Lessons to have 10000 Sales

posted on 16th of june, 2011

It will be 5 years in September since I joined Dreamstime. This site/agency inspired me to click more pictures, improve my photography and earn a lot of income through their great commission structures through the years. I was also a FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER at sometime. I recently completed 10,000 downloads of my images which consist of all kind of sales including one SR-EL sale and several other EXTENDED LICENSES. I had my own frustrations with royalty rates and other things like any other photographer but I thank DT and its team to be always modest, quick and clear for every query I had for them.

I would like to give some revised tips for everyone. I am aware that I might have posted them in earlier blogs, but still if there are newbies in here, this might help!

Rejections help you improve your photography and in the long run increase income. We do get frustrated but that is momentary in terms of finance.

Instead of researching best sold subjects and images, try to create a niche of your own which will make buyers visit your portfolio specifically.

Try not to repeat the type of images or have duplicate images. Too many images from the same shoot will result in lower levels of your images and hence lower commissions.

Be active on message boards. Even if you don’t post atleast make a point to read what is going on.

Keep upgrading your equipment whenever you hit a certain target of income from your photography sales. For contributors who don’t take this as their main source of income, they will find this easier! But remember that better equipment always doesn't mean better sales, better equipment only helps more in more approvals in my experience.

If you have lower end equipment, concentrate on photoshop tutorials on the internet and try to create magic through it. You will be able to give the results like high-end cameras if you manage to master photoshop.

In reference to the above point, according to me processing of the image has 60% more importance than composing it real time! Buyers don’t care to know whether it’s a unprocessed image or a processed one, they just want the final product worth buying. The photography part of the image shouldn't be in your head as a contributor who is selling it, just think the selling perspective and not the photography technicalities.

Neither should approvals enhance your ego nor should rejection break it apart. The approval ratio is nothing to do with your photography creativity. So what doesn't get approved here might fetch in any stock agency might fetch a great price in an exhibition.

If you have a best-seller, follow the same kind of subject of the image not more than 4-5 times, you might saturate your own portfolio.

If you are non-exclusive, try to identify and analyse the difference of the subjects that sales in various agencies. e.g if politics might sell more in here, entertainment might be selling more elsewhere. This will help you decide what to upload on which site.

Information is power! You should be aware of everything going technically in the photography market in terms of equipment as well as the market in terms of sales. You should know the trends that the world is upto. There are many blogs and sites that will help you understand microstock trends better.

Don’t go and ask anyone for their opinions on your photos. This might have proved to be a good process when you are a newbie. The best way of learning later is learning through your own sales as well as sales of other contributors.

Sale trends shouldn't be followed for the highest downloaded image ever. Rather follow what is the highest subject searched in last one year. After analysis of 2-3 years you will identify a trend that will help you predict what will sell in the next year.

Last but not the least. Thank God if you believe in one, other than that thank your equipment, models, those special moments that nature gives you to capture the perfect pic and be grateful to all those for being the 80% contributing factors in your income!

Processing files for noise reduction and other corrections is good, but not if the effect is applied globally. Always make it a point to select only certain areas to apply a certain effect like noise reduction to retain the sharpness and other important aspects of the rest of the image.

All the best!



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Comments (42)

Posted by Mrahmo on July 14, 2011
thx a lot for the tips
Posted by Socalbatgal on July 13, 2011
Thanks for sharing. It really helps for us that are newbies/clueless.
Posted by Keki on July 11, 2011
nice one! thanks for sharing
Posted by Kannichan on July 09, 2011
Thanks for the motivational post :D
Posted by Hunor83 on July 08, 2011
Great job!
Posted by Thaerjoseph on July 07, 2011
Good tips, thank you!
Posted by Place4design on July 03, 2011
Great job! Thanks for the lesson!!!!
Posted by Hunor83 on June 29, 2011
Great job! Congratulations!
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on June 29, 2011
@Tan410jomast - I write blogs to write, expecting no responses :) that helps good writing :D
Posted by smartview27 on June 28, 2011
Great lesson!
Posted by Anhong on June 28, 2011
Write well. Thanks to share!
Posted by Janeedward on June 26, 2011
useful blog,thanks a lot.
Posted by Tan510jomast on June 25, 2011
hello, good blog. i fully agree with your advice about "Instead of researching best sold subjects and images, try to create a niche of your own which will make buyers visit your portfolio specifically". Yuri and other top sellers have always stressed that to new contributors bc realisitically why would anyone look elsewhere if they already know Yuri, etc work.
So, yes, to be different is to find a niche so buyers will have a reason to remember you.
Good point.
As for writing in blogs here, I am not sure, I used to be a regular and it didn't make a difference. My friends still sold more than me, and they never wrote in this blog ever. So, naturally, I lost interest in writing regularly in this blog community. Instead spending more time making new photos , or going back to my old images with no downloads to find better keywords. I think that alone has found me increased sales.
Posted by Virgilxxn on June 24, 2011
Well written and thanks for sharing your experiences, regards
Posted by Gabirosca on June 24, 2011
thanks for the tips
Posted by Francy874 on June 24, 2011
Great portfolio and thanks for sharing your experience :-) Bye, Francesca
Posted by Cbomers on June 22, 2011
Congratulations and many thanks for your tips!
Posted by Reich on June 22, 2011
Thanks for the lesson Nikhil! :) I`ll try to keep in mind your advices when doing my next shots :)
Posted by Reich on June 22, 2011
Thanks for the lesson Nikhil! :) I`ll try to keep in mind your advices when doing my next shots :)
Posted by Livingstonatlarge on June 22, 2011
Really great words of wisdom from a pro. Thanks!
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on June 21, 2011
@Marugod - There was no reason like this earlier, but yes I had faced this is not a stock image n' things like that. I still get. It seems like its not a niche then because they might be getting other submissions which are similar.
Posted by Marugod83 on June 20, 2011
Thanks for sharing this info with us.

Still, I'm not 100% agree with you when you say "... try to create a niche of your own which will make buyers visit your portfolio specifically", because I had a lot of rejection with the reason was: "Image subject is too specific or niche-oriented. The primary goal of a stock image is to be generic and match as many usage types as possible. Your image is not generic enough and will not generate significant sales."

Some times, having this rejection reason, make me wonder what should I be shooting.

I'm new in stock photography, i've a lot to learn :))

Anyway, great article !!!
Posted by Thefinalmiracle on June 20, 2011
Thanks Everyone!
Posted by Vwimage on June 20, 2011
Thankyou for the great advice. Very encouraging words.
Posted by Lalita29 on June 20, 2011
congrats :) keep clicking :)
Posted by Veronika67 on June 20, 2011
Thanks for sharing!! :)
Posted by Kharyadi on June 18, 2011
Very special thanks for your sharing. It gives me the spirit. :-)
Posted by Thanatonautii on June 17, 2011
Great job! Congratulations!
Posted by Riganmc on June 17, 2011
thank you great post congratulations
Posted by Noodles73 on June 17, 2011
Great tips and your blogs are always enlightening...thanks!

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