Articles by Viorel Dudau

The glass half full

Shutting down the planet for a few months doesn’t look good any way you look at it. The COVID 19 pandemic really turned the world upside down and we’re to continue our lives without knowing what tomorrow brings. However, if history has taught us something, it is that a shut door often opens another and there are opportunities to pursue even in times of crisis.What does this mean for stock photography? You already know how hard it is to find uncovered niches, think of new subjects or approach... continue reading

How to avoid Blue Monday in 5 easy steps

Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday in January, which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Cliff Arnall, the man who "discovered" it, came up with a formula that calculates the correlation between weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year`s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. While nobody needs a complicated formula to see how January can... continue reading

How to promote your portfolio

While Dreamstime does a lot for promoting your images out there, there are still a few things you can do for yourself in order to get more exposure and, hopefully, more sales. How to promote your portfolioThere are two ways of promoting your photos: with direct links or with referral links.1. Direct links will help you sell more and will help Dreamstime too, by enhancing your visibility in search engines, as my colleague Clif previously explained here. We live in a digital world, powered by search... continue reading

Bucharest Photofest

Bucharest Photofest 2019 starts today, 1st of October at 7 p.m. in Cărturești Carusel!The largest photo festival in Romania will take place between 1-12 October 2019 in more than 10 locations in Bucharest: Cărturești Carusel, Modul Cărturești, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, POINT, Galeria de stări și obiecte, Stucatura, Victoria Hub, 80east, Club Control and Expirat - Halele Carol.Three collective exhibitions, focused on the central theme Preserving, each of them illustrating a secondary theme... continue reading

What are rights managed images?

There are two main ways of licensing in the stock imagery world of today: royalty-free (RF) and rights-managed (RM). Royalty-free images are not necessarily different in quality than rights-managed images, only their licensing type differs.I’ve already explained about royalty free, which is the main type of licensing here on Dreamstime, so in this post I will focus on rights-managed licenses.The most prominent characteristic of a rights-managed license is its exclusivity. Once... continue reading

What is royalty free stock?

There’s a lot of confusion online about what Royalty Free is and how it applies to stock photography, so I thought I should explain the term in plain English.First, I understand where is this coming from: when you put Royalty next to Free, some people may think that royalties don’t need to be paid since they’re free, right? Well, not exactly:Royalty-Free is a term used mostly in creative and IT industries, which basically means you don’t have to pay for each use of copyrighted material... continue reading

iPhone Xs promises better low-light photography

The new iPhone 2018 is here! Actually all three of them: the 5.8 inch iPhone Xs, the 6.5 inch iPhone Xs Max and the cheaper Iphone XR.We know you don’t care that much about the new Golden color, because you’re going to use it with a black or grey anti-shock phone case anyway, or about the most durable glass ever, because you’ll put a protection glass on it at those prices. Water and dust resistance may be good to have, but we’re not talking about DSLR powerhorses here, they’re still mobile... continue reading

Intensive Dublinese Course

I was walking around Christ Church Cathedral in a warm Sunday morning when I heard someone whispering in my ear: “Don’t take me photo! Hahaha!”. The guy who sneaked behind me to make that joke was a small, well dressed, 60 years old fellow who looked like he had seen a lot in his life. He was probably the head of the gang, as the young up-and-coming soldier next to him was just about 25 and had no less than 7 fresh cuts on his face. Definitely not from shaving. The other three massive guys around... continue reading

Commercial vs Editorial: why limit yourself?

Stock photography has long been regarded as commercial-oriented content, intended for ads and all sort of advertising related materials. And it’s true, most of the buyers are using stock images in commercial purposes, meaning that, in order to comply with the laws, there are a number of limitations to what you can and what you can’t sell as stock. However, creativity and limitations don’t go really well together. Yes, you should avoid copyrighted elements and have a model release for each visible... continue reading

Heart of the city

They say the best travel photos are those you take in your own city. I’ve been around Europe a lot lately and I find this to be completely true.The reason for this is that you can visit plenty of new places and shoot beautiful photos of them, but you are still constrained by time, weather and knowledge. You will never get to know a city in a few days like locals do. It takes months, maybe years to go deep into every street and see the city from different angles and decide which is the best one and... continue reading

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