Articles by Tamara Bauer

Tip of the Week: When is a model release required?

If you feel a little unsure or confused about when to include a model release with your images, you are not alone. So, what exactly is a model release, and when do you need to supply one?A model release is a legal document that needs to be filled out and signed by the photographer, the model (or the model’s parents if the model is a minor under the age of 18), and an independent witness. Handwritten signatures are required on all model releases.You will need to supply a model release to... continue reading

Tip of the Week: Start with the foundation, build your image

Making a good image composition involves far more than simply aiming your camera and snapping the shutter button. While it is tempting to just point and shoot, spending a little time giving thought to your composition will result in a far more impressive photo!Most people can figure out what their subject matter will be without too much trouble, but it’s also just as important to think about your background...why? Because if your background is too busy, it can easily distract from your subject ... continue reading

Tip of the Week: Keywording and image info

Having to come up with a title, description and keywords for your images or video may seem like a daunting task, but if you follow a few hints and tips, it really is rather simple.The entire goal of keywording your work is to give it the best possible chance of being found in a search engine, so it is imperative that the words you choose accurately reflect what is in your image or video.First of all, a title...the title should be brief and to the point, but not so brief that it is only comprised of... continue reading

Feast for the Eyes: 5 Delicious Photography Tips for Food Bloggers

When it comes to photography, food can make for really excellent subject matter. If you are a “foodie”, you will appreciate a good food photo. If food photography interests you, I’d like to share some tips to help you get the best out of your food shots.Lighting: Light is absolutely crucial to a beautiful, still life photo, and this especially applies to photographs of food. Why? Because we all love to eat food, don’t we? So the key to good food photography is to make your images shine... continue reading

Tips for video with mobile phones

So you’re thinking of submitting videos for stock, or have already been doing so but would like a few pointers? The good news is that you don’t need an expensive digital SLR or dedicated video camera. These days, even a good mobile phone will record up to 4K video and allow you to shoot some stunning video footage. As a video reviewer, I’d like to share a few tips which will help you in terms of having your videos accepted rather than refused.  One of the most common refusal reasons I... continue reading

Poor background removal - is this refusal bugging you?

"Poor background removal" - if this is a refusal reason that you commonly receive when your images are reviewed, especially on subjects that have a plain (often white) background, here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful.If you intend to "cut out" your subject matter and place it on a white background, you need to make sure the background is actually white. And the edges of your subject need to look realistic - often they have the appearance of being cut out with scissors because... continue reading

Adding a sense of scale

I love to shoot landscapes - I'm fortunate in that I currently live in a very scenic Australian State where landscape photography is a must.At times, it's difficult to convey a sense of scale with an image - I know the depth and breadth and height because I can see it with my eyes, but I can't necessarily convey that to someone who is viewing my photo.One technique to give your images a sense of scale is to bring people into them, because people give us a familiar point of reference - we know... continue reading

First year on Dreamstime

So, I've just hit a year on Dreamstime, and what a year it's been! After being exclusive on another agency for over 7 years, it was a huge decision for me to change over, but I have been most pleasantly surprised with the subsequent sales here for my first year.I've really enjoyed getting to know the staff and fellow contributors on DT, it is a wonderful place to share and learn and a very happy community to be a part of.I have no regrets whatsoever in making that big decision to change over,... continue reading

Recycling your images

Do you ever stare at your image files on the computer screen and think that while they're "okay", perhaps they could be better? Or do you ever suffer from the photographer's version of Writer's Block and can't find anything to shoot?I sometimes study my images and try to come up with a way to make the not-so-special shot a bit more interesting - here's where recycling comes in. For me, recycling usually involves arranging a composite by utilizing elements of more than one image.This came... continue reading

First Editors Choice!

After viewing some of the excellent images that have received an Editor's Choice over the past months, I'm very happy to say that I finally received an Editor's Choice for one of my images! :)Having always been an avid reader myself, I wanted to create an image that would encourage children to enjoy books and reading and getting something special out of a story. Hopefully this image will convey that reading really can be something special! continue reading

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