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  • Stay Frosty

    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 but no one argues with the importance of... More
  • Women (want to) RULE...

    by Ellenboughn | 3rd of September, 2008

    Truth in advertising requires ads to present the benefits and qualities of their products in an honest fashion. Of course, advertising has a very loose relationship to reality especially in the manner in which women are pictured. Advertisers recognize that women are responsible... More
  • Hair and Makeup in Photos

    by Ellenboughn | 15th of April, 2008

    While reviewing a featured photographer's portfolio, I saw a perfect opportunity to write about the judicious use of makeup on women models. Nothing better illustrates how makeup can lend authenticity to a model in different situations than photographer Niderlander’s four... More
  • Gay Pride

    by Ellenboughn | 6th of September, 2007

    I have written about certain demographic groups that are important to marketers and advertisers. One of these is the gay and lesbian population. Figures show that approximately 10% of any population falls into the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender group. It is important to... More
  • It's All There in Black and White

    by Ellenboughn | 22nd of August, 2007

    Advertising screams, ‘We want color photos!’ and galleries yell back, ‘Only black & white matters.’ That was the past. Yes, it’s certain that color images dominate in print and web advertising and that classic photography found in galleries is more closely associated... More
  • The Trendspotting Trend*

    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 trends that will impact general image needs... More
  • The RGB of it all

    by Ellenboughn | 10th of August, 2007

    Or is it the CYMK? (One matters online; the other in print). Do you dream in color? Did people dream in black and white before the invention of black and white film? If so, how did they know what the world looked like in black and white? When are color photos best and when... More
  • Masters of Light

    by Ellenboughn | 30th of July, 2007

    Lots of blog talk lately about what differentiates a pro from an amateur. If an image has what it takes, I don’t care who took it. Could be a top photographer or my Aunt Nellie: it’s a professional image. But on the over all career level, it’s usually the light that... More
  • 150 approved images

    by Bmcleod19 | 23rd of November, 2015

    I just had my 150th image approved after being on here about 2 weeks now. I haven't had any sales yet, but hopefully that will happen soon. Right now, I have an approval ratio of about 28%, which has increased for 21% when I first started uploading. The first day or two that... More
  • Improve Your Skills with a Photo-A-Day Project

    by Gracelife | 19th of November, 2015

      The common advice for new and aspiring photographers is to take as many photographs as you possibly can – every day of the week if possible. For many, that means starting on a photo-a-day or 365 project. This is wonderful advice, but I don't necessarily believe that... More
  • Free images section. Worth it? (long story short)

    by Maxsp | 5th of November, 2015

    Today I received from Dreamstime an email notification about my images that was 3 years without a sold. I went there and saw many i took in Norway and left some for free section. One of them was a bit difficult, because I saw potential in be sold.. Then I left it.. ... More
  • New uploads

    by Anasako | 5th of November, 2015

    HI, I am so happy, for past week 2 weeks, 44 new pictures was approved. It is my personal record. Earlier if 1 or 2 pictures for 20 were approved it was wow. So I see that my technical skills was up and also composition. Earlier I were thinking that something is wrong... More
  • I nearly gave up

    by Wisperwinter | 4th of November, 2015

    As a beginner, I uploaded more than 10 images, but all of them are all rejected... The first time I got refused, I feel very very ashamed. But a few days later, I think my photographing skills that bad is a fact, it does not matter get refused some more times. So... More
  • Up and away, keys to success on Dreamstime.

    by Clewisleake | 3rd of November, 2015

    Been on Dreamstime a few years now and I can say there's no magic formula to selling images, in other words sales don't explode by reaching any certain approval rating or having a certain amount of images in your portfolio, I believe that the 80% approval rating sales kicker... More
  • One month of Dreamstime

    by Constructerman | 20th of October, 2015

    Dear members, dear contributors, I greet all of you. I have almost one month of Dreamstime as contributor and... with no results yet :). In this month my total stock photos accepted are 36 with an acceptance ratio of 48%. I want to ask you how was your first month online... More
  • Surprised

    by Cleymans | 7th of October, 2015

    Hey all, I was surprised to see that many of my latest Nature and garden pictures where accepted, cause its so difficult to get those on-line... So I'm quite happy and like to share some of those pictures with you. So keeping on trying, is the best way to go.... More
  • Milestone reached ... over 1,000 images uploaded

    by Oliver7perez | 7th of October, 2015

    Finally got over 1,000 images uploaded! Staying motivated, having fun, trying new things and working on increasing my production.         See Article
  • Doomsday scene

    by Zenox2d | 30th of September, 2015

    I'm 3d modeler but sometimes to brake my routine I need to try to create creative art with other tools too.For this picture I was used a photo which was created before the thunderstorm.From tutorials I've learned so far,I saw you can create,different scene moods just by adjusting... More
  • We Have Lift Off!

    by Photographycornwall | 2nd of September, 2015

    Okay, so it's taken 6 months, but I finally have my first sale on DT! That $0.35 has made my day :) Hopefully now the floodgates will open and more sales will follow. However, I do think I need to re-keyword my images--and upload lots more--to stand any chance of making regular... More
  • I got it too - 200 pictures in my portfolio.

    by Veronikaouskova | 2nd of September, 2015

    I see that in Dreamstime community it belongs to the good manners to celebrate specific milestones publicly. Well, for me, the very important goal was to reach the 200 photos milestone. Why? When I was starting to contribute photos into photobanks, I searched for some tips... More

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