Most e-book authors are not rich and famous and need their covers to attract readers. A cover design must give a clue to the content without giving away something the author wants the readers to discover in the reading process. I avoid artsy-fartsy modeling poses. I pick key character traits of the hero and examine hundreds of pictures looking for one that will motivate a reader to buy because the photo depicts that core of the person the reader will find in the story. I want photos that show the... continue reading
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As i sit here uploading numbers 98,99 and 100, in the hope they take me to the magic one hundred,it suddenly hit me.They are photos from nearly 3 years ago,photos that i took on our holiday to my second home. Pictures i had overlooked and not even thought about until now.And that got me wondering how many hidden gems (as long as they pass the test) we all have hidden away. how many holiday photos we have all taken and never even looked at when we got home,and yet somewhere out there there... continue reading
There is a great need for background images in the microstock industry, however, their uses can vary greatly so there is no real rule of thumb for producing background images. Instead, it can be helpful in understanding what buyers may be looking for. First of all, let's talk about how background images may be used. A web site may use a background image as a masthead, meaning the image will be wide and narrow. The entire web page may have a background. In these cases a repeating image may... continue reading
There is a multitude of needs for people images so there is no single right answer when it comes to submitting images with people. Simple things like the model looking at the camera or away can grab a sale or prevent one. Therefore, the best way to handle this topic is to discuss some of the main points involved.First of all, buyers generally look for images that communicate a specific concept. The focus may be business, healthcare, science, education, parenting, what have you, but contributors... continue reading
Hello Dreamstimers,At last I have got my 100th file approved today and also I am now up to eight sales - not a huge amount I know, but after a few very difficult months recovering from a broken hip and moving house etc. I am just happy to have got this far. By the end of this year I hope to have passed another benchmark and that is to have at least 150 plus files uploaded, and a few more sales.Many many thanks to the buyers for the sales, and also for all the views on my portfolio.... continue reading
Just finished and all illustrations approved!A new complete project ready-to-print for art buyers.It's a picture book about the fairy tale "the ugly duckling", a fable for little children in 28 illustrations and a cover. Because traditional tales are always good for childhood, and all parents loves to read a story in the evening, in bed, to make children sleep easy.Art buyers can publish a complete book, or choose just a couple of images for a little project.Others complete illustrated... continue reading
A couple of days ago the picture below was sold. By now it has been sold 5 times. So, I started to wonder "who is interested in a picture like that?".As a contributor we know very little about the buyers (only via sales). At the same time the whole collection of searches done by buyers contains a lot of relevant information. There exist data mining algorithms that reveal that kind of information. It would be nice if contributors would know about this. It would create a win-win situation for the... continue reading
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