To upload flowers or not to?

posted on 21st of january, 2013

But Dreamstime has got enough flowers to fill up the Mariana trench and drown the Everest.
I still don't know what would be a good strategy here. Of course I have to upload flower photos and I will. But what sells and what doesn't?

After thinking about it all I decided to pick out one flower photo here:

And another generic background:

I have a million flower photos on my disk and most have been declared "awesome", "extraordinary" and "classic!" by family and friends. That, obviously is not something that matters. DT teaches this to newbies the hard way. I've had half the pollens of a flower out of the frame with only the stalk in focus and it was labelled "lovely". Another flower on the dead centre with zero space left for text was "my best ever photo".

Well do you have any experience with flowers? I mean as a photographer or as a gardener or someone working in a nursery who knows what people are attracted to?
I guess photos sell only when they are usable and also attractive. I could do with some suggestions down here. :)

Comments (14)

Posted by Livingstonatlarge on January 29, 2013
My very first sale on DT was PINK flowers...LOL
Posted by Peanutroaster on January 22, 2013
Better be top notch images to compete!
Posted by Pindiyath100 on January 21, 2013
Try water lilies, lotus, tulips, orchids, frangipani etc. I’ve HAD lots of sales with these flowers. Used to be a flower photographer in the beginning but when rejections received due to my lack of creativity, I slowed down and switched to other areas that I could manage. Hope this helps… :)
Posted by Dmccale on January 21, 2013
very nice I have a few this one has sold 11 times good luck
 Pink rose 
Posted by Cammeraydave on January 21, 2013
Everyone should have a flower or two in their portfolio.
Posted by Robinstockphotos on January 21, 2013
So I'll shoot a photo, look up on DT and if it is worth fitting inside top 80 search results in either "best-selling" or "most downloaded", I'll upload it. :)

I'm trying hard not to upload junk just because I don't have many online files. It's too tempting sometimes because I know some stuff I have would give me 200 online soon. But doesn't look like it would ever sell. Like I could shoot a million lizard photos or cobras or anything. :/
Posted by Egomezta on January 21, 2013
I have a few flower images and they have sell quite well, I guess you have to upload the best images and specially those that make a difference with what you have seen here in DT.
Posted by Wisconsinart on January 21, 2013
Upload business flowers. Flowers in traffic. Flowers teaching children. Flowers using an iPad.
Posted by Ewapix on January 21, 2013
Don't bother doing cherry blossom - most of mine were rejected almost on all sites for "not enough selling potential" or "we have lots of similar images already". I think there is enough of cherry blossoms :-)
Posted by Miraclemoments on January 21, 2013
basically the images used for the education or that kind of thing is saturated from there the comment that BCritchley made.

Flower images that are funky and fresh like you said make the grade...I can see the two shown by BC used as images on invites, cards, love notes etc. Good luck!!!
Posted by Robinstockphotos on January 21, 2013
Okay, something with that freshness and cool look.
And something photographed from a lower angle preferably. Thanks!
Posted by Miraclemoments on January 21, 2013
Agree with BCritchley....if you are uploading flowers make sure they are very unique in the sense there are little or no images of those flowers on DT or they must superbly special otherwise you are going to get rejections...been there and done that.
Posted by BCritchley on January 21, 2013
Upload flower pictures like this    Spring tulip flowers    or this    Soft spring apple flowers background   . I wouldn't waste your time uploading images like this    Maximowiczii flowers    or    Aloe Plant Flowers   . Good luck :)
Posted by Robinstockphotos on January 21, 2013
There's some problem with the second image! The thumbnail shows something else. Cilck the image and you'll find it's something else. I better contact support on that! :/

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