Valentine's Day is almost here. Have you gotten your sweetie a card and some flowers? Better still, have you created all your Valentine’s Day themed stock photos?Stock photography revolves around universal concepts, and there is no more an universal concept than love. You just need to check the database to prove it. Search “Love” and you’ll get over 3 million hits. Try Valentine’s Day or Valentines Day for another million results. In fact, look at any combination of hearts, roses, couples,... continue reading
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Why Your Content Calendar & Stock Image Portfolio Are Missing Outaka “Marketing for Obscure Holidays, Part 2”When the movie, Independence Day was released back in 1996 on the 2nd of July 2 (the same day the action in the film started), we all knew that the release date was in anticipation of the American Independence Day, the 4th of July, and that the title would probably have something to do with humanity’s independence from the threat of aliens, as a tie-in. However, did you... continue reading
First of all, happy Mardi Gras! Second of all, it’s also the last day of February this year. February is the shortest month, with only 28 days even though other months have 31 days. I guess this is a good thing because it’s usually so cold. While only yesterday I could have said, “Six more weeks of winter?! Yeah, right! It’s officially the warmest February on record,” this weekend, they’re calling for snow. Given, this coming weekend is technically March, but it still begs... continue reading
Simona Halepknocked down Sabine Lisicki to advance to the semi-finals of the ladies’ singles event at Wimbledon 2014. Congratulations to our champion Simona Halep continue reading
If you're not a commercial photographer, it's tough starting out in stock. You have a day job and other responsibilities so there isn't much time you can devote to your little passion on the side. You look at the portfolios of the "big boys" and can only wish. Inmany cases for them, they're working as professional photographers. They have access to beautiful, young people and specific locations, all prime ingredients for stock images that easily shoot up to Level 3 and higher. The money they make... continue reading
25th June 2009 (26th June morning in India). I woke up due to a call at 3.30 AM in the morning. A call from my dear friend in London. She was crying. All she said was come online. By the time I went online, one more call followed from LA, from a source close to MJ who said "Mike is dead!". I couldn't believe my ears. The next thing I did was googling news for Michael Jackson and saw the news "Michael Jackson feared dead". Still I didn't believe. For me Michael Jackson is far more than King of Pop,... continue reading
While in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo and the PACA (Picture Archive Council of America) International Conference, I attended a panel comprised of ‘Microstock SuperStars” moderated by PDN’s Daryl Lang. I heard some words of wisdom from the panel members that I thought might be useful to many of you.Panel member Yuri Arcurs emphasized the importance of building your brand within the overall site. He offered that an important aspect of his success is a consistent and identifiable... continue reading
The hot buzzword in travel is ‘staycation’ meaning a vacation that takes place by staying in the neighborhood or city where one lives. The word and the concept seem to pepper every other article that I read and are also popping up in ads for travel destinations close to home. USA Today reports, “… a Rand McNally survey found two-thirds plan to shorten or cancel summer road trips.” The NY Times this week reported that the very wealthy are even leaving the private jets parked this... continue reading
Hotels in major business centers and cities empty out on weekends as do resorts in slow seasons. As a result many promote packages geared to special groups/interests in order to fill empty rooms. One of the fastest growing hotel and tour packages is for women only. Men have always had hunting, fishing or camping trips but us girls have had to settle for weekends alone if we couldn’t or wouldn’t tag along on treks with the goal ofkilling a large mammal.We began noticing an increase in requests... continue reading
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