Valentine'sDayisthemagic daywhen everyone officially celebrates the greatestfeelingofall,love.It'salsothedaywhen people have to officially express their feelings. What better way to do it than let a card dothe talking. Let's be honest, expressing one's true feelings maybethehardest thing for some of us. Besides, sending cards on V-day is a V-day rite all lovers must go through.While there are plenty of shops and apps to provide you with a... continue reading
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The year which is about to end has been full of events: from the Olympic games to the US presidential elections, from riots and strikes to much debated bailouts, from record artwork sale to Felix Baumgartner's fearless supersonic jump, from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to the announcement of the Royal baby, from Hurricane Sandy to the passing of some loved celebrities, we have seen and lived many interesting, wonderful, exciting but also sad or tragic things happening all over the world throughout... continue reading
Before moving to a new year, we would like to disclose some backstage info for our active and ever growing contributing community: Dreamstime's 2009 best 10 images, a list of the most downloaded files this year. And since this cat is out of (Santa's) bag, here is another tip: although last year's top ten images still sell well and remain among most downloaded - in top 20 or 30 - they are no longer featured in top 10. Which means there is always room for improvement and fresh content has been uploaded... continue reading
Trying to pack too many photos into too little time can result in photos of everything but few, if any, terrific shots. To document your vacation as well as taking some great shots for Dreamstime, you need to plan ahead. It's not just about getting the best airfare and hotel for your money.I'm going to write several blogs on vacation photos over the next month as we enter prime holiday time. You'll see that a lot of the information isn't about photography.It's about planning to maximize your photographic... continue reading
When I think of portraits, I don't visualize the standard, studio shot of a family or a high school grad oreven a scion of the business world. I think in stock pictures, so I see an image of a person or animal or an illustratedcharacter that looks like he/she/it is asking me to buy something. The portrait is probably the single most popular imagein stock photography used for marketing, promotions and advertising.For these spokesperson or testimonial portraits,the face needs... continue reading
Summer is here and flowers are bursting into bloom. There they are right outside the door and so pretty. But just because they are so marvelous doesn't mean that you need to photograph them. It seems that every flower that has ever bloomed has had its picture taken. When the supply out numbers the demand...well you know what that means in the eyes of reviewers.Before you even think about taking another photo of a flower, ask yourself if the world really needs it. But if you must, how can you make... continue reading
Everybody loves a baby...unless they are screaming in the seat next to you on a cross-country flight. And almost everyone has a baby around the house at one time or another. But beware...babies and children can be like little flowers: way too many images of them to compete with unless the image is exceptional. There is much more to getting great shots of kids than cute smiles. For starters: if you are taking photos of your own children, try to review the resulting images with a non-biased eye. You... continue reading
The older folks are most definitely not hanging around the rocking chairs these days. Life expectancy has been extended greatly over the last 30 years.Those that are living longer are enjoying it more. This is a generation that started going to the gym in their 20's and have been on diets for forty years. They know about their hearts and blood pressure and what to do to stay healthy.These are the boomers. People born after the late 1940's.The knees are a little weak... continue reading
Many times a business deal has been concluded over a pricey meal or in a coffee shop. Hundreds, if not thousands of cookbooks, are published every year.Entire magazines and web sites are devoted to recipes and cooking tips.Many charities and non-profit organizations self-publish cookbooks as fundraisers. There are so many different kinds of food preparation and cooking gadgets that entire mail order and retail stores are exclusively devoted to gadgets for the gourmet.... continue reading
Golf is no longer a game just for the plaid pants, country club set. Both ends of the financial spectrum have taken up the sport in big numbers. Not just bank presidents are rolling around the course; the fastest growing segment of the golf business is in the Arab Emirates and one of the current golf success stories in pro golf proudly calls himself a "redneck". Golf remains a big business all over the world with many secondary support products and services needing images.... continue reading
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