My 2 Cents

Well I have wanted to post something hopefully ....useful. I have been with Dreamstime for a couple of years now and must say I seem to "fit in" here. I enjoy the community feel. Also Dreamstime seems to be well managed and respect their contributors. Reading the blogs is also enlightening and fun at times. All of us here are creating Micro-stock for various reasons. Maybe for the money, love of photography, skills improvement or a creative outlet. I guess I'm doing it for all of these reasons.

That said, Micro-stock photographs, images and illustrations are strictly a commodity. Like any "commodity" , quality and creativity helps. Also craft and skill are more important than ever. The quality of micro-stock images will keep going up. So it will get harder

to get images accepted. Royalty-free photography went through the same quality curve. I find rejected images painful just like you. Best to just accept it, move on, learn and improve.

A Few Photography / Photoshop Tips

1) Always save your files in layers and paths (if they have them) . I find myself going back to many images after a new concept pops into my head that is totally different from the original image. Saving a lot of time behind the computer.

2) Go back over all your images every once and a while. Think about combining images, montages or shooting some additional images to make new concepts.

3) Shoot, experiment , analyse, learn, improve.....Shoot some more. I am still learning, improving after more years than I care to tell.

4) Get out of your photography comfort zone occasionally. If you shoot studio work, get outside for a change. If you photograph only people...do a landscape.

5) If your shooting an apple on a white background, It's going to need to be AWESOME !

6) The cheapest, most cooperative model is yourself. Self-timer is your friend, Get naked if you have to (see image 10185817)

7) Remember that it is the photographer that is creative, artistic, and imaginative not the camera.

Well thats my 2 cents worth. I hope this was just a little more informative than my previous blog !

Enjoy and Good Luck

Dave

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January 25, 2014

Upwardway38

I'm learning a lot from photographers like you. Thanks!

October 25, 2012

Bazaarworld

Hi, I really love the gold globe with Australia! Is it possible for you to do one that features New Zealand?

July 18, 2012

Indianeye

Your portfolio is simply awesome & truly inspiring !!

September 05, 2011

Kphotos6411

Hi. I am starting a collection of fresh fruit images and would like to add some of yours. May I?

March 22, 2011

Ponytail1414

I'm happy to have discovered your great work finally. Not to mention this useful blog.

December 07, 2010

Linqong

Useful tips!

July 21, 2010

Cammeraydave

Sorry for my late reply. As I remember it, my very unscientific technique was using my fingers to create the waves in a small tank. The waves would have been no more than 1 inch tall or 2cm

July 05, 2010

Fnfal1

It's not a comment, rather a question. I've just bought your image "Blue water ripples" to use in my course on fluid mechanics. That would be helpful if you let me know any details on how the waves were excited, their sizes etc.

July 03, 2010

Markmaier

June 26, 2010

Gvidass

Really good advice, especially when I'm new here :)

June 24, 2010

Sepavo

Great tips. I have a lot to learn but reviewing a creative portfolio like yours has been very helpful!

June 07, 2010

Rosedarc

Great advice, thanks!

June 07, 2010

Trottola

Thank you ver much for your useful tips ;)

June 05, 2010

Keki

Fantastic tips thanks for sharing :)

June 04, 2010

Cammeraydave

Thanks everyone for all your nice comments !

June 04, 2010

Nectar3d

Thanks for your noble attempt to help other members. I like your portfolio and added you in my fav list. Keep up your good work.

June 04, 2010

Egomezta

Thanks for your tips.... Nice blog

June 04, 2010

Davidwatmough

Valuable advice and you are right standards are rising quickly. David.

June 04, 2010

BCritchley

Nice article, thanks for sharing :-)

June 04, 2010

Scottysally2

Great ideas & tips & wonderful portfolio, thank you :)

June 04, 2010

Scottysally2

Great ideas & tips & wonderful portfolio, thank you :)

June 04, 2010

Cristalloid

Nice ideas...

June 04, 2010

Thanatonautii

:)) That was a great idea! Keep up the great work you are doing over there and some of us will learn from you!
Thanks again!

June 04, 2010

Cammeraydave

Sorry..... couldn't help myself

June 04, 2010

Thanatonautii

Thanks for the tips! Very helpful! So you`re the one who got himself naked in the jar :P

June 04, 2010

Jonkio4

thanks Dave :)

June 04, 2010

smartview27

good luck to you too!

June 04, 2010

Frantab01

great blog, thanks for sharing :)

June 03, 2010

Py2000

Thanks for the article. It's an interesting read.

June 03, 2010

Davulcu

Very nice blog. You have really great images and a very creative portfolio

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