Articles by Mike2focus

What an awesome surprise! Thanks Dreamstime

One of the fun things I look forward to each week is checking out who the Featured Contributor is here on DT on Tuesdays. So this morning when I saw on of my images in the FC spot I was totally shocked and surprised! I am really honored, especially when I look at the talent on this site. Thank you so much to everyone at DreamsTime!  continue reading

Tripods, the one accessory every microstock photographer must have

This subject has been touched on a few times here in the forum. But the importance of this subject warrants a refresher article on this important subject…One of the most important photography accessories, if not THE most important, is a tripod. I use mine whenever it is possible. Even if I have great light and can shoot with a fast shutter speed, I still use it. Why? Because it provides the sharpest image possible. All of the photography knowledge you have will go out the window if you can... continue reading

The best file transfer site on the web and they support DreamsTime

I work for a busy ad agency, and we need to move large digital files around throughout the week to clients, commercial printers and industry partners. The problem is that some people and some companies don't have FTP sites or FTP programs to access our FTP site. The solution is to use one of the online File Transfer sites that allows you to email someone a link to download the files you are wanting to provide to them. We've used many of these sites.Recently I found a site that allows you to transfer... continue reading

500 Sales Thanks to the DT Community!

In May of 2011 I bought my first camera! I was so excited to start shooting photos so I could upload them on DreamsTime. DreamsTime is my favorite micro stock agency that I'd been using to purchase photos for projects at the ad agency I work at. But like most people, I didn't realize that even with a decent camera you still need to understand the science of photography AND upload images that have marketability. So everything I uploaded at the beginning was soundly rejected! What do I do now! Well,... continue reading

Removing Banding in Photoshop Gradients

Many times during post-production work on a photo you may need to add some kind of rendered gradient into the background or maybe even into an object in the photo. And most of the time these Photoshop generated gradients will have banding issues.What is banding? Banding is when you can see distinct rings in your gradient with hard edges where the gradient goes from one shade to another. It will make your gradient look amateurish and can even get an image rejected here at DreamsTime. It's happened... continue reading

A Pre-Shoot Checklist

Three weeks ago I drove down to the beach for a shot at some sunset photos, the clouds were just right and the sky was full of color. I was pressed for time so I got there right when the sun was hitting the horizon. I hopped out of the car, threw the camera on the tripod, set the release for Quick Remote and start clicking away glancing at the screen occasionally to make sure I was getting the compositions I wanted. I was pumped, it was a beautiful sunset. I rushed home and popped the memory card... continue reading

Why writing a photography blog will make you a better photographer

If you want to improve you photography skills, blogging on the subject of photography will help you to stay active in the pursuit of continuing to educate yourself. In effect, it will force you to keep learning. Gathering content for your blog, in itself, will be an excellent educational experience. Not all blogs are written by experts on the subject, in fact most probably aren't. And many blog readers enjoy following a blogger who is truly developing along the way, growing and learning together along... continue reading

Nikkor 18-300mm Lens Field Test Results

I purchased the new Nikkor 18-300 mm (f/3.5-5.6) lens today and ran it through a bunch of test in various condition and the results are in… this is a great lens for $1,000 (US)! It maintains excellent sharpness even with shots done fully extended at 300mm, there is practically no darkening around the corner/edges, very low noise, and sharpness on close subjects is spectacular. Drawbacks… slight chromatic aberration on high contrast edges that are near the sides of the photo when shooting with... continue reading

Can't find a model? Check the mirror!

As another weekend approaches, another great photo idea pops into my mind. Only problem is, I need someone to model for this shot. Nobody is available, though. And that ad I've been meaning to put up on Craig's List didn't happen again this week. Ugh! What to do? Got it! I'll use my remote clicker and tripod and get in front of the camera myself. I'm not the best looking model, but a lot of the time buyers are looking for average people.The best $30 I ever spent was on my remote clicker. Set... continue reading

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