My 2 Cents

posted on 3rd of june, 2010

Well I have wanted to post something hopefully ....useful. I have been with Dreamstime for a couple of years now and must say I seem to "fit in" here. I enjoy the community feel. Also Dreamstime seems to be well managed and respect their contributors. Reading the blogs is also enlightening and fun at times. All of us here are creating Micro-stock for various reasons. Maybe for the money, love of photography, skills improvement or a creative outlet. I guess I'm doing it for all of these reasons.

That said, Micro-stock photographs, images and illustrations are strictly a commodity. Like any "commodity" , quality and creativity helps. Also craft and skill are more important than ever. The quality of micro-stock images will keep going up. So it will get harder
to get images accepted. Royalty-free photography went through the same quality curve. I find rejected images painful just like you. Best to just accept it, move on, learn and improve.

A Few Photography / Photoshop Tips
1) Always save your files in layers and paths (if they have them) . I find myself going back to many images after a new concept pops into my head that is totally different from the original image. Saving a lot of time behind the computer.
2) Go back over all your images every once and a while. Think about combining images, montages or shooting some additional images to make new concepts.
3) Shoot, experiment , analyse, learn, improve.....Shoot some more. I am still learning, improving after more years than I care to tell.
4) Get out of your photography comfort zone occasionally. If you shoot studio work, get outside for a change. If you photograph only people...do a landscape.
5) If your shooting an apple on a white background, It's going to need to be AWESOME !
6) The cheapest, most cooperative model is yourself. Self-timer is your friend, Get naked if you have to (see image 10185817)
7) Remember that it is the photographer that is creative, artistic, and imaginative not the camera.

Well thats my 2 cents worth. I hope this was just a little more informative than my previous blog !

Enjoy and Good Luck


Comments (31)

Posted by Upwardway38 on January 25, 2014
I'm learning a lot from photographers like you. Thanks!
Posted by Bazaarworld on October 25, 2012
Hi, I really love the gold globe with Australia! Is it possible for you to do one that features New Zealand?
Posted by Indianeye on July 18, 2012
Your portfolio is simply awesome & truly inspiring !!
Posted by Kphotos6411 on September 05, 2011
Hi. I am starting a collection of fresh fruit images and would like to add some of yours. May I?
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 22, 2011
I'm happy to have discovered your great work finally. Not to mention this useful blog.
Posted by Linqong on December 07, 2010
Useful tips!
Posted by Cammeraydave on July 21, 2010
Sorry for my late reply. As I remember it, my very unscientific technique was using my fingers to create the waves in a small tank. The waves would have been no more than 1 inch tall or 2cm
Posted by Fnfal1 on July 05, 2010
It's not a comment, rather a question. I've just bought your image "Blue water ripples" to use in my course on fluid mechanics. That would be helpful if you let me know any details on how the waves were excited, their sizes etc.
Posted by Markmaier on July 03, 2010
Posted by Gvidass on June 26, 2010
Really good advice, especially when I'm new here :)
Posted by Sepavo on June 24, 2010
Great tips. I have a lot to learn but reviewing a creative portfolio like yours has been very helpful!
Posted by Rosedarc on June 07, 2010
Great advice, thanks!
Posted by Trottola on June 07, 2010
Thank you ver much for your useful tips ;)
Posted by Keki on June 05, 2010
Fantastic tips thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Cammeraydave on June 04, 2010
Thanks everyone for all your nice comments !
Posted by Nectar3d on June 04, 2010
Thanks for your noble attempt to help other members. I like your portfolio and added you in my fav list. Keep up your good work.
Posted by Egomezta on June 04, 2010
Thanks for your tips.... Nice blog
Posted by Davidwatmough on June 04, 2010
Valuable advice and you are right standards are rising quickly. David.
Posted by BCritchley on June 04, 2010
Nice article, thanks for sharing :-)
Posted by Scottysally2 on June 04, 2010
Great ideas & tips & wonderful portfolio, thank you :)
Posted by Scottysally2 on June 04, 2010
Great ideas & tips & wonderful portfolio, thank you :)
Posted by Cristalloid on June 04, 2010
Nice ideas...
Posted by Thanatonautii on June 04, 2010
:)) That was a great idea! Keep up the great work you are doing over there and some of us will learn from you!
Thanks again!
Posted by Cammeraydave on June 04, 2010
Sorry..... couldn't help myself
Posted by Thanatonautii on June 04, 2010
Thanks for the tips! Very helpful! So you`re the one who got himself naked in the jar :P
Posted by Jonkio4 on June 04, 2010
thanks Dave :)
Posted by smartview27 on June 04, 2010
good luck to you too!
Posted by Frantab01 on June 04, 2010
great blog, thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Py2000 on June 03, 2010
Thanks for the article. It's an interesting read.
Posted by Davulcu on June 03, 2010
Very nice blog. You have really great images and a very creative portfolio

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Dave Bredeson is a professional photographer working in Sydney Australia. I strive to create the highest possible quality images for your use Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -Mark Twain A few more details about me: Professional Photographer Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA

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