Articles by Steve Allen

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (Part Two - Extended Version)

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY - Extended Version.This is a much more in depth look at how to make good sales from travel photography. It includes most of my previous blog on the subject plus a whole lot more info and some different photos. I've tried to include info that will be useful to most photographers, from 'newbe' to the more advanced stock photographer.                                                                ... continue reading

Travel Images - How to make good sales

NOTE: There is a much longer more up to date version of this blog.Go to this link:https://blog.dreamstime.com/2015/06/03/travel-photography-x28-part-two-extended-version-x29_art42403TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY - MAKE IT PAY.It is often said that making good sales and income from 'travel' stock is very difficult.YES, IT IS !!-or at least it can be if you don't make your images stand out from the crowd.On Dreamstime, if you do a search using just the keyword 'Travel&... continue reading

How to correct Converging Verticals

How to correct Converging Verticals.I'm sure many of you already know about the following technique, but judging by the number of uncorrected images in the Dreamstime files, I think it may be worth sharing this technique here.If you angle your lens up or down when photographing something like a tall building you will get 'Converging Verticals'.In the example below the minarets of the Taj Mahal appear to lean inwards.I know that in some cases this can be used for dramatic... continue reading

How to 'Sharpen' without increasing 'Noise'

This is a tutorial on how to sharpen a slightly out-of-focus image WITHOUT increasing noise.If you have an image that's just slightly out-of-focus, and you try to sharpen it by just using the standard 'sharpen' filter in Photoshop, then the result is often not very good as it will also increase any 'noise' that may be present in the image.This is especially true of images that are high contrast and have been shot in low light levels with a high ISO setting.... continue reading

Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015

This morning I photographed the Solar Eclipse.Weather conditions were far from perfect, however I managed to get a couple of reasonable shots through small gaps in the clouds.Unfortunately, I did not get any shots at the time of maximum occlusion, the thick cloud cover was total during full occlusion.The maximum occlusion would have given about 95% coverage of the solar disc from where I live, in the north of the United Kingdom.Anyway, here are my images...........not brilliant, but not... continue reading

Images within Images

I thought I would try bringing together some elements of my existing images to form one new image that works to a theme. All the component images are of the same topic.This type of image is very useful to designers, who often have a need for images to use as page headers, especially when designing websites.Here is a good example of what I'm talking about.This first one has a 'financial' theme                                      ... continue reading

My Best Selling Images in last 12 months

After reading Tangle's blog (Carmen Pietraru): 'Best Sellers of 2014' and seeing that one of my images was included as a top seller, I decided to have a look at my personal best sellers of the last 12 months.So here are the results..... 'My top 10 best selling Dreamstime images of the last 12 months' ......                                                           *My Top Seller - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... continue reading

Photography of Flags

PHOTOGRAPHY OF FLAGSNational and regional flags are subjects that are often photographed and have many uses for designers and stock photo buyers.The trouble with trying to photograph flags as you come across them on your travel's is that you have little or no control. You can't control wind direction, lack of wind, direction of the sun, shadows on the face of the flag, the background, or the weather etc. It may also be very difficult to see complex patterns, insignia or symbols... continue reading

New Collection: Asia - Travel Destinations

Asia - Travel Destinations is a collection of over 750 colorful images by myself and more than 150 of Dreamstime's finest photographers.Travel images of Asian people and great Asian destinations that will make you want to pack your bags and race off to the airport!Countries covered include:China, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran,... continue reading

Painting with Light

Fiber-Optic Light PaintingThe photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.WHAT IS LIGHT PAINTING ?Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera during the exposure.Subjects can be lit by 'painting' the subject with light from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.Many kinds of light source can be used, from... continue reading

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