Drinks Are On Me!!

posted on 14th of november, 2011

Well no, not really. But now that you're reading... :)

So after finally getting my act together about 18 months ago (after talking about it for the previous few years!) I entered the world of Microstock, including Dreamstime as one of my first agencies after the good reports I had read about them.

Prior to this my stock experience was entirely in editorial mid-stock I guess you'd call it. So what a learning curve microstock was!

After finally getting my initial submissions ready and finding the time to upload them, and get them approved, how exciting it was to watch the sales begin.

Some of the images that sold amazed me, while others that I expected to sell did not. It was quite difficult getting used to.

Now, after finally getting a decent sized portfolio online and starting to diversify it a little more, I have hit the nice milestone of 500 sales on Dreamstime! I have to say, over this time DT have been excellent to deal with and are one of my favourite sites, as well as being my 2nd or 3rd best earner most months. And it is beginning to improve significantly now that my folio is getting into a reasonable size (another goal of reaching 1000 images online to happen next month most likely!).

Recently, one of my images was an Editors Choice, and its views have gone through the roof! (If only sales matched the views, I could retire by now!)

Things I have learned and continue to work on? Well...

1. Check each file carefully - NO NOISE, blur etc.
2. Try to keep submitting a variety of content
3. Continually improve keywording (learning that sometimes less is best)
4. Dont spend TOO much time checking sales, but keep shooting!

So, thank you to all who have purchased my images, and thank you to all have have written helpful blogs/forum posts that I have read and benefited from.

And my 500th sale I hear you ask? A toilet would you believe... :)

(I hope that subject matter is no reflection on the state of my work!)

Comments (19)

Posted by THPStock on November 30, 2011
Posted by THPStock on November 21, 2011
Just noticed my blog made it onto the front page of DT for contributors!! Kinda stoked about that.

Thanks to you all for reading!
Posted by Zenonk on November 19, 2011
Posted by Ewapix on November 19, 2011
Wow! Thanks! Is it possible to scann the slides with the quality accepted by microstock? Ewapix PS Please, do write a blog on your Himalaya adventure! I am sure lots of people would love to know more!
Posted by THPStock on November 19, 2011
Thanks all for you nice encouraging comments.

Ewapix - yep, been to Himalaya. If you love trekking, don't delay, its INCREDIBLE. Sadly most of my shots are on slide film though as it was a few years back.

And Maigi - That means a lot coming from someone with as many files/sales as you.

Thanks again!
Posted by Maigi on November 18, 2011
Really great portfolio! You do know what are you doing here. ;) Good luck with your goals and sales!
Posted by smartview27 on November 18, 2011
Congratulations ! Great concepts and photos !
Posted by Ewapix on November 17, 2011
What a great blog! Thanks! Did you go to Himalaya then? Please, tell us more! Ewapix
Posted by Livingstonatlarge on November 17, 2011
Heyyyyy.....That was tricky! :)

Glad things are going well for you!
Posted by Lobe on November 17, 2011
First four photos especially were pleasant, thanks, excellent work!
Posted by Heywoody on November 16, 2011
Mine's a pint :)
Posted by Silverpineranch on November 16, 2011
Great images, and very encouraging to a new and upcomming stock photographer. :)
Posted by Kphotos6411 on November 16, 2011
Congratulations! Glad to see you haven't lost you sense of humor.
Posted by THPStock on November 15, 2011
Thanks so much guys, really appreciate you taking the time to read this.

Interesting note: All who have commented are Exclusives! :)
Posted by Nero67 on November 15, 2011
Great job!!!
Posted by FabioConcetta on November 15, 2011
Amazing images, congratulations, the second and fourth image are my favorite!
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 14, 2011
Great images!!! Well done!
Posted by Egomezta on November 14, 2011
Nice work, your images are great, Thanks for the tips.
Posted by Cammeraydave on November 14, 2011
Thanks Tim, Nice work !

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