the DT post on the blog, you`ll find all kinds of practical, great advice.
- learn to improve your photos with the help of some great programs - for free you can use GIMP or you can invest in some powerfull tools like Adobe Photoshop.
- shoot subjects that you love. Always look for new ways to shoot a theme in a new, creative manner. Also try to find out the themes that the stock agencies is looking for.
- be creative. Oh, well, this is a point that I have to improve to my photos - I don`t feel I am ready yet to aproach but learning conceptual photos - it is a goal that I establish for my next year at DT.
I want to thank you for reading my first post on the blog, I hope I didn`t make too many language mistakes. I thank you all for your good advices and for being such a supportive community.

Comments (17)

Posted by Archangel72 on May 18, 2011
Nice blog and great story.
I myself started with only few pictures in the begging, and received lots of rejections with wide variety of reasons.
In time those rejections were reduced and acceptance ratio increased.
However, due to lack of photo equipment I still receive rejections, but, I've learned a lot from them, and I still learning and will never stop.
Dreamstime made me realize about mistakes I did in my photography.
At first I was frustrated just like you, but now I realize that this was necessary path in my improvement and constant progress.
Today, when I look at some of my photos, mild smile crosses my lips.
And... this is not the end...
It's just a little scratch on thick surface of this beautiful art.
Never give up on your talent.
Give yourself a time, and success won't miss you.
At the end of this comment I would like to thank you for adding me as your favorite photographer.
Keep your lenses always clean... ;)
Posted by Haslinda on April 23, 2011
Congratulation! The food photos made me very, very hungry ;)
Posted by Suebmtl on April 23, 2011
Congratulations and good luck
Posted by BCritchley on April 23, 2011
Congratulations, more uploads will result in more regular sales, keep it up :-)
Posted by Joezachs on April 22, 2011
The one which got sold (Beetroot chutney) is healthy too.
Congrats on the move in the right direction.
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 22, 2011
Congratulations ^_^
Posted by Yuritz on April 22, 2011
congrats and good luck for the next ones!
Happy Easter
Posted by Picstudio on April 22, 2011
Posted by Thanatonautii on April 22, 2011
Congrats! You should definitely try to upload some more photos!
Good luck!
Posted by Py2000 on April 22, 2011
Posted by smartview27 on April 22, 2011
Congrats! Have a beautiful Easter celebration!
Posted by Igordabari on April 22, 2011
Congrats! Nice photo, I have added it to my collection The first sale on DT.

Go ahead and best of luck!
Posted by Mariaam on April 22, 2011
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the good tips!
Posted by Michaelee on April 22, 2011
Hi Laurasibiu ,
Congratulations to U also! Keep it up..
Good Luck & Blessings,

Posted by Nero67 on April 22, 2011
Posted by Laurasibiu on April 22, 2011
Thank a lot :)))))))))))))
Posted by Youths on April 22, 2011
Congratulations!! ^__^

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