The topic I would like to discuss is creating some images in a collage format where your buyers have different options to choose from in the photo for the same price, it's easy to sit there and think why should I do such a thing for the same price? The answer is because it makes you stand out more and gives your odds of the selling the picture higher because your offering more and in this competitive world of stock photographer its a must.Next I would like to explain offering pictures in different... continue reading
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You have an upcoming shoot, an idea, or just want to create professional grade photography where good lighting equipment is required but you just don't have the gear. A basic light kit can cost close to $1,000 which is way beyond your means, especially if it's just to shoot for a couple hours. Are there any options?Well, yes, of course there are options!First of all, do you know other photographers that you can contact? Perhaps you might know someone who will let you borrow their equipment.... continue reading
A typical request by my clients is to remove backgrounds from images and replace them with stock photos. Usually, the client has an idea of what they’d like that new background to look like. Even so, I like to explore alternate backgrounds because sometimes they have a bigger impact or look more natural than the background(s) the client suggests.A few months ago, I worked on a pretty typical Photoshop and layout project. A client supplied several model shots. The images were photographed in... continue reading
Hi Everyone,I am in the market for a new storage device.I have a Network Attached Storage Device that I was very happy with until it became about two thirds full, then it became unreliable.I liked the Network Attached Storage solution because it was very convenient to be able to access my photos from anywhere, as long as I had a network collection.I would take my laptop to the family room and while my husband was watching Television, I would add metadata to my images using our wireless network.... continue reading
Have you ever tried publishing your own photography in a book? I have. The traditional way is to submit a proposal to a publisher and hope there will be an interest for your work. That was a door slammed in my face. Brick and mortar publishers want material that will appeal to the masses while having low printing costs. Photography is very subjective and usually targets small audiences. In addition, publishing physical books with enough quality to do justice for images is expensive.Most of you... continue reading
This blog is an extension of the very useful one posted by Brett Critchley: "How to search your own portfolio....... ". His blog sparked thoughts about more ways to use the Advanced Search feature for checking my keywords. Here is what I did.I followed Bret's instructions for limiting the database return to Lostarts images. Then I selected the radio button "Match Any Word" and entered both 'philippine' and 'philippines'. The result was 54 images. Then "Match All Words" resulting in only 15... continue reading
I am getting crazy when it comes to keywording. So I try to KISS (keep it simple stupid :)))Now I am experimenting with giving not more than 20 keywords to each photos. It helps focusing on the most relevant points.This image contains lots of keywords, but the search when it wasactually sold was really simple (budapest, food, dinner, market, meat, outdoor, hungary). So now it seems, that with 7 keywords I would have achieved the same result, without the fancy others.(now it has:... continue reading
I have heard many of my friends saying, there is no more subject to shoot, but I don't think its not true. With one single subject you can create millions of images. And I think all the million images will be different from each other.I have started to explore this option, my favorite subject is the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi.Whenever I visit that place around 160 kilometer from my place, it brings lots of peace. I go to that mosque, see people from around the world, from different community... continue reading
After reading Starblue's recent article on tying to be a buyer and actually trying to find images I thought that some general search tips would be helpful.Dreamstime presents quite a few useful tools to help narrow down a search.1. Keyword exclusion/addition.The main search box works as an 'AND' keyword search.Every keyword you type in must be present for an image to be displayed in the results.Note that despite the name, this will find the 'keywords' you've entered in title and descriptions... continue reading
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