"Street portraits" was the topic for Dreamstimes assignment in January 2018, inviting creative photos of everyday people that one may encounter on any one of the worlds many streets. Assignments are fun and rewarding, and for me as an interested amateur it serves to test and challenge my conceptions of quality and originality. I have previously had experiences of joy when having a picture admitted to an assignment contest, but also of disappointment when a photo did not make the cut. This... continue reading
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A few weeks ago, I published part 1 of my trip to Russia.Today, I'd like to share with you, the rest of my trip to Ufa, the capitol of Bashkiria, a semi-autonomous republic about 1000 miles east of Moscow on the western slopes of the Ural, the area around it. To a foreigner, Ufa is not a particular tourist attraction. It's an industrial 2,000,000 million inhabitants city, that seem to have frozen in time some 30 years ago. Since there aren't any tourists,... continue reading
It's been almost two weeks since I made my first upload and I have 14 approved photos. With an approval rating of 100%! Which in some ways is fantastic, but in other ways it will make that first rejection much more powerful. I am very particular about the quality of my work, which I think translates into that statistic.I have only uploaded about half the number of photos that I intended to in this time. But they have all been the ones I am most proud of out of each session and hopefully that will... continue reading
In 2014 I visited Yellow Mountain. With the fog hanging between the peaks of the mountains it looks like a fairy tale. This week another two of the Yellow Mountain pictures were sold. In total 35+. I wrote a post about my visit to Yellow Mountain:First, four hours by bus from Hefei to Zhaixicun, then by cable car through a thick layer of fog. Fifty meter before arriving at the terminal station of the cable car the fog disappeared and suddenly it was a sunny day. Yellow... continue reading
Couple days ago I've reached 200 images on my portfolio. However, my sales on reach the amount of two, and stays like thatsince march 2017.Not sure what to think, it's a bit embarrassing.I see photographers reaching 120-150k in sales, is it something wrong with my portfolio, or the way dreamstime expose it (0.04 exposure)?I'd like to know how other photographers are doing on dreamstime?Thanks in advance.Below you can find samples from my portfolio. ... continue reading
This month marks two years of my cooperation with Dreamstime.In my portfolio is now 450 photos, 16 sales.So some analysis and photos. More sales of all pictures are flowers - 9 photos, including spring nature. In second place are animals, and to my surprise, cat pictures, 3 of 4 sales) And in the third place travel photos, my home city and the coast - 3 sales. Another feature of all sold photos - almost half are exclusive - 6 of 16.I now have about 90 exclusive photos and... continue reading
Hello everyone. It's been two months since joining dreamstime and it has just flown by. I've now had 40 photos approved and a small number refused but this has made me more careful, to think about the content to be uploaded and to persevere. There's a long way to go but it would be great to think I could produce photos of the quality that a great many of you have done. Who knows? I may never get there but it will be fun trying. continue reading
I heard a story about a guy who hired a drag line operator to dig out a pond on his property. The operator was digging for about three hours and was down about twenty five feet into the earth when he hit something big. He kept on digging and removed the dirt from the side of the object.Then he climbed down into the hole with a shovel and moved the dirt away from the object. It turned out that the object was a big tree; in fact it was a huge white pine tree. He moved his machine around so that... continue reading
Hey there everybody!As of today I am a proud owner of 1000+ portfolio on Dreamstime! It's been two painful months to sort out all of my travel images, dig up pet photography and organize new shoots, but the longer I do it the more fun it gets. Today was also my first senior shoot, and posing the lady and trying to get the expressions was absolutely priceless! The goal seemed tedious, all that keywording, waiting for the submissions to pass (or not), but now the number is up it just feels so darn... continue reading
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