TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (Part Two - Extended Version)

posted on 3rd of june, 2015

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY - Extended Version.
This is a much more in depth look at how to make good sales from travel photography. It includes most of my previous blog on the subject plus a whole lot more info and some different photos. I've tried to include info that will be useful to most photographers, from 'newbe' to the more advanced stock photographer.


Above: Blue Mosque...

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Posted by Seawatch1 on November 12, 2017
A whole class on travel photography in one blog. Wonderful, simply wonderful.
Posted by Swabanik on August 08, 2017
Great article, useful information in travel photography. Love all the picture particularly composition. Truly correct one need to go outside to get a thousand words in a single snap...
Posted by Mrallen on June 05, 2017
Hi Winnietam
I shoot with a canon camera (currently a 5D Mk111) and the lens I use most is a 28-300mm zoom. Most of the shots in this blog were taken with this lens.
For most of the wildlife images I used a 500mm lens with a 1.4x convertor.

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Travel Images - How to make good sales

posted on 2nd of may, 2015

NOTE: There is a much longer more up to date version of this blog.
Go to this link:


It is often said that making good sales and income from 'travel' stock is very difficult.
YES, IT IS !! - or at least it can be if you don't make your images stand out from the crowd.

On Dreamstime, if you do a search using just the keyword 'Travel', you will get well over 2.6 million images come up that have the word 'travel' in their keywords.

Now I know that few buyers of travel images will be likely to search using just the keyword 'Travel'. They are going to narrow the search by putting in keywords for the location, specific...

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Posted by Joliephantasm on September 02, 2017
Very useful article. Thanks for the suggestions! You have an amazing talent :)
Posted by Gluestick on August 29, 2017
Great article! Very helpful!
Posted by Georgeskyrillos on August 01, 2017
What a blog! You should always write.

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How to correct Converging Verticals

posted on 30th of april, 2015

How to correct Converging Verticals.

I'm sure many of you already know about the following technique, but judging by the number of uncorrected images in the Dreamstime files, I think it may be worth sharing this technique here.

If you angle your lens up or down when photographing something like a tall building you will get 'Converging Verticals'.
In the example below the minarets of the Taj Mahal appear to lean inwards.

I know that in some cases this can be used for dramatic effect, but often it just looks wrong and the image would look far better with the verticals corrected.

*Please Note: both examples are cropped to fit this letterbox format. (click on the pictures below to see the full image)


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Posted by Prookesphotography on March 19, 2016
Hi, Old post I know, the comments 're Nikon in-camera correction, maybe referring to 'Retouch Menu' and 'Perspective Control'.........
I may be wrong, but I suspect the in camera will only allow jpeg images to be corrected.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on May 08, 2015
You are so right about converging verticals. I am lazy and have used DxO Viewpoint to fix the problem--used it for a few years. It is very fast and easy to use. It also has tools to correct some distortions created by wide angle lens. For people who don't use Photoshop or Lightroom, it is free-standing as well as a plug-in. Thanks again for sharing.
Posted by Bhabotoshchakraborty on May 05, 2015
good tutorial for newbie

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How to 'Sharpen' without increasing 'Noise'

posted on 27th of march, 2015

This is a tutorial on how to sharpen a slightly out-of-focus image WITHOUT increasing noise.

If you have an image that's just slightly out-of-focus, and you try to sharpen it by just using the standard 'sharpen' filter in Photoshop, then the result is often not very good as it will also increase any 'noise' that may be present in the image.
This is especially true of images that are high contrast and have been shot in low light levels with a high ISO setting.


One way round this problem is to use the following 'sharpening' method.......

1) Open your image in Photoshop

2) Make a duplicate of the 'background layer'
Go to 'Layers / Duplicate...

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Posted by Bhabotoshchakraborty on March 24, 2016
very good information really useful
Posted by Jasmina976 on June 23, 2015
Great useful article, thanks! So far I used high pass in combination with blur tool (for removing excessive noise), but it cannot work with images with a lot of details. I will definitely try these techniques!
Posted by Pamjreynolds on April 25, 2015
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, brilliant

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Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015

posted on 20th of march, 2015

This morning I photographed the Solar Eclipse.
Weather conditions were far from perfect, however I managed to get a couple of reasonable shots through small gaps in the clouds.
Unfortunately, I did not get any shots at the time of maximum occlusion, the thick cloud cover was total during full occlusion.
The maximum occlusion would have given about 95% coverage of the solar disc from where I live, in the north of the United Kingdom.

Anyway, here are my images...........not brilliant, but not too bad considering the very poor weather conditions.


Shot on a Canon 5D Mk111 with a 28-300mm lens, set at 300mm.
using a 1.8 ND Filter, and ISO100 1/500 sec at f22

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Posted by Frank11 on March 28, 2015
Amazing photo. Congrats!
Posted by Cousy86 on March 28, 2015
Like it!!!
Posted by Ncn18 on March 26, 2015
the second one is beauuuuutiful !!!!...good work...

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Images within Images

posted on 19th of march, 2015

I thought I would try bringing together some elements of my existing images to form one new image that works to a theme. All the component images are of the same topic.
This type of image is very useful to designers, who often have a need for images to use as page headers, especially when designing websites.

Here is a good example of what I'm talking about.
This first one has a 'financial' theme

It's important not to reduce the sales of each of the component images, so I try to only use a thin slice out of each of the original images.

And here are some more examples. I think the themes...

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Posted by Mayornapalabra on April 11, 2015
Beautiful pictures and great collections.Thanks for sharing and greetings from the Caribbean.
Posted by FabioConcetta on March 21, 2015
Great images!
Posted by Mntmamaof2 on March 21, 2015
I love all your photo's. I would think that even if you combined 3 or 4 together you could still use each one individually as well.? I see that as a plus for your portfolio for sure. I am impressed by all the places you have been, definitely well traveled. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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My Best Selling Images in last 12 months

posted on 24th of february, 2015

After reading Tangle's blog (Carmen Pietraru): 'Best Sellers of 2014' and seeing that one of my images was included as a top seller, I decided to have a look at my personal best sellers of the last 12 months.

So here are the results..... 'My top 10 best selling Dreamstime images of the last 12 months' ......


*My Top Seller - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (RF)
Total sales to date: 461
Total income from this image: $1658
Total sales by this image in last 12 months: 108



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Posted by Ltdesigns4u on March 22, 2015
Beautiful images-thanks for sharing
Posted by Konake46 on March 18, 2015
wonderful pics
Posted by Mariayunira on March 18, 2015
So inspiring and beautiful..thanks for sharing...

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Photography of Flags

posted on 13th of december, 2014

National and regional flags are subjects that are often photographed and have many uses for designers and stock photo buyers.
The trouble with trying to photograph flags as you come across them on your travel's is that you have little or no control. You can't control wind direction, lack of wind, direction of the sun, shadows on the face of the flag, the background, or the weather etc. It may also be very difficult to see complex patterns, insignia or symbols on a flag that is moving very quickly in the wind.
One way round these problems is to produce a 3D rendered image of your flag. However, images made in this way do not look 'real'. They may be OK for some uses, but not for others.

I have just finished shooting a large collection of flag images that...

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Posted by Perstock on January 12, 2015
Very impressive work!
And yes, flags are really extremely useful for illustration.
Posted by FabioConcetta on December 28, 2014
Thank you for the translation, you should not disturb, after I had translated and reread more carefully ^ _ ^ Renewal always my congratulations for your pictures and I hope you will spend a happy and serene holidays to you and your family.
Posted by Mrallen on December 27, 2014
Hi again Fabio
Is this translation any more helpful?

Queste immagini di bandiere non sono rendering 3D.
Sono fotografie scattate con la macchina fotografica in studio.
Le immagini sono realizzate con tecniche standard "cut-and-paste" in Photoshop.

TECNICA ...........
Tutte le bandiere sono stati girati in studio su un apposito 'fondo ondulato' ho costruito da carta bianca spessa e card. Questo ha dato ondulazioni alla bandiera quando è stato posato su questa superficie sul pavimento dello studio. Quando fotografato dall'alto sarebbe quindi simile la bandiera sta fluttuando nella brezza.

L'immagine risultante è stato poi 'tagliato out' con Photoshop e collocato su uno di un pennone empty su un cielo blu.

My Italian is not great, but I hope this helps.
All the best for the New Year
Steve Allen

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New Collection: Asia - Travel Destinations

posted on 15th of july, 2014

Asia - Travel Destinations is a collection of over 750 colorful images by myself and more than 150 of Dreamstime's finest photographers.
Travel images of Asian people and great Asian destinations that will make you want to pack your bags and race off to the airport!

Countries covered include: China, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Taiwan.

Go to:
Link to the ASIA Collection

I currently manage 85 collections on a wide range of subjects which I continually...

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Posted by Imagesbykenny on April 01, 2015
Please have a look at my Taiwan collection and see if there is anything suitable you'd like to add.
Taiwan Collection
Posted by Curtwill7 on October 22, 2014
Nice water garden in Taipei, Taiwan

   Water Garden in Taipei, Republic of China   
Posted by Mische on October 22, 2014
Really nice collection with beautiful pictures.
Perhaps some my images will match with your collection as well:
Thanks and have a nice day!

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Painting with Light

posted on 22nd of march, 2014

Fiber-Optic Light Painting

The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' has been around since the very early days of photography.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera during the exposure. Subjects can be lit by 'painting' the subject with light from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.

Many kinds of light source can be used, from simple flashlights to dedicated devices like the Hosemaster, which uses a fiber optic light pen with many attachments to 'shape' the light. Colored gels can be used to color the light. Other sources of light such as candles, matches, fireworks and glowsticks, could also be used.
Selective 'blur&...

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Posted by Alaamiahclean on February 14, 2017
Im thankful for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.
Posted by Wordplanet on March 30, 2014
Beautiful collection of images - thanks for sharing links to the technique.
Posted by Osmar01 on March 27, 2014
An interesting article! Beautifully.

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About me

I was a professional Industrial / Commercial photographer for over 26 years, before leaving commissioned work to become a full-time Stock Photographer. I first started shooting stock in 1972 as a supplement to my commissioned work, however, since early 2001 my entire income has come from shooting Stock images. I now have just over 100,000 image placements in my current multi-agency portfolio. Most of my income comes from the range of mainstream agencies I submit to. The 21 microstock sites I submit to now produce about 30% of my total income. Dreamstime sales account for abo... [Read more]

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