Articles by Ellen Boughn

Ellen Boughn offering inexpensive mini-consults

More than anything in my long career in stock photography, I have most enjoyed interactions with photographers and their work. Now that I've finished my book about microstock photography,I've decided to offer microstock photographers a relatively inexpensive consulting service (a mini-consult) for $39.00to satisfy that need and to generate some scratch.So far since I started this program a few weeks ago, I've reviewed portfolios. Helped photographers isolate and concentrate on their strong... continue reading

New blogs by Ellen Boughn

Thanks to all the wonderful experience I gained writing blogs for Dreamstime for two years nicely organized by Maigi here, I have decided to go forward with a new blog on my own site found here I hope you find them helpful as you continue to succeed at Dreamstimeand look for fresh ideas about photography and your work. continue reading

Lishui China Photography Festival

I have been invited to be a guest curator at this international festival. I would like to have comments from anyone who has attended in the past or who can tell me more about the city of Lishui. continue reading

Goodbye

It’s been two years and one month and well over a hundred blogs written since I joined Dreamstime. But now it is time to say goodbye as I move on to finish writing a book that continues the themes of my blogs to be published by an imprint of Random House and to concentrate more fully on my busy consulting business.In the beginning I thought that all the learning would be one-way: me passing on all I had learned in 30 years in the traditional stock photo business to the Dreamstime team and... continue reading

Photographer Stimulus Package

If the U.S. economic stimulus legislation works according to plan, there will be demands for images that illustrateenormous expenditures on the country’s infrastructure over the next 18 months and for years to come. In addition to building roads and bridges, the bill also provides for funds for alternative energy.Many outside the U.S. blame America for the worldwide depression and perhaps rightly so as it started here. If the U.S. plan does work to get the economy working again, many... continue reading

User Generated Content Expo

Microstock falls into the UGC classification but when one tries to define UGC to someone who has never heard of it, you realize that the designation doesn’t totally apply to Dreamstime. A friend in the industry who works with professional advertising photographers on assignments asked me to explain UGC when she found out I had attended the UCGX in San Jose, CA earlier this week.I said the users of the content also generated it. She replied, “You mean like art directors buy in-house photographer... continue reading

Humor Sexy Cute Football Economy

Who won football’s Super Bowl? In my world there is more interest in what ads were more successful than news of the game itself. Which commercials resonated the most with the target audiences? Which ones garnered kudos from creatives at the top agencies?And which ones might give you some shooting ideas?Spend some time reviewing the ads and you’ll see that you can piggyback on the research that went into the themes and trends in the ads to come up with some ideas for yourself.I spent... continue reading

Give It Away

The idea of free images makes the budget minded sing and some artists cringe. How can it be a good idea to give away what you are trying to sell? On the one hand is the sanctity of the copyright. On the other is the spirit of the Internet and an age-old marketing ploy: the free sampleWay back when in the dark ages of flight when planes were choked with cigarette smoke, everything was free…food, drinks and on every meal tray, a slim package of cigarettes provided for after meal enjoyment... continue reading

2008 Best Selling Photos

The new year is the best time to look back at last year’s successes and failures to see how to increase the former and decrease the latter in the coming year. What photos were the most successful on Dreamstime in 2008 and why?Three photos that made the top sellers in ‘07 remained on our list for 2008. See last year’s winners in this previous blogto read about why they were successful then and now. One image that I didn’t give a lot of time to from last year’s list that repeats is... continue reading

In with the Old

As retirement funds belonging to a large population of aging Boomers shrink, the word “retirement” may drop out of usage. Simultaneously as this group kisses retirement goodbye, the group just below them in the population are faced with a world of constantly changing technology to master if only to be able to communicate with their grandchildren. Meanwhile the big house they had planned on selling to fund the ‘golden years’ has dropped in value and they may not even be able to sell it at all... continue reading

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