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  • Shooting Small

    by Ellenboughn | 15th of March, 2007

    The current Dreamstime assignment is to create images of the owners and customers of smaller businesses. Companies with less than 500 employees generate a sizeable percentage of world wide annual revenue. And they purchase more goods and services from large national and multinational... More
  • The Do Nots of Successful Keywords

    by Ellenboughn | 13th of March, 2007

    Over the next week or so, I'll continue a short course in keywording the Dreamstime way. I can't promise that our guide will take all the tedium out of the job but if you follow it, the time you spend in adding data to your images should improve your downloads and the process... More
  • Not Just a Pretty Face

    by Ellenboughn | 9th of March, 2007

    Facial expressions send strong messages about what an image is trying to say...what the image is about. Unfortunately, a model's lack of expression can sometimes cause the photo to say next to nothing. One expression to avoid is the pouty-pouty runway model blank look that... More
  • Wild Models

    by Ellenboughn | 6th of March, 2007

    Yesterday I found myself on a long pier stretching far out into the Atlantic Ocean. An aggressive group of large pelicans were hanging around the end of the pier to snatch leftover fresh bait. These birds... More
  • A Kick in the Creative Pants

    by Ellenboughn | 2nd of March, 2007

    The most important advice I have to offer after my decades in the stock photo business about what images to make is listen to yourself. You know more than anyone about why you want to create imagery. Build on those thoughts first. Then see how to make the images more salable.... More
  • A Sense of Place (Part II)

    by Ellenboughn | 28th of February, 2007

    Before you arrive in a new location, do research. Looking at map is not enough. Nor are guidebooks necessary the only printed form of information at your fingertips. Get a compass so that you will be able to anticipate how the light will be at different times in the day in... More
  • A Sense of Place (Part 1)

    by Ellenboughn | 26th of February, 2007

    I'm in San Francisco this week, staying near Union Square. There is a photographer on every corner snapping every which way. So how do to create images of a beautiful and much photographed city that will stand out from the competition?... More
  • Erin Go Bragh!

    by Ellenboughn | 22nd of February, 2007

    Erin Go Bragh translates to "Ireland Forever" and in the US where everyone claims to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, it is often heard.
    In parts of the world, March 17th is all about beer. Specifically,... More
  • What is She Wearing?

    by Ellenboughn | 20th of February, 2007

    Wardrobe is key to a professional looking image. And the type of clothing that a model is wearing can enhance the salability of an image in more ways than one. Here is a terrific image of a teen writing on the board in her classroom. The model's top gives a clue... More
  • A Good Stock Image is an Incomplete One...

    by Ellenboughn | 17th of February, 2007

    A pioneer in the stock business once said, "A good stock photo is an incomplete photo". That doesn't make sense, does it? Shouldn't a great stock photo simply be a great photo? Sometimes, yes. But think about one of the reasons stock photos sell and the unfinished... More
  • A trip to the bookstore (Part 1)

    by Ellenboughn | 16th of February, 2007

    We all get "stuck" in a void of inspiration sometimes. I find that my best ideas often come out of the blue when I'm NOT consciencously trying to think of something creative. When that kind brain freeze sets in, try just taking a break from even thinking about your own work.... More
  • Introduction

    by Ellenboughn | 16th of February, 2007

    Dreamstime has asked me to write a blog to share my knowledge of the stock photo business. First a bit about me. Before I found myself in the business of editing, marketing and producing images, I was a schoolteacher. Thus the art above. I hope to both teach and learn in... More
  • My first sale My first sale assignment picture

    by Olgabugrovskaya | 16th of August, 2017

    Today unexpectedly I found that I sold assignment picture.   So thank you for this "Love my workplace" contest! See Article
  • Four niche sales in one week

    by Apers | 16th of August, 2017

      Last week I was surprised by four niche sales of the city Zwolle, no subscriptions, fully paid. Most of you probably don't know where Zwolle is located. Like most of you I have architectural pictures of London and Paris. Dreamstime has plenty of pictures... More
  • The Impossible Dream?

    by Adeliepenguin | 15th of August, 2017

    Today was a milestone for me—10,000 sales. So, I feel like celebrating and sharing my news. In the early years, I never thought it possible to reach such a milestone. It was my impossible dream. Living a dream is not easy. It takes hard work and perseverance And... More
  • Honesty

    by Eternalfour | 15th of August, 2017

    We move along and take pictures, as amateurs and professionals. Some enjoy the moment, while giving the content within the frame much thought, and others do it as a habit and such has currently become a trend. Acting and believing the act, that's what photo making seems... More
  • Yin and Yang in the single ginkgo leaf

    by Richardwhf | 15th of August, 2017

    Yin and Yang are the famous signal in China culture. Yin means dark,negative,dead,sad...all of the bad things;and Yang means brightness,positive , birth...all of the good things. You could find Yin and Yang in everywhere,as you see,the single ginkgo leaf half yellow and... More
  • Optimism, compromise and crowds

    by Jaquiht | 14th of August, 2017

    A family holiday is not a photography trip, so the sensible thing to do is probably to leave your photo dreams at home with your other valuables, and pack your “great shot blinkers” to avoid feeling irked whilst you’re away. But this year our family trip was to Argentina,... More
  • Rules of the supermarket

    by Dudau | 14th of August, 2017

    This article is not about supermarkets. It’s about stock photography and how to sell more images. But first, a few words about supermarkets:    A century old business model The concept of supermarket, in its various forms, appeared about a hundred years ago. It... More
  • Bad Schandau

    by Fjarabica | 14th of August, 2017

    Bad Schandau is a small spa town in Germany, in Saxon Switzerland. It lies at the border of the Czech Republic on the River Elbe about 35 km southeast of Dresden. The city falls into the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains district, whose center is the town of Pirna.... More

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