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New blogs by Ellen Boughn
posted by ellenboughn - 3rd of january, 2010
Thanks to all the wonderful experience I gained writing blogs for Dreamstime for two years nicely organized by Maigi here, I have decided to go forward with a new blog on my own site found here I hope you find them helpful as you continue... 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...
Color Me Red
posted by ellenboughn - 23rd of december, 2008
Much of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in snow this week, even places like Las Vegas that normally never see the white, icy stuff have experienced falling snow. We’ve written previously about how to create and use artificial snow... 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...
Your Photo Counts!
posted by ellenboughn - 16th of september, 2008
America and some other parts of the world are somewhat preoccupied with the U.S. presidential election. The candidates are often out and about in public and can be photographed in venues large and small. Images of the candidates are... 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...
Women (want to) RULE...
posted 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... More...
It's Elementary
posted by ellenboughn - 26th of august, 2008
What’s new for lower and middle school in photos and illustrations this year? Home schooling is an increasingly popular alternative educational solution. Bullying is an urgent issue. Computers are everywhere at all levels even for... More...
A Whale of a Tale
posted by ellenboughn - 30th of july, 2008
Taking photos of giant marine mammals can be tricky. First of all, they simply can’t be counted on to show up on set on time. Whale watching tour companies chart the movement of known pods and individuals to ensure that their trips... More...
Hair and Makeup in Photos
posted 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... More...
Spectator Sports
posted by ellenboughn - 1st of april, 2008
As a photographer you need to be the most focused of all spectators at sporting events not only to make the best images but to keep from getting into the action yourself. To see what happens when a photographer forgets where he is,... More...
Best Seller Tips-Illustration
posted by ellenboughn - 6th of february, 2008
I have just reviewed some of the most popular images as selected by our users during 2007. I’ll first discuss what I learned about illustrations and then next week the lessons from the most popular themes/images captured in photographs.... More...
Key Lessons-Travel Photos III
posted by ellenboughn - 9th of january, 2008
This is the final article in the series on Top Travel Spots. (Don’t neglect the list of Do’s and Don’ts at the end of this blog). When your location includes great diving spots like the warm waters of the Bay Islands of Honduras,... 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...
Top Travel Photo Spots-2008
posted by ellenboughn - 19th of december, 2007
The travel publications are out with their predictions for the top travel destinations for 2008. We searched them for spots that Dreamstime photographers had not yet covered comprehensively. Seven hot destinations for 2008 to visit... More...
Composition
posted by ellenboughn - 12th of december, 2007
There are some composition tricks that apply to stock photography specifically. As more and more image use migrates to the web, the old stock photo rule of leaving room for type is becoming less significant. It is becoming replaced... 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...
Retro and Recession
posted by ellenboughn - 20th of november, 2007
In the US housing prices are still falling, the stock market is as bumpy as a dirt road and more difficult to navigate, a credit crisis is the big news everyday and the dollar has sunk below the Canadian Looney in value. (Gotta love... More...
Focus on Wolves
posted by ellenboughn - 6th of november, 2007
I spent last Sunday afternoon listening to Jim and Jamie Dutcher speak about the six years they spent living with a pack of wolves in the Idaho wilderness. Those years have been documented in their still photography, films and books.... More...
Local Global
posted by ellenboughn - 10th of october, 2007
Business and travel have shrunk the world. Our customers sometimes want images that represent local and regional lifestyles and symbols. How can you best illustrate the character of the country in which you live without using flags... More...
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