Having pictures that go together in your portfolio can transition to more sales for the simple fact of if designers like the one photo they may want the other for there project which means more sales for you. Sometimes taking photos of the same objects at different angles isn't enough, sometimes it may be wise to consider adding another prop to the picture.Pictures at there simplest form can be even considered valuable, like a plain old napkin with the words I love you on it can appeal to buyers... continue reading
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I just sold my first two images. I only have 76 images in the portfolio but it helps to be in the right place at the right time. I know from past experience that a dynamic title, description, and keywords also play a big role in getting selected. In my last job before retirement I sold ads in the Yellow pages. We were always looking for pictures to fit in the content of the ad. If you can still remember the Yellow pages there were hundreds of categories running from a... continue reading
Stock photography is a hobby for me, one that I love, but to pay the bills I am an online marketer who understands what it takes to not only get people to your website, but also how to transition those visitors to customers. Let's be honest, the main goal of most websites is to create customers, not just visitors. In order to perform this transition you must have an amazing call-to-action. People are bombarded with messaging all day, so how do you make your message stand out? It actually isn&... continue reading
A constant occurrence in the forums is seeing contributors who ask the question of why they are not getting sales. They want people to look at their images and tell them what's wrong. People oblige and say the photographs are great, you're a great photographer, and everyone scratches their heads over the lack of sales. Someone might suggest improving the keywording but in the end, everyone fails to see that stock photography rests on three fundamental foundations.So what are the Three Pillars... continue reading
When it comes to creating digital concepts, many people think you need to be a graphic designer who is highly skilled with Adobe Illustrator and similar software packages. Illustrator is good for creating logos and text graphics, but you can actually use your camera and photography to create digital art, backgrounds, banners, and more!"Design" is a high level term for which there are subcategories where you can use photography to create digital art and abstract backgrounds. Texture and patterns... continue reading
Starting from the classical 'an image is worth a thousand'..., let's just say that an image may actually worth five thousand dollars. Or more. And we're not talking about a particular image, but any image out there can be the perfect candidate for the +$5,000 sale.Contrary to what people think of the income generated by microstock, that it takes time and plenty of downloads to reach a satisfactory level, your images can earn you considerable revenue in just one Sell the Rights... continue reading
There are many things to consider when working with models. If you're paying for a model then time is literally money and you'll want to maximize what you get from the session. Even if you're shooting a friend or relative who is charging nothing, you're still investing your time and work into the project and will want to have something to show for your efforts. However, there is one fundamental thing you can focus on that will help you have a successful shoot, and that is this:... continue reading
Thank YouFor someone very new to the nuts and bolts of photography I have found the Dreamstime community both welcoming and inspirational. I sense the joy that each contributor has in sharing revelations, their Perfect Shot, and their joy in the process. Thank you for sharing. While I would love to sell a lot of photos, I find that by watching the number of views the photos get, I can enjoy myself, too. I figure that by focusing on getting the images seen more, the sales will be more likely... continue reading
Banner images, also known as panoramic or panorama, can be a difficult segment of the stock industry to figure out. But if you can come up with a winning concept, they can be a significant impact on your overall sales.The first thing you need to know about banner images is how to make them. Most photo editing software packages have the functions required for stitching multiple pictures together. It's extremely simple to do but most photographers never think of creating banner images. If you... continue reading
So as I sat in my dentist chair for a root canal an hour of torture brought on by countless, gumdrops, peppermints, and licorice in my youth, I settled back into my chair and put my life and my bad tooth in the complete trust of my dentist a beautiful woman aged about thirty who looked more like a homecoming Queen than a dentist. As the Nitrous Oxide began to flow I remember listening to Ed Sheeran's "If you hurt me, thats ok baby" and thought how ironic, now firmly in the grasp of... continue reading
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