In the past two posts we have discussed some pointers for doing research before you leave to ensure that you don't miss a location or an event and some tips on photos while on a family road trip. Now let's get serious about some other important issues.Packing: do not check your equipment if you can help it. It has a good chance of being stolen or damaged. A photographer friend just returned from an around the world assignment for a large corporation. He started in Sao Paulo then to London,... continue reading
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I have recently discovered a new playground. Roaming through life, I have fallen in a magic rabbit's hole. Instead of falling right to the bottom, curiously enough I started floating swiftly. Then the images came pouring around me. I reached and took one. Then another one and another one and there were many more others to come. I could hear voices, whispers and laughters, I could see faces, mountains, rivers, cities and dreamlands, I could smell flowers or taste sweets. I could feel love, sorrow or... continue reading
Trying to pack too many photos into too little time can result in photos of everything but few, if any, terrific shots. To document your vacation as well as taking some great shots for Dreamstime, you need to plan ahead. It's not just about getting the best airfare and hotel for your money.I'm going to write several blogs on vacation photos over the next month as we enter prime holiday time. You'll see that a lot of the information isn't about photography.It's about planning to maximize your photographic... continue reading
Summer is here and flowers are bursting into bloom. There they are right outside the door and so pretty. But just because they are so marvelous doesn't mean that you need to photograph them. It seems that every flower that has ever bloomed has had its picture taken. When the supply out numbers the demand...well you know what that means in the eyes of reviewers.Before you even think about taking another photo of a flower, ask yourself if the world really needs it. But if you must, how can you make... continue reading
Everybody loves a baby...unless they are screaming in the seat next to you on a cross-country flight. And almost everyone has a baby around the house at one time or another. But beware...babies and children can be like little flowers: way too many images of them to compete with unless the image is exceptional. There is much more to getting great shots of kids than cute smiles. For starters: if you are taking photos of your own children, try to review the resulting images with a non-biased eye. You... continue reading
Golf is no longer a game just for the plaid pants, country club set. Both ends of the financial spectrum have taken up the sport in big numbers. Not just bank presidents are rolling around the course; the fastest growing segment of the golf business is in the Arab Emirates and one of the current golf success stories in pro golf proudly calls himself a "redneck". Golf remains a big business all over the world with many secondary support products and services needing images.... continue reading
An industry that involves big trucks, banks and emotional trauma needs images to illustrate its goods and services. Americans change locations on average every five years.Standard business leases are often for five years or less. I am about to cart everything I own, two cats and 2,000 books from one side of the US to the other. Moving is on my mind.Images that symbolize starting a new life in a new home are used to illustrate concepts... continue reading
A growing awareness of environmental issues has created a parallel change in personal values for many people. Instead of the conspicuous consumption of years past and the over indulgent styles of the 90's, more and more seek a quieter lifestyle.Instead of leaving a big footprint on the earth and its resources, young and old are seeking simplicity, privacy and inner peace. These trends are reflected in images used in today's advertising and media... continue reading
I've been churning out blogs at a furious pace. Now it's your turn. Here are a few of my favorite images from the Dreamstime collection.I'll tell you why I responded to them and then I hope you'll suggest subjects you would like to see in future blogs. Post suggestions to the forum. Remember my expertise is in what to shoot and why and not in techniques.A few of the images have been posted to the blog already. If one of your images isn't included here, don't feel overlooked.I'... continue reading
Youth and sex have forever been used to promote and sell products and services.And sexy pixs are especially important to the calendar sector that isn't dominated by kittens (the more feline type) and gardens. I'm not an expert on what is sexy; that is gender specific and tied to sexual orientation, age, culture and personality.But I can give you some tips on how to make pictures that will have sex appeal AND still useful for some mainstream buyers.... continue reading
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