Articles by Lane Erickson

Goal: To Sell Images Not to Capture Reality

I love all aspects of photography especially learning new things and challenging myself to create new images.When I first began in photography about 25 years ago, it was very difficult to change or alter what you captured.I shot mainly slide films for publishing.Pretty much what you shot is what you got.There were no second chances.When I first started selling stock photos, I was to a small degree, still in this same mindset.I mean, I would occasionally clone out a distracting branch... continue reading

It's Hip to be Square!

I know I'm dating myself when I say that the 80s pop band Huey Lewis and the News was right when they sang that it's hip to be square.When it comes to photography, I love the square format.It open up new and creative composition opportunities that a normal rectangle format doesn't offer.It is especially useful when you find yourself in a creative rut.Many of today's cameras offer a square format setting that you can choose so that you can compose your photos in the square format right in... continue reading

Silhouettes that Sell!

Let's face it, we are here at Dreamstime because we want to sell images.The question in our image creation, though, is what types of images sell.A quick look through my portfolio reveals that my subjects are broad and varied.I am always searching for another angle, or perspective or view on a subject.Despite this, one of my favorite subjects that I come back to again and again is silhouettes.A silhouette image is easy to create just about anywhere and can result in powerfully simple images... continue reading

Trip Through the Tetons!

The title to this blog is accurate.I didn't just go to the Tetons.Rather, with some good friends, I backpacked "through" the Tetons and had a marvelous 3-day trip.We went 21 miles, hiked over a 10,700 foot pass and saw an abundance of wildlife, including a bear, moose, elk, mule deer and a fox.We also got to see a wonderful variety of rugged and pristine landscapes.Here is a sampling of the images I made on the trip:Day one consisted of a huge thunderstorm complete with a downpour... continue reading

The Color Red (Part 2)

My very first blog on Dreamstime was about using the color red in stock photos (here).I've gone back through my portfolio and can see that some of my best selling older images have the color red in them.   I can also see a trend in many of the photos that I've shot more recently that are just beginning to sell and that have the color red in them.   It is the color of blood, and is often used to symbolize passion, love, or anger. In some cultures, the color... continue reading

The ART of Motion

I love living an active life!Mountaineering, running, mountain biking and everyday life are interesting to me.The enjoyment comes from living and doing rather than just sitting back and watching.I try to convey the ART of Motion in many of my photographs.Some of these have become good sellers of stock.To me they are much more fun to create than just shooting static images.Here are a few of my images that convey the ART of Motion:           ... continue reading

Close to 4000 Images Online!

After 8 years on Dreamstime (I joined August 2006), I am close to having 4000 images online.I have about 70 uploaded and waiting for review and plan on uploading another 40-50 before the month is over.My goal is to reach 4000 before the end of September.Wish me luck.In the meantime, here are some of my more recent uploads that are fresh and new (and waiting to be downloaded!)    Good luck to the rest of you! continue reading

Creative Light (part 2)

I just re-read my original article about creative light (here).Given that there are over 25,000,000 stock images here at Dreamstime as I write this, using creative light has never been more important.Creative light in your photos helps your images stand out in a crowd of similar photos.More importantly, taking photos using creative light is waaaay more fun than just shooting everything on a isolated white background!... continue reading

Always Carry a Camera (Part 2)

Some time ago I wrote a blog (here) about always carrying a camera with you, just so you don't miss any great photo opportunities .Everything I said then is true today.Maybe more so.There are over 25,000,000 stock images on Dreamstime as I write this.That staggering number could easily deflate any contributor from shooting or uploading anything new.However, I'm convinced that for those who are prepared, and who carry a camera with them always, there are an abundance, even an infinite... continue reading

Concept Photography

The very best photos, including stock photos, are simple and convey a clear concept.The easier the idea of the image is to understand the more powerful it becomes.The last month or so I have tried to submit to Dreamstime photos with a clear concept.Here are a few recent images:My experience is that concept images sell well.Some previous concept images that have sold for me in the past include:The simplier... continue reading

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