Your Turn


posted on 17th of april, 2007

I've been churning out blogs at a furious pace. Now it's your turn. Here are a few of my favorite images from the Dreamstime collection. I'll tell you why I responded to them and then I hope you'll suggest subjects you would like to see in future blogs. Post suggestions to the forum. Remember my expertise is in what to shoot and why and not in techniques.
A few of the images have been posted to the blog already. If one of your images isn't included here, don't feel overlooked. I've only seen a fraction of the over 1,100,000 images in the Dreamstime collection in my short time here.
People in subway
Underground station
I wasn't looking for subway pictures when I saw these images but both found their way into my favorites folder for the same reason. For me they are about urban life and isolation. And say it very well.
Attack of the killer chickens
Cat Eyes
This is the best picture of a chicken I can remember seeing not that I see many chic pixs. This hen is soooo determined and smart. Very unchicken like. The cheetah is elegant and the eyes are wild. It's a fantastic portrait that captures the elegance and drama of a beautiful beast.
Mite
Let's Play
How could anyone love a mite? A former biologist knows how fantastic it is that technology lets us examine what the naked eye can't see. As for Fido: this dog personifies...errr dogifies...the loyalty and eagerness of man's best friend.
Boy standing on a Footbridge
Boy on road
To fully appreciate the boy on the pier you have to see it full frame. It is simply an outstanding photograph. Both of these images are by the same photographer and send a message about a child's future adventures and opportunities.
Come Closer
Flower behind ear in field
The keywords for the couple don't mention 'dancing' but that sure looks like a hoedown to me. Can't really articulate why I picked the flower girl. Perhaps because the flower is so in your face and she isn't.
Happy birthday, mum!
Friendly handshake
This family portrait is a classic. The emotion on the two women's faces tells a true mother/daughter story. Find a handshake photo and you'll find a photo that has been shot a zillion times. But this one is different: I know this woman. I'm certain I do. She is so real and really helpful. She is going to take care of me. I just know she is. Who is she? Both of these images show "real" people. This is their greatest asset.
Lilly 6
Field of baobabs
Flowers. Yes, many images of flowers will be rejected because it is an overdone subject. But there are never enough fabulous images even of overdone subjects. Can you imagine a flower like the one above printed 5' x 3' on a white wall in a loft? As for the Baobab trees. I respond to almost any image of these natives of Madagascar but this image is very appealing, perhaps because of the line of grass across the lower edge and the many trees in the picture.
Oak-tree leaves_2
Poplar Stand
The exaggerated size and the intense chartreuse of the leaf give this image drama. Summer is almost over; fall is coming. Rows of trees are probably my favorite subject. Full stop. Don't know why. They just are. And I like the one above so much that it is on my personal website.
Marilyn look alike
There is mystery in the backseat of this car...and the simple graphic of the image only adds to the mystery. And speaking of secrets: who is the lady in the pink dress? Remind you of someone?
Waiting for laundry
What’s up for dinner?
Super photos don't have to be about big deals. Some of the best are just plain people living out their everyday lives.
Ok, now it's your turn. Tell me what to write about in the coming weeks.
Tags: good photo topics
Comments (18)

Posted by Ellenboughn on April 27, 2007
hi ellen,
your thoughts and reflections on travel photography will be much appreciated. when i am on the road (almost exclusively in countries other than my homeland) i am photographing images that i believe will appeal to buyers for use in travel brochures, mags, promos, etc. and i try and look for images that will make viewers think "i want to visit that country. it is so beautiful." anything indigenous to a certain part of the world is in my viewfinder such as: food, historic buildings, local architecture, dress and scenics.
You don't need me! You already know what to shoot! All your points are spot on. Ellen
Posted by Rjlerich on April 27, 2007
hi ellen,
your thoughts and reflections on travel photography will be much appreciated. when i am on the road (almost exclusively in countries other than my homeland) i am photographing images that i believe will appeal to buyers for use in travel brochures, mags, promos, etc. and i try and look for images that will make viewers think "i want to visit that country. it is so beautiful." anything indigenous to a certain part of the world is in my viewfinder such as: food, historic buildings, local architecture, dress and scenics.
Posted by Maigi on April 25, 2007
... oh, and one very theoretical topic: what makes a good stock photographer / illustrator. Qualities? Equipment? Anything else?
Posted by Maigi on April 25, 2007
... one more topic: composition.
I would love to see well composed photos with some little explanation why this composition is good or useful for designers. And it would be lovely to hear your opinion about how much cropping is good and how much is too much. Thank you!
Posted by Saniphoto on April 24, 2007
Hello Ellen,

I do not write often in forum but I must tell you how great and always appreciated (useful!) are your blog articles.
I would suggest a topic, as you asked: shooting food.
have a nice day,
Posted by Raycan on April 20, 2007
Ellen,

I would like to see a blog on well covered images and how to try and improve upon them if you want to take them on. ;0)

Like fruit, flowers and money! LOL! ;0)
Posted by Shootalot on April 20, 2007
These photos are truly interesting and unique. I like the photo of the fat man close to fridge-very timely for new assignment. A great subject for a future blog could be creative landscape photography. Landscapes are the easiest photo for most people to take-no model releases needed, yet the hardest to do well. Yosemite has been photographed many times. Hints are needed to turn those ho hum vacation shots into great photos.
Posted by Sweetheart29 on April 18, 2007
Thanks for this blog --it's nice to see some good comments on the photographers work!
Posted by Djaphotography on April 18, 2007
Ellen its Darren here, I would really like to see a blog on usidng makeup and hair styling within images Im sure there are a lot of photographers out there in my position where a makeup artist and hair stylist are just out of our budget range when creating microstock yet makeup and hair styling could easily become the crunch point on whether or not someone buys your image, maybe some basic techniques and attitudes towards it or maybe there is a DT member who is a hair stylist or makeup artist, I would love to hear your views and anyone elses on this subject.


Keep up the good work DT members and cheers for the blogs Ellen

Many thanks
Darren
Posted by Wysiwygfoto on April 17, 2007
Would love to hear more about the do's and don'ts of stock photography and your opinions on them Ellen.

An example - I've heard a lot of folks that have been doing this a long time pass on some information including that in order to be successful, you must have a "tightly edited portfolio" that is free from "too many similars". Of course, nobody ever defines "tightly edited" or what exactly "too many similars" means. I've heard the similar argument from photographers represented by traditional agencies to mean that if you shoot a model, only 3 or 4 of "the best" images from the entire shoot should be placed for sale (again, nobody ever defines what "the best" means).

More on conceptual shots would be great too - not just abstract conceptual shots but more on looking for situations in which a photo can be used to represent different things - an example, I have an image of a can of worms. I was working on trying to put together a small series of idioms. The can of worms...(More)
Posted by Littlemacproductions on April 17, 2007
Hay now.. chickens ARE smart!!
Posted by Maigi on April 17, 2007
Hi, Ellen. Thank you very much for your blog. It's very interesting and educating to read. I know that people shots are most demanded in the industry. People like to see another of their kind, when they open the book or magazine - the lonely ones like company and not so lonely ones like to compare... Anyway... I'd love to see or read more about travel photography, landscape photography... anything not involving people (that's my personal preference). About concepts, how to find ideas to express different concepts, some hints? Proverbs, word of the days and stuff like that. What kind of concept photos are most demanded. Success, business, finance, of course, but maybe more specifically... And definitely would like to know more about what kind of walks of life or fields of industries more buyers come from. What kind of subjects are most demanded or searched and bought. But this is trade secret, isn't it? Ok, maybe just something about product photography, cause this is tricky because of copyright...(More)
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 17, 2007
sorry ellen I misunderstood... I thought about the keywording blogs but didn't connect the relevance of the subject matter to categories.

A subject i would like to see covered, for lack of a better term , still life scenes. I have one in my portfolio using a water picture,soap,old linen towel staged on a cushion in the window , for example.

how much is too much, what items make good compostions? how do we know what balance to strike for what a designer is seeking?

i have so many items in my home that are vintage, retro etc, that i think about grouping and shooting. without looking like a department store catalog, how do we know we are on the right track?
Posted by Starblue on April 17, 2007
I forgot... I like very much almost all images chosen in the new blog article, but my favorite, I belive, is the boz on pier :-) what a wonderful atmosphere breaths from it :-)
starblue
Posted by Starblue on April 17, 2007
As for category - it is also sometimes hard for me. One of my favorite topic is astrology and other esoteric topics like i-ching. I have really hard time to put category. Usually I put religion and unique, but I am not sure I am totally right. Have a great day!
starblue
Posted by Ellenboughn on April 17, 2007
 Spiral 
categories are my hardest decision. sometimes i think we need more to choose from, more specific ones. do we need to put images in 3 categories if they muddle up the images a category search produces?

Please review the three keywording blogs. The "I Hate to Keyword Keywording Guide (Part II) discusses how to apply and use the abstract catagories."

In this request I'm hoping you will all suggest subjects that you want to shoot that you would like to know more about. Thanks!
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 17, 2007
 Spiral  this one is one of my favorites but it comes from one of the most confusing submission choices for me...categories. with abstract being the most confusing of the categories. what exactly constitutes an abstract . why are there images of very specific , clear cut subjects in abstract?

i know sometimes i have chosen it simply because i thought..hmmm need another category...abstract/whatever subcategory . we think we have to make sure to choose 3 every time.

categories are my hardest decision. sometimes i think we need more to choose from, more specific ones. do we need to put images in 3 categories if they muddle up the images a category search produces?

doing a keyword search for abstract, with "downloads descending" chosen as the priortiy, brings up different images than the same search by category "abstract"

do designers use categories to search as much as they do actual keywords? why do we even have categories? i know...(More)
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 17, 2007
 Flower behind ear in field 

ellen i am so glad you choose this one. i had to email jay in iraq to tell him. it has been a favorite of mine from his portfolio as well.



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