Articles by Marilyn Gould

Fun with Food

Recently I received a bag of freshly picked avocados, for those of you unfamiliar with avocados; they ripen only after picking. Generally, it takes several days to soften to the buttery smooth eatable texture that is great for sandwiches, salads or the ever-popular guacamole.Being that my avocados were freshly picked and far too hard for eating I did what every diligent stocky should do, I thought; ummm how can I photograph these! First thing is go to Dreamstime and search avocado photos to determine... continue reading

One Hundred Sales!

Hello Everyone,Just yesterday, I reached my 100th sale here at Dreamstime. For me this is a huge milestone as less than a year ago, April 2008, I submitted two photos that started my journey into micro stock photography.The photos were accepted and within a few weeks, I had my first sale. The joy and feeling of accomplishment of having one’s work accepted into the commercial world is amazing. This has been inspirational in driving me to work harder, learn more, and practice the techniques... continue reading


Recently a local newspaper of Ventura County held a photo competition with the idea of creating a coffee table book entitled “Capture Ventura County”. The book would highlight landscapes, daily life, newsworthy events, sports and recreation, people, pets and nature as captured by local photographers.Nearly 10,000 entries were received from 549 photographers, and only 250 images would be selected for publication.The release party was Friday November 21.I did not receive any of the prizes... continue reading

My First Editors Choice!

Hey everyone I just am about to burst with happiness, in checking my profile for sales this morning I scrolled down and nearly fell off my chair -- my favorite macro model, Truman the jumping spider has been selected as an Editors Choice!This plucky little fellow is out in the flowers every afternoon looking for fly snacks and never seems to mind posing for a few photos.The fact that many people fear or scorn these tiny creatures is at times disheartening.Therefore, I would like to extend... continue reading

Simple can be Good!

Hello everyone,I had an accomplishment today, it will most likely be very insignificant to most, however for me it lifted my confidence and I wanted to share with those of you who understand that even the smallest success can put a smile on one’s face.I submitted several images for the current assignment. Only one of the submitted images was accepted, the rest were rejected, many for the same reason of being “too simplistic”.Well, on checking my sales this morning I found that one... continue reading

Happy Day!

Just wanted to share that after several days on the golf course, dodging flying golf balls while lugging the tripod and camera over hill and dale my favorite photo and the last shot of the day, has been accepted for the sport assignment.Upon checking my email, finding a slew of rejections there in the midst was the one email that invokes the happy dance moment.I wish you all many of these happy moments!Cheers,Marilyn continue reading

Trying something new

After recent success in adding some new types of images to my portfolio -- signing up two golf models, I attempted to take some of these images and isolate the golfers onto a white background thus furthering the diversification of my portfolio with existing images.I studied many of the posted blogs on isolation techniques and although it sounds easy on first read, I quickly learned that patience and practice are necessary for quality resultsThe first submissions were rejected, however on the... continue reading

Portfolio Diversification

In reading the numerous blogs and message boards offering advice on how to increase sales many of the seasoned Dreamstimers suggest diversification. Often said is try something new, shoot something different, be bold, be creative, invent! So, with that in mind here are my efforts at photographing something new.I’m no stranger to the game of golf -- after my 10 year try atRegistered Nursing (cannot tolerate the smell of blood, sight of it, no problem, but yikes hate the smell. So after figuring... continue reading

Finding Macro Models

Hello everyone!This is my first attempt at the blog forum. My apologies in advance for any blunders, omissions or technical difficulties.Recently I was thrilled to have 4 of my photos accepted into the close-up assignment. So, I thought I'd share my (newbie) methods of finding suitable models -- bugs, bees and butterflies -- for macro shoots.First off, starting with my own very small yard -- about 5’X5’ square -- I keep bee and butterfly attracting plants in pots. Lavenders, sage,... continue reading

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