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

Photo credits: Dave Bredeson.

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Upwardway38

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

Bazaarworld

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

Indianeye

Your portfolio is simply awesome & truly inspiring !!

Kphotos6411

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

Ponytail1414

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

Linqong

Useful tips!

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

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.

Gvidass

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

Sepavo

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

Rosedarc

Great advice, thanks!

Trottola

Thank you ver much for your useful tips ;)

Keki

Fantastic tips thanks for sharing :)

Cammeraydave

Thanks everyone for all your nice comments !

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.

Egomezta

Thanks for your tips.... Nice blog

Davidwatmough

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

BCritchley

Nice article, thanks for sharing :-)

Cristalloid

Nice ideas...

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!

Cammeraydave

Sorry..... couldn't help myself

Thanatonautii

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

Jonkio4

thanks Dave :)

smartview27

good luck to you too!

Frantab01

great blog, thanks for sharing :)

Py2000

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

Davulcu

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

Mariaam

This article is also very informative! Thanks for sharing! The Hot Dog image is funny! LOL! :D

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