Milestone - first $1,000

posted on 16th of july, 2012

Now here is a milestone worthy of marking - I just reached my first $1,000 in sales. This month also marks my one year anniversary with Dreamstime, 600+ sales and 1,354+ uploads. And importantly my acceptance rate has gone from about 20 percent to around 70 percent. So I must be learning something!

Like anyone starting out in micro-stock the learning curve has been steep in the beginning. I think my favorite part of being a contributor has been the learning process. When you have the motivation of actually selling your photos, it spurs one to take more and more photographs and to be on the look out for opportunities to take photos. The more photos you take, the more feedback you get, the faster you learn.

You also learn to edit your work. If you only have 10 photos to choose from, how good is that "best" photo going to be? But if you are taking hundreds of photographs, you'll be able to pick out the outstanding photographs from the batch. The more you look at the top selling photographs on DT and the more feedback you get from your own portfolio (via sales, not from other DTers telling you how great your photos are) the better you get at deciding which photos have stock potential.

Microstock provides a great opportunity to receive unbiased feedback. When someone is willing to pay money for one of your images it carries so much more meaning then when your best friends says "oh that's a neat photo".

Early on I figured out shooting RAW and using Photoshop and Lightroom to develop and enhance photographs right out of the camera. Something that all of your competitors do, so its a must.

I'm in the game to earn an income eventually so the requirement to have a large and diversified portfolio spurred me to try new things and new directions including studio photography. At first I didn't think I'd ever deal with model releases and people photography. Now I've discovered that I really like doing people photography and hopefully buyers will like my efforts.

Comments (31)

Posted by Artshock on July 19, 2012
Congratulations :)
Posted by Miketea on July 18, 2012
good milestone
Posted by Ekson1 on July 18, 2012
congrat's friend..!
you have done!
Posted by Giannit on July 17, 2012
Congratulations.... you have reached a great result!
Posted by Cammeraydave on July 17, 2012
Fantastic !
Posted by Zenonk on July 17, 2012
Wow! Congrats!!!
Posted by Peanutroaster on July 17, 2012
Babar760 - thanks for the advice. I think I have to rethink my studio space. The room I'm using is very tight.
Posted by Babar760 on July 17, 2012
Good work Peanutroaster. Now, your next goal is $ 2000. It will come faster! Also, on your portraits, try to use a back light on the background ( hide it behind the people ). It will make the people pop, eliminate shadows and render the background more neutral.
Posted by Thevegetable on July 17, 2012
congratulations :)
Posted by Ewapix on July 17, 2012
Congratulations! Really brilliant! Many more thousands to come! :-)
Posted by Keki on July 17, 2012
amazing! well done
Posted by FabioConcetta on July 17, 2012
Very good, congratulations!
Posted by Halilin on July 17, 2012
Posted by Monysasi on July 17, 2012
Posted by Jonkio4 on July 16, 2012
congratulations :)
Posted by Kezza53 on July 16, 2012
Congratulations...fantastic work!
Posted by Laurasinelle on July 16, 2012
Great achivment!!!
Posted by Infokus408 on July 16, 2012
Posted by Peanutroaster on July 16, 2012
Models - offspring, parents, spouse, friends, friends of the offspring. :-)

I work with middle school kids so I know the parents well and have their trust, so they aren't too hard to get and they like to ham it up. I have a little competition going between them to see who will be my top model at the end of the year.

Anyone who steps over the threshold is a potential model!
Posted by ImagoGestalter on July 16, 2012
Inspiring achievement! Now that is something I shall strive for!!
Also, wow, I mean wow, how do you find your models, I've been trying to get people to model for the last year with little to no success, and when I bring up the model release it's a dead end...

any tips from a pro? ;-)
Posted by Famed01 on July 16, 2012
Posted by Iwhitwo on July 16, 2012
Congratulations on your milestone!
Posted by Picstudio on July 16, 2012
Congratulations! Great achievement.
Posted by Davidwatmough on July 16, 2012
Excellent people images........ they will be big sellers once they get going. David.
Posted by Rosariomanzo on July 16, 2012
Posted by Arim44 on July 16, 2012
Congratulations! I'm getting close to the same milestone.
Posted by TMarchev on July 16, 2012
Good ! Congrats!"_"
Posted by Rigsby8131 on July 16, 2012
Posted by Clearvista on July 16, 2012
Congratulations-great photos.
Posted by Py2000 on July 16, 2012

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