Articles by Stephen Denness

So glad that Canon doesn't run Dreamstime

Canon has been running an annual themed photography competition in Australia and New Zealand for the last couple of years called Photo5.It's good fun, and gives you the challenge to stretch your photography in a direction you wouldn't normally go.I've entered that comp for the last 2 years.I've imagined that my photos are good enough to run away with a 5D MkII and a photography trip, but alas, nothing has come of it.My imagination is better than my photography!But I'm glad that Dreamstime... continue reading

Assignments - only the best

I've only had thee images accepted for assigments.My (limited) observation is that acceptance into an assignment (with the corresponding level 5 status) is the kiss of death for images that are simply 'ok'.That is, you'll make more money if you don't enter the assignment.Excellent images will make more money in an assignment.family elders and seniors winnersagriculture traditional or modern winnersnew beginnings winnersTake the above assignment images, for example.... continue reading

Compromises with benefits - Canon S95

DSLR = quality photosPoint & Shoot = lower quality photosDSLR = no photos (couldn't bring the camera)Compact Point & Shoot = some photos (camera in pocket)Canon S95 = compromise with benefits-------------------------------------I recently added a Canon s95 to my kit - too many times that I wanted to take photos, but didn't have the DSLR with me.The S95 is up there in terms of image quality and manual control - along with Panasonic's Lumix LX5 and the Canon G12.It's 10MP... continue reading

Off to school for the first time

One of the milestones for any parent is watching their kid head off to school for the first time for some formal education.Clothes, shoes, uniform(s), lunches, hats, bags, parent information sessions on little chairs, it all adds to the excitement for this new stage of life.Then books to read start coming home, accompanied by the sweet accompaniment of sounded out words and the jarring screeches of frustration.Don't forget the homework diary.After a little while the kid's excitement... continue reading

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