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A rose by any other name would not sell as sweet
posted by tangie - 28th of april, 2009
As stated in my previous articles, a crucial stage in thinking up your uploads is to step in your buyer's shoes: what do buyers need and what are they searching for? Or, most importantly, how do they search for our files? I have seen... More...
2008 Best Selling Photos
posted by ellenboughn - 20th of january, 2009
The new year is the best time to look back at last year’s successes and failures to see how to increase the former and decrease the latter in the coming year. What photos were the most successful on Dreamstime in 2008 and why?... More...
Flagging insights
posted by tangie - 21st of november, 2008
Say flag and everyone will jump: where, why, when, how? Ever since we put up the flagging system, people have used it continuously - needless to say there are some tens of thousand of flags at this point. A lot of work for us and... More...
Oops! Keywording Mistakes to Avoid
posted by ellenboughn - 18th of november, 2008
Time for a reminder of the most common keywording mistakes to avoid. Pay attention to the list below so that your images aren't overlooked in a search due to poor keywords. Incorrect keywords can lead to frustrated buyers that hurts... More...
Secrets of Microstock SuperStars
posted by ellenboughn - 5th of november, 2008
While in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo and the PACA (Picture Archive Council of America) International Conference, I attended a panel comprised of ‘Microstock SuperStars” moderated by PDN’s Daryl Lang. I heard some... More...
Stay Frosty
posted by ellenboughn - 9th of september, 2008
Images of refreshing beverages, both alcoholic and otherwise are used for purposes as diverse as major ads and invitations to small parties. The virtues of drinking eight glasses of water daily may have come under scrutiny recently... More...
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
posted by ellenboughn - 16th of january, 2008
Hotels in major business centers and cities empty out on weekends as do resorts in slow seasons. As a result many promote packages geared to special groups/interests in order to fill empty rooms. One of the fastest growing hotel and... More...
Common mistakes when keywording
posted by tangie - 9th of january, 2008
I will continue with providing tips and examples from my hands-on experience with your images. Beware, here I come, I have my grades prepared and they rank from one to ten. I will proceed as announced also adding other experiences... More...
Top Travel Photo Spots-Part II
posted by ellenboughn - 3rd of january, 2008
If we use the Top Travel Photo Ops destinations in Part I as examples of typical travel destinations, you can learn some specifics about what travel photos will sell. The first step, starting weeks or more in advance, is to do research.... More...
Special Needs
posted by ellenboughn - 27th of november, 2007
The idea that we need to focus our lenses on people with disabilities and special needs came to me while reading Daryl’s Lang’s (PDNPulse) post last week. He mentioned a new book by the well-known portrait, celebrity and ad photographer,... More...
Keywords, what a nuisance!
posted by tangie - 20th of september, 2007
It is time to look deeply into our hearts and admit the truth: we have not done our homework properly. Honesty is the best policy and we need to be honest with ourselves when it comes to something some of us tend to overlook when uploading... More...
I Want to Thank the Academy....
posted by ellenboughn - 29th of august, 2007
As fall approaches, the music and film communities begin preparation for the award season. Hollywood puts on the glam as the award shows build to the granddaddy of them all: the Academy awards. Unless you are credentialed or very clever... More...
The Trendspotting Trend*
posted by ellenboughn - 16th of august, 2007
Traditional stock photo agencies are heavily vested in ‘creative research’. This is the stuff that informs expensive stock productions and drives editing guidelines. The biggest stock producers look for sociological and economic... More...
Keywords that Work (Part III)
posted by ellenboughn - 4th of april, 2007
Keywording is both a science and an art. No matter what you call it, it can be the best cure for insomnia available outside of a bottle of sleeping pills. But without relevant keywords, images will be lost in remote territories... More...
The I Hate to Keyword Guide to Keywording (part II)
posted by ellenboughn - 26th of march, 2007
Correct Image Name, Description, Categories and Age of Models. Dreamstime offers a variety of methods to identify the important information in an image. The system provides variety and choice... More...
The Do Nots of Successful Keywords
posted by ellenboughn - 13th of march, 2007
Over the next week or so, I'll continue a short course in keywording the Dreamstime way. I can't promise that our guide will take all the tedium out of the job but if you follow it, the time you spend in adding data to your... More...
Reed Flute Caves - China
posted by nikitu - 8th of april, 2014
This week we stay in China but move to the Guilin region to visit the Reed Flute Caves, Ludi Yan. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular... More...
China night landscape
posted by zhangle - 4th of april, 2014
The village is called Fenghuang, which is located in Hunan province, China. It is an ancient village, because it retains the thing of the past, its architectural style and folk customs have not changed, it is one of the original village,... More...
Keywording Tips from a DT Keymaster
posted by red - 28th of march, 2014
These tips are presented from a buyer’s perspective and from my experience in keymastering many images. I worked at companies that purchased stock images and designers at those large companies needed to be able to find images fast... More...
March: a milestone month
posted by clairecphotography - 27th of march, 2014
Hi Everybody, I wanted to thank you all for the encouragement and the tips that I've been receiving since I've joined DT. As mentioned in the header, March is a milestone month for many different things. So what happened during... More...
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