Goodbye, Ellen Boughn...

posted on 28th of february, 2009

During two wonderful years, we could enjoy fresh and inspirational articles of blog "Stock Photography that Sells" by stock expert Ellen Boughn. We could read hundreds of tips about how to improve as stock photographers and illustrators. We were showered with ideas what concepts to shoot, how to compose our images, how to find inspiration, how to work with models.
Now she goes and works for other projects, especially for her new book. But these tips will remain as priceless assets in any nowadays and future stock photographer's knowledge base.
I tried to categorize Ellen's advice and here is the result:
Best Sellers Tips
How to shoot best selling images. What is important in making an image eyecatching and appealing to customers and designers?
A Good Stock Image is an Incomplete One...
Best Seller Tips-Illustration
What Makes Best Selling Photo?
Secrets of Microstock SuperStars
2008 Best Selling Photos

Tips & Tricks
All kind of tips and tricks, what apply to every type of photography. What to pay attention to? What kind of models to use? How to work with models? How to compose your images? What to keep in mind while taking pictures?
What is She Wearing?
Not Just a Pretty Face
Your Turn
All the Pretty Faces
Masters of Light
The RGB of it all
The Trendspotting Trend
Retro and Recession
In the News!
Point of View
The Eyes Have It
Hair and Makeup in Photos
Make the Invisible Visible
Get Framed
You Say 'Macro'. I Say Maybe...
Your Photo Counts!
What size is....?
Give It Away
Humor Sexy Cute Football Economy

Creativity & Inspiration
Where to find the inspiration? What to do when you have no clue what to shoot? How to have fun in the process? How to get inspired from and not to copy other contributors work?
A trip to the bookstore (Part 1)
A Kick in the Creative Pants
Inside Out
Copyright or Copycat?
Build Your Brand

Keywording Tips
What kind of keywords you need? What kind of keywords you don't need? What kind of mistakes to avoid? How to find relevant words? Why keywording is so important?
The Do Nots of Successful Keywords
The I Hate to Keyword Guide to Keywording (part II)
Keywords that Work (Part III)
Oops! Keywording Mistakes to Avoid

●● Arts
It's All There in Black and White
Is Your Photography Art?

●● Business & Industries
Shooting Small
Doctor in the House
Working Together
Local Global
Modern Medicine
Update Business Images
Very Crafty
Industrial Strength
Ups and Downs
Photographer Stimulus Package

●● Conceptual Images
What Time Is It?
War and Peace

●● Food & Drinks
Yummo! Shooting Food
Slow Food
Stay Frosty

●● Nature, Animals & Environment
Wild Models
Global Warming
A rose is a rose is a rose
Mystery in the tall trees
Focus on Wolves
Earth Day 2009
A Whale of a Tale

●● People & Lifestyle
The BIG Day
A Simple Life
Moving Pictures
Mommy LOOK!
I Want to Thank the Academy....
Gay Pride
Religious Freedom
Special Needs
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Around the House
Rites of Passage
Stuff Happens
The New Commuters
Camp Whatucallit
Baby Boomlet
Going Negative
It's Elementary
Women (want to) RULE...
Personal Best
Catching ZZZZZ's
Booked Up
Black Is the New Black
In with the Old

© Darac (Help)
●● Seasonal & Holidays
Erin Go Bragh!
Snow: Real or Instant?
Gimme a _______________
Holiday Messages
Color Me Red

●● Sports
Spectator Sports

●● Travel & Outdoor
A Sense of Place (Part 1)
A Sense of Place (Part II)
Shots That Take Off. Shooting Air Travel
Snap! Not! Vacation Photos
More Trippy Photo Tips
Road trip! Family Vacation
Top Travel Photo Spots-2008
Top Travel Photo Spots-Part II
Key Lessons-Travel Photos III
The New China
India Now

Personal blogs
© Rvs (Help)
About Ellen Boughn, favorite images, introduction and farewell

Photography Events
News about Expos and Conferences
PACA Annual Meeting
More PACA Conference
Dreamstime and CEPIC
PDN PhotoPlus - Biz Blitz
PACA International Conference
User Generated Content Expo
© Klikk (Help)

Those articles are a great read for everyone who loves stock photography, loves to learn, enjoys to read and seeks fresh ideas. With her friendly writing style, good humor and insight, she makes her soon to be finished book something to look forward. Thank you, Ellen Boughn, and good luck with your book!

Comments (21)

Comment by Maigi on June 25, 2010

You are welcome, Henrik! I wish I could change the title of that blog. Since August is approaching, it's more like Welcome, Ellen Boughn! than Goodbye... :))

Comment by Hlehnerer on January 04, 2010

Wow! Thank you for creating this list!

Comment by Gyeah on June 14, 2009

Just, thank you!

Comment by Wildmac on June 13, 2009

Wow! What can I say! Fantastic advice for us newbies :0)

Comment by Sgcallaway1994 on March 15, 2009

Thanks Maigi for putting together such a comprehensive summary of key articles Ellen wrote and compling them all in one easily accessible place. This was probably VERY time consuming, but will really be an invlauable resourse for all now and in the future.

Comment by Maigi on March 07, 2009

Thanks for the good words, Eti! I just work with huge amounts of information every day and I need a system to find a needed piece quickly. That's what that urge of categorizing... :) But I think those advises and tips from Ellen are so valuable, that it would be a waste to let them just buried under loads of information. Especially when Ellen had been so generous to let them online, while completing her book about the same subject.

Comment by Littlemacproductions on March 04, 2009

Thanks for your work getting these all into groups! As always your willingness to help your fellow contributors should be applauded!

Comment by Roberto1977 on March 04, 2009

Very useful blog! Thanks Maigi!!

Comment by Fulviovilla on March 03, 2009

Hi Ellen, you wrote a very useful and interesting list of blogs.
We miss you.
Best wishes,

Comment by Mbr555 on March 03, 2009


Comment by Marpit on March 03, 2009

Wow !!!! Very useful post !!!!!

Comment by Eclecticelegance on March 02, 2009

Very useful categorizing!!!!! Thank you!!!!

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on March 02, 2009

wow, so much great advice and links, thanks and also Best of luck to Ellen with her book!

Comment by Maigi on March 01, 2009

LOL, Susan... Always glad to help the kindred minds. :)
Ellen, it was a pleasure. Best wishes!

Comment by Noonie on March 01, 2009

Maigi, you are always such a helpful person! This is great, thanks! Keep your brain working for all of us who are needy. :-))

Comment by Linqong on March 01, 2009

Thank you Maigi,I have got much harvest from the article of Ellen.

Comment by Ellenboughn on March 01, 2009

Thank you Maigi for your kind words and for turning my blogs into a very accessible resource by topic. I know this was lots of work as I did it for myself a few months ago. I'm certain the DT members will really appreciate it in the future and while they wait for my book! Thanks again.

Comment by Maigi on March 01, 2009

I needed some order in my brains. :) Thank you, guys!

Comment by Littledesire on March 01, 2009

Maigi, thanks for the summary! I'll add this to my fav links!

Comment by Creativei on February 28, 2009

Hi Maigi,
Hats off to you and for bringing all the blog under one blog, you truly deserve a pat on your back.

Comment by Suiphotos on February 28, 2009

Uh, wow ! Thanks for summarizing her tips. Good for newbie like me, who happens to know her only for less than 2 months. I need to bookmark this tip. Thanks again.

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