The Dreamstime “Give Thanks, Give Back” initiative has come to a close, and it’s the community that deserves the biggest thanks! In total, you all contributed $3,235 that Dreamstime will match for an impressive total of $6,470.As you know, the choice of charity was left up to you, and the decision is this – Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the international medical humanitarian organization will receive $6,470. We knew you’d choose well, and MSF is a much deserving... continue reading
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It's the season for many things - picture-perfect snow falls and autumnal trees, holiday feasts with family and harvest festivals are the first things that come to mind, but everyone has their traditions and nostalgia for this time of year. Universally, it's a season with more than a few reasons to be thankful.What is the Dreamstime team thankful for, you ask? Our community. Each one of you makes up Dreamstime, and we strive to support the entire community. We listen when you tell us what you... continue reading
Many questions have been asked and heated debates started on this subject in the last few years. It is that thing each and every contributor wonders about at least twice a day when checking account statistics and sales. It is one of Dreamstime's greatest mysteries and best kept secrets: the mighty SEARCH ENGINE, the one we all want to get to know better. Everybody knows a few search criteria to function for sure, has heard of some that might influence placement and guessed that there might be others... continue reading
The July 08 issue of Italian Vogue featured only black models and became one of the best selling foreign magazine issues ever in the U.S. Photographer Steven Meisel shot the issue and was quoted as saying that he hoped that the success of the layouts would show the world of advertisers and modeling agencies that the use of racially diverse models was a wise choice.Not withstanding the success of the issues in newsstand sales, some complained that the effort was racist in itself as all the models... continue reading
The past couple of weeks found me in New York just as Fashion Week was ending and last week in Southern California for a seminar. Perhaps because NY was filled with fashionistas and models, I noticed a lot of very, very thin women in the park and on the street.A jogger along Central Park South could have posed in an anatomy class in lieu of a prepared skeleton. The prevalent look in California, even on the most fashionable streets, is slightly heavier.Fashion models in the 1960’s were about... continue reading
You know who you are, Generation Y. An analysis of Internet and social network use tells me that a majority of you reading this were born between 1977 and 1997. You are the children of the last of the baby boomers and the most studied group of young adults anywhere because you generally have money and business wants to talk you out of it. Don’t despair if you are outside Gen Y, as all generations need to recognize the unique characteristics of this group in order to completely cover the photographic... continue reading
Life is a series of events that mark our passage through time.Some events are as unremarkable as a Grandfather teaching his grandson how to swim or parents looking on as their child takes its first step. Other occasions such as traditional religious events or advancement at school or a job require celebration. Images that catch these moments become iconic photos that celebrate family milestones, relationships or rites of passage. They evoke positive emotions that advertisers use to build familiarity... continue reading
Biotech companies generate ever-promising new drugs and treatments while politicians in the US argue over the cost of health care. What to shoot to get your images used in the enormous world of health care education, promotion and advertising?Why should you care? Each year the health care industry spends billions of dollars on adverts for over the counter and direct to consumer ads for services and drugs. Related businesses such as health insurance companies, physical therapists, large health care... continue reading
There are some composition tricks that apply to stock photography specifically. As more and more image use migrates to the web, the old stock photo rule of leaving room for type is becoming less significant. It is becoming replaced with approaches that enhance an image’s visibility at the thumbnail size and on web pages. Images with a square format gain maximum space in returned search results. The space allocated for each individual thumbnail is always large enough to allow for maximum width and... continue reading
Or is it the CYMK? (One matters online; the other in print). Do you dream in color? Did people dream in black and white before the invention of black and white film? If so, how did they know what the world looked like in black and white? When are color photos best and when do black and white images better solve the visual problem at hand? What moods and emotions do colorselicit?Pre-PhotoShop, manipulating color was limited to the photographer’s skill in using filters or other special effects.... continue reading
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