One of my favourite photos:It’s an unfinished marble statue of a nude female torso, standing outdoors near the waterfront in Naxos, a Cycladic Greek Island.It’s particularly pleasing to me for many reasons, and not because it just sold for the 4th time.It’s an astonishing work of art in this unfinished state. Maybe the sculptor had a fight with his model, went home for a souvlaki and coffee, and never came back. Whatever, I’m glad he didn’t.It also reminds me of holidaying on Naxos, one... continue reading
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Sometimes, in our over-enthusiastic intent to create great content or ads, we tend to use images that are not appropriate or simply don’t fit our message. And sometimes we use images that catch people’s attention, distracting them from our initial purpose. How can you avoid distraction? Connect the images to the message The first rule in every work field: never use visuals that are not related to your content. If you write about tea, don’t put images with mugs of coffee or soda instead. I know... continue reading
There could be many reasons why we are here. I can assure you many are here because they desire to sell their photographs and make some extra cash.Having joined with that good intention, the reality on the ground is not what you initially envisaged. Sales are low. Not only low, they are frustrating. And you may be thinking what’s going on?I can bet you, you are not alone.One fact we all agree and which we need to remind ourselves is that Dreamstime LLC does not buy images. It’s... continue reading
Since starting to load images onto Dreamstime last year I have learned a lot from knowing almost nothing about taking a good photo.Taking pictures in RAW, don't over edit (easy to do), always check images enlarged 100%, get used to using manual settings(trying this with mixed results) and as Penpossessed said in the blog last week..always take your camera!! I walked out of the house very early morning for work this week and as a second thought went back and got my camera..I would have missed... continue reading
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time and effort on pixel peeping and gear acquisition.We are passionate about the gear we lug around every day and will usually bore a non photographer to tears with our endless ramblings about Canon, Leica, Fuji, Nikon or whichever brand we've aligned to. It's something we're all passionate about. One of my personal passions is Memphis music. This shows in my library with images that are tied in with Memphis and the music here.Roller derby girls... continue reading
Cuba has an enormous amount of very interesting bird species to offer, among them quite a number of endemics.Maybe the highest celebrity among them is the Zapata Wren. For various reasons: it is rare, even nowadays, difficult to see (I can tell you!!) and it is not only endemic to Cuba but to the Zapata Swamp and even there it can only be found in a relatively reduced area! Wow!I passed three days in the swamps with my local guide, waiting, trying to lure the bird out of the thick swamp vegetation... continue reading
Has it ever happened to you?You take a look at your photos and think, that's not mine, I couldn't have taken that... Then you realize you had to because you remember holding the camera, but you still shake your head in wonder.It happens to me all the time.Here are some of my 'Holy Smoke' moments. I have to admit, when I look at these photos, I'm shocked Also amazed and just a little proud of myself. continue reading
Creating Art with the Camera You Have, Not the Camera You WantPhotographers often feel as if they’re caught in something of a rat race – the race to get the best camera, the perfect optics and thousands of dollars of accessories, equipment and editing software that will help create the best possible images. However, at a certain point, we all have to stop and think: Is it the camera or the photographer that is responsible for creating works of art? Eve Arnold answered that question... continue reading
I want to get more pictures of my male tomcat Scratter, but since he IS a cat, he has no eyebrows..thus..showing no emotion..Emotionless cats make for boring pictures...so I came up with a plan..a Cat Photo trick...I simply just find the cat...because we all know there is no way that cat is gonna come to me..I set up my camera .. I sit down on the floor, directly in front of him...then I call the puppy over and sit her on my lap....Cats can't hide anger...their eyes give it away every time.... continue reading
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