Articles by Carmen Pietraru

A dash of red

Approximately 10% of people answering studies claim red as their favorite color. It is a vibrant color with a powerful message. It speaks of passion, fire, religion, hate, bravery, luxury, love, blood, life, danger and the list can go on. I too like red. I could say it is my favorite color but what I actually like is the subtle red. In my opinion, less is more when it comes to red and I believe red dots, red splashes and dashes here and there are more likely to make an impression rather than an all-... continue reading

I'd like an overhead food photo please!

To me, an avid gourmand, food photography is not only a real treat, but also a guilty pleasure. I spend quite some time looking at food photos and I can assure you it is a very healthy habit. It keeps me away from actually eating everything I'd like to taste so I just love good photo feasts!They say that in order to feel like eating, you first have to like what you see on your plate. There's nothing more inviting or appetizing than an awesome food photo. Food photography is something to savor... continue reading

The business woman in stock photos:the strong, the smart, the graceful

Times are changing and so is the woman's place in business. From secretary to CEO, we now see more women at the helm of major companies than ever before and the perception of the woman's role in business has clearly shifted from marginal to central.What about the business woman's portrayal in stock? How does the business woman stock photo should look like in order to be successful today?1. First of all, she should be strong and show strength. Being a woman in business has... continue reading

Practical tips to enjoy a prolongued No Housework Day

 A day off is usually a day when you feel like doing the cool stuff you never had the chance or time to do. The National No Housework Day, celebrated on April 7th each year, is one of those days when you can take a break, relax and have fun.But the day after a no housework day can sometimes be like a really bad hangover after a crazy party. You may end up with a lot of cleaning to catch up with. Here's how to spend a great 'No Housework Day' and not worry about the mess you'll have to clean... continue reading

Valentine's Day cards, pictures say it better

Valentine'sDayisthemagic daywhen everyone officially celebrates the greatestfeelingofall,love.It'salsothedaywhen people have to officially express their feelings. What better way to do it than let a card dothe talking. Let's be honest, expressing one's true feelings maybethehardest thing for some of us. Besides, sending cards on V-day is a V-day rite all lovers must go through.While there are plenty of shops and apps to provide you with a... continue reading

Best sellers in 2016

Happy New Year everyone!Before we embark on what we hope to be an exciting 2017 journey, it is customary to take a look back at 2016 and draw some conclusions. A lot of things happened here on Dreamstime last year but the stats we're all curious about are the the same as always: which images sold best and what did people shop for. What were the trends for stock shoppers?To get a more general view, we've added the top sellers for all three categories of files we sold (photos, illustrations,... continue reading

Your business models look old and ugly

Don't get mad, they're still young and beautiful, they just pose, dress and look oldfashioned. Here are a few things you need to pay attention to when working with models for a business photo shooting:1. The right expression  Don't you find fake forced smiles irritating? So do buyers. Would you buy something from anyone who seems to have a smile glued on their face? Not really. People will avoid using a fake smiler in ads mainly because the model fails to engage the audience in an authentic... continue reading

2015 in review

Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! May this be an amazing year, much better than the last one.But before we bid adieu to an eventful 2015, we want to have a last look at what happened stock wise here on Dreamstime.As usual, we're making some stats and facts public in order to help you understand what the 2015 stock trends were, what sold best and what people looked for when shopping for stock.If you check my previous reviews for 2014, 2012 and 2010, you'll notice few changes in tastes.... continue reading

Best sellers in 2014

Knowing what sells is crucial if you're looking to be a successful stock photographer. Prediction is equally useful and can be easily made by scrutinizing image consumer behavior. Here's where we can help and show you last year's best sellers. Let's watch, learn and perhaps draw a few useful conclusions for this year's market needs and trends. You'll see that some representative stock concepts remain undisputed top choices but new subjects surface as technological innovations and social dynamics continually... continue reading

Haunting and haunted locations for photography

We're getting closer to that spooky night of the year when they say the dead walk the earth and all sort of supernatural, spine-chilling phenomena occur. Most of you will probably grab their cameras. Experienced photostockers will always try to shoot the best of the worst or scariest circumstances so if you're not really afraid of poltergeist activity, demons, witches, zombies and other creatures you may sight on Halloween, we'll show you some spectacular haunting places you can use for terrifying... continue reading

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