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  • Goal: To Sell Images Not to Capture Reality

    by Eric1513 | 9th of December, 2014

    I love all aspects of photography especially learning new things and challenging myself to create new images. When I first began in photography about 25 years ago, it was very difficult to change or alter what you captured. I shot mainly slide films for publishing. Pretty... More
  • That First Sale...

    by Ginntinn | 15th of August, 2014

    When I was 17, in my first semester of college, I got my first check for something I had written, a whole $17 (coincidentally). It was an amazing feeling, something I've never forgotten, even though I've worked as a writer for some 20 years since. Selling my first photo... More
  • Two thousand images sold

    by Arturoosorno | 26th of July, 2014

    New milestone, two thousand images sold through Dreamstime. I like to produce images of various subjects, work on a task until satisfactory results are obtained then go on to another topic. Refresh creativity, try new techniques is the goal for now. Still a lot of work to... More
  • Returning to Dreamstime

    by Amitai | 6th of February, 2014

    It's been years, 6 years since I last managed to upload a picture to Dreamstime. Many reasons contributed to this fact. I will talk about two: 1. I hadn't been able to get away from my daily activities to photograph. Children, career, getting my BA, all these factors... More
  • Run out of ideas for new images?...Create new images with composites.

    by Verdelho | 21st of January, 2014

    Occasionally we all need to boost our creativity by doing something new or different. And we have all taken images that could do with that little bit extra to pick it up or transform it into something a bit more saleable. Why not try combining some of your images into... More
  • Without Ideas for photos?

    by Maxsp | 7th of January, 2014

    LONG STORY SHORT! Okay, you have a camera, you want to make photos but you don't know what to photograph. Let's solve it now! First of all, it's not your fault and it's not because you are not creative, but because you still don't learn about it, until now! It is... More
  • Creativity

    by Tammarpre | 15th of December, 2013

    Photos stands for something I believe in ~ the importance of creativity in the world. ... That creativity is good for the soul. Creativity is when your spirit gets a chance to play and express itself and that is my goal to do with photos. See Article
  • Creativity and ingenuity

    by Baspentrubas | 16th of November, 2013

    I found an interesting article about how to make macro pictures with cheap tools. This demonstrates that human ingenuity and creativity matter most. These days we are bombarded with all kinds of technology and we tend to strive for the most professional cameras thinking that... More
  • 7 Years in Stock Photography

    by Thefinalmiracle | 1st of October, 2013

    Its been 7 years and a week to be precise that my journey in stock photography started. It has been with success, failures, saturation and probably a rebirth of me as a photographer in the end. There were moments of celebration where there were ocassional SR-EL or EL sales... More
  • Five years, and 20,000 sales later...

    by Bradcalkins | 7th of May, 2013

    I always had a thing for nice round numbers, so it is with some satisfaction that I hit 20,000 sales right around my 5 year anniversary! When I started out I never would have guessed I would get to this point, but I also completely underestimated how much effort would be... More
  • The Art of Seeing

    by Yelo34 | 25th of March, 2013

    I think, we will agree that the most important quality in a photographer is the ability to see interesting subjects. I would like to recommend a book named: "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson. I got it when I entered the local library in a day I was... More
  • Creative projects as a way to train your eye - a review

    by Mellimage | 1st of February, 2013

    Last year I wrote a short entry on how to use creative projects to train your eyes and stay creative. I also mentioned in that entry, that I had plans on taking part in a 52 week creative project where one had to create one image each week for a theme. This entry then is... More
  • and the award goes to .......

    by Karenfoleyphotography | 26th of January, 2013

    This is the time of the year my husband and I overdose on movies. The Academy Award nominations have been announced so there are tons of movies we want to see – and the kids are all in school so the theaters are free for matinee viewings (just don’t sit... More
  • Can't wait to get your opinion

    by Hafakot | 29th of August, 2012

    As an enthusiastic beginner I want your opinion on my 2nd and 3rd accepted files to this site. What do you think? See Article
  • Creative projects - how to stay creative and train your eyes.

    by Mellimage | 10th of February, 2012

    How do you keep your creativity flowing? How do you train your eyes to see photographically? I have creative projects that help me with that. I have a few projects going, most of them are long term projects. One project is the "Project Green" where I try to find images... More
  • Inspired by Life

    by Karenfoleyphotography | 17th of January, 2012

    In Finding Inspiration, I wrote about the things and themes from which I draw my muse. You don't have to be active in stock photography very long to realize that images containing people tend to be the most popular with buyers. If you are like me, however, you have neither... More
  • Finding Inspiration

    by Karenfoleyphotography | 5th of October, 2011

    I’ve been with dreamstime for about a year and a half now, so I’m hardly at newbie in stock photography anymore (it’s hard to think of yourself as a newbie in anything once you’ve reached a Half a Century), but I have just recently started to look at photography as... More
  • Creativity

    by Dmccale | 6th of September, 2011

    Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as "new" may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which... More
  • Ready, Set, DRAW!

    by Livingstonatlarge | 22nd of August, 2011

    So…Hi Everyone! I’ve been doing a lot on photography and my photo journey here, but now I have something else to blog about. Illustrations! Which I will get to after I tell you my Photoshop story. It’s a BLOG. I get to do what I want :) After my job folded last... More
  • The Golden Age of Stock is Over but there is Still Gold to be Found

    by Wisconsinart | 20th of August, 2011

    Critics of microstock will tell you that the microstock business is a race to the bottom and a waste of time. And you know what? They're right! When microstock first began, it was a boom for those who got in early. Contributors were making tons of money mainly because... More

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