Valentine'sDayisthemagic daywhen everyone officially celebrates the greatestfeelingofall,love.It'salsothedaywhen people have to officially express their feelings. What better way to do it than let a card dothe talking. Let's be honest, expressing one's true feelings maybethehardest thing for some of us. Besides, sending cards on V-day is a V-day rite all lovers must go through.While there are plenty of shops and apps to provide you with a... continue reading
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Knowing what sells is crucial if you're looking to be a successful stock photographer. Prediction is equally useful and can be easily made by scrutinizing image consumer behavior. Here's where we can help and show you last year's best sellers. Let's watch, learn and perhaps draw a few useful conclusions for this year's market needs and trends. You'll see that some representative stock concepts remain undisputed top choices but new subjects surface as technological innovations and social dynamics continually... continue reading
As stated in my previous articles, a crucial stage in thinking up your uploads is to step in your buyer's shoes: what do buyers need and what are they searching for? Or, most importantly, how do they search for our files? I have seen other users have also addressed this topic. I am pleased to see that you have tried your buyers' shoes not only for empathy reasons but mostly for business-related causes. Always keep in mind that you are selling something and this something does not sell simply because... continue reading
The new year is the best time to look back at last year’s successes and failures to see how to increase the former and decrease the latter in the coming year. What photos were the most successful on Dreamstime in 2008 and why?Three photos that made the top sellers in ‘07 remained on our list for 2008. See last year’s winners in this previous blogto read about why they were successful then and now. One image that I didn’t give a lot of time to from last year’s list that repeats is... continue reading
Say flag and everyone will jump: where, why, when, how?Ever since we put up the flagging system, people have used it continuously - needless to say there are some tens of thousand of flags at this point. A lot of work for us and a huge piggybank for you. Looks like you really enjoy this, plus you get rewarded if your flags get approved.How does the Flagging system work?You search for an image using keywords. The search will inevitably lead you to some result pages. Anything you see irrelevant... continue reading
Time for a reminder of the most common keywording mistakes to avoid.Pay attention to the list below so that your images aren't overlooked in a search due to poor keywords. Incorrect keywords can lead to frustrated buyers that hurts everyone's downloads.Keywording should start before you shoot an image. Think of the range of major keywords that might apply to images as you plan a shoot. This will help creatively as well as the process ensures that you plan for all possible scenes within a shoot.... continue reading
While in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo and the PACA (Picture Archive Council of America) International Conference, I attended a panel comprised of ‘Microstock SuperStars” moderated by PDN’s Daryl Lang. I heard some words of wisdom from the panel members that I thought might be useful to many of you.Panel member Yuri Arcurs emphasized the importance of building your brand within the overall site. He offered that an important aspect of his success is a consistent and identifiable... continue reading
Images of refreshing beverages, both alcoholic and otherwise are used for purposes as diverse as major ads and invitations to small parties. The virtues of drinking eight glasses of water daily may have come under scrutiny recently but no one argues with the importance of water and other healthy liquids in a sane diet. Images of fit individuals taking in a daily allotment of fluids are used in promotions for dietary supplements, health clubs, juices and bottled water as well as for editorial pieces... continue reading
Hotels in major business centers and cities empty out on weekends as do resorts in slow seasons. As a result many promote packages geared to special groups/interests in order to fill empty rooms. One of the fastest growing hotel and tour packages is for women only. Men have always had hunting, fishing or camping trips but us girls have had to settle for weekends alone if we couldn’t or wouldn’t tag along on treks with the goal ofkilling a large mammal.We began noticing an increase in requests... continue reading
I will continue with providing tips and examples from my hands-on experience with your images. Beware, here I come, I have my grades prepared and they rank from one to ten. I will proceed as announced also adding other experiences I came across in my ramblings through the site. Today – I feel over-teacherly here :P – we are going to discuss about: why does my image and the keywords attached have very little in common? Pay attention as this has serious consequences for your portfolios and accounts.... continue reading
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