Look through any micro-stock web-site and it's pretty obvious that buyers do like images with people in them. Sites are full of attractive, smiling or laughing models, beautifully dressed and full of confidence, staring straight at the camera.However is this what buyers really want? I don't think so, at least not always. From time to time we read that buyers actually don't want models that look like models. Rather they are looking for more natural images of real people engrossed in... continue reading
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Our stock photography business at Creatista Films, Video and Photography is largely built around creating excellent images of people. In fifteen years of working with a spectrum of models, and over 15,000 of Scott Griessel's images online at Dreamstime, we've learned a few things that have become mantras for our work.+ Expressive Beats Pretty.We often work with real people who show an aptitude for effectively communicating an idea or emotion. We've built a small stable of... continue reading
There is an old saying in Hollywood - "Never work with Children or Animals"...but one of my favorite types of photo shoots are when children are the subjects of my focus. An authentic smile from a happy child is infectious. Most toddlers and young children spend a good part of the day as a ball of energy or ready to snuggle and take a nap. Both of these moods can be used to make some great photos of little ones and avoid "cheesy" smiles.Most little kids love to show off of their... continue reading
I’m always excited to notice if my photographs have been viewed – and more so if one is purchased. Predominantly interested in the science behind landscapes and nature, I don't often have models in my images – though I have used them. I don’t pay my models. So far, the thought and conviviality over ‘a sell’ has been enough of an enticement to keep them interested in participating with me in this, my new hobby. The running joke and discussion we have is that if a photograph of... continue reading
Thank YouFor someone very new to the nuts and bolts of photography I have found the Dreamstime community both welcoming and inspirational. I sense the joy that each contributor has in sharing revelations, their Perfect Shot, and their joy in the process. Thank you for sharing. While I would love to sell a lot of photos, I find that by watching the number of views the photos get, I can enjoy myself, too. I figure that by focusing on getting the images seen more, the sales will be more likely... continue reading
I'm just starting out. I've made exactly $4.47 from selling stock photography so far. Alas, none of that is on Dreamstime. Apparently the search algorithms on other sites are more favorable to me than this one. I'm not quitting my day job.I started out by simply uploading my best photos. I didn't take those photos for stock photography. I took them as a hobby. My hobby is hiking in the mountains, mostly in California, and finding and identifying wildflowers. I don't think it will shock anyone... continue reading
Hi all,Hope you are all well,Lately I'v been shooting some more textures, home decor and landscape. Doing that was really fun and challenging at the same time, and really hoping they came out good. I just crossed the 30's uploads, and I'm starting to boost it more.The landscape images were taken at the Dead Sea, Israel. I have to tell you that if you get a chance to travel here you should take a tour to the lowest place on earth. Over there await for you interesting and beautiful nature... continue reading
We all get one each year and sometimes we simply don’t know how to mark it. Yes, I’m talking about birthdays, beloved and dreaded in the same time, however,never forgotten. So, here are 6 ideas to celebrate yours this year.1. Call your Night Owls and hang on a branch. They can bring the party supplies and you can just bring yourself simply ‘cause you’ve always been the cutest. Cake is optional and it depends on branch width, length and strength, but you will certainly enjoy “hanging... continue reading
As they are rightly called, Indian weddings are a riot of fun and colours. It is a 4-5 days long event covering different rituals like Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet, Puja and the final Wedding ceremony. With so many events it is a lot of fun as well as pressure for the photographer to not lose out on any important custom. The key trick, especially for a candid photographer is to capture the emotions right. Extra batteries are a must in these day long events.Below are some of my clicks of an Indian Hindu... continue reading
They've been at odds with our other favorite pet, the dog, for such a long time that no one even remembers how, why and when it started but we love them nonetheless.Here are some fun and weird facts you might or might not have known about our little meowing, furry friends.1. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree simply because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way hence they must literally go backwards. Now you know why you have to call the firefighter to get your cared faced... continue reading
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