The Great Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

Valentine's Day Photo ContestGenStockPhoto is proud to present the first annual Valentine’s Day Photo Contest! The contest winners will be announced on Saturday, February 14th 2015.

Contest Rules


All submitted photos must fit into one or more of the following themes.

  • Affair/Infidelity
  • Divorce/Breakup
  • Dating/Romance

Judging Criteria

All photos will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 using the criteria outlined below.

  • Image Quality
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Emotional Impact

Contest Qualifications

All current and new GenStockPhoto contributors are eligible to participate in the contest. There is no limit in entries. All entries must be unique from one another. Images must be taken within the last two years. Current images in the GenStockPhoto library are not permitted.

All photos must be of one of the following subjects men, women, children, elderly couples, straight couples, gay couples, single men or single women. Adult themes are gladly accepted. Genitalia is strictly prohibited. Body parts such as, hands, arms, legs, and other body portions qualify.  Participants must be 18 years or older to qualify. Photos of minors must be accompanied by a signed model release for children.  Winners names will be announced on February 14th 2015. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced at and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Submission Deadline

February 10th 2015


1st Prize: InnoGear® Selfie Stick, valued at $36.00 msrp

2nd Prize: The Pocket Reflector, valued at $20.00 msrp

Prizes will be shipped within 2 business days of the event.

Disclaimer: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter are not in any way affiliated with this contest and will be indemnified and held harmless in any outcomes now or in the future of this contest. Shipping and handling is included. International parties outside of the U.S. will be responsible for paying VAT and Customs fees. Ties are subject to a second and subsequent rounds until a winner is produced. Indecisive images will be judged by a 5th party and may be announced at a later date. Judges are not allowed to participate in the contest.

How To Become A GenStockPhoto Contributor

If you are interested in becoming a Gen StockPhoto contributor please click here for more information. All contributor contributor applicants must meet our quality guidelines in order to be accepted as a GenStockPhoto contributor.

Volunteers Needed

GenStockPhoto is currently seeking 2 contest judges and an alternate judge. Please contact Matthew Shuey at for questions or to apply as a judge.

How To Submit Your Entry

  • All images must be uploaded for editorial or commercial use licensing
  • Curate contributors must use “Valentines Day Contest” in the subject line of their email submissions

Why You Should Think About Orientation When Cropping Photos

Ok, raise of hands, how many of you think about orientation when cropping photos? If you raised your hand, congratulations! You probably have great, dynamic photos. If you didn’t raise your hand and looked at the screen with confusion, this article is for you. So let’s talk about orientation and why you should make it part of your workflow.

Orientation in photography is about position and angle. You’ve probably heard about the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Ratio, and several other guides for good composition. (If not, start with this article written by David Peterson about the Rule of Thirds and why it works.) Good composition is critical for making a good photo and it’s advisable to get it right in camera to begin with. That means really looking through your viewfinder or on your screen at what you are about to photograph and making sure it’s properly composed which includes making sure your camera is level. (more…)

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Note: I was recently invited to start blogging on and plan to contribute weekly talking about photography techniques and photo editing. I hope you enjoy my posts and encourage you to leave comments, feedback and questions. Thanks!

When it comes to shooting flowers and other plants outdoors, I love an overcast sky. The reason is that the light is filtering through the cloud layer and it creates a very even lighting on the flowers. A sunny day can cause highlights to be too bright and shadows to be harsh, certainly not a pleasing effect or easy to work with in editing. Even partly cloudy days can be good if you can catch a moment with a cloud over the sun.

There are times though when an overcast day isn’t the best. One of them is when shooting landscape photos. Well, of course that depends on the effect you are trying to achieve. The photos below were taken on my recent outing the the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, NV. You can see in the color version that the sky is just kind of blah, boring, yawn-worthy. I tried to fix the sky a bit but there is only so much that can be done.

However, you’ll see in the black and white photos that the sky now has a whole different feel to it. One of the things about black and white is that it calls your eye’s attention more to structure, detail and shapes. There isn’t color there to distract so the eye starts to look for pattern. (continued below photos)

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Q&A Interview About Stock Photography With Matthew Shuey & Tom Coleman

Serial entrepreneur Tom Coleman & Internet Marketer Dustin C. Slade interview me with important questions about Stock Photography and how it works to protect the intellectual rights of people and property while offering publishers quality Royalty Free images.

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