Although the content in your project calls the shots, a background is equally important in getting the right message across. Regardless of type of content, whether it is prop, a page, a book or window dressing elements, background is not just an ‘add-on’ but a vital element that enhances your work. A visitor can get an idea of your subject by looking at the background. Selecting a background requires careful consideration of the message you want to put across. let's take a look at how we... continue reading
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Some of you probably remember this article about portrait photography. The article featured some of our artists, but since then, we've been thinking of getting into more details about what makes a portrait stand out.First of all, let us tell you that there are many photographers on Dreamstime who are shooting stunning portraits. One of them is Scott Griessel, artist known as Creatista. Why we selected him among other top portrait photographers? Scott Griessel is a great... continue reading
This post is written for newbies to simply relate some ofmy experiences with microstock.When you have difficulty sleeping may I recommend that you create images in your head with a view to capturing them in reality the next day. Soon you will fall asleep.Remember that many buyers are trying to illustrate an article in a newspaper or magazine .One day my wife brought home a large 'gold' key that was on the point of being thrown out by a charity shop.It immediately gave me the ideas( at... continue reading
Hi there,in less then a year I have had 176 images accepted. we wont talk about how many rejected! I decided to go exclusive with DT, but I am starting to wonder if it is such a good idea. So far.. ive had only 10 sales! in 10 months that means one sale a month. I have read blogs, made friends, posted to face book, and re done key words. can anyone give me insight on to what else I can do? It is frustrating to say the least! perhaps I am just not giving the buyer what they want! any ideas? continue reading
I hope most of them would agree when I say Photography is not showing things as it is but to add the special touch to it wherein a normal photograph portrays what the eye behind the lens wants to see. This key differentiation is what an idea is. But wait however unique an idea is as long as it is not monetized its all gone in drain. I recently heard a great entrepreneur say that its not a ideator who creates a business but the person who is able to monetize it.I am sure if monetizing was not... continue reading
Wherever I have information available about the terms used by buyers to select an image they have invariably used one of the simplest terms in my keywords list.Recent sales for me that highlight this include the terms 'gravel path' and 'headphones' as well as 'inhaler' and 'Egypt'.What this makes clear is that all of the time and effort I put in during my early days in stock photography researching complex keywords such as 'giraffa camelopardalis' (Latin for Giraffe) and the many similar keywords... continue reading
I have put up a New Article on my Personal BlogLighting The Pixel Perfect Isolation about how to set up and control your lighting in the studio to obtain a perfect white background.It is not a light read but if you are interested in creating images such as these for stock then I think you will find the techniques and lighting chart provided useful. I would post it all here but to be honest it is a 5 pages read plus illustration and due to the limitations of image posting in the DT Blog I cant... continue reading
"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket" is an old saying that rings true with micro stock photography.At least in my limited experience.Basically there are two schools of thought when it comes to your portfolio:One is that you should concentrate on what you like to photograph.If you like taking pictures of trains or flowers or the stars, then develop a stunning portfolio that covers the subject from all angles.The only downfall of this is if your subject matter is not in demand of... continue reading
After much time and learnings on Dreamstime, I have managed to achieve a key milestone of $500 in sales.Currently, as a part time photographer, i have a fairly small portfolio of 163 uploads totalling 286 sales.My top selling image is:Each small achievement has been very satisfying (in-between the many image rejections) and looking back it is hard to believe how much I have learned along the way courtesy of Dreamstime and it's community. Things like editorial images and... continue reading
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