I just returned from two weeks in Russia. It was a family trip to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ufa, near the Ural Mountain Ridge.Russia is heaven for stock photographers. Friendly people, a wealth of World Heritage sites. Rich history with many relics and past times buildings, and a sense of traveling back in time, to 40-50 years ago. It had been very very interesting and apparently quite fruitful as almost 60 images from the 800 I shot had turned into stock photos accepted by DT.The... continue reading
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Today I want to share with you the wonders of a region located in central Israel. Mere 40 minutes from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that offers a lot of exciting sites to visit and a world heritage site - Lachish Region. This hilly area has underground man-made caves the held whole communities in the big Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire in 135 A.D.Lush green hills (in winter-early spring months) with shepherds that look like they just walk with King David and Jesus 2000-3000 years... continue reading
What does it take to become a stock photographer? today? nothing. (shot on a day trip with my daughter).A decent camera, basic composition skills (since Auto everything/photoshop will take care of the rest) is all you need. (shot on a family trip to a nearby park)Of course the more you learn and practice the better you will get, but don't let any lack of experience to stop you. Looking for opportunities is the key to success. Will I ever retire my day job and buy a house... continue reading
Two days ago, someone bought 8 of my images in one day, all from the same "Holy land series" images. These images have been posted on DT for couple of years now, selling here and there, while I slowly increase the number of images that belong to this series. Never before have I sold so many in one day. What can you take from my experience (beyond me tapping on my own shoulder.... :-) ) :1) Follow your heart - You will probably shoot better images if you like what you document... continue reading
Three weeks ago I had the most satisfying photographic moment in my life.What started as a photo op (driving my parents in law, far away from my house... :-) ) turned into an amazing moment when all the elements for a good photo aligned. Unstable weather conditions had created dramatic skies, and diffused light, Good EVF and framelines, had helped me to concentrate on my cleanest composition to date.I am very proud of this image, very happy about it, and glad I had had the chance... continue reading
There is something very comforting, knowing you have your best bet image, the one that will always be there for you. And yet, every once in a while, a new image that has been there in your portfolio forever, only to increase your online portfolio, sales.It feels great, there is adrenalin rush, you keep checking again and again the following days, if new one have sold, and like an exciting event in your marriage life (or finding a new lover for a short time), you are really happy and thrilled.... continue reading
In Israel the Dry Season lasts 6-8 months and ends in heavy rain sometime between mid October and mid November.My photos have similar behavior. I experience "dry season" that can last up to a month, then there is a burst of downloads that boost my confidence and makes me think the big breakthrough is here to stay, only to run into another "dry season".Going thru the new images that people upload or reading the trend of the month newsletter, is a great source of knowing what sells. Then it... continue reading
It's been years, 6 years since I last managed to upload a picture to Dreamstime.Many reasons contributed to this fact. I will talk about two:1. I hadn't been able to get away from my daily activities to photograph. Children, career, getting my BA, all these factors translated to ever so limiting time to shoot.2. Technical deterioration of my equipment - My aging EOS 10D from 2003 was no longer capable of shooting quality images that suited the raised standards of DT. My images were rejected... continue reading
In my previous post I spoke about egaging family members in the stock photography business.Now I want to talk about other forms of help that is available to use, with little effort.Friends, are a valuable asset to use.The picture on top and this one- are shots of my neighbor's dog. He is a professional dog trainer and breeder, and I wanted pictures for my stock portfolio, so it was a win-win for both of us.Usually, people are happy to help. this guy isn't even a friend, but when I approached... continue reading
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