First $100 Cashout, 268 Images Online

posted on 30th of april, 2013

My story for other newbies like me.

I started out wondering... Could I actually sell stock photos? What photos are considered stock? What photos should I submit? Can I really make some extra cash doing this online?

I decided I would give it a try and just upload a few older photos I had taken a while back and see what happens. As I did that and waited for my first approvals or rejections, I decided to do some research to see what is selling and what isn't. I wanted to see what others were uploading. I wanted to know what imagaes have the most downloads or sells.

Well, I got some of my first uploads approved, what a great feeling, but I also had plenty of rejections, bummer. However, instead of getting upset I decided to use the rejections as a way to learn more. So I read each and every rejection. I even researched their meanings throughout the web, and the forum right here at DT. Some of the rejected photos I was able to go back and fix the problems with Photoshop and resubmit. Again some approved and some rejections. At this point I moved on to my next batch of photos to be uploaded.

With everything I had learned to this point, I began to be a lot more picky with what I would upload. As I did this my approval ratio vs my rejection ratio, got much better. Because I have some physical disabilities and can't get out much to take photos, I also got into illustrations which really picked up my acceptance ratio. Now I was getting sales! Which is a awesome feeling! Someone actually wants my work. The more sales I got the more images I wanted to get online.

Now I am putting photos and illustrations together!

Creating is so much fun! Sometimes the ending result suprises myself, LOL. Here are a few...
These were some of the most recent images I did that got me to my first $100 cash out, and my 268th image online!

My best advice to other newbies is to not give up. Just keep submitting and learning, the sales and the approvals will come as your portfolio grows. Keep up with the forums, blogs, and DT news.

Stock Photography gives you a way to express yourself and your work in so many different ways. Just have to find yours.

Now have FUN and GOOD LUCK! :)

Comments (22)

Posted by Suyerry on May 21, 2013
Thanks Tee! Just keep uploading and grow your portfolio, like the old saying, "size really does matter". LOL :)
Posted by Teeimagination on May 21, 2013
Thats amazing and such an inspiration for me (a newbie) that with hard work it can happen!! Thank you so much for sharing and keeping me hopes up. By the way I like your illustrations.
Posted by Perstock on May 06, 2013
You're doing great Susan!
Posted by Infokus408 on May 04, 2013
congrats! keep it up.
Posted by Defess on May 04, 2013
Congratulations! To continue working and good luck!
Posted by Robinstockphotos on May 03, 2013
I'll wait for you but you've always been ahead of me when it comes to uploads. Maybe because I am forced to spend a lot of time on post processing? But either way we'll make it to 700 I suppose. Then 2000 next year?
Dreaming is the best part of any mission. haha!
Posted by Suyerry on May 01, 2013
Thanks Susana! In the future I hope I can produce those beautiful colors like you do! :-)
Posted by Pindiyath100 on May 01, 2013
Huge Congratulations to you, Susan!! Wish you more sales in the future. :)
Posted by Suyerry on April 30, 2013
@Egomezta - Thank you...I see who gets to hang out with all the stars! :-)
Posted by Suyerry on April 30, 2013
@Cammeraydave - Thank you - Your portfolio is so unbelieveable, I can only dream of the same one day. Congratulations to you for your huge success here at DT. You are a inspiration for me. :-)
Posted by Egomezta on April 30, 2013
Congratulations, you're doing great.
Posted by Cammeraydave on April 30, 2013
Great to hear your story, progress and success so far !
Posted by Suyerry on April 30, 2013
@Kristene - Thank you. I look at your portfolio and you have some really nice images, you are off to a great start. Good Luck!
Posted by Kristene444 on April 30, 2013
That's great news ~ gives me hope! :) Congratulations!
Posted by Suyerry on April 30, 2013
Thanks Fantasyart :-) I love your illustrations!
Posted by Fantasyart on April 30, 2013
Congratulations!!! To continue working and earning :-)
Posted by Suyerry on April 30, 2013
Thanks guys!

@Glocoru...Glad I can offer some kind of encouragement. Just keep the images coming!

@Miraclemoments....Thanks so much. My sales doubled this last month with a bigger portfolio so I am hoping for that quicker payment next time. :-)

@Robinstockphotos... 700 by year end for the both of us. :-) ...but I have feeling you will before me. :-)

@Daddiomanottawa... Thanks, and you could do what I do in photoshop, but with your beautiful and fun photos, you dont need too. Love your work! :-)

@Rosariomanzo.. Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Rosariomanzo on April 30, 2013
Congrats for your milestone and awesome work!
Posted by Daddiomanottawa on April 30, 2013
I wish i could do what you do in photoshop.
keep going, go get 'em!
Posted by Robinstockphotos on April 30, 2013
Target 700 by year end.....
Posted by Miraclemoments on April 30, 2013
Well done and keep it up. It is always fun to get that first payout. Hope the next one comes even sooner.

good luck!!
Posted by Glocoru on April 30, 2013
Thanks for encouraging us (the newbies) :-)

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