Little Collection Experiment

posted on 31st of january, 2014

Hi Everybody!

Not so long ago I've reached the milestone of 50 up-loads, which also was the beginning of this blog. The nice and encouraging comments on my first blog article gave me extra motivation and drive to understand stock photography. Thank you all for that!
So it's time to try to figure out a new part: COLLECTIONS!

Is it good a good idea to create collections? Can you benefit of participating and/or to them?
Are there things you should think about when you create collections? Do you want fellow photographers with pictures that have a lot of views and sales? Or do you group together with fellow photographers who, like you, are, new to this. Do you want to create large groups with a lot of variety or do you keep it small and very specific? Will this effect your number of views and will it increase the number of sales?

I will try to get an answer to this questions by creating a little experiment but I need your help. ;-)

I've created 4 collections and I would like to get them public by having 5 different photographers per collection. So whether you are new to Dreamstime or have sold a lot of pictures, let me know if you have pictures that you would like to add to one of the following collections:

COLLECITON: Animals of the World

COLLECTION: Colorful Sunsets

COLLECTION: Night Lights


In a few weeks I hope I can write another blog with answers to my questions and my findings and thoughts on collections!

Thank you all for your input and let's keep shooting!


PS: Forgot to mention, if you find a picture in my portfolio that would be perfect for one of your collections, let me know! ;-)

Comments (14)

Posted by Chanevy on February 05, 2014
Here are my suggestions for animals of the world and night lights. Great idea!  Image not available or id is incorrect.  Small town square at twilight 
Posted by Laurasinelle on February 05, 2014
Nice collection!
Posted by Flyingdolphin on February 04, 2014
Thank you for selecting some of mine for your collection experiment. I have just had this one accepted and thought it may do for your night lights
   Panama Canal at Night   
Posted by Danielal on February 03, 2014
Hi, I also think that participating in collections make images more visible and this probably results in more sales.
Here are my suggestions:
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Posted by Lejoch on February 03, 2014
Hi, I have these sunsets, the first in the Venetian lagoon the second one in Crete.

   Venice lagoon   
   Beautiful sunset   
Posted by Flyingdolphin on February 03, 2014
You may regret this request as I can see it being popular. Anyway here are some suggestions from me, I have way too many animals to include, but suggest these fit the collections best. Good luck with your experiment.
For the sunsets-
   Clearwater Sunset       Aruba Sunset       California Sunset   
For the night time-
   Night Rollercoaster   
For the animals -
   Small Mountain Gorilla      Lions Play       Elephants Run   
For the Safari-
   Giraffe on the Road       Elephant trek       Kilimanjaro Elephant       Safari Lion   
Posted by Dash76 on February 02, 2014
I am a bit like you, I had all the same questions and did the same experiment. I don't know exactly what it achieved but more exposure is good, right?
I have a few night photos I'd like to add to your experiment.   The 'New Mosque'      Suleymaniye Mosque      Sydney Harbour by Night      Cassis castle at night   

I also have one particular animal shot I am disappointed isn't doing any good but I'dlike to see if a collection might help.   Happy Hippo   
Good luck with your experiment, I'd like to see how it turns out for you.
Posted by Ivanderbiesen on February 02, 2014
Night Lights :):
 Gothic spires of the City hall of Leuven , Belgium  City hall of Leuven in the evening  Library University Leuven at night  Abbey of San Gregorio in Venice at night  The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the Basilica of Saint Mary of Health, Venice 
Posted by Hkrunning on February 01, 2014
I have a few for your animal collection: Thanks.
   Endangered Bird - java sparrow      
   Endangered Bird    
   Red Panda   
   Giant Panda   
   Endangered Bird - Bali Starling   
   Bird - Red Parrot    
   Bird - Great Barbet   
   Bird with whiskers   
   Bird - Aisan Koel   
Posted by Hellen8 on February 01, 2014
Here are my favorite pictures, you can use them to your collections :-)
   Fallow Deers    
   Image not available or id is incorrect.   
   Exotic Tropical Birds  Flamingos Wildlife   
   Old Hotel   
Posted by Inyrdreams on February 01, 2014
yes I think collections help I really do! the biggest thing is getting your images seen so that people can buy them.. when we are hidden in the middle of 22 MILLIONS images, unless you are at the beginning in the first 10-12 pages, buyers get tired of looking further. once they find a suitable image its too much work to look thru them all. So how to fix this? well being exclusive does get you more to the front.. having level 5 images ABSOLUTELY gets you seen (so yes enter the contests for sure!!!) and blogging and collections do too. I always have more sales after I blog or add images to a collection or get accepted to an assignment contest. that said, good luck, and here are some images to add to your collection!
not sure why the images are not showing up... but the first 3 are sunset and the last 3 animals of the world or safari
Posted by FabioConcetta on February 01, 2014
My little contribution:
 iguana on tulum beach 
 Black pig nebrodi 2 
 Monkey bike 
 Parrot 5 
 Red parrot 
 Colored budgie 3 
 Sleepy parrot 
Posted by Msalena on January 31, 2014
Hey! Creating collections can be fun)
I liked you Antwerpen panorama. Planning to come there soon)))
Here is some of night photos of mine:
Posted by Igordabari on January 31, 2014
Nice idea. Good luck for your collections! And here is my input. You are welcome to choose and take what you like:

Animals of the World:
 Altai: Chipmunk Tamias Sibiricus 
 Funny chipmunk 
 Chipmunk (Tamias Sibiricus) 
 Chipmunk Tamias Sibiricus 
 White whale tail flipper 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Young Common Gull 

Colorful Sunsets:
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Lake landscape sunrise 
 Morning lake clouds landscape 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Winter steppe snow 
 Morning lake landscape 

Night Lights:
 Lake Seliger night: stars clouds moon 
 Moon megalopolis 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Landscape Night Moon 
 Moscow Kremlin night 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Moscow cityscape night  
 Fountain night bridge 
 Moscow Red Square Cathedral 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Dark vintage courtyard 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Image not available or id is incorrect. 
 Night driving car 

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