posted on 31st of july, 2014


Well it's been a very interesting journey I must say and one full of highs and lows.


I certainly have to thank Dreamstime, who have helped me develop my photography, providing me with a platform that gets my works seen and sold. It has paid for all of my photography gear and some, 10,000 sales equates to nearly $25,000


In the last few years I have been lucky enough to win my first Dreamstime assignment, national (UK) and international photography awards. These successes led to an invite to a garden party at the Palace here in the UK and an appearance on a daytime TV chat show. Have to admit it's been pretty mad but fun.


So how did I do it? I read pretty much every single thread in the forum here on DT, which took ages but I found tonnes of valuable advice and ideas. I studied the best selling images, to better understand different compositions, the use of light and colour in my works, the importance of diversity and concepts.


I now see every photograph I take like a painting, if you were to paint a picture would you paint distractions from your subject, I think about the direction of light. I don't just concentrate on a subject in the center of my image, I use my compositional skills to frame an image, think about the foreground, background, the subject, framing, colour, light and shadows.


I have also spent time learning how to process and edit my images, the difference here is massive, it can make or break an image. I do try to get as much right in camera but shooting in RAW allows me to tweak my images without damaging the quality. I now use Lightroom 5 for my basic editing and Photoshop for the more elaborate post processing. These skills do not come quickly, well for me they didn't. There are many free tutorials on the Adobe site and Youtube is just jam packed with great videos.


So that's about it, easy? Just never stop learning, have fun and keep uploading, and the sales will take care of themselves :)


Comments (99)

Posted by Zahavak on October 17, 2017
Professional and excellent article
It is very useful
Thank you!
Posted by Alvacid on August 16, 2017
Posted by Rzachariasse on July 25, 2017
They look awesome for sure. I love the valley one.
Posted by Sophiafotoestudio on June 14, 2017
Congratulations Brett! Amazing
Posted by Jgibneythemuseum on December 23, 2014
70 plus years and still learning - Positive Prospective = Health, Happiness, Peace, Confidence and Courage - jGibney
Posted by BCritchley on November 05, 2014
Cheers Steve, all the best :)
Posted by Steveacer on November 05, 2014
Brilliant the photos are fantastic! Good luck to you in the future.
Posted by Steveacer on November 05, 2014
Brilliant! Good luck to you in the future.
Posted by Creativeimaging4u001 on November 04, 2014
wow -- that is exciting to see -- I have just joined DT and struggling to figure everything out yet
Posted by Camerahistorylive on October 09, 2014
Posted by Sebastian423 on October 09, 2014
WOOHOO! Impressive and motivating ! Pictures are amazing, top class!
Thank you for good advice about forum i will definitely look in to it.
Beauty about photography is that there is no limits this topic is endless and so awarding, it gives you satisfaction, emotions, memories and money ;)
Posted by BCritchley on October 09, 2014
Thanks, fast approaching 11,000 now :)
Posted by Haotian on October 09, 2014
Congratulations. That is truly impressive.
Posted by Bennymarty on September 23, 2014
just one question:
why your wonderful "Sumatran tiger roar" has an editorial license and not commercial ?
Posted by Bennymarty on September 23, 2014
great pics !
Congratulations !
Posted by SakisPagonas on September 22, 2014
Posted by Alexserg on September 15, 2014
Posted by Nero67 on September 15, 2014
Congratulations, great achievement!!!
Posted by BCritchley on September 13, 2014
Thanks Rajan and good luck to you on your own journey :)
Posted by Rajansingh on September 13, 2014
Though I am new but thanks to the people like you who are there to encourage us. God bless your work.
Posted by BCritchley on August 31, 2014
Cheers and Vitabello just keep learning and uploading, it's all I have done over the last 4 years or so.
Posted by Vitabello on August 28, 2014
Wow amazing story :) well done!!!!! I'm just starting out, and i hope in many years to become a great photographer/artist like you.
Posted by Wxh6763 on August 28, 2014
You are so great !
Posted by BCritchley on August 21, 2014
Cheers :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on August 20, 2014
Amazing images, very very wonderful work!
Posted by Luizavictorya72 on August 19, 2014
Congratulations!I like your photos !
Posted by Sweetheart29 on August 18, 2014
Congratulations! Your photos are amazing! Good to inspire me to be better!
Posted by Dmccale on August 18, 2014
congrats I love the wet dog in your port.Keep up the great work..
Posted by Swelsh1 on August 18, 2014
Congratulations. Amazing Photographs
Posted by Annemario on August 18, 2014
Inspiring! Amazing milestone, congratulations!

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I am one of the remote editors for Dreamstime. Multi-international award winning photographer based in the UK. Major awards and credits: The Official Eurofighter International Aviation photographer of the year 2015, 1st place, best digitally enhanced image. The Official Eurofighter International Aviation photographer of the year 2014 2nd place win. International award winner at the Royal Horticultural Society's photography awards 2013, 1st place in Seasons and 3rd place in the wildlife category. May/June 2013 Dreamstime assignment 2nd place winner "Security and protection... [Read more]

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