Let me tell you a story from when I was a kid.It was on the eve of Easter, and I was coming back from my aunt carrying an object never seen before by my child eyes: a turkey egg.She had boiled it and painted it especially for me to knock eggs with classmates when I went to school, as it's customary in our Christian Orthodox tradition.I'm sure you know how a turkey egg looks like, but I'll remind you just to make sure you understand better what that egg meant to me: it's twice... continue reading
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The children of the Giriama tribe are supposed to make themselves responsible for various issues like taking care of the goats, of their younger brothers and sisters, fetching water and collecting firewood and even cooking the meals. As we walked along the Galana river in Kenya we found this small boy somehow bored, leaning against a palm tree and looking at us while the herd of goats he was supposed to have an eye upon was grazing a few meters away near the river bench.They take it as a natural thing... continue reading
Hey. First blog posting and hoping to contribute more.As a mature age amateur photographer, I always viewed my photos as something not to be sold, but to enjoy taking.I opened an account with Dreamstime in May 2015 and did nothing with it.After reading a few of the contributors blogs, I decided, why not have a go.So with a total so far of one image (the one Im using for this blog), I cant go anywhere but up :)NOTE: The first photo is a selfie I took about 4 years ago as a... continue reading
Mastering sports photography and action shots in general can be a frustrating task. With moving targets, sometimes less-than-ideal lighting conditions, and money shots that only last for a split second before they disappear, action photography is really challenging.Here are some pointers to help you master these shots! Know How to Use Your FlashGenerally, if you’re outside, using your flash will do nothing for you except kill your batteries. If you’re at a daylong event or even... continue reading
I JUST GOT MY 200TH PICTURE ACCEPTED! IT TOOK ONE YEAR EXACTLY FROM WHEN I OPENED MY ACCOUNT.I DID NOT START SUBMITTING MY PICTURES UNTIL 6 MONTHS AFTER I OPENED THIS ACCOUNT AND ITS BEEN QUITE THE ADVENTURE. JOINING WITH DREAMSTIME HAS BEEN A VERY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.THEY JUST SOLD MY 15th PICTURE THE OTHER DAY AND MOST OF THEM HAVE SOLD AS THE LARGE SIZE!I STILL DONT KNOW THE SYSTEM ON HERE AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR EVERYONE'S STORIES. I BELIEVE EVERY PICTURE DOES HAVE A STORY AND I WILL... continue reading
How many times did you get a rejection because you forgot to remove a license plate, an iPhone button or a tiny artwork on a wall behind you main subject?When shooting people, the protocol is simple (have a model release printed, make sure it's a good general MR or a Dreamstime one, have it completed by the model and signed, have a witness, check it again for all details and click submit).However, the ice becomes a lot thinner when it comes to objects, art and buildings. All photographers go... 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
"Here, Grasshopper," said the old Master of Stock Photography, "Take this hammer."At his command, Grasshopper obediently took the hammer and began to follow the instructions of his Master."Clasp both your hands around the handle. Good! Now hold the hammer down and below your waist. Make sure the flat part of the head faces away from you."Grasshopper looked up into the old mans face. "What are you going to teach me today, Master?""Today, young Grasshopper, we are going to learn... continue reading
I've learned a few things about "Exposure" over the years. When you first start, the thinking is you need to get your name out there. You want to maximize the options for people being able to find your work and generate sales. All you have to do is be discovered for the genius you are and the rest will take care of itself, right?WRONG!I was first published in 1974, which was a cartoon in a magazine. Did you catch that? NINETEEN-SEVENTY-FOUR. Thus began my career as an artist. Over the years... continue reading
Is it really that bad, this apocalypse theory? It did give me a little sale on the photo anyway. ;)The Mayans believed the world might end this way :But would it? Would we be THAT fortunate? I doubt it. Because the world would probably end this way---------------------------------->Now back to the serious topic. This post is mainly about what I believe and sharing my thoughts over the topic. You all must have heard about the recent shooting incident in the US, didn't you? Now tell... continue reading
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