To me, an avid gourmand, food photography is not only a real treat, but also a guilty pleasure. I spend quite some time looking at food photos and I can assure you it is a very healthy habit. It keeps me away from actually eating everything I'd like to taste so I just love good photo feasts!They say that in order to feel like eating, you first have to like what you see on your plate. There's nothing more inviting or appetizing than an awesome food photo. Food photography is something to savor... continue reading
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Knowing what sells is crucial if you're looking to be a successful stock photographer. Prediction is equally useful and can be easily made by scrutinizing image consumer behavior. Here's where we can help and show you last year's best sellers. Let's watch, learn and perhaps draw a few useful conclusions for this year's market needs and trends. You'll see that some representative stock concepts remain undisputed top choices but new subjects surface as technological innovations and social dynamics continually... continue reading
Who won football’s Super Bowl? In my world there is more interest in what ads were more successful than news of the game itself. Which commercials resonated the most with the target audiences? Which ones garnered kudos from creatives at the top agencies?And which ones might give you some shooting ideas?Spend some time reviewing the ads and you’ll see that you can piggyback on the research that went into the themes and trends in the ads to come up with some ideas for yourself.I spent... continue reading
The new year is the best time to look back at last year’s successes and failures to see how to increase the former and decrease the latter in the coming year. What photos were the most successful on Dreamstime in 2008 and why?Three photos that made the top sellers in ‘07 remained on our list for 2008. See last year’s winners in this previous blogto read about why they were successful then and now. One image that I didn’t give a lot of time to from last year’s list that repeats is... continue reading
Writing recently about a decrease in vacation time among the world’s travelers for ’09, I have been keeping my eyes out for what the trend watchers think we will be doing in our downtime and what visual opportunities this will offer. I was surprised to learn that reading a book is gaining in popularity even as some publishers are in trouble. One publisher has launched a vid on YouTube for the Christmas season with celebrities stating why a book is a good gift. One says, “A book is a great gift... continue reading
While in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo and the PACA (Picture Archive Council of America) International Conference, I attended a panel comprised of ‘Microstock SuperStars” moderated by PDN’s Daryl Lang. I heard some words of wisdom from the panel members that I thought might be useful to many of you.Panel member Yuri Arcurs emphasized the importance of building your brand within the overall site. He offered that an important aspect of his success is a consistent and identifiable... continue reading
What’s new for lower and middle school in photos and illustrations this year? Home schooling is an increasingly popular alternative educational solution. Bullying is an urgent issue. Computers are everywhere at all levels even for the very youngest students.Home schooling is a relatively new aspect of American education. Over 2.2 percent of American children are now educated at home by their parents. In most homes that provide schooling, there is a designated ‘school room’ or area. Photographs... continue reading
As the end of summer approaches, it’s time to capture as many summer themed images as possible. When the demand for this genre grows in early 2009, you’ll find yourself looking for a campsite or outdoor pool that isn’t covered in snow.Over six million kids attend summer camp in the US. Many camps are basedaround learning a skill or a lifestyle issue. There are soccer camps, music camps, adventure camps, sailing camps, special needs camps, science camps, church camps and diet camps.Camp... continue reading
There is a continuing dust up between those who claim that commercial photography isn’t art and that the photos in museums and galleries shouldn’t be sullied by appearing in promotions or ads. Not withstanding the fact that most photographers that fall into the ‘collectible’ category of fine artists have at one time done commercial work.The popular blog from commercial art buyer Heather Morton has taken on this conversation over the past few weeks. Look for the Art/Commerce blogs. She... continue reading
The mention of a craft project no longer has to bring to mind clunky macrame window hangings or the dreaded and ugly scarf so lovingly knit by grandma. A change has come to the world of craft and with it, photo opportunities. As Rob Walker wrote in the NY Times last December, ‘…the new wave of crafters (have) infused uncool-sounding domestic skills like knitting and sewing with a postpunk attitude that revolve(s) partly around mall-rejecting self-sufficiency.’Along with the buy local food... continue reading
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