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Dreamstime could give local photographers some idea what they want from there local aria.

i live in Bedford England, i can cover a lot of places, I'm mainly into nature and landscapes but love older buildings, i like churches, i'm able to cover lots of local churches which aren't on dreamstime, i've contacted the team on here but they are saying they are well covered but when i look the places i can do are not.

if this is for suggestions it would be great but not sure how you would implicate my idea about letting local photographers know what would be of interest, we all live near to great places but aren't getting look in.

just some thoughts on this would be great as i've had a few no goes on older buildings yet the ones i took aren't on this site.

hope you don't think i'm mad on that one but it's a thought.
Posted: 04/14/2014, 17:55:28 PM
The database doesn't need any more old buildings.

But you'd think you UKers could upload a GOOD image of an Irish pub? We all live in exotic locations compared to the rest of the world. The "normal" around you is unique. Sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious.

Old buildings I can do. But I can't do an Irish pub.
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Posted: 04/14/2014, 22:40:46 PM
Hello Katey, you can, of course, upload your images of the local area. We don't have any specific requests but building a varied portfolio will help you achieve more sales.
Also, you can continue to visit our message boards as some buyers will post here if they need a specific images done for them.
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Posted: 04/15/2014, 01:27:40 AM
Thanks for that guys, I, m trying to vary but boy it, s hard when some parts, well most of the uk is fields. I, m working on birds at the moment as they are my favourite, I have no stock of any type of thing due to nearly 1 year of trying to get my 7d to focus, it cost me £800 in loss, 5 lenses in all, none worked so sold the lot, I gave up but the draw of photography got me, I now have a trusty 40d, canon 10-22mm and a 18-200mm, saving for a 100-400mm.

For Irish pub, omg Iknow only 1, it, s in Norwich.

This generic thing is getting me all lost, I, m uploading old building they don, t have yet they say we have loads, well yes you may have loads but you haven't got these, thats new stock to me and not covered.
Posted: 04/15/2014, 02:49:04 AM
The part of the world I live in has many old barns and farms strewn across the landscape. They make for fantastic photography, but the hard truth is, they begin to look the same after a while. The trick then is to capture them in UNIQUE ways, perhaps with a storm cloud passing over, a fantastic sunset, or an extreme seasonal scene (fall colors, deep snow, etc.).

An old church is an old church is an old church and just because one isn't in the database doesn't mean it's worthy of being in the database. They all look the same after a while.

Don't ever stop photographing old buildings if that's what you like to do, but this is MICROSTOCK. You need to change gears and submit images with COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL if you want to have any kind of success.

The Irish pub suggestion was an example of changing gears. As I type this, a keyword search of IRISH PUB only brings back 1,095 images and virtually all of them are spam. Most of the ones that actually apply are editorials.

Photograph several pubs, edit them together into an altered composite that is really cool, and you will have virtually the only Irish pub image that is NON-editorial and royalty free.

Look at it this way: Go to the market and buy a tomato. Photograph the front. Then turn it 90 degrees to photograph the left side. Then turn the other way to photograph the right side. Don't forget the top, bottom, and the back of the tomato. When you're done uploading the images, go to the market and buy another tomato and repeat the above steps.

Just because a tomato isn't in the database doesn't mean it needs to be photographed. The old church down the street isn't special and it doesn't need to waste your time. Do a keyword search on TOMATO and see how many people waste their time on images with little or no potential. Don't be one of those people.
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Posted: 04/15/2014, 07:43:42 AM
Hiya Katey, I,m not here to downplay your idea for images in your local area, but I ask you to think about just what you are asking for. Dreamstime covers the globe, with contributors from Alaska to Africa. The database that would be required to keep track of interesting and potential sales items would be larger than DT itself. I occasionally look in the requested images section, and people are replying to requests made up to three years ago, totally out of date, showing that there is not a need for specific locations. If its here its here, if not then buyers will compromise or go elsewhere. My best advice is to be original, if you like the look of a certain location upload it, you can always do a search of something or somewhere to see if its been covered, or done to death. Good luck Katey, I wish you well...
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Posted: 04/15/2014, 12:01:25 PM
You can also take a look at the most popular and most recent searches on the home page and *gulp* shhhhhhh, do some poking around other stock sites to see what users are buying and requesting from them. There is no guarantee the same type of image will be a hot item on DT, but there is a possibility that it will give you some good ideas.
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Posted: 04/22/2014, 16:46:39 PM
@Katey997 in such cases, Google is your friend. If you don't know it already, take a look which are the most popular places in your area. Then look at what makes them special. Is it local architecture, is it fame or something else?

Try to take generic shots of those places/monuments and turn them into archetypal examples of the country's or region's architecture, culture, etc. Choose best lighting, best season and best composition to shoot them. Analyze how others have approached these monuments and this type of photography.
They are local so don't be afraid to revisit these landmarks as your skills will improve over time.
They can qualify for generic stock even if they are local. It's no accident that they are famous in your region, since their architectural value is higher than the average. That will not suffice, the quality of your photo needs to contribute.

You can upload 2-3 variations and use generic keywords for some (to cover the need for regular stock photos) and specific descriptions for others (to cover any needs for those famous places). While the first set will sell to a larger number of customers (but will face higher competition), the second will fill a gap (for which less competition is needed).
Posted: 04/24/2014, 07:28:03 AM

Originally posted by Wisconsinart:
Quoted Message: An old church is an old church is an old church and just because one isn`t in the database doesn`t mean it`s worthy of being in the database. They all look the same after a while.

Well, this one is an old church:

   The Monastery Sucevita   

Not everything is covered by DT yet, and i think (but i'm new here) that historic buildings do have their place, especially in the editorial section. Every monument is waiting for events.

And i think every church is special, even though maybe not commercially.
Posted: 05/30/2014, 06:36:50 AM
Entomo, I'm not going to disagree because what you say is true.

It is also a valid endeavor to photograph and upload every tree in the forest for every tree is special. But is there a point of reaching diminishing returns?
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 05/30/2014, 16:39:47 PM
I'm not going to disagree with you either, it's clear that, from a commercial standpoint, she (and i for that matter, like every DT contributor) should focus on the types of images that attract buyers.

But (and i'm talking about my situation also), i think Dreamstime could have some benefit from having many monuments and churches (with proper description so to be recognized by searches) in its database, on the principle that it should be able to satisfy every image request. This is why i said editorial, because if, for example, one of those churches would host a newsworthy event, that would probably generate some searches on DT and some potential buyers.

But for Katey, indeed, other than the potential 20 cents per image, there's not much immediate return.
Posted: 06/02/2014, 02:30:47 AM
hi Entomo, it's difficult to get a balance sometimes, i see what's selling, it is across the board to be honest, i have been stuck with a lack of lens power, i'm dying to move into wildlife but i can't do much with 200mm.

i've just bought a canon macro L F2.8 and that will give me more scope.

it is hard sometimes because i'm not a people photographer, i'm really enjoying nature but i have moved into farming which has been fun, i've lost count on the amount of farmers who stop for a chat.

i intend to move into foods with white back grounds, with that macro and it's dead sharp images it should be ok.

i am debating whether to try say town markets, english car boots sales, seasides and so on, i know thats people but it's not if i'm telling them how to stand.

i see you mention (EDITORIAL), is that less profit, i'm still leaning, most of my 15 sales has been 49 in US money, if it was say $10 per photo it be great but i don't think i will order a lamborghini just yet lol.

i've never really been a people person, i think to take photos of them you need to be that people person.
Posted: 08/27/2014, 15:31:25 PM
Well done, Katey997! From local area? Everything! Including editorials of course! Keep uploading! Most importantly is don't give up! Good luck!
Edited: 08/29/2014, 13:09:29 PM

I'm in Bedford itself! Hi neighbour.

With the landscapes you can take the same photograph in each of the four seasons. That will increase your portfolio. Why not try and take some with animals too?

In terms of churches you can also photograph interesting graves, monuments, statues, etc.

I might bump into you - happy shooting.

105MM f2.8....
Posted: 08/31/2014, 13:46:36 PM
hiya bedford, yes animals i'm working on but i'm holding off until i get a 400mm lens, a few of the birds i took was with a 200mm and it's not up to the job, larger birds like swans are ok but blue tits are a nightmare, i,m just 20 inches from them, they are spooked by the shutter going off even though i'm under cover.

yes you right the landscape does change through the year, i've been doing farming and that has been such i laugh.

i walk at bedford wolds often. i'm in Thurleigh and also walk near redwell along the river when it's not in flood lol.

wish you the very best on DT!!!
Posted: 08/31/2014, 14:05:56 PM