I'm currently reading a few books, including one called the 'Paradox of choice'.One of the themes is that too much choice brings negative side effects.People seem to want choice, and to exercise their freedom to choose - yet when choices are more limited they are better able to make a decision and happier with the result.I got to thinking that this kind of applied to how I use my lenses.While I wish I could bring and have access to all my gear when I leave the house, I often find I use my... continue reading
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Hey folks! I've got an unpleasant "hello" of some respectable DT member. It means - man has flagged keywords "business metaphor" of my pic "Business engine". I am sure it is proper expression for this pic. But - I am not businessman, I am not lingiust and English is not my native language!What's your opinion? Must I remove these words? continue reading
I am so stinkin excited this morning, because I have had soo many rejects in my short stock career, and now this morning, I found out that my last 7 submits were all accepted!!!WOW, isn't that something!!! Does that mean that I am finally learning something, or are the numbers just catching up with me?Either way, at this point I'll take it!! eeeeeeha!!!! continue reading
Came across a blog here which said that he had lots of views but hardly any salesWhat are the ways to improve sales?First step is to expose yourself and your pictures. One good way is by writing blogs. (a good amount of exposure here)Secondly reading other’s blogs and writing suitable comments/suggestions. It helps not only that person but also others who read the comments.Next is using the right keywords.For example this picture here.If I want to search for this item I will be... continue reading
This really does not sound as gruesome as the title implies.Well a tripod is particularly useful when taking photographs to reduce the inevitable camera shake. But sometimes it is just not possible to drag that tripod along. Especially in places like shopping malls, museums, places of worship, etc. Continuously practicing using the camera helps over time to get better quality pictures.For a steady grip, hold the upper arms as close to your sides as possible, dig those elbows to the ribcage.... continue reading
Ugh, I dread the weekly 2-days of no activity. I only rate my success from Monday-Friday because Saturdays and Sundays usually produce no sales. But yesterday...a gloomy winter Saturday, I made a subscription sale...the 0.42$ made me happier then any other 0.42$ sale prior. YEAH!Here's my breaking image....How's the weekend for the rest of you??? continue reading
Just a warning to newcomers, I still make this mistake - there is NO automatic Firefox spell check when entering the Title of your picture!I see this all the time when searching the database that another poor soul was caught in a spelling disaster. Unfortunately, no one will find, view or download your photo if the spelling is not correct.Sometimes you get sloppy, rushed or just don't know how to spell the word. A trick I use to make sure I avoid this black hole is write my title in the... continue reading
O.K., I've got a few images on Dreamstime, but I buy a lot more as editor/designer of one of our magazines in the indoor comfort market. I've been running into a recurring problem in that whenever I look for pertinent images that include people, all too often they're looking at the camera and smiling!I'm using these images editorially and that's useless to me. I need and want images of people actually doing things, not standing around looking like they're in a Macy's ad.I realize the smile is... continue reading
I really love the holidays: beautiful light displays, gifts, parties with friends, beautiful music, friendlier people...but even though I enjoy the season a lot, I'm usually glad when it's all over.Then I can get back to the business at hand, whatever it is.There has been practically no time for photo shoots and editing and submitting photos.I'm raring to get started again at learning this craft and making my first sale.I'll have good memories of this holiday season, and even better memories... continue reading
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