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, 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.
Link to the ASIA Collection
I currently manage 85 collections on a wide range of subjects which I continually...
The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.
WHAT IS LIGHT PAINTING ?
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.
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..........
Take a look at my new collection: Flags and Countries of the World
This great collection contains just over 200 images of international flags and flags with important world landmarks.
Or go via the link on my profile page. Here you can view all 78 of my collections.
I have just passed a significant landmark today (Sept.18 2013). My total earnings have just passed the $20,000 mark from just over 13,200 sales.
After a very slow start when I first joined DT in late 2009, my total earnings figure is now increasing by around $1000 every 5 to 8 weeks.
Most of the 5224 images in my portfolio are of travel and wildlife subjects. Both are types of work that people say will not sell well. I think differently. I earn my entire income from shooting mostly this type of work and I find it sells very well indeed.
DT account for only about 8% of my total turnover, the majority coming from my mainstream stock agencies.
These are a few of my recent 'Editor's Choice' images:
I know the first image is not travel or wildlife, it's a studio...
As a full time professional who has been involved in shooting stock photography since 1972, I upload to DT for one reason only.......to give a home to (and make at least something) from the many hundreds of images I have that I do not submit to my regular mainstream stock agencies or are not accepted by them.
My main source of income is G___y Images where I earn on average around $9000 per month from roughly the same number of images I have with DT (that earn around $500 per month).
This time last year I had about 2000 less images on sale at DT, yet up to the point where DT dropped levels from sub sales, my average earnings where around $675 per month.
(so now, at $500per month, I get roughly $175 per month less from 2000 more images !!)
I view this process of hundreds of thousands of people trying to produce stock as crowd sourcing the photo business. Crowd sourcing happens in many fields, not just in stock photography. All these amateurs me included do not expect to make a living out of this. Let's take for example Wikipedia. In the last couple of years it managed to push out of business all the professional encyclopedia writers including the venerable Encyclopedia Britanica. How about computer software? Linux is today the only unix system left standing. It pushed out Sun Solaris HP UX and IBM AIX. How about journalism? Bloggers replaced many professional journalists, most papers close or downsize, can't operate free. Many more examples I can come up with many more but it is too depressing. And also interns work for free. No need to pay them. They are just happy to serve. I did not buy a computer book for many years. I find answers to all my questions on Google, much faster and cheaper.
Bluwarrior, I could not agree more! Unfortunately, any 'power' that contributors have is so spread out amongst hundreds of thousands of contributors over hundreds of stock agencies, that it is very diluted. Trying to get thousands of contributors working together to force the industry to change is, I fear, a non-starter. I think the majority of the public worldwide (and many businesses too) have little knowledge about copyright and care even less. I think this is especially true of young people who have grown up with the internet, seeing images everywhere. Many seem to have a 'if it's on the net it's free' attitude. The proliferation of 'Free' images by microstock agencies just helps to reinforce this belief and devalue our work even more.
Very interesting article Steve. I agree with you in many points. ( Yehp why should someone give away pictures for free...in long term just undermines all photo stock business and photographers work..And creates the general feeling ,online, that is fine to pinch or disregard the authorship of any image. I share many of your views. Just a pity that generally contributors (specially in micros think that agencies are doing a favor when accepting their images ...without contributors agencies couldn't exist. Contributors should believe more in their own power to shape the rules of this business (and value of their own work-even if for the majority is "just" a hobby. Cheers!
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