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Wednesday Tech Tip: Capturing Winter Sports

Coming up next Monday we”ll be posting a blog featuring our winter sports lightbox, so we thought it would be a good time to have our sellers check out this blog post on how best to capture one of the hardest types of sports to shoot. Snow+Sun+Action can be incredibly difficult to shoot, but also totally worth the effort.

freeride snowboard

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Wednesday Tech Tip: What to shoot for the holidays

woman in wool sweater and cap

The holidays are quickly approaching, and Cutcaster needs your shots! Christmas is always a popular search, but we’d love to offer Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa and other winter celebration submissions (solstice?). We’re also looking to add more images of winter beyond the typical landscapes and snow covered trees. Take a look at what we already have and then think outside the box- what else says “winter”? Focus on shooting people; think about what kind of outdoor activities you can shoot. Winter is full of possibilities; explore fresh perspectives on old themes.

For inspiration, check out this blog featuring 31 Christmas light photos. Each one uses the warmth or color of the holiday lights, but with very different compositions and themes.

Speaking of holiday lights, candle light can really set a beautiful mood. Check out these Hanukkah candle light shooting tips.

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Wednesday Tech Tip

As the summer ends, image searches turn towards the fall and the upcoming holidays. First up is Halloween, and Photojojo.com has some advice for capturing the perfect “Scary Snap”.

Halloween creepy pumpkin

They’ve also got 12 absolutely essential tips for shooting fall leaves.

Branch of autumn maple foliage with sunlight

Get out there and capture the season!

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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment:  Young Lovers

Admiring love couple lost in each other

We’ve got that!

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Royalty free photos and vectors at Cutcaster

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You found us how?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

 Search Term of the Moment:  Crayon Kid Drawings

Coloring book with flower theme 2

 

I think that might mean coloring book pages!

We’ve got that!

Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and on G+ with Creative Director Cora Reed

Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Royalty free photos and vectors at Cutcaster

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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

 Search Term of the Moment:   Baseball.  

Tough Cowboy Baseball Player Holding Baseball Bat

We’ve got that!

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and on G+ with Creative Director Cora Reed

Don’t forget to refer your friends.  We have an excellent referral program!

Royalty free photos and vectors at Cutcaster

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Finding photos of Grandmothers and Grandfathers

It’s been a while since we have put out an image request update but lately, a number of image buyers have been downloading and asking us for more images of elderly people, seniors and grandparents doing everyday things. The range of activities that these mature adults could be doing include working out, dating, eating, playing with younger kids, routine medical check-ups or any type of activity that takes place on a normal day. To give you an idea for what types of images we have of elderly people doing everyday things take a look at these elderly people photo lightboxes. We thank you for your support and uploads.

To download any of the images above please visit Cutcaster.com or the seniors lightbox page which has over 200 high quality images of older people doing everyday things.

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Thinking Outside the Box – Huge opportunity in stock

In the last year, Cutcaster has seen an incredible improvement in the quality of photos and vector artwork, which are uploaded to the site. The quality bar keeps getting raised as we reach 1 million images at Cutcaster in the coming months. With that said, we still see gaps in our collection that have created massive opportunities. Find out here about what type of images we are actively looking for and are under-represented at Cutcaster. Fill these holes and you might find yourself with a hot seller.
To expand your portfolio into an untapped arena of stock photography, we urge you to create a portion of your portfolio that really shows your “outside of the box” thinking, i.e. get granddad out there on water-skis, or place your old credit cards in your kitchen’s blender or use Photoshop to create unique situations in your images by combining different elements. Get as creative as possible. Take chances and see what works and doesn’t work. Then carefully keyword and upload your new creative shots to Cutcaster.
Here are some examples of pictures we currently have but we’d love to see more of this type of photography and illustrations:

Crescendo Collection

We strive to provide our picture buyers with the unique images they seek. Thanks for your help creating more jaw dropping images that will impress our buyers and increase your long-term earnings potential!
Regards,
Your Cutcaster team.

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Camera shoot ideas for the spring and summer months

A note from our Creative Director, Cora Reed:

Spring has arrived, and everyone is eager to get outside and take pictures of all the fresh blooming flowers.  Some stock sites aren’t even taking flowers any more, but I must admit I love them.

Here are some hints for flowers:

Compose! I know it’s tempting to take shots from top down, or even just at random.  A fat bumble bee on a perfect flower is nice, but a random bug on a flower, not so much.  Keep those for your personal collections.  Think outside the box!  Look for different angles, make sure your flowers look perfect.  Macros are wonderful, bokeh works great for background compositions.  Send only your very best flower pictures.  Really look at them carefully, and submit the pictures that make you say “WOW!”

Download these images here:

Photo of Tulipa World Legend Darwin Hybrid Tulip

Serenity Sakura

Gerbera flowers

That said, a word of warning for you spring and summer time shots.  Here is a short list of easy shots that we really don’t want to see:

1)  Common ducks, geese, and sea gulls.  (Give me a nickel for every duck photo I see and I could pay down most of the US’s national deficit. Well almost.)  If you must submit ducks, find the interesting pictures of ducks like this:
Male Mandarin Duck swimming in golden water

And as with any animals, be sure to keyword with common and scientific names of animals.

2) For those close to a beach and taking pictures of the beach, keep those WOW concepts in mind. Remember that Cutcaster does NOT accept pictures of children you don’t know and can’t get a model release for, so please do not upload them, even as editorial photos. In addition, we will not accept the backends of beachgoers without their consent or knowledge.

We are extremely excited to see your latest pictures of spring’s bounty!  Get out, shoot as much as you can and keep your most exciting and best work coming!

Woman in white dress and raised hands standing in blue sea water

Cute teenage girl at the beach with her mother on a stroll at the background

Red vintage bicycle with basket and flowers leaning against wooden fence at beach.

Download the above images below at Cutcaster using these links.

Woman in white dress in sea

Pretty young girl smiling while at the beach mother at the back

Bicycle with flowers

Warm Regards,

Cora Reed

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Top 10 things Image Buyers Like about their Agency – Understanding Image Buyers in the Stock Industry

Beautiful Portrait Of a Afro American Woman

Are you happy with your image agency?

What features or services do image buyers like and want from photographers or stock agencies? What gets them coming back to your portfolio or the agency that reps your images?

Today, Cutcaster is releasing the comments that some images buyers told us during last year’s survey. We took 10 of the most popular comments and arranged them below in a random order to show you what features or services they like an agency to offer. The question was actually a two-part question and was “What do you like most/least about the stock photo sites that you work with?” Later this week, we will share the things they didn’t like about their current stock image agency. The survey was completed by 344 image users who had used Cutcaster or were working on the stock image business and were mostly from the US or Canada.

Top 10 things image buyers said they liked which their stock agency provided.

1. Current and wide selection of images from international sources at reasonable prices.

2. Special picture collection pricing for royalty free or rights managed photos.

3. Stock agency websites that can show an entire photo purchase history with a simple click to avoid duplicate image purchases.

4. With current rates that image researchers get, we need to work FAST. The most important features for a stock site are direct downloading and embedded metadata. If you do not offer these two things, you are a 2nd tier vendor.

5. Picture pop-up windows to review images instead of having to use “back” button.

6. Advanced features like search filters when we need to give restrictions.

7. Love seeing Creative Inspiration.

8. Great sales help when a user encounters a problem. (From Cutcaster: Most image buyers didn’t say they needed a specific sales representative to help them use an agency)

9. High resolution comp images with metadata embedded.

10. Agencies with multicultural, disabilities, youth, and well executed food shots most cited image needs.

Overall, most image buyers stressed that they needed the highest quality images, fast / accurate search results and lower pricing which is understandable in the current economic environment.

If you are an image buyer, what features would you like to see a stock agency adopt to make your life easier?

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