Agreed - I wish we had gone the way of Edmonton and supported the rest with the blue bin type program. That said it is a matter of the apartments hiring a private co to do recycling - the problem of course is that tenants don't have a lot of pull if you end up in a building without recycling...
After reading Starblue's recent article on tying to be a buyer and actually trying to find images I thought that some general search tips would be helpful. Dreamstime presents quite a few useful tools to help narrow down a search.
1. Keyword exclusion/addition. The main search box works as an 'AND' keyword search. Every keyword you type in must be present for an image to be displayed in the results. Note that despite the name, this will find the 'keywords' you've entered in title and descriptions as well as in the actual keywords. As an example, if I search on 'arranged' I will find my candle photo in the top relevancy results, even though I have just used that word in the description....
Spring is in the air, and we're starting to see some buds forming. I had to bring them inside for this shot to get away from the snow we are still having! Spring is a good time for my one year DT anniversary. I've definitely met or exceeded where I thought I would be a year ago when I signed up. I've got 1090 uploads online and over 1300 sales!
I'm not sure where the next step will take me, I think I've started to exhaust my supply of 'easy' stock photos and need to start thinking out of the box. My biggest problem with that is that the shots I spend lots of time on don't do better - or do worse (!) - that the 'easy' shots. Here is an example of me with my head on backwards - took me a long time, only a couple of sales:
One of the hidden gems on the DT main page is the 'Latest' tab:
This gives you two very interesting tools:
1. Latest downloads. This is a quick look at 5 or so of the latest purchases made by buyers. I am often surprised at what kinds of things people are buying, and how different that may be from what is in my portfolio.
2. Latest searches. This should be required reading for any newcomer to DT! Take a quick look here, coming back every few hours for a couple of days. You'll have a pretty good idea if you are ever going to sell a photo on DT... If you watch this for a bit and can't see any of your photos filling the needs of the buyers you'll have a hard time showing up in their searches. Keep in mind...
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