Articles by Holger Mette

How to Create Panoramas good enough for Dreamstime

It took me quite a while to get started with uploading panorama images to microstock. The problem wasn't that I didn't have suitable subject matter, but that I didn't know how, and assumed incorrectly that the software available wasn't good enough to produce seamless results.As with anything, there's a variety of ways of doing this. This is a summary of how I do it:Camera Settings1. Set the camera to shoot in "RAW" mode, not jpeg if you don't usually shoot raw.2. Set the camera to Manual... continue reading

How to take Photos at Night

I'm in Argentina updating my photos and website. You may have noticed that I have quite a few photos that are taken at night. It's my favourite time to shoot, but takes a bit more effort to get decent results. I've just finished updating my article on how to take photos at night, so thought I'd share the process I go through to get images that look like the ones here.I use an Olympus Digital SLR, however the following tips apply equally to a Canon, Nikon or Sony camera: How to Take Photos at... continue reading

Postcard from Ecuador

With stunning part of the Andean landscape, colorful indigenous communities, some pretty decent flight connections, not to mention the stopping off point for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is one of the essential stops on the South American gringo-trail. Quito is the first (and often last!) stop for many - and is a great place to learn some Spanish, and often a launching pad for the Galapagos Islands. There is however a lot more to Ecuador.After being in one place for a while in Colombia, it felt... continue reading

Digital Workflow - Olympus Cameras

After a few months of being in one place in Colombia I've been on the road again for a little while now. I was expecting my next blog to be about southern Colombia - but actually nothing that exciting happened, (except maybe the wheel of the bus falling off while in motion). Instead of great weather for photography, I've had more than my fair share of dull cloud covered days, so I used some of my time to put together an article about my digital work-flow.Part 1 deals with what to me is the most... continue reading

On the road again: Colombia

After spending a month and a half learning Spanish, I've decided its time to get moving again. In addition to a lot of Spanish classes I've concentrated on re-designing my website - it now has maps and new clickable pop-up galleries of images (including those that don't make it onto Dreamstime!), so should be much easier to navigate. I'd appreciate feedback on the new design and layout is welcome!Cartagena... described as "a fairytale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty..." was my first... continue reading

Around the world on Microstock - Update...

In my last blog update, I announced that I was going to be traveling the world... and funding the trip from microstock earnings. My plan at that time was to post regular updates with stories and photos. Well since then I've spent time in Asia before crossing the length of the North American Continent on an 11,000km overland journey.In this time I've road-tripped Big Sur in California, gone horseback riding through canyons in Mexico, toasted marshmallows on an active volcano in Guatemala, gone... continue reading

Around the World on Microstock!

After a few months back in Australia, I’ve set off to face the world again on another global adventure. The difference this time is that I’ll be aiming to fund the trip entirely from micro-stock earnings.The first part of the journey will go through Asia where I'll be spending the rest of 2008 and focusing on areas where I haven't been previously including Laos and Myanmar. Early next year I’ll head over to South America for around a year before going north through central America, the... continue reading

Camiguin – an Island Paradise in the Philippines

Camiguin (pronounced “Come Again”) Island, is one of thePhilippines many well kept secrets. Despite its relatively small size there is no shortage of things to do or see. The island manages to squeeze in of sevenvolcanoes,beautiful beaches, several waterfalls, hot and cold springs for bathing, some charming little churches and a multitude of excellent dive and snorkeling sites.One of the most interesting landmarks is a huge white cross that marks the site of the sunken cemetery. This... continue reading

Japan - Lanterns and Temples

Japan is a place where modern life and ancient culture meet and co-exist. It is a land of contradiction - with mild manners on the surface but a wild and sometimes seedy underbelly. It is a land which challenges preconceived ideas and leaves the visitor richer for having visited. continue reading

Sydney Harbour at Dusk

After spending 3 weeks in New Zealand, I had a week to spare in Sydney. One of my favorite places to photograph is Sydney Harbour at dusk. Sydney harbor is a stunning intersection between the Natural and built environment. There is no better time to see it than dusk, when the the Harbour becomes a hive of activity and when the city lights balance with the light in the sky.Here's a small sample: continue reading

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