posted on 30th of march, 2015

I've just passed another major milestone : Twenty Thousand Sales !
I've been a member since late August 2009, although up until the end of 2010 I had only uploaded a few images, just to see if Dreamstime membership was worthwhile.
It was, so I then started adding as many new images as possible. Most of my sales date from after early 2011.

As of the 30th March 2015 my statistics are as follows.........

Uploaded Files: 6968
Sales: 20,006
Total Revenue: $28,421.89c
Acceptance Ratio: 84.3
Number of managed Collections: 87 (see the full list on my profile page)
Uploads in March: 272
Portfolio exposure: 2.87%
Featured Photographer in September 2010.
Status: Professional 'stock' photographer - I earn my entire income from shooting 'stock' images. Dreamstime...

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Posted by Hootie2710 on April 17, 2015
Hey Steve!

Thanks for sharing your story! Very impressive!

Best Regards,
Posted by Picstudio on April 16, 2015
Wow! Great achievement. Good luck for future.
Posted by Mrallen on April 08, 2015
Reply to Linda (Williamsphere).....
I use an FTP uploader called 'CYBERDUCK' - It's really easy to use.
You can download the Mac version at this link:
I too shoot RAW, which I work on to produce a tiff file, I then also make a jpeg for uploading. I only ever upload jpegs to DT (and all the other Microstock sites I submit to). It's bad enough giving away use of my image for just a few cents in jpeg form, never mind handing over the Raw file too. I do sometimes get an e-mail request from DT saying a buyer wants to know if I can upload a Raw file. I always say no.
Regarding how to upload Raw files, I don't know, never tried to do it. Ask DT.
Hope this helps, Steve

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How to 'Sharpen' without increasing 'Noise'

posted on 27th of march, 2015

This is a tutorial on how to sharpen a slightly out-of-focus image WITHOUT increasing noise.

If you have an image that's just slightly out-of-focus, and you try to sharpen it by just using the standard 'sharpen' filter in Photoshop, then the result is often not very good as it will also increase any 'noise' that may be present in the image.
This is especially true of images that are high contrast and have been shot in low light levels with a high ISO setting.


One way round this problem is to use the following 'sharpening' method.......

1) Open your image in Photoshop

2) Make a duplicate of the 'background layer'
Go to 'Layers / Duplicate...

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Comments (22)

Posted by Kingtrac on April 14, 2015
Thanks, I will definitely give it a try!
Posted by Haotian on April 14, 2015
Very detailed tutorial. Thanks.
Posted by Litifeta on April 14, 2015
great advice. thanks

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Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015

posted on 20th of march, 2015

This morning I photographed the Solar Eclipse.
Weather conditions were far from perfect, however I managed to get a couple of reasonable shots through small gaps in the clouds.
Unfortunately, I did not get any shots at the time of maximum occlusion, the thick cloud cover was total during full occlusion.
The maximum occlusion would have given about 95% coverage of the solar disc from where I live, in the north of the United Kingdom.

Anyway, here are my images...........not brilliant, but not too bad considering the very poor weather conditions.


Shot on a Canon 5D Mk111 with a 28-300mm lens, set at 300mm.
using a 1.8 ND Filter, and ISO100 1/500 sec at f22

Comments (19)

Posted by Frank11 on March 28, 2015
Amazing photo. Congrats!
Posted by Cousy86 on March 28, 2015
Like it!!!
Posted by Ncn18 on March 26, 2015
the second one is beauuuuutiful !!!!...good work...

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Images within Images

posted on 19th of march, 2015

I thought I would try bringing together some elements of my existing images to form one new image that works to a theme. All the component images are of the same topic.
This type of image is very useful to designers, who often have a need for images to use as page headers, especially when designing websites.

Here is a good example of what I'm talking about.
This first one has a 'financial' theme

It's important not to reduce the sales of each of the component images, so I try to only use a thin slice out of each of the original images.

And here are some more examples. I think the themes...

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Comments (13)

Posted by Mayornapalabra on April 11, 2015
Beautiful pictures and great collections.Thanks for sharing and greetings from the Caribbean.
Posted by FabioConcetta on March 21, 2015
Great images!
Posted by Mntmamaof2 on March 21, 2015
I love all your photo's. I would think that even if you combined 3 or 4 together you could still use each one individually as well.? I see that as a plus for your portfolio for sure. I am impressed by all the places you have been, definitely well traveled. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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My Best Selling Images in last 12 months

posted on 24th of february, 2015

After reading Tangle's blog (Carmen Pietraru): 'Best Sellers of 2014' and seeing that one of my images was included as a top seller, I decided to have a look at my personal best sellers of the last 12 months.

So here are the results..... 'My top 10 best selling Dreamstime images of the last 12 months' ......


*My Top Seller - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (RF)
Total sales to date: 461
Total income from this image: $1658
Total sales by this image in last 12 months: 108



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Comments (45)

Posted by Ltdesigns4u on March 22, 2015
Beautiful images-thanks for sharing
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Wow! What's Happening? Info about the Google deal

posted on 21st of february, 2015

Wow! What's Happening?
In the last 24 hours I have made 148 sales and 128 of them were ether $2.20 or $2.00 subscription sales!
That's a massive $261.69 total for just one day.

I think this must be something to do with the 'Google' deal that DT have been working on. So, glad I opted 'in'
I hope this leap in sales is going to be an ongoing thing and not just a one-off.
Anyone else had similar sales?  

Is Dreamstime set to become a 'powerhouse' of good sales, or is this just a flash-in-the-pan??           

Further message from Steve Allen:
Found this post by DT Admin, it gives a good explanation of what's going on......

As some of you will recall, we advised you many months ago that we would have some...

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Comments (16)

Posted by Osmar01 on February 28, 2015
Google has bought up exclusive! Good sales! :-)
Posted by Jeremyrichards on February 27, 2015
Thanks for the info. I did have a sudden surge of $2.00 sales; now I know why.
Posted by Mariayunira on February 25, 2015
That´s sounds amazing.. :) Congrats for you.. You have a nice portfolio.

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Photography of Flags

posted on 13th of december, 2014

National and regional flags are subjects that are often photographed and have many uses for designers and stock photo buyers.
The trouble with trying to photograph flags as you come across them on your travel's is that you have little or no control. You can't control wind direction, lack of wind, direction of the sun, shadows on the face of the flag, the background, or the weather etc. It may also be very difficult to see complex patterns, insignia or symbols on a flag that is moving very quickly in the wind.
One way round these problems is to produce a 3D rendered image of your flag. However, images made in this way do not look 'real'. They may be OK for some uses, but not for others.

I have just finished shooting a large collection of flag images that...

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Comments (15)

Posted by Perstock on January 12, 2015
Very impressive work!
And yes, flags are really extremely useful for illustration.
Posted by FabioConcetta on December 28, 2014
Thank you for the translation, you should not disturb, after I had translated and reread more carefully ^ _ ^ Renewal always my congratulations for your pictures and I hope you will spend a happy and serene holidays to you and your family.
Posted by Mrallen on December 27, 2014
Hi again Fabio
Is this translation any more helpful?

Queste immagini di bandiere non sono rendering 3D.
Sono fotografie scattate con la macchina fotografica in studio.
Le immagini sono realizzate con tecniche standard "cut-and-paste" in Photoshop.

TECNICA ...........
Tutte le bandiere sono stati girati in studio su un apposito 'fondo ondulato' ho costruito da carta bianca spessa e card. Questo ha dato ondulazioni alla bandiera quando è stato posato su questa superficie sul pavimento dello studio. Quando fotografato dall'alto sarebbe quindi simile la bandiera sta fluttuando nella brezza.

L'immagine risultante è stato poi 'tagliato out' con Photoshop e collocato su uno di un pennone empty su un cielo blu.

My Italian is not great, but I hope this helps.
All the best for the New Year
Steve Allen

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New Collection: Asia - Travel Destinations

posted on 15th of july, 2014

Asia - Travel Destinations is a collection of over 750 colorful images by myself and more than 150 of Dreamstime's finest photographers.
Travel images of Asian people and great Asian destinations that will make you want to pack your bags and race off to the airport!

Countries covered include: China, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Taiwan.

Go to:
Link to the ASIA Collection

I currently manage 85 collections on a wide range of subjects which I continually...

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Comments (24)

Posted by Imagesbykenny on April 01, 2015
Please have a look at my Taiwan collection and see if there is anything suitable you'd like to add.
Taiwan Collection
Posted by Curtwill7 on October 22, 2014
Nice water garden in Taipei, Taiwan

   Water Garden in Taipei, Republic of China   
Posted by Mische on October 22, 2014
Really nice collection with beautiful pictures.
Perhaps some my images will match with your collection as well:
Thanks and have a nice day!

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Painting with Light

posted on 22nd of march, 2014

Fiber-Optic Light Painting

The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera during the exposure. Subjects can be lit by 'painting' the subject with light from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.

Many kinds of light source can be used, from simple flashlights to dedicated devices like the Hosemaster, which uses a fiber optic light pen with many attachments to 'shape' the light. Colored gels can be used to color the light. Other sources of light such as candles, matches, fireworks and glowsticks, could also be used.
Selective 'blur&...

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Posted by Wordplanet on March 30, 2014
Beautiful collection of images - thanks for sharing links to the technique.
Posted by Osmar01 on March 27, 2014
An interesting article! Beautifully.
Posted by Laurasinelle on March 24, 2014
Great images! Thanks for sharing!

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Steve Allen's favorite images - New Collection

posted on 24th of january, 2014

Have a look at the new collection - Steve's Favorite Images.

This great collection of almost 400 colorful stock images includes some of Steve's own work, but mostly the great photography of more than 75 other Dreamstime photographers. (I will add the work of more photographers as I come across images that I really like).

I also manage 78 other collections. See the full list (with links) on my profile page.

Below are a few images just to get you interested..........


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Posted by Egomezta on January 31, 2014
Your work is amazing, truly inspiring...
Posted by Laurasinelle on January 31, 2014
Great collection!
Posted by Hellen8 on January 30, 2014
Great pictures ! Great inspiration ! :-)

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About me

I was a professional Industrial / Commercial photographer for over 26 years, before leaving commissioned work to become a full-time Stock Photographer. I first started shooting stock in 1972 as a supplement to my commissioned work, however, since early 2001 my entire income has come from shooting Stock images. I have well over 65,000 image placements in my current multi-agency portfolio. (Some images are exclusive some non-exclusive) Most of my income comes from the range of mainstream agencies I submit to. The 11 microstock sites I submit to now produce about 25% o... [Read more]

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