Researching Before Uploading

Before I even upload a picture onto Dreamstime I do my research on the particular subject in my picture. Also while I am researching I look at at Dreamstime stock photos for the subject that I will be uploading just to get a feel of other pictures of the same subject. I notice a lot of times especially when it comes to animals and flowers the subjects are mislabeled or they are given a generic name cause they do not know what animal it is.

Most of the time when it comes to animals I know exactly what the animal is but if I do not I will not upload the picture until I find out exactly what it is. If I take a picture of an animal in a zoo I go to the zoos website and look at their list of animals which sometimes they have pictures to go with each animal but if they do not I take the list narrow it down to roughly the same type of animals and research the smaller list of animals until I start coming up with matches for what I am looking for. If the animal is out in the wild I will research animals local to the region until I find a match.

Also when I do my research I want to know Scientific Classification, what area range does the animals live and what characteristics does this animal have.

For me I already know a lot about animals since I have studied up on them on my own for many years but after going into the stock photography business I have been learning a lot more.

I read in a nature photographer book once "to be truly successful in nature photography get to know your subject." I truly believe what this person was saying because you need to know your subject to make it easier for the buyer to find the exact picture they are looking for.

Photo credits: Susan Pettitt.

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August 11, 2008


I like the animal very much, they are our humanity's good friends.

August 10, 2008


I do the snap shot thing also with the signs when I remember to. I mainly do it with birds and insects when I take a picture of the sign since I have a harder time remember these type of animals.

Thanks Flatscreen, Marilyngould and Moth for commenting :)

August 10, 2008


Great tips, Susan ~ :)
i do something like that too, when i'm interested in some animal or other exhibits in a zoo, etc. - I take a snapshot photo of the info signboard provided for that animal outside its enclosure at the zoo. They usually give some basic info on generic name, scientific name, geographical distributuion, diet, etc. It makes further research easier, should i need to find more info about the subject. :)

Thanks for sharing ~ :)

August 10, 2008


Well done Susan. Positive for the animals, helpful for the client searching for images and advantageous to us as photographers to better know our subjects. Cheers, Marilyn

August 10, 2008


Good blog Susan,
I think it is very important to describe animals, plants, etc. correctly with its name (also important the scientific name).
Ciao, Holger

August 09, 2008


Thank you both for your comments :)

August 09, 2008


good idea, i tend to do that too - have a look at what is out there on the subject that I'm planning on photographing - gives me inspiratoin too for shots i would not have thought of.

August 09, 2008


It is a really good suggestion.It should be serious to the uploading and it is worth doing more work outside the photography.

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