Another year is starting, meaning we’re set for another episode in the ever evolving world of web design. Here are few key trends already announced for 2018.1.Goodbye hard corners, hello curves!It’s been a general trend for major industry players (Twitter and Google, for example) to renounce the traditional right angles for various website elements and adopt rounded corners as the new standard. 2018 is therefore expected to make the transition official, meaning we’ll have a well rounded... continue reading
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The bookmark bar in my browser turned out to be a great microstock tool and here’s why - I have several international news agencies websites as bookmarks through which I follow what is going on in the world every day. Yes, images with people may sell the most, but to those of us who don’t have access to studio and models, we should take advantage of other hot topics like current trends and other significant world events and use them somehow. News blogs and other websites will most probably search... continue reading
When I first began submitting here at Dreamstime, I had it in my head that isolating on white backgrounds was what sells.Seemed as though most of my image searches came back with isolated background results. So I began to learning the process of isolation by way of lighting set-ups that I read about online.To my dismay my results never produced a true isolation and always required photoshop to complete the task. It was time consuming, painstaking...not much fun and frankly uninspiring.... continue reading
As a stock photographer, I am constantly asking myself if the photo im shooting has Commercial Value.With this in mind, I thought I'd share these links of Trends and Searches. Google TrendsBing Top SearchesYahoo Top 10 2014 SearchesInteresting to see what folks are searching for. continue reading
Photoshelter has released its 2013 What Buyers Want from Photographers survey.It's an interesting read - so if you have 10mins or so - it's well worth the time.It prompted me to remember a blog post I wrote about a few years back that was also publishedon DT entitled "Anti Stock" - and whack out some more words on the subject on my Durban Photographer website. continue reading
My sales have almost stopped, but I have just over 1000 images online ... It is the fault of the crisis? or maybe my portfolio is very poor? Should I start a little to reflect. I think DT is a good place to put your pictures online, my photos are viewed, but despite purchases are very low, almost non-existent.I continue to send photos in the hope that it will be accepted and increase my visibility but I see that there is nothing ... and it must be the economic crisis!!!Maybe I have to start changing... continue reading
Using the awesome tools on DT I am able to review my performance over the last 3 years and I have noticed some interesting trends.May is year to year my best month.June is year to year my worst month.Using the graphs I can see some very definite cyclical trends in buyer behavior.What sort of trends to you see in the numbers? continue reading
I must share this thought of the day. A follow-up on a previous blog; I'm still heart broken after my man of 9 years pulled the rug out from under me, and ran away scared. He left me in an apartment I couldn't afford, in a city that can only be compared to the "the pits of hell". During the months of heart ache, going up and down in a continual cycle with him returning AGAIN then leaving AGAIN, my mind and heart was only focused on him. I hadn't uploaded anything or even picked up my camera for 7months.... continue reading
well I have read about how sales are going up and down and how you should grow your portfolio to make it more stable and that it is seasonal for some people.We all probably know that and should acknowledge it, but I had a best month ever in April and this month is going to be the worst in last half year, I have not sold a photo for 6 days in a row now.Although i know theory the lack of sales still keeps me up at night thinking what could i do to change it and have another BME again.And... continue reading
After 6 months of waiting I finally got a new BME this month in terms of number of sales, however, the RPD is down as most of the sales this month are subscription sales.My last BME was in August an then my sales took a downward trend for the rest of the year.January started to reverse the trend and then this month took off in the right direction.Hopefully the rest of the year will keep an upward trend.Good luck to all. continue reading
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