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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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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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!
Posted by Apartura on August 28, 2014
Hi ... this a newly approved photo taken at sanur beach bali during sunset. Hopefully its not to late. Thank you so much for adding my photo to your lovely collection. Wish you the best :)

 Jukung Traditional Bali Fishing Boat 

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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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15,000 Sales !!

posted on 21st of january, 2014

Hello fellow Dreamstime contributors,
I have just passed another milestone, 15,000 sales.

So my 'Stats' as of 26th January 2014 are.........

15,091 sales,
5556 images on sale,
$22,454.82 total income,
84.5% acceptance ratio.

I have 79 managed collections,
Dreamstime now accounts for about 14% of my Stock income,
I have so far visited 88 countries,
I'm 61 years young,
My waistline is...No, we won't go there!

Here are a few of my latest images, hope you like them....... plus a few images by others that I really like.....

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Comments (63)

Posted by Ladybee33 on February 27, 2014
Congratulations! I really like your travel photos. You are an inspiration to new contributors!
Posted by Bluwarrior on February 18, 2014
Great,well done.Good job! :-)
Posted by Portiadecastro on February 16, 2014
Congratulations...your photos are beautiful...;-)

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New Collection - Flags and Countries

posted on 15th of november, 2013

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.
Go to:
Or go via the link on my profile page.
Here you can view all 78 of my collections.

Here's a few images to get you interested:

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Comments (9)

Posted by Blum14 on November 20, 2013
A lot of work ... a beautiful collection ...
Posted by Wordplanet on November 19, 2013
Wonderful collection Steve!
Posted by Didaso on November 18, 2013
good job, i like your collection of flags

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$20,000 !!

posted on 18th of september, 2013

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...

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Posted by Deaconbrown on April 21, 2014
thanks for the info and your posts, excellent website!
Posted by Fike2308 on April 20, 2014
Posted by Mrallen on April 06, 2014
Hi Fike2308
I'm afraid I'm not allowed to go into details about other agencies on this site.
If you contact me by e-mail I can tell you more.

OR go to my website:
then go to the bottom of the 'contacts' page to the list of agency links.

Steve Allen

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New Collection: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Seascapes

posted on 15th of june, 2013

Take a look at my new collection: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Seascapes

This great collection contains over 300 images by over 30 contributors.

Go to:

Or go via the link on my profile page. Here you can view all 76 of my collections.

Here's a few images to get you interested:

Comments (20)

Posted by Wordplanet on November 19, 2013
Hi Steve: I recently added this seascape/cityscape of Reykjavik to my portfolio. I'd love it if you would add it to your collection. I't's file No. 31907817
 Reykjavik Iceland skyline harbor mountains 

Posted by Wordplanet on June 22, 2013
Beautiful collection. What a wonderful tour of the world!
Posted by Bevanward on June 20, 2013
Amazing as always! Good luck with your sales improving ...

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My view on shooting for STOCK

posted on 4th of june, 2013

As a full time professional who has been involved in shooting stock photography since 1972, I upload to DT for one reason 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 think this standard 42...

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Posted by Gmargittai on June 21, 2013
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.
Posted by Mrallen on June 11, 2013
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.
Posted by Bluwarrior on June 11, 2013
Very interesting article Steve. I agree with you in many points. ( Yehp why should someone give away pictures for 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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Just returned from Myanmar (Burma)

posted on 26th of march, 2013

I have just returned from a month long trip touring around the incredible southeast Asian country of Myanmar (Burma).

You can see some of the images I produced in my new COLLECTION: 'MYANMAR'

Go to:

I manage 74 other collections, mostly on 'Travel' or 'Wildlife' subjects.
To see the full list go to my profile page.


Comments (23)

Posted by Jdanne on April 23, 2013
Very nice photos! Congratulations!
Posted by Dprogers on April 20, 2013
Very nice. I had planned to get to Myanmar earlier this year but couldn't get the dates to line up so went to China instead. But I think Myanmar has a lot of photographic potential at the moment.
Posted by Peanutroaster on March 28, 2013
Nice shots! Its on my travel list - someday!

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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 suppliment to my commissioned work, however, since early 2001 my entire income has come from shooting \'Stock\' images. I have well over 60,000 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... [Read more]

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