Periodically, I like to go back and study design basics. I find that this helps my work no matter what medium I'm working in at the moment. There are basic principles of design that apply to both illustration and photography. With this end in mind, I did a web search for graphic design bibliographies. The first site that I have explored from the search results is "Design Feast." This site has so many links to interesting design related web sites that it will probably keep me learning and entertained for months if not years. It is one of those sites that I will keep going back to over and over to glean the knowledge the skills for specific projects. Design Feast should be extremely helpful for the designers, photographers, and illustrators who use Dreamstime.
I do see this as a compromise; this being how much time are you willing or able to spend or sacrifice in order to become successful in this business. It’s the old scenario of opportunity cost, where the input must be rewarded by the output, financially and time wise i.e. do you get paid according to the time spent from start to finish taking stock images. That said, if one takes all factors into account and decides to make this a business opportunity (which it is) then as with any other business sacrifices need to be made in order to be successful, one of these being trying to keep abreast of current market trends and the plethora of information that comes along with the majority of business opportunities that exist today, and learning what it is that sells and adapting at all levels in order to supply this demand. But I am also of the belief that what sells today is not necessarily what has to sell tomorrow, rather than be a trend follower, with creativity be a trend setter and become...(More)
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