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« on: September 03, 2008, 06:24 »

I'm an amateur who has been in love with photography for nearly 20 years.  I finally went DSLR this year with a Canon 450D and had read about micro-stock so decided to try it out.

I've had a little success on Fotolia and get stuff accepted on a reasonably high acceptance rate at both Dreamstime and BigStockPhoto.  I have sold a few on Fotolia and a couple on BigStock, however, I've not really cracked what it is that Dreamstime is after.

Any ideas?

« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2008, 06:37 »
Do you mean where the sales come from, or what types of images they accept?

How many images do you have online so far?  Do you have a link to your portfolio?

« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2008, 07:34 »

I have a 130ish on Bigstock, 30 on Fotolia and about 20 on Dreamstime. 

It feels like they have distinct personalities and profiles created presumably through their client's purchasing decisions or the markets they themselves aim for. 

I can kind of see what is going to be popular on Bigstock and on Fotolia, but I have less of a handle on what it is that is Dreamstime's niche.


« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2008, 08:40 »
What im about to said is not 100% true. But generally speaking you need larger portfolio to start seeing $$. Is not 100% true because you can earn a lot only with 20 pictures online but this pictures must be 5 start pictures!!! And when i said 5 starts i mean 12 ou 20 starts because the buyer must find them in the middle of 10000 or 20000 great equal pictures. And the 3 companies that you sell are not the ones that make more $$$ (in my case) but for me Dreamstime is the best from the 3.

Try SS or IS, in my case this 2 ones are at the moment the ones that give me more $$.

« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2008, 09:12 »
Thanks for the information.  I know that you need a lot of varied stuff to be able to hit a number of different segments (am currently shooting some Christmas decorations with a little success on Fotolia and Bigstock).

However, I work full time doing something else and have a child, so my time is limited and I get as much uploaded as I can when I can.

I do have a couple of IS, I've not been accepted on SS (they reject ones that they've approved in previous months - very frustrating).  I will continue to do so.

I just think that things that sell well on Fotolia seem to be a lot of magazine type stuff, gardening, people doing things, etc.  Bigstock seem to like bigger, brighter more contrived images.  I just haven't really worked out what it is worth me trying with on Dreamstime.  I just wondered if anyone could categorize their "thing".

Thanks for replying though.  I appreciate it.



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