Gimme a _______________

posted on 6th of december, 2007

Today I launch my first annual ‘Gimme’ column with suggestions for holiday gift giving. This is the spot for fun camera things and photo themed gifts to give and receive that won’t break the bank. There are several cameras that fall into the “I am a cheap but clever person” gift-buying budget. First on the list are the ‘toy’ cameras that some pros have used in the past to create arty images. These are the Holga and the Diana F. Your gift-giver can pick one up on Amazon for from $19.95 to $75.00. (It has always seemed like it would be great fun to shoot with my Diana F but darn…that 120-film thing is such a hassle).
The retro look that comes almost automatically to images shot with a Holga or Diana is still very nice like these two of the motel...

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Posted by Joseppi on December 10, 2007
Ah, a cornucopia o' links and info... just in time for the holidays, and in answer to "what to get the photographer who can't afford everything" list. Thanks!

Posted by Ellenboughn on December 10, 2007
Red: get some of those wonderful Holga images that I see on your website on Dreamstime. I really like the color carnival shot as well as the black and white forest/plants ones. And Denise: you and your brothers have a valuable collection, depending on the models and dates. So take care of the cameras!
Posted by Denisebeverly on December 09, 2007
you know what i bet i have at least one of these. my dad collected cameras...not fancy cameras, but yard sale finds. when he passed away he had already doled out the collection to my brothers and me. thousands, literally thousands of cameras.

i guess i need to go on a search for these and see what i have stored away, or my brothers might have in their stash.

i have turquoise,red,yellow,green, black,white,brown cameras
i have kodak, and agfa and argus and others
fold out and box type , hawkeyes, baby brownies
cartridge,disc,roll name the numbers 35,120,126,620, the list goes on
flash cubes and flash bars and pop out bulbs and hotshoes

well you get the idea....i will check this out for sure.

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posted on 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 with approaches that enhance an image’s visibility at the thumbnail size and on web pages. Images with a square format gain maximum space in returned search results. The space allocated for each individual thumbnail is always large enough to allow for maximum width and height to accommodate all formats. If an image is a square format, the thumbs will maximize all the available space vertically and horizontally. The image will be larger than any images except for other square images. Before computer screens replaced light tables, photographers that shot 35 mm film would maximize...

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Posted by Tellophoto on January 12, 2008
Thank you, this was extremely helpful!
Posted by Omegatransfer on January 08, 2008
Thanks for sharing this with us! Dimitar from Bulgaria
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Top Travel Photo Spots-2008

posted on 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 and create images to fill out the Dreamstime collection are: Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Columbia, Tunisia, Albania and Dubai. (Destinations in North America, Asia and Africa later).
The major shift in travel images this coming year is away from the tried and true to responsible/eco and adventure travel. Whether it’s to emerging tourist destinations where it is possible to live green while living it up or a jewel of the Arab world, new destinations are on the photographic map. Americans will be seeking places where the battered...

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Posted by Leetorrens on January 17, 2008
My travel photos are among my best sellers, though I've always taken photos while traveling rather than traveling to take photos. Imagine your job was to travel the world taking photos of the most popular travel destinations! Sounds to me like a great way to make a living. Except that part about skipping the cocktail hour. Why not just stretch cocktail hour until dawn?!?

So, eco-tourism is the new black, eh? I guess my shots of off-road buggies on the beach will slow down then. I'll remember to shoot erosion-preventing boardwalks and hotels with solar panels next time I'm out.

I wonder if top microstocker Andres Rodriguez knows that his native country of Columbia is under-represented in stock?
Posted by Tellophoto on January 12, 2008
Thank you for this! It was extremely helpful and look forward to the next one..
Posted by Sutprattana on January 12, 2008
very good, thank you.

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posted on 27th of december, 2007

All across the world in many countries the time between Christmas and the first week of the New Year is traditionally a time of celebration and reflection. It’s a time of hope, family and travel. I’m taking the week off for the same reasons. I have a blog ready in the continuation of the Top Travel Spots subject that will post next week. For now though, I have decided to pick a series of images that illustrate a peaceful winter scene as the message Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All is on many minds as we look forward to a new year in which we hope for less war, violence and death.

The concept ‘peaceful’ takes me back to my childhood in Colorado walking in the snow just after a big storm has cleared....

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Posted by Black-white on January 03, 2008
[imgl]https://www.dreamstime.com/modify.php?imageid=3942637&from=pending[/imgl]Thanks for your article at the beginning of 2008. Yes, we should plan ahead for new year's photos.
Posted by Rolmat on December 30, 2007
Thank you very much for your words, Ellen.
You are absolutely right. I always give myself time to do the same, too.
I wish you too the very best 2008, plenty of success and health.
Posted by Loveliestdreams on December 30, 2007
Happy New Year Ellen!!
We love you!!!

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I have written a about microstock photography released in 2010. I was the Director of Content at Dreamstime for two years ending in Feb, 2009. You can order my book from amazon via my website at www.ellenboughn.com/blog.

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