During two wonderful years, we could enjoy fresh and inspirational articles of blog "Stock Photography that Sells" by stock expert Ellen Boughn
. We could read hundreds of tips about how to improve as stock photographers and illustrators. We were showered with ideas what concepts to shoot, how to compose our images, how to find inspiration, how to work with models.
Now she goes and works for other projects, especially for her new book. But these tips will remain as priceless assets in any nowadays and future stock photographer's knowledge base.
I tried to categorize Ellen's advice and here is the result:
► Best Sellers Tips
How to shoot best selling images. What is important in making an image eyecatching and appealing to customers and designers?
A Good Stock Image is an Incomplete One...Best Seller Tips-IllustrationWhat Makes Best Selling Photo?Secrets of Microstock SuperStars2008 Best Selling Photos
► Tips & Tricks
All kind of tips and tricks, what apply to every type of photography. What to pay attention to? What kind of models to use? How to work with models? How to compose your images? What to keep in mind while taking pictures?
What is She Wearing?Not Just a Pretty FaceYour TurnAll the Pretty FacesMasters of LightThe RGB of it allThe Trendspotting TrendRetro and RecessionCompositionIn the News!Point of ViewThe Eyes Have ItHair and Makeup in PhotosMake the Invisible VisibleGet FramedYou Say 'Macro'. I Say Maybe...Your Photo Counts!What size is....?Give It AwayHumor Sexy Cute Football Economy
► Creativity & Inspiration
Where to find the inspiration? What to do when you have no clue what to shoot? How to have fun in the process? How to get inspired from and not to copy other contributors work?
A trip to the bookstore (Part 1)A Kick in the Creative PantsInside OutCopyright or Copycat?Build Your Brand
► Keywording Tips
What kind of keywords you need? What kind of keywords you don't need? What kind of mistakes to avoid? How to find relevant words? Why keywording is so important?
The Do Nots of Successful KeywordsThe I Hate to Keyword Guide to Keywording (part II)Keywords that Work (Part III)Oops! Keywording Mistakes to Avoid
●● Arts It's All There in Black and WhiteIs Your Photography Art? ●● Business & Industries
Shooting SmallDoctor in the HouseWorking TogetherLocal GlobalModern MedicineUpdate Business ImagesVery CraftyIndustrial StrengthUps and DownsPhotographer Stimulus Package ●● Conceptual Images
What Time Is It?PEACEWar and PeaceWay LOUD●● Food & Drinks
Yummo! Shooting FoodSlow FoodStay Frosty●● Nature, Animals & Environment
Wild ModelsGlobal WarmingA rose is a rose is a roseMystery in the tall treesFocus on Wolves Earth Day 2009HOT! HOT! HOT!A Whale of a Tale●● People & Lifestyle
Sexy!The BIG DayA Simple LifeMoving PicturesBoomingMommy LOOK!I Want to Thank the Academy....Gay PrideReligious FreedomSpecial NeedsGirls Just Want to Have FunAround the HouseRites of PassageStaycationStuff HappensThe New CommutersCamp WhatucallitBaby BoomletGoing NegativeGENERATION YIt's ElementaryWomen (want to) RULE...Personal BestCatching ZZZZZ'sGatheringNaycationBooked UpBlack Is the New BlackIn with the Old ●● Seasonal & Holidays
Erin Go Bragh!SpringtimeChangingSnow: Real or Instant?Gimme a _______________Holiday MessagesColor Me Red●● Sports
Fore!Spectator Sports ●● Travel & Outdoor
A Sense of Place (Part 1)A Sense of Place (Part II)Shots That Take Off. Shooting Air TravelSnap! Not! Vacation PhotosMore Trippy Photo TipsRoad trip! Family VacationTop Travel Photo Spots-2008Top Travel Photo Spots-Part IIKey Lessons-Travel Photos IIIThe New ChinaIndia Now
► Personal blogs
About Ellen Boughn, favorite images, introduction and farewell
► Photography Events
News about Expos and Conferences
PACA Annual MeetingMore PACA ConferenceDreamstime and CEPICPDN PhotoPlus - Biz BlitzPACA International ConferenceUser Generated Content Expo
Those articles are a great read for everyone who loves stock photography, loves to learn, enjoys to read and seeks fresh ideas. With her friendly writing styl
e, good humor and insight, she makes her soon to be finished book something to look forward. Thank you, Ellen Boughn, and good luck with your book!