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Get creative!

My aim in microstock is to be different. I have realized since beginning that I could not compete with the kind of Yuri Arcus

or Iofoto, that are far beyond my league (for now).

The best I could envision to get my slice of cake and get some success, was simply to be creative. Creative, means to try to make something really different. One way to do so was to search for neglected keywords or 'holes' in the database of images at Dreamstime.

Another way, is to restrain yourself from the desire to compete with topics that are well covered and would require from you to provide extremely good images.

My way to deal with tis competitive world, is to create my photos mostly in form of montages and composite of images (and sometimes a mix of illustration and photography). I think they are enough unique, original and creative. I tend to choose a topic and go with it for a while, trying to put down a rough sketch of the idea and then move on to realize it.

I show below some of my montages (along with few from other creative DT artists), to show examples of what I was telling in the text above.

Photo credits: Andres Rodriguez, Ruslan Kotlyarevsky, Italianestro, Saniphoto, Starblue.

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May 02, 2009


Hello Carolyne,
first, thank you. Your ideas jot down and keep them stored... is what I do, with tons of papers, post-it, notebooks... I never know when some of those will be able to do, but I'm feeling 'safe' knowing I have always a bunch of good ideas to try.

Hey, I see you are from NZ, great nature down there! I envy you.
have a creative day

May 02, 2009


Love your work! Thanks for the tutorial link. I would love to try more photo manipulation. Unfortunately I have heaps of ideas way beyond my abilities at the moment. Maybe I should practice juggling two balls before I jump in with ten. :o)

April 24, 2009


thanks a lot!!

April 24, 2009


Hi Oxbeast1210

I'd suggest you start with some of the photoshop tutorials available online. One good is surely:

but there are many others, simply google: photoshop tutorials.

April 24, 2009


I want to be creative like these photos but i dont have a clue on how to to do it i looked everywhere online and cant find how to make my pictures look like these

April 01, 2009


Hello Zhi Gao,

thank you, you are welcome. I'm glad it is inspiring to you. Good luck with your creative life!

March 31, 2009


your style is really unique, that give me some inspirations. thank you.

March 30, 2009


You have fantastic portfolio and great skills! I wish I had more time to become as good as you are.

March 29, 2009


Very true and very nice work.

March 26, 2009


Hello Ruslan,

thank you. Wish you good luck and continue with your good creative work at DT!!

March 26, 2009


Thank you Aughty. I am glad to be of inspiration and suggest way to get inspiartions (the many other good photographers/artists here at DT)

March 26, 2009


thank you Irisangel, hey I see you have a wonderful butterfly as your 'logo'! I love butterflies!! You a very elegant style in your illustrations. wish you a good creative day.

March 25, 2009


I have long admired your work and your creativity. You have indeed found your own special style. Wonderful portfolio!

March 25, 2009


Great stuff! Keep it coming. Love your work.

March 25, 2009


thank you, Fultonsphoto and Eclecticelegance for your comments and compliments!
Hope these images (not only mine) are of inspiration to you.

March 25, 2009


Very interesting concepts in your images!!!

March 25, 2009


All amazing images, and thats why there are 2 of you here who are my fave photographers, love your work.

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