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
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It’s been two years and one month and well over a hundred blogs written since I joined Dreamstime. But now it is time to say goodbye as I move on to finish writing a book that continues the themes of my blogs to be published by an imprint of Random House and to concentrate more fully on my busy consulting business.In the beginning I thought that all the learning would be one-way: me passing on all I had learned in 30 years in the traditional stock photo business to the Dreamstime team and... continue reading
Images that reflect the current turmoil in world financial markets and it's impact on key industries will be in the news and show up in print and online for months (years?) to come whetherthe economy plunges further or rebounds quickly. What goes up, must come down but will the opposite occur?What images can you createfor users on both sides of the recession/recovery coin?Retirees fear losses in their investments at the same time that the family home that they planned on cashing in... continue reading
Commuter patterns have changed dramatically over the past few months as individuals cut back on driving both to save gas money and to protect the environment just as other countries such as India and China begin a love affair with the automobile. Both of these eventshave created photographic opportunities.Bike commuting is down in some countries in Asia while up many percentage points in western countries.Dreamstime needs images of bicycle riders that are obviously on their way to the office... continue reading
Earth Day ’08 is over. It’s time to get ready for next year. By all accounts 2009 will be “Earth Year” as all aspects of life are now increasingly examined for their impact on the environment.You will want to photograph iconic eco-products as well as using them as props in produced shoots. These are products that signal their eco-friendliness by arriving in a new package or shape or design that shouts out: I CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.A tipping point has been reached: ‘green’ products... continue reading
How do you make it snow when it doesn’t? Hands down, the real stuff is best but sometimes you have to fake it There are all manner of tricks. There is phony snow that is mixed with water and some swear by instant mashed potato flakes.A discussion about the merits of various types of imitation snow is here. For a discussion that will help you cover an entire mountain with artificial flakes click hereHere’s some ideas to ponder while you get ready for winter weather to really kick in.And some... continue reading
As concepts go, ‘teamwork’ is a big seller.It may appear that images of business teams have been done to death.Not so: a great image of a group of two or more in an office environment working together in an authentic manner, will sell again and again.Styles in furniture and clothing change too so images must always be updated. Images of business teams that are downloaded the most, often feature a woman as lead or otherwise prominent person on the team. Trend research indicates that women... continue reading
Equipped with fairly good knowledge of words, strong sense of humour, gripping onto reality, sometimes wandering through alternatives, chattering all the time, a habit she still can’t get rid of, Alice stumbled upon photography with genuine and untrained eyes. Never wanting to grow up. Entangled in language, unreadable, untranslatable and unexplainable, she decided to quit the wordful void and inhabit colour and light. She fell by accident into the rabbits’ hole one summer day. After floating... continue reading
A few Christmas images have been downloaded in the last few days. Seasonal images are often put into play many months prior to the actual time of year. The conundrum is that the best time to shoot seasonal images is after the images have reached their peak download period. Now IS the time to create images emblematic of Easter and springtime.
(Still need iconic photos and illustrations for the current season? Please see more images in my collection Spring.)
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Finally we need to mention Finnish industrial designers and architects like Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and others. This Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio is a common sight in design magazines and expos. What do you know about Finland? Have you been here and what did you photograph during your visit? continue reading
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