As a photographer of female bodybuilders, figure & fitness athletes spanning about 40 years at competitions and exhibitions, I have had access to many of the athletes and was able to arrange for subsequent private photo sessions. The model shoots were for designed magazine features, photo exhibits, calendars, and portfolios. I've found it is essential to relax your model through humor (self-deprecating jokes are much appreciated), tone, and sensitivity, explaining clearly that the... continue reading
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2017 Year in Review - January: “The Dude” Honored in Hollywood, Snowstoms Cripple Europe, Women March for Change, and More That Shaped Our World
2017 has started off in force, it was marked by controversy, world changing political decisions and equality campaigns, by destructive weather events, but it also brought out the good in people and empowered women to a whole new level. As it draws to an end to leave way for 2018 here's a retrospective look at the most important events of the year as seen on Dreamstime.The month of January debuted with the National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on January... continue reading
Right place.... right timeIt’s my photographers dream… to be in the right place at the right time when suddenly, there it is - The Shot. Out-of-the-blue. And the Kookaburra are looking at each-other.I've been doing photography for years, self-taught and learning from my mistakes with manual only settings. From lenses to sensors. The best sensor Full frame (professional) or cropped (amateur)? Or Megapixels? And low-light discussions I guess. Is it all about the expensive... continue reading
I've recently reached two milestone with Dreamstime: Fives years as a contributor and $20,000 total earnings. I was first published 40 years ago and thus started my career in freelance art, but I never really enjoyed any real income until I branched into online microstock. I've had a lot of fun and many unique experiences over the years, but it's nice to have learned a few things along the way to where it generates a secondary income.One thing I've recently learned is the conflict between "Confidence"... continue reading
There are many Contributors here who are hobbyist photographers, perhaps specializing in landscapes or wildlife. Nothing wrong with that as most of us are passionate for various types of photography which is part of the road that led us into the world of online microstock.The problem for SELLING images is they need to have COMMERCIAL potential in order to do well. Despite the over-saturation of the market, there is still big money to be made if you commit to COMMERCIAL photography. The catch is... continue reading
From one of my recent articles for someone...Frequently wondered points about flash photography (basics and advanced):1. They say pop-up flash ruins photos. It is true?Yes and no. Pop-up flash eliminates all shadows as seen from the camera as it is located right above the lens. It can flatten up texture of a food image and ruin it. But it can provide a vivid and proper image when used on a non-reflecting surface with no texture. For example, shooting images of watercolor artwork on paper.... continue reading
While Dreamstime does a lot for promoting your images out there, there are still a few things you can do for yourself in order to get more exposure and, hopefully, more sales.How to promote your portfolioThere are two ways of promoting your photos: with direct links or with referral links.1. Direct links will help you sell more and will help Dreamstime too, by enhancing your visibility in search engines, as my colleague Clif previously explained here. We live in a digital world, powered... continue reading
I've learned a few things about "Exposure" over the years. When you first start, the thinking is you need to get your name out there. You want to maximize the options for people being able to find your work and generate sales. All you have to do is be discovered for the genius you are and the rest will take care of itself, right?WRONG!I was first published in 1974, which was a cartoon in a magazine. Did you catch that? NINETEEN-SEVENTY-FOUR. Thus began my career as an artist. Over the years... continue reading
Many of you may be aware of the recent controversy that has come up regarding images provided via Google Drive.If you have not yet heard about this, please do some reading as the outcome may have wide reaching effects throughout the microstock community.In very quick summary, the situation involves numerous images that were licensed to Google by a stock agency.The images are now available to all Google Drive users for free with unlimited usage (commercial and non-commercial) on items created... continue reading
Master to Grasshopper: "When you can snatch pebble from hand, it will be time for you to go."The old television series KUNG FU in many ways mirrors the artist journey, including the genre of photography. KUNG FU was essentially the story of a single journey for discovering the inner self. It was a desire for wisdom, knowledge, and figuring out a way to become wise and knowledgeable while overcoming prejudice and ignorance.One thing many people overlook in KUNG FU is Grasshopper was not the... continue reading
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