Articles by Nigel Spiers

A 1.8 35mm Lens Changed My Life

For many years I used an 18-200mm Nikon zoom lens on my Nikon DX DSLR. While the results were acceptable I received more refusals from Photo Stock Libraries than I expected due to lack of sharp focus. I just assumed this DX lens was sharp but then I read an article saying it was not.So I purchased a Nikon DX 1.8 35mm fixed lens for just a few hundred dollars and what a difference! All my shots are super sharp and my refusals have reduced to almost zero.It does mean I have had to change my... continue reading

Preparing Photos for Dreamstime

Before I submit any image to Dreamstime these are the steps I take:1. First I select the best photograph of each subject series based on composition, lighting and sharpness. If it is not sharp already I don’t consider submitting it.2. Next I straighten and crop it in Photoshop to fit the rule of thirds.3. I then slightly reduce the shadows, if necessary using the Photoshop Shadows/Highlights function and a Shadows Amount of around 5-8.4. Next I enhance the lighting and colours... continue reading

Exclusivity - My Ten Reasons

I became a Dreamstime exclusive contributor in August 2010. The results have been very good – way beyond my expectations. There was no one single reason why I became an exclusive Dreamstime contributor - it was a combination of factors and I have listed below the ten most important:1. Editorial Images – the majority of my sales volume and revenue come from Editorial photos. I therefore cannot work with an agency that does not handle editorial photos.2. Higher Commission & Best Levels... continue reading

It Pays To Advertise

We recently experienced a second devastating earthquake here in my home town of Christchurch, New Zealand. I have taken photos of the damage caused to houses, streets and buildings and uploaded these to Dreamstime as Editorial images.I do not feel good about taking financial advantage from a bad situation however it is also important to share what has happened and to record the history of our city before all the historic buildings are demolished and gone for ever.After I uploaded my... continue reading

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