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Tip of the week: How to make your food camera friendly

You are about to have a great meal, this plate looks delicious! How to take a photo of it that would look equally mouth-watering? Here are some tips.1. LightingFood looks best when it's lit from behind or from a side, with natural light. Place your subject near a window and try different angles. Avoid on-camera direct flashlight, it will make your food look ugly and unappetizing. If you're going to have lunch in a restaurant, equipped with a mobile phone only, choose a table near a window... continue reading

Are you cold blooded enough to cull your images?

My Ruthless guide to deleting photos.I hope after reading this post I can save you hours, Nay! weeks of time and general heartache by learning from the mistakes I made when I came to edit my first beautiful eye watering shots (well they were to me) I took on my first DSLR.Before the digital age of photography you had a roll of film which had to be developed in a dark room before you could see the final result of your masterpieces. This meant photographers had to think a little more about... continue reading

Giving Your Buyers Different Image Options

The topic I would like to discuss is creating some images in a collage format where your buyers have different options to choose from in the photo for the same price, it's easy to sit there and think why should I do such a thing for the same price? The answer is because it makes you stand out more and gives your odds of the selling the picture higher because your offering more and in this competitive world of stock photographer its a must.Next I would like to explain offering pictures in different... continue reading

How to find your unique 'Niche' as a photographer

This is my first week with Dreamstime. I am an enthusiastic amatuer and by way of introduction to the site I thought I would write a quick article for those like myself who are just starting out.I understand there are many other blogs about' Finding your Niche' but I would wish to air my personal views and hopefully relieve someone from anxiety attacks!There may come a day when a photographer starts to think about his or her 'Niche'Now it's not immoral and you won’t go to... continue reading

Waterfalls: Hints To Make The Best Of Your Photographic Experience

Waterfalls. A photography gold mine. There's no such thing as a bad waterfall photo, right? Maybe, but it's not as easy as it seems. The base is where the action is and the base can be hard to get to. Even if the cascade you want to capture is in an urban environment, you're generally going to find some rugged terrain. You're going to need to plan ahead, taking into consideration access, proper footwear and clothing, necessary equipment and general personal safety.Access and EnvironmentMost... continue reading

Maximize Stock Sales From Your Location

When it comes to photographing sites around your location, it should be noted that it's a difficult task to get any sales at all. For example, let's say you live in Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre come to mind, but let's face it. Millions of tourists come to these venues every year and take millions of pictures which means the online stock sties are glutted with these images. To make matters worse, there are hundreds of images like these in the public domain. With so... continue reading

Tip of the week: Choose your best shots of a series

As reviewers our mission is to curate photos and illustrations and showcase them to our designers in the best possible way. Our experience so far has showed that when submitting images, selecting the best ones from a series and uploading just them instead of the whole series works best for your portfolio and sales. Let’s explore why. Firstly, let’s get a bit technical. Dreamstime’s level system makes your individual photos more expensive if they sell well. Having countless almost identical images... continue reading

Determine the Best Font for Your Brand

Whether you are building your website, designing your business card, or creating promotional materials to support your business; you want to build upon a consistent message – i.e. you want everything to support your own personal brand.When building a brand you have three major areas of creativity to control; brand mark (trademark or name), imagery and font selection. Let’s focus on the latter for this discussion.Fonts can be broken down into 5 major categories; Serif, Sans Serif, Slab... continue reading

Tools to Help Find the Perfect Location for Your Next Shoot

Location, location, location - one of the most important factors for success in real estate, retail and of course photography. But how do you find the right location for your next photo shoot? Fortunately, whether you are looking for the perfect spot in your own backyard or across the globe, there are a number of tools and hacks you can use to help with your quest – most available free of charge!Learn from the locals There is no better knowledge than local knowledge – and fortunately folks in... continue reading

Tip of the week: Clear your backgrounds

What makes for an attractive and engaging image has as much to do with the background as it does with the main subject of the image. More often than not, the simpler the background is the better the composition. Studio based images of models and objects rarely incorporate complex backgrounds for this reason.That’s all very well and good, but we don’t all work in the controlled environment of a photography studio and even those who do, rarely take pictures exclusively there. So we need to think... continue reading

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