1000 images

posted on 16th of april, 2012

Maybe for many of my fellow photographers 1000 images is already a milestone of the past. It is for me now as well. It is however an important milestone as it took me about 8 years to reach it. According to my current production rates, it will take about the same amount to double my portfolio size.

1000 images in my portfolio does not necessary mean 1000 images are available for sale. About 80 images (8%) among these are distributed through the free section. This percentage went lower during last year after it peaked around 10%. I am constantly deleting or sending to the free section images which I believe are not representative for my portfolio anymore and their earning power is low.

Additionaly, 210 images are distributed exclusivly through Dreamstime (21% of my portfolio). I am constantly optimizing my portfolio distribution beetween the 4 micro-stock agencies that I am working with, and this percentage is bound to rise during the next years.

On dreamstime, I have the biggest number of images. It is probably due to the fact that is my home agency, where my microstock adventure started. About half of my portfolio dates from my first 4 years here, when I was submitting almost anything. I was experimenting. In the past 4 years, I have focused mostly on travel images, what I like to do most. I also like to shoot macro images of flowers and plants, but my portfolio of this type of images is still not well developed.

I aim a production rate of 10 per month for the short term at least. I am not a full time photographer, and I do not believe I would like to be in the near future. As I enjoy occupying my free time with photography, my production rate is proportional with my free time. I currently travel more than I can process and upload with a backlog of images to process going back in time about 1 year. This allows me to be very selective with the images I upload and I believe is the key for having a high RPI (royalty per image).

Here are some of my latest images:

Some are from very recent travels, like the Lisbon, Portugal images. The Florence's skyline is a image taken during the last Easter vacation, while the moon shot is taken about a month ago. I have recently brought a telescope for astro-photography and learining how to take this kind of images is currently my major activity in my free time. Expect some deep-sky images in the near future.

I hope I will manage to double my portofolio in a shorter time span than 8 years and I hope dreamstime manages to keep increasing the RPI as they did in the past. I appreciate any feedback on my portolio from fellow photographers and any requests from the buying customers.

Kind regards,
Bogdan LAZAR

Comments (31)

Posted by Andrews71 on September 22, 2013
Your night shots are simply amazing. Congratulations.
Posted by Florin1961 on September 18, 2012
Posted by Fainastock02 on September 17, 2012
You're images are very nice !! Also the quality of every image is suberb.
Posted by Sobek85 on May 09, 2012
Congratulations, nice images
Posted by Pardeep08 on April 20, 2012
Congrats....Great images.!!!
Posted by Kittycat on April 20, 2012
Great images. congrats on you 1000 on line.
Posted by Yuritz on April 19, 2012
Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience
Posted by Aprescindere on April 18, 2012
Posted by Gennaro86 on April 18, 2012
Congrats for your milesrone
Posted by Bogdan on April 18, 2012
Thank you all for your encouraging coments!
Posted by Nero67 on April 18, 2012
Posted by Lejoch on April 18, 2012
Congrats for your portfolio ...and for your travels!
Posted by Zenonk on April 17, 2012
That's interesting approach to micro stock, usually everyone say upload as much as possible and keep your folio wide.
Thanks for this inside.
Posted by Akulamatiau on April 17, 2012
Hi Bogdan, I absolutely love your travel images. Congratulations.
Posted by Calyx22 on April 17, 2012
Bogdan, you are one of my favorite photographers. I so enjoy your images--they are just stunning. Congratulations on your achievement. I think I'm on about the same schedule timewise as you are! Best wishes for your continued success.
Posted by Meryll on April 17, 2012
Hi Bogdan, you have a beautiful and professional portfolio with so many sales, great success, I gess you are proud of yourself.. I would have been anyvay.
Posted by Rosedarc on April 17, 2012
Impressive achievements in terms of quality of photography and sales. Your portfolio is amazing.
Posted by Hanbaoluan on April 16, 2012
The master works, very beautiful! Congratulations!
Posted by Aprescindere on April 16, 2012
Posted by Egomezta on April 16, 2012
Congratulations, it is a great achievement... Your images are great.
Posted by Picstudio on April 16, 2012
Posted by FabioConcetta on April 16, 2012
Congratulations is a great result!
Posted by Petin on April 16, 2012
Great job, very nice pictures!
Posted by Monysasi on April 16, 2012
Posted by Teabum on April 16, 2012
Nice portfolio. Hopefully to double your portfolio will take half of the time ;)
Posted by Defess on April 16, 2012
Congratulations! Great images!
Posted by TMarchev on April 16, 2012
Good! Congrats :)
Posted by Halilin on April 16, 2012
Posted by Baldas1950 on April 16, 2012
Many congratulation for your important milestone! And also for your great collections of landscape images of european and asiatic countries that I like very much!
Posted by Alerizzo78 on April 16, 2012
Great milestone! Congratulations!

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