Step Up to a Mid Year Challenge

posted on 30th of june, 2017

Happy Mid Year! We’ve reached the half way point of the calendar year. We are exactly half of the way through 2017, or we have half of 2017 to go, depending on your outlook on life.


Are you a little worn out from staying up late to ring in the Mid Year last night? Probably not. After all, Mid Year’s Eve isn’t observed with quite the same enthusiasm as New Year’s Eve. But Mid Year’s Day can be as important a holiday as New Year’s Day. Maybe even more so.

Think of it as an opportunity to reset.


Admit it, you started the New Year with your standard resolutions, you know – the ones you dust off and reapply to yourself year after year after year. Maybe you stuck with them for a few months, maybe for only...

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Posted by Egomezta on July 05, 2017
Good blog, I hope you can acomplish many of this things.
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on June 30, 2017
Looks like the link above isn't working. You can get the article here.

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Let the Emoji do the talking ….

posted on 27th of june, 2017

If it’s true that a picture can speak a thousand words, then an emoji must express a thousand feelings.


You know the emoiji. Those adorable little icons that started out letting you express your joy, or your anger, or your impish sense of humor in a Facebook posting, Tweet or text message. Well those little guys have now grown into a mainstream market for players large and small allowing us to represent everything we think, feel, hope, dream, aspire to or wish to convey to others.

But how did all those little smiling faces come about? The simplest roots can be traced back to the use of the emoticons in character-based computer systems. You remember the emoticon right? Where we using punctuation symbols to draw faces expressing a variety of emotions, moods or expressions....

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Posted by Debratos on July 21, 2017
I love emojis! A picture is worth a thousand words!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on July 17, 2017
Happy World Emoji Day everyone!

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5 More Ways to Find the Perfect Image for your Next Project

posted on 7th of february, 2017

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice to the Cheshire Cat.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Image for Your Project talked about the different tools available for discovering images on dreamstime.com. The best ways to utilize keywords...

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Posted by Automnecc on June 14, 2017
En ce qui concerne les jupes sont concernées, cette robe demoiselle d'honneur présente quelques robes de mariée qui sont volatiles
Posted by Teyakp on April 06, 2017
Thank you for sharing...and yes, beautiful photos!
Posted by Mcrobertg on March 14, 2017
The best tip I got from thesis writing service is "think creative"! You do not have to look for a concise picture for a project but think of what it's associated with in your imagination.

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A Dreamstime Christmas Tale

posted on 22nd of december, 2016

Twas the night before dreamstime, as I clutched at my mouse,
My images were all sorted, the time’d come to pounce.
The keywords were entered with such loving care,
In hopes that the buyers soon would be there.


When suddenly my smartphone started with a clatter,
I opened the app to see what was the matter.
And what to my curious eyes did appear?
One image approved, on the screen, it’s right there.

Now Dudau, Now Francy, Now Nikitu and BCritchley,
Review all my images so they can sell quickly.
On Rolmat, On Maigi, On Malinash and Tangie,
Answer my questions, solve my problems, I can't help I'm a newbie.


With me in my curlers, and my husband with a bat,
I slashed through the assignments,...

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Posted by Hellen8 on January 01, 2017
Great photos and poem. Good luck in the New Year!
Posted by Pamjreynolds on December 30, 2016
Absolutely brilliant to read your post - certainly nudge my chuckle button. Keep that up and wish you a wonderful New Year x
Posted by Nycscripts on December 27, 2016
What a JOY to read. Brought a smile to my face :).

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5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Image for Your Project

posted on 19th of august, 2016

46 million and counting. That’s the number of images and videos available in dreamstime’s database today. So how, with all this fabulous selection, do you find the one image that is ideal for your next project?

Whether you are a newcomer to the site, or are just looking for some new tips to help with your searches, here are 5 ways to get you started towards finding that perfect image.


1.Words Matter. Keywords, that is.
Sometime your mind’s eye is clear on the image that you are looking for, and sometimes the overall target is a little fuzzier. In either case, your search starts with keywords.

Successful photographers know to include a rich selection of keywords to fully describe the who-what-when-where and why of their image. The very successful...

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Posted by Carolynwidmer15 on September 03, 2016
amazing article i like it thanks for sharing this
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Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on August 25, 2016
Hi Marcosdiningin. Welcome to dreamstime! What kind of help do you need? I would be happy to assist anyway I can - so let me know ... K-
Posted by Marcosdiningin on August 25, 2016
Hi I'm new on dreamstime, would you like to help me please ? Thanks

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Let’s raise our voices with respect

posted on 7th of august, 2016

I'm tired of American Politics. You can't turn on the TV these days without politicians or their surrogates slinging mud at each other in very loud voices, and we still have 3 months until the election.


The level of discourse in this country seems to reach a new low each day. But this has also made me think about the way we treat each other on social media. It seems that the animosity of the internet has given rise to a new social "norm" for how we speak with each other - and it isn't pretty.

Take the the forums here for example. In general - in business it's a good motto to never insult the customer. But I have seen numerous examples of contributors ridiculing - and down right degrading - buyers for asking questions...

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Posted by Chanevy on August 14, 2016
Well said!
Posted by Ernreed on August 14, 2016
Nicely put!
Posted by Joezachs on August 13, 2016
Keeping away from the media (paper & TV) does give some peace of mind.
Like that big book of sins :-)

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Here's a fun game to play

posted on 9th of may, 2016

I hear a lot of folks bemoaning the fact that things are taking a little longer on the site these days. With the vast number of contributors and uploads, we are experiencing a bit of a delay in processing queues when uploading our pictures - videos - audios - illustrations.

When you find yourself with a bit of spare time on the site, there is a fun game you can play while you wait. Try taking your last 10 sales and see if you can weave a story around them. It's fun to do, and just may stimulate those creative juices to help you come up with new ideas as well.

Here is the story the last 10 images of mine sold are saying to me .........


I was working in my garage the other day, when I got a great idea ...


Why not hop in my...

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Posted by Photostock2015 on May 15, 2016
beautiful picture :)
Posted by Godfer on May 14, 2016
You aren't allowed to mention other sites in the forums here. Some take much longer than here some take less.
Posted by Kittysnaps on May 14, 2016
I appreciate what you are trying to say about the length of time it takes to get approval of photos but will be looking for other sites that might be considerably quicker. Any recommendations?

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Turning a Passion into a Profit

posted on 2nd of july, 2015

Many of us have a hobby that we’re passionate about – and at one time or another most of us have given thought as to how to turn that pastime into a money generating activity. Before quitting your day job however, ask yourself a few hard questions.


What do you produce that has value to others? Whether your hobby produces tangible objects or intangibles like intellectual property, it is important to understand how others perceive what you produce. Is there an existing market for your product? If you’re not sure, a quick Google search can probably help you answer that.

How is what you do different or better than what is already available? We live in a connected world. The advances in technology mean that individuals around the globe can easily conduct business...

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Posted by Manuelroma333 on April 23, 2016
Real success!
Posted by Haotian on July 13, 2015
Your self portrait picture really puts it across. :)
Posted by Pamjreynolds on July 06, 2015
A very inspirational article, and it ticks all the right boxes, especially the last paragraph.

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A to Z of Stock Photography Terms

posted on 2nd of july, 2015

Starting out in photography, one can quickly become overwhelmed with the terminology. Photographers use their vernacular as comfortably as a first language, but for someone starting out, especially when starting in the world of stock photography, they may as well be speaking Klingon.


To help the newcomers to Stock Photography, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly used terms in a handy reference guide.

Aberration – An imperfection like chromatic aberration, which shows itself as purple fringing in an image. Caused by poor optical quality of lenses. Can sometimes be corrected in Camera Raw.

Aperture – Refers to the size of the diameter opening in a camera, which allows light to strike the photographic materials. Measured in f/stops. Combined with...

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Posted by Pamjreynolds on July 09, 2015
Excellent article
Posted by Laqhill on July 03, 2015
LOVED this needed article!! It would have made my life sooooo much easier when I first started out!!! Thank you.
Posted by Rajansingh on July 02, 2015
Good job done Sir. Thank you very much for the information.

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Getting Started with Strobe Lighting

posted on 29th of june, 2015

Natural light. I often hear photographers say they ONLY work with natural or available light. To me, that means one of two things. They have either found a way to channel the creative genius of Ansel Adams – or they have yet to master the art of the strobe.


Flash or strobe lighting turns pictures into photographs. It allows you to control the impact of elements in a frame, to bring life to the eyes of a subject and to control the feeling and mood of the overall image. And it’s not hard to learn when you follow a few simple guidelines.

First, take it off camera! A flash that is popped from on camera creates a flat, one-dimensional image because it removes most if not all of the shadows on your subject. It’s those shadows that provide 3-D contouring and...

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Posted by Estevens077 on July 22, 2015
Thanks for your article. I am enjoyed! )
Posted by Clearvista on June 30, 2015
Very interesting. You have started the cogs turning in my head now regarding strobe lighting. Thanks.

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