Going Exclusive on Dreamstime

posted on 5th of august, 2011

I'm just getting started with micro stock photography but I've recently made a decision to go exclusive with Dreamstime and I'd like to share with you my reasons.

I've been trying a few agencies and have gotten acceptances but no sales yet as my portfolio is still in under 100 photos at this point. From a few months of experience with the different agencies my reasons for concentrating on Dreamstime is based on compatibility, ease of use, feedback and viewership.

1. Compatibility - my photography style seems to match what Dreamstime is looking for better than other sites. My acceptance rate has been higher on Dreamstime.

2. Ease of use - Dreamstimes's back of shop contributors area is far better than other sites I've seen

3. Feedback - Dreamstime excels in feedback. Not only does DT tell...

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Posted by Physi28 on August 07, 2011
I agree completely with you in the reasons you give, in my case I switched to exclusivity when another stock agency refused one of my pictures while DT accepted it and it was sold!
And I can not complain about my decision, sales increase clearly with exclusivity because your pictures get better positioned, the upload bonus also can not be overseen, apart I can better concentrate on the workflow as the same as you I think that slowly slowly I have got to "know" a little bit the DT editors much as they have sometimes controversial refusal reasons among themselves.
Wish you all the best!
Posted by Nero67 on August 07, 2011
Right decision, DT will help you improve even more!!!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on August 06, 2011
I made that decision in March and have been THRILLED with it so far. Good luck.

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Microstock Advertising

posted on 23rd of august, 2011

When my local Borders bookstore had its going out of business sale, I snatched up a bunch of Photoshop magazines. Some of these magazines are imported and typically cost $15 or more but at 50% off they were too good to pass up.

Inside a few of the magazines were a few ads for microstock agencies. What I found disappointing was that the main message of the ads seemed to focus on low, low prices. Seems like most microstock agencies or at least their advertising department seem to think that price is the most important thing to microstock customers.

I have a marketing background so I know where this battle to the bottom would ultimately end up. Its like pushing the dollar menu at fast food restaurants.

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Posted by Peanutroaster on August 24, 2011
Another thought - HP is getting out of the computer business despite being the leading manufacturer. Why? Not as profitable as other parts of their business. They don't want to be a commodity.
Posted by Peanutroaster on August 24, 2011
Ask manufacturers who deal with Walmart what they think of the arrangement. Walmart nearly bankrupted Vlasic pickles with the $5 giant jar of pickles.
Posted by Budgetstockphoto on August 23, 2011
Apple occupy the opposite end of the markeplace to microstock, microstock is by its nature about value. You still want good quality, but the value is the diving factor. Macrostock agencies are about superior quality no matter what the cost.

You are right in that many buyers appreciate that time is very valuable and are looking for simple solutions - hence shuttestock subscriptions costing $249 a month sell well even if the full quota is not needed they can download full sized images for comp work without caring.

There is a long tail of "unsophisticated" buyers out there who think few dollars is a big deal! There was another agency... the name of which is on the 'crest' of my tongue... who at one time only offered two sizes of image. those images at $5 and $10 worked out better value than DT for equivalent resolutions... but guess what? even though it represented value and simplicity they now have 7 or so different prices ranges like all the other microstock sites because its what...(More)

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Zero Views

posted on 31st of august, 2011

Most of my images seem to get 25 - 50 views rather quickly. This image has zero views despite being live for a few weeks and being (I think) an popular subject.

Its a ferris wheel at a local country fair (Cornish NH), right before a big thunderstorm moved in.

Anyone else have problems with specific photographs that don't seem to get viewed?

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Posted by Peanutroaster on March 12, 2013
Can't afford it? ;-)
Posted by Dgmate on March 12, 2013
You mean use Tweeter? Sorry I dont have a tweeter account
Posted by Peanutroaster on March 12, 2013
Tweet a link and the search engine bots should find it.

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