One of my favourite photos:It’s an unfinished marble statue of a nude female torso, standing outdoors near the waterfront in Naxos, a Cycladic Greek Island.It’s particularly pleasing to me for many reasons, and not because it just sold for the 4th time.It’s an astonishing work of art in this unfinished state. Maybe the sculptor had a fight with his model, went home for a souvlaki and coffee, and never came back. Whatever, I’m glad he didn’t.It also reminds me of holidaying on Naxos, one... continue reading
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Visuals are an important, integrating part of a website. There’s no doubt about it. Valuable content attracts a consistent audience but it performs better when paired with relevant images.84% of marketers are already using visuals in their marketing strategy, especially when it comes to social media. Tweets with visuals, for instance, are reportedly generating 150% more retweets and consequently more traffic than those who are based on just a text message.A Buzzsumo report also states that blog... continue reading
When someone says Bali, you will instantly see white sand beaches, laid back backpackers, tanned tourists and locals mingling, fresh produce and tasty cocktails, but paradise comes with a footnote. Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung, guards over the island of Bali, Indonesia like a sleeping giant. Standing at 3,031 m (9,944 ft) it's the highest point on the island, and it has a strong influence on the weather patterns, especially rainfall.As it turns out, the sleeping giant has... continue reading
Dear contributors,Still a beginner, yet I feel things are changing.I do not have sales yet on Dreamstime. But Dreamstime is helping me in other ways. So to all other beginners, do not fret if you're selling nothing. Dreamstime can still be of use somehow.I know this guy from the gym - he is a dating coach (how cool is that?!). I asked him a while ago - as I am growing more and more tired of my day time job - how to sell my services as an illustrator? He gave me following advice: "Never... continue reading
I opened my iPad this morning to find that I had six more photos approved! Looking further, I realized that six were also refused.The refusals don't bother me, because I really appreciated the feedback. I didn't really expect to get as much helpful advice from the refused files!So, all in all, I'm thrilled!This is one of the approved photos: It was not cropped the way I'd like, but I can't get my iPad to behave and set it right! continue reading
It seems like yesterday to us that moment, 10 years ago, when Dreamstime, in its current form, was born. Transitioning to microstock can be hard, but when you start with a team of people who are young, innovative and willing, things will take shape pretty fast.Before you know it, photographs started pouring in and people started dreaming with us. Our site grew, our team grew with it and the number of images online outgrew even our wildest expectations.Milestones are something to be celebrated... continue reading
A pal runs a yacht hire company that has done nothing but thrive.He has a sun tan all year round and lives on a diet of ice cream cones.It feels like he was born in a bed of roses and I wish him well.Everyone knows someone like that even if it is from reading about someone luck struck in the Sunday newspapers.I asked him about resources and he said that wealth is all about what you know.I don't think he meant education in an academic sense but the assets we are surrounded by.He... continue reading
Another Government shutdown?Debt Ceiling looming..Healthcare is important for all of us.Some of us are lucky to have insurance.It is time to think about those who do not have it.Hoping we can find a way to work together and get through these issues... continue reading
There is a recent trend among agencies to shift the legality requirement to the copyright holder who is sending the work to the agent, aka the photographer.A lot of this is practical. The agent cannot certify that a model/property release is legal since the agent was not a witness to the proceedings of how it was obtained (proper signature, compensation, etc). Then there are trademark issues (as products get super savvy to commercial licensing globally) for the items contained in the images. For... continue reading
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