Dreamstime Review

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Dreamstime is one of the oldest microstocks on the market. It is good for individuals just starting out in the world of image or media sales because the site does not require users to pass an exam or submit personal identifying information before they receive their first payout. This is great because new stock photographers are enthusiastic and want to start selling their images as soon as possible (they don’t want to be slowed down by such formalities). I was the same way.

Want to know how much it is possible to earn? Here is my income report of 2009-2016

With Dreamstime, the pricing method puts a higher value on popular images, in other words, the more times an image is downloaded, the higher it’s “level” or ranking will be on the site, and subsequently the more money you will make. This is a pretty logical model as better media should cost more, and using the number of downloads to assess what customers view as quality makes sense. A contributor’s commission for medium sized images can range from $1.25USD to $10USD for non-exclusive authors. Dreamstime also offers to sell your images with exclusive rights. This “exclusivity” means that you can choose some images and sell them only on Dreamstime. These images are featured and increase your chances of making a sale. Completely exclusive contributors receive an additional 15% commission and bonus of $0.20 for each approved submission.

Popular on Dreamstime
Upon image submission, review times vary from 50 to 150 hours.  Dreamstime ranks images into five levels; a newly approved image will be ranked as a level 1. The file will be moved to the next level once it passes a certain number of downloads: 1, 5, 10 or 25. If a file receives no downloads over a 6 month period, it will fall from level 1 to level 0. This movement down the ranking scale can actually help the contributor since people may be more willing to download the image at a lower cost. If some of your images have no downloads for more than 4 years, you will receive an email from Dreamstime giving you some options for your images:

  • You can donate your image to the “free” section of the website, which in theory can provide the contributor with significant exposure and increase your sales of other images. Images in the “free” category can be disabled at any time.
  • You can re-keyword your images using Keymaster at a cost of $0.60/image, or
  • You can disable the image and remove it from the site.

Although Dreamstime is great for beginners, don’t slack on quality. Attempting to upload too many low (or even medium) quality media will result in a lower acceptance rate and subsequently affect the weekly limit on the number of files you can upload. Dreamstime’s strict reviewers can quickly lower your limit of submissions to 8 per week, and therefore, the number of images that a contributor can upload per week can vary. Dreamstime also does not accept duplicates, so try and ensure that you only send the best picture of the set. Remember, these rules are put in place to help buyers get the best media they can with the least amount of searching. For each image sold, the contributor receives between 25%-50% of the image sale price.
Overall, Dreamstime is a stable microstock, but not the highest performing when it comes to generating revenue. However, I would still rank it in my top 5.

Dreamstime Details

Contributor rate25% - 45%
Image sizeMinimum 3.0 MP
ExaminationNo
Minimum payout$100
Referral program10% of all sales (contributor or buyer) within first 3 years + $5 one time bonus
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Footage
LicensesStandard License, Enhanced License, Editorial License
Payment methodsPayPal, MoneyBookers, Payoneer, Cheque
Exclusivity60% + $0.20 for each approved submission

Image Price (credits)

Level
XS 480px
S 800px
M 3-5MP
L 5-8MP
XL 8-12MP
XXL 12+MP
Level 0
1
3
4
5
6
7
Level 1
3
5
7
8
9
10
Level 2
5
7
10
11
12
13
Level 3
7
9
12
13
14
15
Level 4
9
11
15
16
17
18
Level 5
11
13
16
17
18
19

Subscription

Monthly Downloads
USD per month
EUR per month
Billed
5
$39 ($7.8 per image)
€37 (€7.4 per image)
Monthly
10
$67 (6.7$ per image)
€65 (€6.5 per image)
Monthly
750
239$ (0.32$ per image)
€224 (€0.30 per image)
Monthly
750
220$ (0.29$ per image)
€206 (€0.27 per image)
Every 3 months
750
208$ (0.28$ per image)
€196 (€0.26 per image)
Every 6 months
750
173$ (0.23$ per image)
€162 (€0.22 per image)
Yearly

Credit Packages

Credits
USD
EUR
11
$14.99 ($1.36 per credit)
€14.08 (€1.28 per credit)
15
$17.99 ($1.2 per credit)
€16.90 (€1.13 per credit)
30
$34.99 ($1.17 per credit)
€32.86 (€1.1 per credit)
60
$68.99 ($1.15 per credit)
€64.8 (€1.08 per credit)
120
$124.99 ($1.04 per credit)
€117.39 (€0.98 per credit)
260
$250 ($0.96 per credit)
€234.81 (€0.9 per credit)
500
$470 ($0.94 per credit)
€441.43 (€0.88 per credit)
1000
$900 ($0.9 per credit)
€845.3 (€0.85 per credit)
2000
$1760 ($0.88 per credit)
€1653.03 (€0.83 per credit)

Contributor commission (Images)

No downloads, older than 6 months
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
25%
27.5%
60%
Extra Small
$0.34
$0.37
$0.82
Small
$1.02
$1.12
$2.45
Medium
$1.36
$1.5
$3.26
Large
$1.7
$1.87
$4.08
Extra Large
$2.04
$2.24
$4.9
Maximum
$2.38
$2.62
$5.71
TIFF
$3.57
$3.93
$8.57
Vector/RAW
$4.76
$4.24
$11.42
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$8.5
$9.35
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Web Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Print Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8
No downloads, newer than 6 months
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
25%
27.5%
60%
Extra Small
$1.02
$1.12
$2.45
Small
$1.7
$1.87
$4.08
Medium
$2.38
$2.62
$5.71
Large
$2.72
$2.99
$6.53
Extra Large
$3.06
$3.37
$7.34
Maximum
$3.4
$3.74
$8.16
TIFF
$5.1
$5.61
$12.24
Vector/RAW
$6.8
$7.48
$16.32
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$8.5
$9.35
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Web Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Print Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8

Images with 1-4 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
30%
33%
60%
Extra Small
$2.04
$0.37
$0.82
Small
$2.86
$1.12
$2.45
Medium
$4.08
$1.5
$3.26
Large
$4.49
$1.87
$4.08
Extra Large
$4.9
$2.24
$4.9
Maximum
$5.3
$2.62
$5.71
TIFF
$7.95
$3.93
$8.57
Vector/RAW
$10.6
$4.24
$11.42
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$10.2
$11.22
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$20.4
$22.44
$40.8
Web Usage
$20.4
$22.44
$40.8
Print Usage
$20.4
$22.44
$40.8

Images with 5-9 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
35%
38.5%
60%
Extra Small
$3.33
$3.67
$5.71
Small
$4.28
$4.71
$7.34
Medium
$5.71
$6.28
$9.79
Large
$6.19
$6.81
$10.61
Extra Large
$6.66
$7.33
$11.42
Maximum
$7.14
$7.85
$12.24
TIFF
$10.71
$11.78
$18.36
Vector/RAW
$14.28
$15.7
$24.48
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$11.9
$13.09
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$23.8
$26.18
$40.8
Web Usage
$23.8
$26.18
$40.8
Print Usage
$23.8
$26.18
$40.8

Images with 10-24 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
40%
44%
60%
Extra Small
$4.9
$5.39
$7.34
Small
$5.98
$6.58
$8.98
Medium
$7.62
$8.38
$11.42
Large
$8.16
$8.98
$12.24
Extra Large
$8.7
$9.57
$13.06
Maximum
$9.25
$10.17
$13.87
TIFF
$7.95
$15.26
$20.81
Vector/RAW
$10.6
$20.34
$27.74
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$13.6
$14.96
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$27.2
$29.92
$40.8
Web Usage
$27.2
$29.92
$40.8
Print Usage
$27.2
$29.92
$40.8

Images with >25 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
45%
49.5%
60%
Extra Small
$6.73
$7.41
$8.98
Small
$7.96
$8.75
$10.61
Medium
$9.79
$10.77
$13.06
Large
$10.4
$11.44
$13.87
Extra Large
$11.02
$12.12
$14.69
Maximum
$11.63
$12.79
$15.5
TIFF
$17.45
$19.19
$23.25
Vector/RAW
$23.26
$25.58
$31
Subscription All-at-once
$2
$2.20
$2.20
Subscription Daily-dose
$0.35
$0.42
$0.42
Unlimited Seats
$15.3
$16.83
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$30.6
$33.66
$40.8
Web Usage
$30.6
$33.66
$40.8
Print Usage
$30.6
$33.66
$40.8

Contributor commission (Footage)

No downloads, older than 6 months
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
25%
27.5%
60%
Web
$3.4
$3.74
$8.16
SD
$5.78
$6.36
$13.87
720
$9.18
$10.1
$22.03
1080
$11.22
$12.34
$26.93
4k
$22.44
$24.68
$53.86
Unlimited Seats
$8.5
$9.35
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Web Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8
No downloads, newre than 6 months
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
25%
27.5%
60%
Web
$5.1
$5.61
$12.24
SD
$7.82
$8.6
$18.77
720
$10.2
$11.22
$24.48
1080
$15.3
$16.83
$73.44
4k
$30.6
$33.66
$53.86
Unlimited Seats
$8.5
$9.35
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Web Usage
$17
$18.7
$40.8
Videos with 1-4 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
30%
33%
60%
Web
$8.16
$8.98
$16.32
SD
$12.24
$13.46
$24.48
720
$18.36
$20.2
$36.72
1080
$24.48
$26.93
$48.96
4k
$48.96
$53.86
$97.92
Unlimited Seats
$10.2
$11.22
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$20.4
$22.44
$40.8
Web Usage
$20.4
$22.44
$40.8
Videos with 5-9 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
35%
38.5%
60%
Web
$10.95
$12.04
$18.77
SD
$16.66
$18.33
$28.56
720
$26.18
$28.8
$44.88
1080
$32.84
$36.13
$56.3
4k
$65.69
$72.26
$112.61
Unlimited Seats
$11.9
$13.09
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$23.8
$26.18
$40.8
Web Usage
$23.8
$26.18
$40.8
Videos with 10-24 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
40%
44%
60%
Web
$14.14
$15.56
$21.22
SD
$21.22
$23.34
$31.82
720
$35.36
$38.9
$53.04
1080
$42.43
$46.68
$63.65
4k
$84.86
$93.35
$127.3
Unlimited Seats
$13.6
$14.96
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$27.2
$29.92
$40.8
Web Usage
$27.2
$29.92
$40.8
Videos with >25 downloads
Non-Exclusive image
Exclusive image
Enhanced License
Earning Percentage
45%
49.5%
60%
Web
$17.75
$19.52
$23.66
SD
$26.93
$29.62
$35.9
720
$45.9
$50.49
$61.2
1080
$53.24
$58.57
$70.99
4k
$106.49
$117.14
$141.98
Unlimited Seats
$15.3
$16.83
$20.4
Increase Max. Copies
$30.6
$33.66
$40.8
Web Usage
$30.6
$33.66
$40.8
   

About the Author

Alexander JemeljanovSiebel Consultant / System Analyst with more than 8 years experience. Main hobbies include - photography, videography, and microstocking with more than 6 years experience. I also enjoy sports activities, blogging, and trying new things.View all posts by Alexander Jemeljanov →

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