Stock photography is a hobby for me, one that I love, but to pay the bills I am an online marketer who understands what it takes to not only get people to your website, but also how to transition those visitors to customers. Let's be honest, the main goal of most websites is to create customers, not just visitors. In order to perform this transition you must have an amazing call-to-action. People are bombarded with messaging all day, so how do you make your message stand out? It actually isn&... continue reading
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I found a new calling as of late and it has been art, creating pattern designs to be exact and I would like to share some tips and techniques that I have discovered by making these designs.One thing I have noticed is that buyers and designers usually like having control of what to do with the design, so instead of making a whole chart pattern on one image I design to make one large design so they have more freedom on how they want to use the illustration.Second tip I would like to share is paying... continue reading
Punxsutawny Phil recently decided it's not going to be spring for a while. He woke up, took a peak at the world, and ran back home. At least that explains the 6 more weeks of winter thing, which seems counter-intuitive to me. I mean, if its sunny outside, we humans tend to think spring is on its way.If a ground hog appears and no one is there to see it, is there even a shadow? Sometimes we are afraid of our own shadows, and we run and hide. My cat sometimes chases its own shadow. A better move,... continue reading
Movie posters have been around for more than a century, first used as way back as 1900. The first recorded poster was produced by Georges Méliès, for his motion picture. It’s a fateful coincidence, perhaps, that Méliès was French magician. Our appetite for the whimsical, the dreamy, the beyond-reality, the larger-than-life world of cinema got one of its first sparks from a magician - a perfect story.People of all ages consume stories every day (or even minute) and we are living in... continue reading
To quote a famous saying: “Banners: can’t live with’em, can’t live without’em!”. As an browser you probably wish they sometimes didn’t exist. As a business, however, you can’t have a proper promotional campaign without using them.As is the case for most things in life, the key is keeping a balance. Here are a few tested tips on how to plan and execute well performing banners.1.Clarify your banner’s purposeAre you aiming to promote your brand, sell tickets to a specific event, communicate... continue reading
We all know that design is a very strong way of communication. Clean design is about simplicity and minimalism, but there's a lot more to it than you think. There is no way to separate design and content. So if you already have a great concept it is very helpful to know the golden rules of clean and simple design:Less is BetterThat's the first rule! It's very important but also very difficult. Fussy and overdone is easy to produce, but clear and simple with a good concept just isn... continue reading
Photographers who begin to dabble on online stock usually start with generic images from around where they live and vacation snapshots. Then they may begin to do simple commercial concepts such as photographing a calculator, pencil, and a piece of paper on their kitchen table. If they study the business they'll begin to realize the real money is with concise concepts with a strong focus on a specific theme.The problem is the advanced stock imagery requires a photography studio or access to various... continue reading
Ryan Schultz |Fly Goggles |December 7th, 2017Adventuring into the Ecommerce world was a very unique experience for me. The idea of being enabled to work and profit ANYWHEREyou had cell phone service still astonishes me to this day! Especially knowing how short of a time period we've have cell phones in our hands, let alone SMART phones.I decided to dip my feet into the water with a simplistic Aliexpress --> Shopify Dropshipping store, split testing... continue reading
November 17 marks this year’s World Peace Day.Started as a grass roots movement to encourage individuals to create and display origami paper cranes as an awareness campaign for peace – World Peace Dayhas evolved into a political action campaign to help promote peace through policy. Cranes represent the Japanese symbol for good luck, and have been adopted as a metaphor for world peace.The organizations website Peaceday.org has detailed descriptions for how to fold the animal and... continue reading
Quality: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. It has taken a while for me to create quality in my images. All the usual elements that help achieve quality are education, experience, research, time, repetition, and a certain level of gear. Not necessary but extremely useful are tilt-shift lenses for still life photography.I guess this is obvious. If the quality of your image looks out of place when you... continue reading
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