I don't know about other photographers, but since I joined Dreamstime and started to receive sales, my outlook on my photography has changed drastically.

Before Dreamstime (BDT!) I would describe my approach to my photos as being 'impulsive'. If we were out somewhere, say a safari park, I would snap away taking pictures, maybe looking for shots which may look good on the wall, but more often than not I would just be recording the day. 'This is where we went, this is what we saw...' etc. etc.

After Dreamstime (ADT) this approach changed completely... and arguably not for the best. To explain, I was now struggling to look at taking any pictures OTHER than those suitable for DT. Where before I would take shots with people in the frame without a second thought, now I was always looking to not show recognizable faces, to hide logos behind trees or objects and use shallow depth of field to blur out these elements.

I had become unable to distinguish my hobby snaps from the business of money making images.

And this is something I still struggle with. I would be interested to hear if others have experienced the same situation and if there is any advice on how to separate 'work' from 'pleasure'... although selling pictures will always be a pleasure!

Photo credits: Ben Smith, Fotoeye75.

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March 12, 2009


Yes, I am in the same situation. When working on my family snapshot yearbook, I notice an dramatical decline in usable house-and-garden pics compared to BDT. A solution? Just sometimes relax and make the decision to just shoot family snaps this day. Unless an unexpected stock-opportunity appears out of nowhere of course...oww sigh...... ;)

August 01, 2007


I'm exactly the same, it's like oh that would make good stock or reading a magazine i'm now constantly looking at advertising pictures looking for ideas and wishing i'd thought of it first.

August 01, 2007


Absolutely. Couldn't agree more. I struggle with this every time I pick up the camera... the sad thing is that even when I'm just taking snaps of my friends having fun, I'm ashamed to admit somewhere in the back of my mind a little imp is whispering about how to compose the picture to make it acceptable to DT. And I'm not even that successful here. It's horrible. I think I'm going to have to take a break from this site and force myself not to log on for at least 6 months to get rid of this.

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