Dreamstime can transform your life is a bold claim to make but can be easily substantiated. How ?
Well once you have had an image accepted you read the blogs and everyone says increasing sales figures needs a decent sized portfolio so buyers have a good chance of finding your images. So your motivation is to attend every event going and however difficult always to have your camera, lens and tripod close at hand.
At new year it was cold and damp but I felt compelled to attend the Inverness City Council party at which there was lots of activities including entertainment with fire and fireworks by the group Flyagaric.
During various visits to the Shopping Centre for Christmas presents I saw a fund raising event, a Carolthong, by Inverness Choral Society and also Chrismas Angels. I was carrying my camera and took lots of shots [ some of the angels rejected ].
And on another cold frosty night Santa arrived in Inverness and I was there despite the weather to capture an image of children's faces with Santa Claus.
In the Autumn I heard that the Scottish Ploughing Championships were taking place at Tore on the Black Isle and I spent all day on Sunday photographing horse drawn ploughs. Although not very interested in farming the need to get images for Dreamstime spurred me on to attend.
Another strange activity was the World Porridge making Championship at Carrbridge 25 miles from Inverness. Again the need to expand my portfolio drove me to travel early on Sunday morning.
Although I found the venue of the Championship quite easily I had forgotten my off camera flash and couldn't get the shots I really wanted. However on the way home I saw a ggroup of St Andrews University students with kayaks and quickly set up a tripod above the raging torrent of the River Findhorn.
I got my first ever images of Kayaking and found the sport very exciting.
Vintage car and traction engine rallies are another source of images and fascinating to attend like the one at Roseisle held in the Autumn where there were a fantastic range of old vehicles.
Early in September the famous Braemar Games is held each year and visitors and participants come from around the world. Queen Elizabeth is Patron and that fact swells the crowds.
Apart from events which tend to generate editorial images creative images like the Euro currency trap are another source of material.
I hope that I have demonstrated that the need to capture plenty of quality images to submit to Dreamstime is a life enhancing exercise. You see things in a different light and more important than than that you see things which otherwise you wouldn't have seen at all. When you disagree with an editor's decision, bite your tongue and smile.