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The business woman in stock photos:the strong, the smart, the graceful

Times are changing and so is the woman's place in business. From secretary to CEO, we now see more women at the helm of major companies than ever before and the perception of the woman's role in business has clearly shifted from marginal to central.What about the business woman's portrayal in stock? How does the business woman stock photo should look like in order to be successful today?1. First of all, she should be strong and show strength. Being a woman in business has... continue reading

Practical tips to enjoy a prolongued No Housework Day

A day off is usually a day when you feel like doing the cool stuff you never had the chance or time to do. The National No Housework Day, celebrated on April 7th each year, is one of those days when you can take a break, relax and have fun. But the day after a no housework day can sometimes be like a really bad hangover after a crazy party. You may end up with a lot of cleaning to catch up with. Here's how to spend a great 'No Housework Day' and not worry about the mess you'... continue reading

Your business models look old and ugly

Don't get mad, they're still young and beautiful, they just pose, dress and look oldfashioned. Here are a few things you need to pay attention to when working with models for a business photo shooting:1. The right expression  Don't you find fake forced smiles irritating? So do buyers. Would you buy something from anyone who seems to have a smile glued on their face? Not really. People will avoid using a fake smiler in ads mainly because the model fails to engage the audience in an authentic... continue reading

2015 in review

Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! May this be an amazing year, much better than the last one.But before we bid adieu to an eventful 2015, we want to have a last look at what happened stock wise here on Dreamstime.As usual, we're making some stats and facts public in order to help you understand what the 2015 stock trends were, what sold best and what people looked for when shopping for stock.If you check my previous reviews for 2014, 2012 and 2010, you'll notice few changes in tastes.... continue reading

Haunting and haunted locations for photography

We're getting closer to that spooky night of the year when they say the dead walk the earth and all sort of supernatural, spine-chilling phenomena occur. Most of you will probably grab their cameras. Experienced photostockers will always try to shoot the best of the worst or scariest circumstances so if you're not really afraid of poltergeist activity, demons, witches, zombies and other creatures you may sight on Halloween, we'll show you some spectacular haunting places you can use for terrifying... continue reading

2012 in review

The year which is about to end has been full of events: from the Olympic games to the US presidential elections, from riots and strikes to much debated bailouts, from record artwork sale to Felix Baumgartner's fearless supersonic jump, from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to the announcement of the Royal baby, from Hurricane Sandy to the passing of some loved celebrities, we have seen and lived many interesting, wonderful, exciting but also sad or tragic things happening all over the world throughout... continue reading

About and around CEPIC, Dublin 2010

We're back from this year's CEPIC conference and after gathering the notes and observations made there, we've put together this article to give you a general idea of what went on in Dublin. This year, more than ever, microstock was under the spotlight. Many advocated it as the future, others argued the revenue and a few proved even skeptical about it. In the midst of all debates, the general feeling was that the power of the community, the variety of content and the broad price range... continue reading

Ellen Boughn offering inexpensive mini-consults

More than anything in my long career in stock photography, I have most enjoyed interactions with photographers and their work. Now that I've finished my book about microstock photography,I've decided to offer microstock photographers a relatively inexpensive consulting service (a mini-consult) for $39.00to satisfy that need and to generate some scratch.So far since I started this program a few weeks ago, I've reviewed portfolios. Helped photographers isolate and concentrate on their strong... continue reading

Color me...TURQUOISE, Pantone color of 2010

Not without reason, design industries have proposed a palette of extremely bold colors for some years now. Any dull outfit and drab setting look fabulously fresh with touches of fuchsia, coral, lucite green or deep ultramarine here and there. While only fashion and interior decoration seem to have been greatly influenced by colors in the past, the new daring palette has recently liven up other industries as well - hi-tech among others. Along with fabrics and materials, cuts and designs, we keep a... continue reading

New blogs by Ellen Boughn

Thanks to all the wonderful experience I gained writing blogs for Dreamstime for two years nicely organized by Maigi here, I have decided to go forward with a new blog on my own site found here I hope you find them helpful as you continue to succeed at Dreamstimeand look for fresh ideas about photography and your work. continue reading

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