posted on 3rd of june, 2008

The hot buzzword in travel is ‘staycation’ meaning a vacation that takes place by staying in the neighborhood or city where one lives.

The word and the concept seem to pepper every other article that I read and are also popping up in ads for travel destinations close to home. USA Today reports, “… a Rand McNally survey found two-thirds plan to shorten or cancel summer road trips.” The NY Times this week reported that the very wealthy are even leaving the private jets parked this summer. (Bill Gates is back to flying coach?)

The trend to cut back on travel is due to the high cost of gasoline for auto trips and the related fuel costs that have driven airline tickets off the charts. Yet search on “staycation” on Dreamstime and you’ll discover...

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Posted by Orchidpoet on June 27, 2008
I read an article on Yahoo, also using the term Staycation. So I added it as a keyword in a recent submission. Thanks Ellen. :)
Posted by Ellenboughn on June 26, 2008
I've written about medical vacations sometime in the past year and half but darned if I can locate in which blog just now...because yes, it is a good topic.
Posted by Litifeta on June 24, 2008
Yes the economy has affected people's leisure activities.

A hot topic, but I am not sure if Dreamstime has a need yet, is Medical Vacations.

People in western societies find they cannot afford to get the medical or dental help they need at home, and so they now go to the Philippines or Malaysia and get an operation, and have a holiday at the same time.

In Australia this has been the topic of many television programs.

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War and Peace

posted on 11th of june, 2008

Occasionally I have the opportunity to query buyers of images about their specific needs. This week I spoke to the head of an art buying team that spends over seven figures on image licenses annually. Naturally I asked about the kinds of images they use in the subject area that I was planning on writing about this week-military life.

Our client mentioned that his department seeks images of the military that show courage and honor and images that indicate pride in service and country. This particular client uses images editorially so model releases are not important but they do occasionally need released images for advertising. (See special cautions below that apply to military uniforms). There is also demand for images of military weapons, planes, helicopters,...

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Posted by Gofer on June 15, 2008
This was good to read because I'm just uploading some images of military planes etc... so hopefully they will get through. Nice to read interesting articles like this.
Posted by Ellenboughn on June 13, 2008
Yes. Military images from all nations are welcome.
Posted by Likakoyn on June 13, 2008
Would like to learn and military themes of other countries except for the USA interest buyers? In fact problems of war touch also other countries.

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You Say 'Macro'. I Say Maybe...

posted on 17th of june, 2008

What ever you call it, macro photography (taken with a macro lens or a micro lens as one manufacturer calls their macro lens) is NOT simply a close-up image. What’s the difference between "close-ups", "macros", and "micrographs" (also known as "micro-photographs" or "photomicrographs")

A ‘close-up’ refers to any image zoomed or cropped into a detail such as the close-up of the woman’s lips or the golf ball and club. Another example: Take a photo of a fly in a bowl of soup. It will be evident in the image that the viewer is to meant see the fly but in the context of the soup. A correct characterization of the image would be ‘close-up of a fly in a bowl of soup’. A macro shot...

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Posted by Ellenboughn on June 24, 2008
We aren't talking about macrostock or microstock but micro or macro images. One is a business model the other a technical term.
Posted by Macmaniac on June 24, 2008
Surely maybe......^_^
I havn't a macro lens,but I still can make some "macro" images.I love this subject,and gonna dive into it.
Posted by Litifeta on June 24, 2008
The only confusion I see is people misusing the terms. Micro stock is what Dreamstime sells. Macro stock is big images that are expensive. Macro and micro are used in lots of places, not just photos. (EG) macro and micro economics. Simply means small and big.

CONTEXT is very important.

I would think macro lenses where invented for the commercial sector like the ring flash.

For instance. A plant scientist might want to catalogue a plant species and would be interested in the molecular structure. They would use a microscope photo and list "micro" images.

A botanist might want to catalogue the shape of the leaves, stems, and flower buds. They would use a macro lens and list "macro" images.

For a normal photographer, a macro lens would document "micro" shots using their macro lens compared to their landscape portfolio.

So context is very important.

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Stuff Happens

posted on 25th of june, 2008

What does leaving my wallet at the bookstore yesterday, a flashing warning light on the car dashboard as I pulled out to drive back to the bookstore and an error in posting a payment to a bill have to do with stock photography? Typical everyday annoyances and frustrations make for great concept shots for editorial uses dealing with stress related issues and to illustrate products and services that supply solutions to common business problems.

Many of the ideas on the shot list below will have to be set up but some are very simple. To add to my suggestions just run through the day-to-day situations that get your blood boiling. Once you have an idea, create your own shot list of different ways to illustrate the concept. Check the collection. Have others already...

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Posted by Ellenboughn on July 28, 2008
Glad my blogs help you with ideas. thanks for the good words.
Posted by Korat_cn on July 28, 2008
 Crying little boy 
I love drawing illustrations about your inspiring blog Ellen.

"Child temper tantrum" will be my next theme for a serie of illustrations...
Posted by Maigi on July 07, 2008
Stuff really happens - Live Bookmark feed refuses to load this post... :( Great article, and really inspiring ideas! Thank you for the inexhaustible inspiration! :) (I'm not sure again, did I use a right word, but I just like to read your articles :))

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