Finally, curbside recycling in Calgary


posted on 7th of april, 2009

Given this month's assignment theme I'm happy to report that Calgary has FINALLY made the leap to curbside recycling! We received our super large recycling bin last week, and are looking forward to our first pick up at the end of April.
© Bradcalkins (Help)
Calgary has had recycling dropoff points all over town but curbside seems likely to get much higher participation rates, given the ease of use. What is your city doing to reduce waste?

While I love the idea of recycling, reducing waste in the first place is even better...

Comments (3)

Posted by Bradcalkins on April 08, 2009
Agreed - I wish we had gone the way of Edmonton and supported the rest with the blue bin type program. That said it is a matter of the apartments hiring a private co to do recycling - the problem of course is that tenants don't have a lot of pull if you end up in a building without recycling...
Posted by Destinyvispro on April 08, 2009
Glad you're loving it. It's unfortunate that the curbside program doesn't serve apartments, businesses or condos. Nice images though. :)
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on April 08, 2009
nice pics, i'd say these will sell well on here! good luck!



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Using DT's search tools


posted on 15th of april, 2009

After reading Starblue's recent article on tying to be a buyer and actually trying to find images I thought that some general search tips would be helpful. Dreamstime presents quite a few useful tools to help narrow down a search.

1. Keyword exclusion/addition. The main search box works as an 'AND' keyword search. Every keyword you type in must be present for an image to be displayed in the results. Note that despite the name, this will find the 'keywords' you've entered in title and descriptions as well as in the actual keywords. As an example, if I search on 'arranged' I will find my candle photo in the top relevancy results, even though I have just used that word in the description....

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Posted by Bradcalkins on May 13, 2009
Happy to help!
Posted by Mani33 on May 13, 2009
Just read your article now, very helpful... Thanks
Posted by Linqong on May 06, 2009
Great article!
Very useful!!!



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A year of DT - measuring sales growth


posted on 28th of april, 2009

Spring is in the air, and we're starting to see some buds forming. I had to bring them inside for this shot to get away from the snow we are still having! Spring is a good time for my one year DT anniversary. I've definitely met or exceeded where I thought I would be a year ago when I signed up. I've got 1090 uploads online and over 1300 sales!

I'm not sure where the next step will take me, I think I've started to exhaust my supply of 'easy' stock photos and need to start thinking out of the box. My biggest problem with that is that the shots I spend lots of time on don't do better - or do worse (!) - that the 'easy' shots. Here is an example of me with my head on backwards - took me a long time, only a couple of sales:



On the other hand, stuff like...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on May 19, 2009
Thanks for the comments :)
Posted by Alexhor on May 19, 2009
Happy Anniversary. Lots of common sense in this article. Usefull.
Good luck.
Posted by Eclecticelegance on April 29, 2009
Very interesting!! Thank you for writing this. This is a subject that is important for contributors to think about.



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Latest photo area


posted on 28th of april, 2009

One of the hidden gems on the DT main page is the 'Latest' tab:

Latest Photos

This gives you two very interesting tools:

1. Latest downloads. This is a quick look at 5 or so of the latest purchases made by buyers. I am often surprised at what kinds of things people are buying, and how different that may be from what is in my portfolio.
2. Latest searches. This should be required reading for any newcomer to DT! Take a quick look here, coming back every few hours for a couple of days. You'll have a pretty good idea if you are ever going to sell a photo on DT... If you watch this for a bit and can't see any of your photos filling the needs of the buyers you'll have a hard time showing up in their searches. Keep in mind...

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Posted by Mani33 on May 16, 2009
Brad! Since you've mentioned that latest search area I go there & it's really a big shock!
Posted by Countrymama on May 01, 2009
Thanks for the great tips! Your blogs are always helpful.
Posted by Reeddaigle on May 01, 2009
Thanks from me, too. I completely overlooked this feature. I've been looking today, and it's certainly helpful.



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