The purpose of a background image extends far beyond just filling up free space. A creative background can draw viewers into your content and give them a head start by getting your message across undistorted. Here are some points to note before selecting your next background image: Natural ambienceThink of your text, logo or any such object in the foreground as the subject of a photograph. Do you want the subject to stand out? Or do you want it to blend in? This is a question you should ask... continue reading
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I have always come to Dreamstime to look for images to use in design work, and always admired the work of the people selling their images. I have been fascinated by photography and media work. Eventually I got a camera and decided to also contribute to the world of stock photography. So now instead of downloading I am doing uploading. I have been uploading for a while to test the waters. I think its time to now up the game and get into the seriously. To provide images for others and for other people... continue reading
For many years I was a photographer on Dreamstime. And I still have an old, but still selling portfolio here.These days I am too busy to shoot. But I am back on Dreamstime buying instead of contributing. It's early days, but I thought I might share a few thoughts with you that may help you sell more stuff.I have started writing blogs on LinkedIn as a way of building my own personal brand, you can see my portfolio of stories HERE The above image from Atholpady was used for... continue reading
Most people know it is easy to grab a photograph from the Internet by right-clicking and downloading it to your computer. Without going to the source of the photograph and purchasing it, this practice is "stealing" it from the artist who created it and the agency that represents them.You may be a blogger, and book writer, or a media creator for your new small business. You may find yourself wanting to enhance the materials you create with photographs. Great idea!Before you right... continue reading
I was recently at Motormania a meeting of vintage cars and vehicles held on 1st September at Grantown on Spey in Scotland . There were over 300 interesting cars some very old and some relatively new.Among them was this Bedford Autosleeper 'born' in 1972 so about 40 years old.It was still in pristine condition after providing holidays over all those years. The owner kept it inside in Winter when salt is put on Scootish roads and which causes rapid rusting.Why put the autosleeper... continue reading
After reading the blogs and message boards here for several years there is one thing that really sticks out in my mind - that is that photographer's do a lot of talking to each other, sharing information with each other, hooting and hollering, praising and complaining, about being the ups and downs of being a contributor......But precious little time is spent talking TO the buyers of our images.99% of the messages and blogs are from the contributors perspective.One of the most important... continue reading
They say size doesn't matter.It's all in the technique.And while I'd hate to complain about a sale there are two size issues that irk me.Let me know if you agree, disagree, never thought about it or if I'm just being irked over nothing.Size Irk #1: Sub + MaxThe slightly annoying sale is a Sub sale at "Maximum".Doesn't that irk you?I just seems like your image is being given away especially when the buyer seems that the really, really want it and want for something really good.... continue reading
When I bought my first SLR camera, I had absolutely no idea how it really worked and what to do with it. I soon worked out that just pointing an expensive lens at something and pressing a button did not automatically generate a work of art. This was a major blow for me, as I am fairly lazy and like things to work out first time. However I persevered and with time, I got to grips with my camera.The main obstacles I faced were the huge choice and range of equipment and a lack of some of the very... continue reading
Our family has recently renewed our attempts to improve the quality of food we eat and this includes trying to buy more local food.After watching the documentary "Food, Inc" and learning about modern farming methods (for example the fact that there are only 13 meat processing plants in the entire country now, chickens are breed to be so fat they can't stand up, cows and most livestock and most products on the store shelves are based on government subsidized corn) and my son's First Lego League... continue reading
My last blog talked about how less choice can be helpful, but there is another aspect to this that is particularly applicable to photography.Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about what gear to buy.What is interesting is that we don't just compare the options, which would be hard enough, but we also compare the options to a hypothetical ideal that doesn't exist.We do this because it is easy to imagine.Here are two examples:1. Lenses.When buying lenses I will often be looking for... continue reading
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