Many of us have photography as a hobby and also big commitments to our family activities. This often involves driving family members to sports practices, music lessons, appointments or other events when they need a ride and say "can you please pick me up in an hour".So, what to do with the hour? I could surf the net on my phone, go for coffee, or drive home and do a chore for 15 minutes and then drive back. Or?I decided to be a micro-explorer.With camera in tow, I decided to explore the... continue reading
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Micro content, this phrase that has been around so much in the past few years but nobody seems to be able to put the finger on what it actually means. Let’s give it a try too.This type of content was firstly used in a UX context, in order to describe a longer piece of content and add clarity to an interface or encourage a desired behavior, as Jakob Nielsen says.Dr. Mike Baxter describes micro content as being “the content that persuades and enables prospects to complete a transaction,... continue reading
This article is describing the technique I'm using to achieve high quality extreme macro photos, for magnifications beyond 3x, up to 10x (possible up to 20x).This means that the subject frame is between 3 and 20 times smaller than the physical sensor dimensions (i.e. 22.2mm for APS-C).This also means that creatures even below a few millimeters in real life, can almost fill the whole screen, revealing amazing, incredible details, unknown to the naked eye!Here are a few examples:... continue reading
Dear fellow Dreamstimers, I would like to mark my milestone of first thousand uploaded photos and first accepted 4K video with something practical, not just with set of pictures from my portfolio. Anyway, thousand pictures online doesn't mean thousand good pictures, only thousand pictures that meet the criteria od Dreamstime standards.Better milestone to celebrate in my opinion is thousand sold pictures (hat goes down for all Dreamstime contributors that allready made it !), because... 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
Ever since I can remember I've been fascinated by images and creating them myself. It has been an on-again off-again relationship however. To be fully present to a moment there have been times when the camera felt like it demanded an attention that took me out of the 'picture' so to speak.Recently I've shifted away from taking the great panoramic images that tried to take in the whole and have found instead the 'close-up'. Getting up to a small common flower blooming in a field and capturing it'... continue reading
Many photographers are writing blogs about their personal milestones, so I decided to write a bit about my experiences as a stock photographer after reaching 2000 images at Dreamstime.I have been with Dreamstime since year 2000, shortly after I have switched from a film camera to a digital SLR.Initially, I was uploading to several micro stock agencies. My acceptance ratio with DT was extremely low, sometime below 10%, whereas at other agencies it was well over 50%.Even though, I had... continue reading
Just a quick technical tip this week...I wanted to take a quick moment to write about an issue I had this week with my Canon 7D and the Tamron 70-300mm VC lens. For those who have read my blogs in the past, you know that I recommend this combination as a good economy rig for those getting started or simply have no budget for photography gear.For the most part I have been using this lens with manual focus for birds on a stick and had not used the AF a whole lot, but when I did use it, I noticed... continue reading
In May 2009 I joined DT after meeting another photographer who said he earned $480 per month on micro stock sites.It was sometime after I joined before I knew what I was doing.................... even now there's much to learn. The feedback from editors is probably the most valuable aspect of micro stock. If you listen and learn your photography should improve.I made so many mistakes to start with submitting too many images and damaging for ever my acceptance ratio. Thinking landscape was more... continue reading
I shoot micro four thirds.Unlike many, I'm not a DSLR to m4/3 convert.Although they fascinate me, especially full frame, I know little to nothing about cameras using APS-C,APS-H or full frame sensors except what I have read on the internet.My decision to go micro four thirds was mostly borne from the fact I bought into a brand and to save cost remained there. Other than my long since broken 35 mm film camera, my experiences with anything that allowed the ability to be creative, with adjustable... continue reading
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