Dreamstime Review

21 September 2012 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 14 June 2015

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Most microstockers report Dreamstime in their top 5. Due to their high commission to contributors and very talented and motivated team, it is a must for photographers who want to sell their photos online. Slight changes to their website were a good move and Dreamstime's large stock photo collection is attracting many photographers and photo buyers.

It is not easy to get pictures approved, so remember that quality matters here, but FTP upload and quick categorizing is a big advantage. Do not submit too many shots of the same subject as Dreamstime reviewers are very strict in this regard. Recently, new upload limits have been set and they depend on your acceptance rate but photographers with the rate of over 80% are allowed send even 7000 images per week! Review times vary from 50 to 150 hours so patience is a virtue.

Dreamstime offers many tools for photographers, as well as the Assignment - a contest in which a current photo assignment is announced by the agency and issued to its members. The winner of the Assignment receives a prize - $300, $200 and $100 for the first, second and third place respectively. Other awards may include digital cameras, camera backpacks, tripods, photo lenses, T-shirts and more. It is not easy to get your artwork accepted for the Assignment, as they always look for "more elaborate work" but you can submit up to 10 images, so there is always a chance something will get approved. Some of our stock photos got approved several times, and we were even lucky to win the second place award - to see the image on Dreamstime website visit this page. The drawback is that image accepted to the Assignment must be exclusive to Dreamstime and cannot be removed from the site for a year.
HINT: After one year, you can submit the same image to the regular stock photo collection and once approved, remove the exclusive file from the site.

They redesigned their website in 2013, and the stock photography community there is great. Many interesting posts related to photography and technology, as well as blogs where you can post something yourself or read other contributors thoughts and ideas.

What interresting features and tools can you find on Dreamstime?

  • Assignments - see above.
  • Photo map - tag your stock photos with geographic location.
  • Free photos - donate stock photos to increase your portfolio exposure (more facts about giving images for free can be found in the article Free Stock Photos).
  • Facebook cover photos - for more information visit Timeline Images Website.
  • Stock Rank - play the game and choose the image with more sales from 20 randomly selected stock photos, have fun!
  • Stock Photo App for iPhone and Android - Dreamstime's latest release - now you can submit your stock photos directly from your smartphone. More information on Stock Photo Applications can be found in this article, alternatively visit this page to learn more about downloading Dreamstime's Mobile App.

Our verdict:

Dreamstime is one of the best and contributor friendly stock photo sites we know: helpful staff, reasonable royalties, good referral program, great community, and many more... You should definitely give Dreamstime a try (and believe us, it is worth it) - visit their registration page, sign up for a free account and start submitting your stock photos for sale.

Dreamstime Details

LocationBrentwoood, USA / Bucharest, Romania
Stock imagesOver 33 Million Royalty-Free Stock Images
How to applyRegister and upload your files for review
Image sizeMinimum 3.0 MP up to 70.0 MP
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Footage
LicensesRoyalty Free License, Extended License (Unlimited Seats, Increase Max Copies, Web Usage, Print Usage, Sell the Rights) and Editorial License
Credit pricingFrom $0.77 per single credit or $0.20 per image on subscription
Contributor ratesFrom 25% Revenue Share per image (+ 10% for Exclusive Image) and $0.35 per subscription sale. Exclusive Photographers receive from 60% Revenue Share per image and $0.42 on subscription + $0.20 bonus for each approved submission
Minimum payout$100
Payment methodsPayPal, Payoneer (Dreamstime Prepaid MasterCard), MoneyBookers (Skrill), Cheque
Exclusivity60% + $0.20 bonus for each approved submission
Referral program10% of all sales within first 3 years + $5 one time bonus
Upload methodsJava plug-in, FTP
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUS Dollar, Euro, other
Language versionsEnglish, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederland, Português, Pусский, ελληνικά, 汉语, Polski, Svenskt
Dreamstime Cool StuffContests, Stock Rank, Photo Map, Facebook Cover Photos, Blogs, Mobile App
Download Releases - Multi-languageModel Release
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