Articles by Destinyvispro

Tale of the Taxes

Tax season is upon us. If you're anything like the typical creative type you've been hiding behind your camera, your computer and yes, even your children avoiding the dreaded number crunch. While there are a rare few moments of clarity in my year for numbers I used to dread the necessity of keeping books.A few years ago I resolved to tackle my avoidance and really get organized. I had heard from a friend that a tax diary was a fantastic thing to help you keep track of your yearly expenses. I looked... continue reading

Capturing Inspiration and Ideas

Becoming stuck is one of the biggest challenges stock-photographers face. To remain creative and inspired you have to be doing something. It's always nice to have a portfolio of ideas to fall back on. Sometimes something as simple as doodling on paper, filling in a crossword or even going for a long walk can give you ideas. These are ideas you want to capture for future review and planning.If you were to sit inside my office you would see almost every surface covered with sheets of paper in differing... continue reading

Imitation: Flattery or Violation?

How often have you looked at someone's work and thought you could do better? When I see something unique I admire the creator. Sometimes I attempt to spin the image into something different that reflects myself as the illustrator.Maybe it's the competitive spirit in me. For better or worse, I think there is value in reworking an image to be more unique or to provide extra value.However, sometimes in the stock world people will intentionally imitate an image down to the details. I guess the thought... continue reading

Developing a Style

I admire the submitters at Dreamstime who have committed to developing their art and skill. I often look at other people's work and try to learn from it. Unfortunately, this cuts into my productivity but fortunately, when I do learn a new technique I can hardly wait to try it out. Ultimately, this ends up diversifying my portfolio to the point where I'm not sure if I have much of a distinctive personal brand. I still feel like I'm constructing the right combination of photography and illustration... continue reading

Secrets to following the numbers

I finally crossed the threshold into 100 x 2. I have over one hundred images uploaded and over one hundred sales. It feels good to have achieved my initial goal. However, as I look at the numbers I discover something more interesting.My recent discovery is that 7 out of my top 10 images are illustrations. This has caused me some pause. A wise person once told me that if you work on your weaknesses that you will only have stronger weaknesses. However, if you work on your strengths you will... continue reading

Polarizing Filters

A polarizing filter is one of those nifty devices that help block haze, reduce light glare and increase contrast in clouds. Its difficult to describe. Some say its like having a set of vertical blinds that you can close part way, blocking out the glare on a scene. A polarizer works because of the way light waves travel.Polarizers are great for shooting water or glass because they block those annoying reflections that plague photographers. There are two kinds of polarizing filters, linear and circular.... continue reading

A musical beast

I wrote this a year ago. Today it was sent back to me by a friend to review. I thought I'd share it.The soloist arrives to expectant applause. Her scarlet gown is blazing against the backdrop of the orchestra in black. She holds the violin but she does not play it. She instead, feeds the rampant notes with her entire being. I watch as the crimson clad figure is transformed. The violin possesses her, demanding her sacrifice. Her nimble fingers are flying over the strings until the air is heavy... continue reading

A little persistence

My first blog on Dreamstime finds me thinking about persistence. I'm not entirely new to the concept of stock photography. I spent over a decade as a graphic artist. However, being on the other end of the image has a whole host of new challenges.The biggest challenge facing me, as a new stock photographer, is having the persistence to stay in the game. 1200 images to upload? Better roll up your sleeves and get out your eagle eye because I'm willing to bet some of those photos are going to be shot... continue reading

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