Happy New Year everyone!Before we embark on what we hope to be an exciting 2017 journey, it is customary to take a look back at 2016 and draw some conclusions. A lot of things happened here on Dreamstime last year but the stats we're all curious about are the the same as always: which images sold best and what did people shop for. What were the trends for stock shoppers?To get a more general view, we've added the top sellers for all three categories of files we sold (photos, illustrations,... continue reading
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Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! May this be an amazing year, much better than the last one.But before we bid adieu to an eventful 2015, we want to have a last look at what happened stock wise here on Dreamstime.As usual, we're making some stats and facts public in order to help you understand what the 2015 stock trends were, what sold best and what people looked for when shopping for stock.If you check my previous reviews for 2014, 2012 and 2010, you'll notice few changes in tastes.... continue reading
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
Hot arrival from our secret statistics, here comes the list of best sold images in 2010! We'll start with the best selling photos and continue with best selling illustrations so stay tuned for our next post to see the entire list of images the buyers went nuts for last year. To our joy, they picked a few newcomers but remembered to blow the dust off some old library shelves as well. New and old were both in fashion if we are to judge by the upload date of the runners up. Also, the buyers shopped from... 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
For those into site statistics, we have come up with one download evaluation you might find both interesting and useful. You will find below the most downloaded images over the very recent days. The list is presented for you to assess and draw some conclusion from the contributor's point of view. It contains five top downloads from the free section and five best sellers from the commercial Royalty free one. This statistics may not be valid for all times but you can easily find common points among... continue reading
The idea of free images makes the budget minded sing and some artists cringe. How can it be a good idea to give away what you are trying to sell? On the one hand is the sanctity of the copyright. On the other is the spirit of the Internet and an age-old marketing ploy: the free sampleWay back when in the dark ages of flight when planes were choked with cigarette smoke, everything was free…food, drinks and on every meal tray, a slim package of cigarettes provided for after meal enjoyment... 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
Images of refreshing beverages, both alcoholic and otherwise are used for purposes as diverse as major ads and invitations to small parties. The virtues of drinking eight glasses of water daily may have come under scrutiny recently but no one argues with the importance of water and other healthy liquids in a sane diet. Images of fit individuals taking in a daily allotment of fluids are used in promotions for dietary supplements, health clubs, juices and bottled water as well as for editorial pieces... continue reading
Temperatures are soaring in the western US. Californians are dealing with heat over 103 degrees in the south.Last weekend’s temperatures soared to over 90 in normally cool Seattle.Except for the southern hemisphere it’s Hot! Hot! in many places. Articles and posts on how to stay cool or protection from the sun proliferate, as do adverts for air conditioning, water parks and beach gear.The goal of ‘it’s REALLY hot’ images is to show either the misery that heat can bring or how... continue reading
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