500 Sales Thanks to the DT Community!

posted on 4th of march, 2013

In May of 2011 I bought my first camera! I was so excited to start shooting photos so I could upload them on DreamsTime. DreamsTime is my favorite micro stock agency that I'd been using to purchase photos for projects at the ad agency I work at. But like most people, I didn't realize that even with a decent camera you still need to understand the science of photography AND upload images that have marketability. So everything I uploaded at the beginning was soundly rejected! What do I do now! Well, I found the forum here on DT and started my research. I also took very seriously what the reviewers were telling me in the rejection process.

Thanks to the kindness of the DT photographers that are active on the forum I got headed in the right direction. I listened to the wisdom of Wisconsinart, I was encouraged by Afagundes, I was inspired by Littlemacproductions and Cammeraydave, I dreamed of having portfolios the size of Lisafx and Ersler, and studied for countless hours portfolios of people like Bradcalkins, Stocksnapper and Brett Critchley. There are many more that deserve mentioning here as well. Check out the forum, get to know these amazing photographers.

The reviewers and admins at DT have also helped steer me in the right direction. The rejections I've gotten made me reevaluate my uploads, it's not always easy, but it forces me to try harder! DT wants to sell photos as much as I do. And by keeping the standards high, ad agencies and designers are much more likely to look for their photo needs right here.

I still have much to learn. My magic carpet ride is really just beginning. Thank you DT community!

Comments (19)

Posted by Nero67 on March 10, 2013
Posted by Mike2focus on March 10, 2013
Thanks, Igor! You are one of the regular forum contributors who's opinion I value very much.
Posted by Igordabari on March 09, 2013
Congrats, Mike! 500 sales for 1.5 years is a good achievement. your photos are nice, your diversity is excellent, you go faster than me. I wish you 1000 sales JUST THIS YEAR and I am quite sure you will get it. Best of luck!
Posted by Mike2focus on March 09, 2013
Todd, for sure! I dropped you a message through one of your images. Talk to you soon.
Posted by Snookless on March 08, 2013
Great Job Mike!! Congrats! We should get some coffee sometime and chat. I am just off Ulmerton in Largo.
Posted by Defess on March 08, 2013
Congratulations! Well done!
Posted by Infokus408 on March 07, 2013
congrats! keep up the good work.
Posted by Mike2focus on March 06, 2013
Thank you my friends!!
Posted by Djapart on March 06, 2013
nice job.. i like it..
Posted by FabioConcetta on March 06, 2013
Great result, very good!
Posted by Cammeraydave on March 05, 2013
Made my day Mike !
Posted by Suyerry on March 05, 2013
Congratulations! Well done! :)
Posted by Laurasinelle on March 05, 2013
Great news! Congratulations!
Posted by Mike2focus on March 05, 2013
Thanks for the kind comments everyone!
Posted by Egomezta on March 05, 2013
Congratulations, great achievement.
Posted by Rigsby8131 on March 05, 2013
Congratulations on your success!!! I totally agree with you about the inspirational photographers here at DT.

Good luck for the future.
Posted by Py2000 on March 05, 2013
Posted by Joe1971 on March 05, 2013
Posted by Hanbaoluan on March 05, 2013
Congratulations to you, thank you for sharing photography experience!

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