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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
  • The photos accepted

    by Callearlisa | 22nd of May, 2017

    I have noticed with my photos that it seems the photos I have edited the least are the ones being accepted. Which makes me wonder, the beautiful photos that you know are photoshopped how are they getting accepted? Maybe it is just that I need to polish up on my editing... More
  • Write with the light

    by Romanotino | 22nd of May, 2017

    Hello all I'm delighted by the great family of dremastime photographers, I've been photographed for many years, and I started this work since the film was there. I've always liked black and white photos but now digital has replaced everything. I think every photographer... More
  • Done!

    by Teyakp | 22nd of May, 2017

    Hi! I finally managed to sell my first photo... :) For this reason I am very happy. That the buyer is found and bought just my photo .... priceless! Thank you buyer. This is the photo:   Here I would like to share with you some of my latest photos.     ... More
  • 10 worth drooling over food photographers

    by Catarii | 22nd of May, 2017

    As a food blogger for 7 years already, I always seek and try to learn as many interesting recipes as possible and also study the trends in gastronomy and food photography. Dreamstime has a rich collection of food images, made in different ways by very talented photographers... More
  • Hurray!!! My 100 images online now on DT

    by Monimitta | 22nd of May, 2017

    Hey guys, My 100th image got approved yesterday. Now I have 100 images online on DT. It was a long journey for me to achieve this. If somebody has any suggestions on how can I improve more, you are most welcome.I want to share some of my pics from my portfolio.... More
  • Great Peace

    by Callearlisa | 21st of May, 2017

    When something gives you such peace within your soul. When you find that something, let it consume you. When you can breathe that deep down breathe and feel calm within you. When you feel it, Let it overcome you. Photography allows me to pause and take it in,... More
  • 200 portfolio images, two sales

    by Nimless | 21st of May, 2017

    Couple days ago I've reached 200 images on my portfolio. However, my sales on reach the amount of two, and stays like that since march 2017. Not sure what to think, it's a bit embarrassing. I see photographers reaching 120-150k in sales, is it something wrong with... More
  • Tripod or not? Learnt my lessons!

    by Apers | 20th of May, 2017

    Basically I am not very fond of tripods. On rare occasions you need one and still you have to carry them around all the time. Another reason for not liking them is the lack of flexibility in positioning the camera (for example, horizontal or vertical, or the position I want... More

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