Mommy LOOK!

posted on 1st of june, 2007
Everybody loves a baby...unless they are screaming in the seat next to you on a cross-country flight. And almost everyone has a baby around the house at one time or another. But beware...babies and children can be like little flowers: way too many images of them to compete with unless the image is exceptional. There is much more to getting great shots of kids than cute smiles. For starters: if you are taking photos of your own children, try to review the resulting images with a non-biased eye. You know that your children are the very best looking and most photogenic in the world but ehhhh, maybe, but not always? WC Fields most famous saying is, "never work with children or animals". I think I much prefer animals. They come with owners or trainers called wranglers... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Photojay on June 03, 2007
This was a great subject for me as I have four children who absolutely adore working with me on projects. With my oldest being eight, 20 minutes is really pushing it, so I have really got to make sure that the lighting is set up perfectly before I tell them I am ready for it and my 6 year old ALREADY wants to be paid (of course $0.25 isn't breaking the bank for my RF projects...lol).

As for shooting other people's kids, I try to do it when I am wearing my DT T-shirt and I happen to have a print out of the "what is RF stock" page from the FAQ section to help explain what I want to use their pictures for. I have had mixed responses, but they have always been nice, even if they say "no." I always start with a compliment on how cute their child is and I usually have my own four kids with me, too, so I don't look like some middle aged weirdo with a camera. Even while I am talking to them, I find that I can snap away and they aren't going to freak out on me. If they don't sign a model...(More)
Posted by Fotogeek on June 01, 2007
It seems that approaching the parents and presenting yourself and offering free pictures is the way. At least, that is what I read. Did not try it yet though.
Posted by Debljames on June 01, 2007
I've always been afraid to shoot images of children when I'm just out and about at the local park or wherever in the fear that the child's parents will freak out and think I'm some kind of pervert. I feel that way because as a mother of three sons (now grown) I would probably have thought that way too had some stranger decided to take pictures of my boys when they were small.

So does anyone have any tips on how to approach parents and how to convince them to allow you to shoot their kids without scaring them away?

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A rose is a rose is a rose

posted on 6th of june, 2007
Summer is here and flowers are bursting into bloom. There they are right outside the door and so pretty. But just because they are so marvelous doesn't mean that you need to photograph them. It seems that every flower that has ever bloomed has had its picture taken. When the supply out numbers the demand...well you know what that means in the eyes of reviewers. Before you even think about taking another photo of a flower, ask yourself if the world really needs it. But if you must, how can you make your images of flowers and gardens sail past the jaded eyes of the reviewers? Is the flower of exception beauty that could enhance a spa or inspirational website? Would an image of this flower have additional secondary use such as flowers that are emblematic of a region.... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Freerider on June 18, 2007
"Before you even think about taking another photo of a flower, ask yourself if the world really needs it. But if you must, how can you make your images of flowers and gardens sail past the jaded eyes of the reviewers?"

I do have this trouble. Every time I take a photograph, I wonder if it does even one person any good. Then I realize it does me good. If I thought otherwise, I'd simply quit photography altogether and wait for another Ansel Adams to do the job.

Now, if the statement were ... before you even thing about uploading another photo of a flower... :D
Posted by Ellenboughn on June 13, 2007
I posted an article about shooting flowers as I said so that those that wish to shoot flowers and gardens will have a better understanding of what aspects of those subjects they should concentrate on in order to create images for which there is a greater demand than for just snaps of flowers. I hope this answers your concerns.
Posted by Danp68 on June 13, 2007
As the article states:

"Before you even think about taking another photo of a flower, ask yourself if the world really needs it. But if you must, how can you make your images of flowers and gardens sail past the jaded eyes of the reviewers?"

I don't see the point in trying. You are likely to spend hours upon hours searching for the right variety to shoot, and then dreaming up a unique way to shoot it. And all that just to come up with 1 or 2 accepted photos? If the subject is not something Dreamstime needs, why post an article on it?

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Dreamstime and CEPIC

posted on 11th of june, 2007
The Dreamstime Team is in Florence, Italy for the annual CEPIC (Coordination of European Picture Agencies) Congress. Serban Enache, Dragos Jianu and I were among the 900 delegates from 500 companies from 50 countries to attend the four day Congress. We met in a truly global picture summit covering all aspects of the picture business with the most important up-dates and picture business specialists from all over the world. Among those honored specialists was Dreamstime's CEO, Serban Enache, who spoke during the most heavily attended seminar in the history of CEPIC. Serban introduced Dreamstime to the overflowing crowd on the top floor of the conference center. The panel was moderated by blogger Andy Goetze (www.stockphototalk.com). Serban... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Sebcz on June 16, 2007
Oh yes, Serban, lots of work :) First thing: announce Assignment winners and present a new one. It's past 15th!
Posted by Achilles on June 15, 2007
Sounds really great, but nevertheless I want Serban back in his office soon!
I'm back, why does it feels nice to be missed? :) Promise to bring some Tuscany photos really soon! Just need to recover a little bit. :))
Posted by Starfotograf on June 13, 2007
Nice to hear. And it is good for the marketing of dreamstime.

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All the Pretty Faces

posted on 19th of june, 2007

When I think of portraits, I don't visualize the standard, studio shot of a family or a high school grad or
even a scion of the business world. I think in stock pictures, so I see an image of a person or animal or an illustrated
character that looks like he/she/it is asking me to buy something. The portrait is probably the single most popular image
in stock photography used for marketing, promotions and advertising.

For these spokesperson or testimonial portraits,
the face needs to have a strong expression that can evoke a message. The character may be looking directly at the
camera or perhaps gazing off into the distance as she/he (it) contemplates something they are extremely pleased about
or in an editorial context, something the article wants you to consider....

[ Read more... ]
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Posted by Ellenboughn on June 20, 2007
You'd think I'd get the spelling right when the correct spelling was in the link! When I was a professional writer, I had a sign over my desk that said, "You didn't hire me because I knew how to spell!" You can imagine how grateful I am for spell check. thanks for pointing out the error. I have asked that it be corrected.
Posted by Dersankt on June 20, 2007
It's spelled Leibovitz. :) Just thought I'd let you know.

Posted by Gautier on June 20, 2007
Very interesting article! Thanks :)

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Inside Out

posted on 27th of june, 2007
Everyone runs out of creative steam at one time or another. I'm in one of those phases myself right now. After the PACA meeting in DC, a cross country move, a quick trip to Italy and back, the prospect of being in San Francisco next week and Alaska the second week in July, has left me without a creative thought in my head. Thus I decided to follow my own advice and look at things from a new point of view. I hope that this exercise will help any of you stuck in a creative fog too. But first I have to get at least a simple idea to start with. I keep coming back to something that I saw in PDN at least twelve or more years ago. It was a full page of photographs of the inside of the camera cases carried by a dozen or more top photographers. It was fascinating to see what... [ Read more... ]
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Posted by Dersankt on June 29, 2007
How about muses? Could we photographers look for a muse and see where we could go with these?

I've been doing a lot of self-portraits lately-- was wondering what would the stock use be for these pictures?

Der Sankt

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