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Hi everybody,

Following question got stuck in my head? What about pictures with a certain news value? Will something that is all over the news be noticed on DT?

Ok, first let me clarify something: I live in Belgium, a small European country known for beer, wafels and chocolates so, ... pictures with a news value on some "big" topic is something rare. Secondly I'm no photojournalist but I might have something that is relevant to a current news item.

This year, lot's of events will take place in remembrance of the first world war (14-18) and this is a "hot" topic all over Belgium and France, and I guess in other countries as well. A few weeks ago I decided to take a couple of pictures relevant to WOI. I've visited Ypers, a town that is known for the battles that went down there. You can find a lot of memorial sites in that region and they are all worth visiting. People from all over the world come to visit these memorial sites. So when I found out a couple of days ago that Mr President Obamah will be stopping by our small country later this week, to visit a cemetery of USA soldiers who lost their lives during WOI, I figured, there might be something there.

Will these pictures be successful because of the news value they have? Is it a good idea to monitor the news and try to anticipate on events? Do people find these pictures relevant? Let's see and find out the next few days! ;-)

In the meantime, happy shooting and good sales to all of you!


Photo credits: , ClaireCphotography.


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March 27, 2014


Hi Everybody,

Thank you all for the comments!

You guys mentioned a category concerning history, that would be a nice addition!

@gmargittai, I'm very realistic about this, ... I don't think my material is for giants like CNN and Reuters.

@ivanderbeisen, thank you for adding my pics. (Dank U he ;-) )

Also, I've been doing a lot of reading on the blogs and some people know what their sold pictures are used for. How do you find out? I often wonder what my pictures are used for, but I don't have a clue how to find out.

Happy Shooting everybody!

March 26, 2014


Peace! Yo!

March 26, 2014


Hey Fellow Country Woman :)
I made a little collection on WWI (, I added yours of course) There are not that many pics on WWI here on DT, but I notice these pics sell quite okay. One of mine is even used for a novel (on WWI), so they have a good potential, especially if they are so good as yours :).
I fully agree with Perstock a history (sub-)category would be very useful: which might include historic objects, sites, memorial, sceneries, historic clothing,...

March 25, 2014


I think almost anything that is interesting , with quality and different will sell. So your images are great.

March 25, 2014


Very good for composition and sepia image! Good luck in sales! Keep up!

March 25, 2014


Hi Claire! More than half of my sales are editorial but none of them are any kind of news. Personally I miss a lot of categories here on DT - one is HISTORY...
If you take a closer look in magazines, especially very specialized ones, you can find that a lot of images and illustrations are of royalty free origin. Quite interresting also to find that some/a lot of, subject are not at all or very bad covered at microstock agencies. Find theese and sell a lot - I hope!
By the way, your images are great!

March 25, 2014


Great images for composition, congrats!

March 24, 2014


My experience with this is that yes it is worthwhile to take editorial pictures. I would not expect CNN or REUTERS to use your pictures to report Obama's visit. But they still can sell. Sometimes many month or even years after the event. I have a picture illustrating an event in San Francisco. It sold a few times the following year, probably in preparation to the event which is a yearly thing.

My advice: If you like it shoot it. If you like it others may like it too. I for instance like the ones you used in this blog.

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