Articles by Teekaygee

Level 5 !!!!!

Woo hoo! I just checked my stats, and this shot has just received its 100th download and is now level 5.I had wondered if sales would slow when it made it to level 4 and thus cost more, but buyers are obviously not deterred by higher levels if the image suits their needs. Likewise the percentage of subscription sales to credit sales has not really changed much either. I really appreciate having those subscription sales, as they help you to reach the next level where the credit sales earn you... continue reading

Comfort food

Some time ago I started a managed collection for images of comfort food. I had intended to write this blog back then, but got sidetracked. Now it is high time to get back to it.It's hard to define exactly what comfort food is, because it can be different things to different people. For me, comfort food is usually something homemade and simple. It might be a food that reminds me of my childhood, or just makes me feel warm and cozy on a cold day. Comfort food can be a snack, a main course or a dessert.... continue reading

Planning ahead

Some days it seems as though I can't come up with a single idea. When that happens, I end up just sitting around feeling frustrated because I really want to be taking photos and uploading. I browse the forums and check my stats a zillion times...which adds to the frustration because my number of downloads doesn't change much during a day.What to do? This evening I was curious to see just how much competition some of my existing photos have. Not surprisingly, there seems to be a correlation between... continue reading

Soaring to new heights

This morning I got up, made my coffee and checked my stats , which is how I usually start my day. I was pleased to see my earnings balance had gone up during the night (which I know because I check my stats right before bed too! Lol!), and saw it was my most popular photo that had another sale. Even more exciting was that this sale put the total earnings for this image at over $100!I thought when I joined Dreamstime, that the levels system seems like an interesting idea, and a very good way to... continue reading

So much easier!

I often struggle with lighting on my photos; particularly those taken indoors. The layout of my house is not so good, and our weather is often so dark and dreary that very little light comes in the windows anyway. Sometimes it is so dark that the best shutter speed I can get (to allow for the depth of field I want) with natural light is 5 seconds!I have a hotshoe flash, and have tried bouncing it off the ceiling, and using white paper to try and bounce the light back. Sometimes this works ok,... continue reading

Christmas came early!

I must confess I am somewhat addicted to checking my stats here to see if I've made any sales. Every sale brings a little excitement (yes even if it is just a subscription), and an ongoing appreciation to Dreamstime for making it possible.So in keeping with my little addiction, I just poked my nose in a few minutes ago, and lo and behold, my earnings balance had taken quite a big jump since the last time I checked. Of course I wanted to see what sold...thinking I must have had several sales all... continue reading

Eagles

I love eagles. I am very fortunate to live only a one hour drive from a place where the eagles gather in late fall and early winter to feast on spawning salmon. Harrison Mills, British Columbia is home to literally hundreds of Bald Eagles at this time of year. It is quite a sight to see as many as 60 eagles perched in the same tree! Today I took time off work to go out there and enjoy their beauty; I was treated to an extra special sight...not only lots of Bald Eagles, but also a Golden Eagle.... continue reading

Alaskan adventures (part 2)

In part I talked about how beautiful Valdez is, and that it has some wonderful places to go hiking. There is also a very nice and sheltered small boat harbour, which is important considering that fishing is a primary industry there. You can go right to the cannery and buy fresh fish that has just come off the boats. We bought some halibut and cooked it up on the barbecue with some lemon pepper... it was the best halibut I have ever had!Another thing you can do from the harbour is take one of the... continue reading

Alaskan adventures (part 1)

This past summer I went on my second trip to Alaska. My plan was to fly into Anchorage, and then take a commuter flight to Valdez to visit a friend. Unfortunately when the weather is bad, the commuter flights get canceled...and that happened not only to my scheduled flight, but also the one they rebooked me on for noon the next day! It looked as though things were going from bad to worse when they had no more flights available until 10pm.Waiting around for another 10 hours really did not appeal... continue reading

Are we careful enough?

I remember when I first joined Dreamstime. One of the images I was most proud of was taken at a castle during my vacation in England last summer. I had uploaded it feeling quite smug because there were only a few other images of this particular castle, and mine seemed the brightest and (to me anyway) the most interesting. But I also kept getting this nagging feeling of doubt as to why there were so few images from there, given that it was not exactly an unheard of tourist destination.And so I... continue reading

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