I joined Dreamstime in 2015 but my camera wasn't up to the required standard so I didn't start actively uploading until about 2 years ago. It was quite a learning experience when I started with virtually no knowledge of what was required and that showed in my acceptance percentage in the first 3 months of about 50% which was pretty abysmal!! I read a lot of blogs and listened to advice from other Dreamstime members which all helped to get me on the right path. I learned... continue reading
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This is a true story about my unexpected involvement in advertising baby nutrition and I would like to share the experience with the community. Real names of the product manufacturer and the glossy magazine are left out not to damage their reputation.So, to start I’m a doctor pediatrician living in Kyiv, Ukraine. One day a relative of my sister-in-law, a nice girl, who worked in Ukraine as a distribution manager for a European company producing baby nutrition asked me to meet up with... continue reading
Darn, my photo got refused. Never mind, I will make another one and submit it when I catch some time.STOP.That is not a good thing to do. Have you at least checked the email you received based on refusal or you've just deleted it after reading the subject line?Well, let’s start this way. I am an editor on Dreamstime, one of largest stock photo sites in the world. You know what I love to do with photos and illustrations users submit? I love to APPROVE them. Yes I do, really. I am just an... continue reading
Hello DT,A couple of weeks ago i got a Nikon D5300 camera and i was very happy.Shoots at 25 mpx and that's great . I started to learn more about how to make pictures better. Because i am a self educated i heard about shooting Raw. I didn't know what and why to shoot Raw.Since i has like 14 years old i edit a lot of JPG files.On DT Comunity was an comment that said :"Always shoot Raw" and i tried.After i uploded in my pc i open one file with Photoshop.It was all white and a lot of bright... continue reading
Since starting to load images onto Dreamstime last year I have learned a lot from knowing almost nothing about taking a good photo.Taking pictures in RAW, don't over edit (easy to do), always check images enlarged 100%, get used to using manual settings(trying this with mixed results) and as Penpossessed said in the blog last week..always take your camera!! I walked out of the house very early morning for work this week and as a second thought went back and got my camera..I would have missed... continue reading
I've just achieved the 500 accepted images on Dreamstime :) I know my images aren't the most commercial but I enjoy taking my camera with me and taking pics of anything of interest.When i started I didn't realize how much I would learn about plants,places etc. So not only is it an enjoyable occupation it is educational too! I will add my 500th image...take care everyone and happy snapping :) continue reading
Some year and a half ago someone tipped me to place my photo's on Dreamstime: "you never know, someone could like your pictures and get you some earnings". So I started to judge my one photo's, till then mainly published on Flickr, and publish them on Dreamstime. What a disappointment at the start. The first I sent in were rejected. The tips and tricks the editors gave were used to ameliorate my material and my judgement. A new body was bought and only the very best were uploaded. Slowly the number... continue reading
I just wanted to say hi everyone. I'm quite new to this whole stock photo thing but I'm looking to hit it running.I've always enjoyed taking photos; one of my proud moments was buying my first 35mm SLR. Not log after that; in the late 90's; I got my first digital camera, a 1.33MP Casio. I thought it was fantastic that I could take an image; then review and delete if no good.. Though I remember that the 4xAA batteries did not last more that 100 images.Since then I had many point and shoot cameras... continue reading
A recent blog visit to a new photographers thoughts brought this subject to mind.When I was a beginning photographer many years ago a talented and very open minded professional photographer took me under his wing.He taught me everything he knew, creating his own competition.Eventually I moved from the area and his business returned.Several years ago, I found this site, joined and found a new mentor.When I joined here, the site was new, but grew quickly.I found many great photographers,... continue reading
When I first handled a digital camera, I did not know to surf the internet for information on camera operations, nor how to look for information on understanding the concepts and relations between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The internet wasn't saturated with such information back then. It was 10 years and more long time ago.Even when I got my first DSLR, making full use of the camera's setting was alien to me too. I had joined group outings to shoot photos of people but that wasn't fruitful... continue reading
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