"Street portraits" was the topic for Dreamstimes assignment in January 2018, inviting creative photos of everyday people that one may encounter on any one of the worlds many streets. Assignments are fun and rewarding, and for me as an interested amateur it serves to test and challenge my conceptions of quality and originality. I have previously had experiences of joy when having a picture admitted to an assignment contest, but also of disappointment when a photo did not make the cut. This... continue reading
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Sounds like a riddle, right? Well, that's because it is, in the context of which are the best-selling types of editorial images! Some of my best street editorial sellers have precisely been a person walking in front of a shop. Easy as cake.Why not just capture the shopfront without anybody?Adding people will often add a human context when said shop/business is the subject of an editorial piece. A single person, in my experience, works better than a group of people as it'... continue reading
Tomorrow, December 6th, Finland is celebrating 100 years of Independence. Most Finns love their country and always love hearing what foreigners know about Finland. So here are some things about Finland you can bring up next time you meet a Finn.While not exclusively Finnish, the aurora borealis are a common sight on the sky especially in the Lapland in the winter.You can always expect to find hot cup of coffee in Finland. In 2013 the average Finn used 9,6 kg of dry coffee making Finland the number... continue reading
Media editors often penalize writers who use illustrations or photos in fiction, except, of course, in children’s books. In novels, they consider graphics support “unprofessional.”In the case of indie writers, I believe they are wrong. Here’s why.I was an editor at the Reader’s Digest for many years. We loved pictures with our stories, which were either original or condensed from established magazines. But the editors upstairs, in the condensed book department, shunned them.... continue reading
We're excited to present to you our new and improved Blog section.Here are a few improvements we've made:- more user friendly, more spacious looks;- useful information only, based on new acceptance criteria;- easier article submission process.We loved designing it, we hope you'll love using it to add more useful articles.You can start now, with our blog launch contest. All members, contributors and buyers, are welcome to join in: you write useful articles - check guidelines here... continue reading
Tired of the same million versions of a “business man smiling in a meeting” or “customer support representative with headset”, or even the ages old “woman with salad smiling”? Fear not, there is still hope that your project will be finished in time and not look like a stock photography presentation at all.If you want to know how all you need to do is keep reading.1. Stay authentic Above I’ve enumerated a few of the best sold and most used image in stock photography worldwide. Why?... continue reading
My first year on Dreamstime as a new photogrpaher and and I've realised just how quickly the time passes! I was a novice photographer when I joined and I think, to be fair, I'm still in that category, although I'd like to think that the photos have improved in this time.First approved photo.So, what has happened in the year? I joined with no illusions of making lots of money but when the first sale came, it was such a great feeling. I've achieved some... continue reading
It is so easy in this hectic world to forget to stop occasionally and look outside ourselves for ways to give our fellow man a hand up every now and then.Since 1992, the fourth Saturday of October has been set aside as a National Day of Service meant to encourage average Americans to commit this one-day out of their lives to helping others.Make a Difference Day will be observed on October 28th this year. And while service can be done by anyone at anytime, having... continue reading
I just returned from two weeks in Russia. It was a family trip to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ufa, near the Ural Mountain Ridge.Russia is heaven for stock photographers. Friendly people, a wealth of World Heritage sites. Rich history with many relics and past times buildings, and a sense of traveling back in time, to 40-50 years ago. It had been very very interesting and apparently quite fruitful as almost 60 images from the 800 I shot had turned into stock photos accepted by DT.The... continue reading
Last week I was surprised by four niche sales of the city Zwolle, no subscriptions, fully paid. Most of you probably don't even know where Zwolle is located.Like most of you I have architectural pictures of London and Paris. Dreamstime has plenty of pictures of these famous cities. Resulting in very few sales for me. I sell more pictures of for example Beijing and Machu Picchu. The reason is probably that it is more difficult to go there.The same is true for Zwolle, few people... continue reading
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