Articles by Cheryl - Annette Parker

"Unofficial" Featured Collection #4 - Coolest Crosses

This is the fourth installment of "Unofficial Featured Collections of Dreamstime". I am periodically selecting and writing about Dreamstime collections that I personally feel are of high quality and noteworthy. Some of the criteria I use are: theme cohesiveness, image quality, diversity of contributors, & collection maintenance. If you want to suggest a collection to feature, please leave suggestions at the designated thread, and include a few sentences telling why you think the collection is especially... continue reading

"Unofficial" Featured Collection #3 - Valentine Frames

This is the third installment of "Unofficial Featured Collections of Dreamstime". I am periodically selecting and writing about Dreamstime collections that I personally feel are of high quality and noteworthy. Some of the criteria I use are: theme cohesiveness, image quality, diversity of contributors, & collection maintenance. If you want to suggest a collection to feature, please leave suggestions at the designated thread, and include a few sentences telling why you think the collection is especially... continue reading

Unofficial Featured Collection #2 - Orange and Green

This is the second installment of "Unofficial Featured Collections of Dreamstime". I am periodically selecting and writing about Dreamstime collections that I personally feel are of high quality and noteworthy. Some of the criteria I use are: theme cohesiveness, image quality, diversity of contributors, & collection maintenance. If you want to suggest a collection to feature, please leave suggestions at the designated thread, and include a few sentences telling why you think the collection is especially... continue reading

Current Google Controversy

Many of you may be aware of the recent controversy that has come up regarding images provided via Google Drive.If you have not yet heard about this, please do some reading as the outcome may have wide reaching effects throughout the microstock community.In very quick summary, the situation involves numerous images that were licensed to Google by a stock agency.The images are now available to all Google Drive users for free with unlimited usage (commercial and non-commercial) on items created... continue reading

"Unofficial" Featured Collection #1 - Photographers with Cameras

Welcome to the first installment of Unofficial Featured Collections of Dreamstime. I plan on periodically selecting and writing about Dreamstime collections that I feel are of high quality and noteworthy.Some of the criteria I plan on using are: theme cohesiveness, image quality, diversity of contributors, & collection maintenance. If you want to suggest a collection to feature, please leave suggestions at the designated thread, and include a few sentences telling why you think the collection is... continue reading

Tips for safer photography sessions

I just read a recent article about a woman who was killed by a train while photographing another train coming from the opposite direction.It is a tragic situation that could have been avoided, but this woman is certainly not the first photographer to put herself into a risky situation for a photo.It is likely that many of us take on risks for this craft.The two questions are: 1) Do we even realize that we are in a risky situation?2) What do we do to reduce the risk?I invite all of you... continue reading

Final Presidental Debate Tonight - 3rd Party Candidates

There's one more presidential debate before the United States elections, but you may have a hard time finding it. The debate is tonight, Tuesday October 23, at 8 PM (eastern), and it's amongst four "third-party" candidates. The debate is sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, and Larry King is serving as the moderator.The four candidates who are attending this debate are:Rocky Anderson (Justice Party)Virgil Goode (Constitution Party)Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)Jill... continue reading

Tip - Keep a photo wishlist

One of the more helpful (and non technical) tips I have been given is to keep a list of shots that I want to take.This helps me ensure that I am able to get the shots that are important to me when it comes time for a specific shoot (be it a family photo walk or a paid event).Organizing Lists of ShotsSimply having a list of shots is not enough.The list should be organized in such a way that it is easy to only look at shots relevant to a particular shoot.To help with this,have a "list... continue reading

New Collections - Open for Suggestions

I have just created three new collections, and I would like suggestions for additional images. I am also still taking suggestions for my other collections: Educational Tools and Stuffed Animals Interacting with the World.Details on these collections can be found in a previous blog.Thanks in advance for your suggestions!Behind the Scenes - This collection shows the hidden side of objects, and helps us see things in new ways. Included are the strings and hammers of pianos, the inner gears of... continue reading

Image misuse can be a very expensive mistake

While browsing the Internet, I came across an article from February 2011 about a company that made a costly mistake when they used an image without permission on their website, and that image was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. This mistake ended up costing the company $4000. According to their story (which you can read here), most of their images come from stock photography sites, but this one slipped through the cracks.The company is now trying to educate others about image copyright... continue reading

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