A small step for DT - but a big one for me

posted on 8th of march, 2012

After one year and two weeks with Dreamstime I finally reached a personal milestone with now 1000 images in my portfolio. Having had a lazy start in the first months with no experience in stock photo business at all, I started working more conceptional and spent in general more time with building up my collection.

There is still more potential. The acceptance ratio is at around 62%, the sales are just starting to kick in, with almost 300 on the record.

What I’ve learnt is:

- stick to what you like and what you’re good at, don’t try to copy others, just because they are successful in it, when you have to leave your own comfort zone;
- try to develop your own skills, try to think more in concepts and think straight and simple;
- use your home, use your environment, use the area, the region your living in, you are surrounded by endless objects, topics, themes, opportunities, moments, people, life... pictures;
- don’t get frustrated by rejections, even if they might be silly and obviously wrong (still don’t understand the reason “different images require different names and descriptions” when more than half of the Dreamstime stock, including mine, contains exactly series like that...), editors are just humans like you and me, sometimes they don’t judge your images for technical issues, sometimes it is simply a question of taste - which is fair enough, because even if it is Stock Photography we are dealing with, it is still a kind of art - and some people like this, some like that;
- upload rather less than more pictures from one shooting;
- have fun while doing it, enjoy the work and you’ll get rewarded.

I won’t bother you every now and then with another blog entry about upcoming milestones, but I will be keen and determined, I can tell you, to reach them. 2000 images online within the end of the year. At least a thousand sales within the same period, Actually, the number of sales should finally exceed the number of images.

One final remark about the people behind Dreamstime. The support team is doing a really good job. Nine out of ten times (not that I had so many complaints...) the response is prompt and helpful, the conversation is friendly - thanks a lot for that.

So, all the best to you guys and girls out there,
thanks for reading,
CU around,
best regards from Perth


P.S. That's probably the image which pushed me over the 1000 mark:

Comments (25)

Posted by Trevorb687 on April 01, 2012
Congratulations ! Great advice for everyone. Nice portfolio !
Posted by Aprescindere on March 21, 2012
Posted by Fantasyart on March 17, 2012
Congratulations on reaching the 1000 I am still very far :-)
Posted by Serjedi on March 16, 2012
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Posted by Jdanne on March 11, 2012
Congratulations! I specially like your crocodile image! Hopefully it wasn't too dangerous for you.
Posted by Scottysally2 on March 10, 2012
Congratulations on your milestone, and great advice, good luck with sales.
Posted by Roboriginal on March 10, 2012
Thanks to everyone for the nice response and four your interest by reading my entry.

There is actually one more thing to add to my experiences. Just came across it yesterday, while going through some older files of my portfolio, when I detected a wrong spelling of a word. No wonder, that almost no one has taken notice of this image.

Well, it's really worth to refine your keywords, as one of our fellow contributors just posted in his blog. I am doing it now even more accurate than before.

All the best
from the west.... end of Australia,

Posted by Calyx22 on March 09, 2012
Congratulations, Rob! Great post. And a great milestone achieved. You have shared good advice for everyone. Best wishes to you for your continued success. :)
Posted by Kezza53 on March 09, 2012
Congratulations Robert!! :)
Posted by Vcarmstrong on March 09, 2012
Congratulations and Good Job! I love your photo of the woman pushing the wind turbine blade. Very creative idea. :)
Posted by Mariaam on March 09, 2012
Posted by Baldas1950 on March 09, 2012
Very good job and interesting tips. Congratulations!
Posted by Egomezta on March 09, 2012
Wow, great job. Congratulations.
Posted by Teabum on March 09, 2012
Fingers crossed for another 1000...s :) Thanks for sharing your experience.
Posted by Vwimage on March 09, 2012
Well done. A huge milesone to reach so quickly. Keep up the great work.
Posted by Suemack on March 09, 2012
Congratulations Rob! Good blog post.
Posted by Yuritz on March 09, 2012
Nice tips and points,congrats on your milestone
Posted by Akulamatiau on March 09, 2012
Posted by TMarchev on March 09, 2012
So interesting.... congrats!:)
Posted by Nero67 on March 09, 2012
Posted by Banol2007 on March 09, 2012
Congratulations! Thanks for useful blog!
Posted by smartview27 on March 09, 2012
Congratulations !
Posted by Picstudio on March 09, 2012
Posted by Adeliepenguin on March 08, 2012
Congratulations on reaching a great milestone! I hope lots of sales follow.
Very good points in your blog.
Posted by Thewildside on March 08, 2012
A very good blog post! This actually made me think of things I have never thought about before.

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Photo credits: Robert Bayer.

About me

Born and raised in Germany, now based in Perth, Western Australia. Worked as cameraman and reporter for German TV, meanwhile I turned my passion for photography into profession. When booking my images, I would appreciate, if you would drop me a line, to let me know, how you are gonna use my work. Thx very much in advance.

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