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High Five! 5 favorite illustration subjects of Aleksandra Marjanovic

High Five! would like to introduce Depositphotos' contributor Aleksandra Marjanovic (also known as AlessandraM), who has kindly agreed to share her favorite illustration subjects. Continue reading in order to get a little inspiration!

1. Beauty and fashion. Drawing is my passion since childhood. I do really like to draw people, especially beautiful women with beautiful dresses.

Fashion Woman Portrait | Stock Vector © Depositphotos | AlessandraM

Around the World in Eighty Days: Salt Lake City

'Mr. Fogg and his party had time to pay a visit to Salt Lake City, connected with Ogden by a branch road; and they spent two hours in this strikingly American town, built on the pattern of other cities of the Union, like a checker-board, "with the sombre sadness of right-angles," as Victor Hugo expresses it.' Take a look at SLC and other landmarks in the state of Utah!

Overlooking at Salt Lake City | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Mehmet Dilsiz

Around the World in Eighty Days: San Francisco

“On the 3rd of December, the General Grant entered the bay of the Golden Gate, and reached San Francisco. Mr. Fogg had neither gained nor lost a single day. San Francisco was no longer the legendary city of 1849 – a city of banditti, assassins, and incendiaries, who had flocked hither in crowds in pursuit of plunder; a paradise of outlaws, where they gambled with gold-dust, a revolver in one hand and a bowie-knife in the other: it was now a great commercial emporium.” Just as it is at the moment. Welcome! Golden Gate Bridge at night | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Krzysztof Wiktor

High Five! 5 horror themes to try before you die

Since the end of the world is (supposedly) approaching, High Five! has some tips that will help you enjoy the days left until the Big Bada Boom! Depositphotos’ contributor Ryan Jorgensen, a known connoisseur of horror, gives his advice on what to shoot before it all ends – and how. Beware: some spooky and bloody content inside! 1. Zombies. The perfect horror subject, zombies can best be described as “vacant, with a hint of sadness, like a drunk who’s lost a bet,” and this shoot is best done drunken. Think skewed angles, think bad lighting, think broken props; but most of all, don’t think too much. Zombie Killing Some Time | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Ryan Jorgensen

Depositphotos: eженедельный обзор, 10 декабря

Топ-15 поисковых запросов недели: Christmas, Vector, Abstract,  Beauty,  Clipart, Background, 2013, Christmas tree, Christmas background, Woman, Business, Girl, Snow, Santa, New Year. Бестселлер недели: Elegant Classic Christmas Background | Stock Vector © Depositphotos…

Around the World in Eighty Days: Yokohama

Welcome to Yokohama, the next stop on our way around the world with Phileas Fogg. The second-most populous city in Japan was only the sixth in the days of Phileas. Today it attracts tourists with its historic port area, shopping centers, international restaurants, parks and futuristic architecture.

Besides Yokohama, let’s take a look at other remarkable places in Japan.

Torii Gate, Japan | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Chuong Vu

High Five! 5 tips: How to take pictures of animals

High Five! is happy to introduce Depositphotos’ bronze contributor FotoJagodka, who has kindly agreed to share five tips on how to take pictures of animals:

Working with animals is both exciting and complicated. In order to get a proper shot, one has to be patient, try to get acquainted with the particular animal, and help it get used to the shooting environment.

This process is similar to working with kids. Animals never sit still; it is always hard to make them pose for a photo you’ve planned, and that is why you have to come up with some tricks. So, how do you get the results you need from an animal? 1. Make sure you have the animal’s favorite toy or treat. White chihuahua dog lying with sunflower | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | FotoJagodka

Around the World in Eighty Days: Hong Kong

Phileas Fogg found that Hong Kong resembled Britain: “Docks, hospitals, wharves, a Gothic cathedral, a government house, macadamised streets, give to Hong Kong the appearance of a town in Kent or Surrey transferred by some strange magic to the antipodes.” What we see there today is a completely new world and a strange mixture of culture. Take a look: you are welcome to form your own opinion! PS: And a little surprise for our readers: enjoy Hong Kong in motion. Traffic in Hong Kong at night | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Iakov

High Five! 5 trends of stock illustration

All stockers know that in general, to be successful means to follow the current trends. However, tracking trends is not always as easy as it seems. That’s why High Five! asked successful illustrator Alisa Foytik for some inside information. In Alisa’s opinion, it is difficult to talk about general image trends because they depend on particular styles of illustration. The insights she’s sharing pertain to the trends she can identify in her own portfolio (which contains more than 3,000 files at the moment!). For the past several months she has noticed such trends as retro, shabby chic, moustache, and abstract geometric styles, as well as label and ribbon sets with space for some text. We now turn the floor over to Alisa: 1. Retro: This is one of my personal favorites. Tinted warm colors, hipster-style characters, natural shapes, old-fashioned humor and childhood memories – these are the reasons why so many people choose Retro. The Retro trend has been with us for years, but over time the imagery has shifted slightly from the 20s & 30s to the 40s & 50s. I think it will stay that way for a while. Couple Redecorating. Retro style | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | AlisaFoytik

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day and on behalf of the Depositphotos team we would like to thank you for being with us, contributing to Depositphotos and choosing us among other microstock agencies. Make sure to have a lovely celebration! Meanwhile, we’d like to temp your appetite with this delightful, incredible, outstanding and delicious collection of TURKEYS!

Thanksgiving table | Stock Vector © Depositphotos |  Mikhaylova

Around the World in Eighty Days: the Straits of Malacca, Malaysia

“The varied landscape afforded by the Andaman Islands was soon passed, however, and the Rangoon rapidly approached the Straits of Malacca, which gave access to the China seas. During the afternoon of Wednesday, 30th October, the Rangoon entered the Strait of Malacca, which separates the peninsula of that name from Sumatra.” Not only will we cross the Straits, but we will also visit some cantons of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur skyline. | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | laurent dambies

High Five! 5 features of good stock illustrations

Talented illustrator Natalia Moroz speaks about 5 features of good stock illustrations and the ways to develop these features in your works. 1. Originality: A good illustration contains simple things depicted in the author’s own vision. Creating an illustration for stock agencies means producing something totally new. You shouldn’t be afraid to try new techniques, look for bright characters, and apply original solutions. Try to find a subject which is not too popular in stocks; look for your own niche. Your way of thinking should be unconventional; that will help you to realize fresh ideas in your own style. Man, as bird | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | Наталья Мороз

High Five! 5 favorite stock subjects of Kati Molin

High Five, everyone! Today one of our successful photographers, Kati Molin, shares her favorite stock photo subjects. Good reading for those who are still struggling to find their own way in stock photography. Enjoy, and make sure to get inspired by Kati’s portfolio. 1. HOLIDAYS. I am definitely a Christmas person. I love everything about it: baking and decorating cookies, burning candles, decorating the house, wrapping beautiful gifts and so on. Every year Christmas just goes by too fast, so shooting some Christmas stuff is a good excuse to start the holiday season early. In addition to Christmas, I also like Eastertime. After a long and dark winter, it is nice to see more light and bright colors. These two holidays and the holiday images have made March and November my best months of sales for several years now. Gingerbread house | Stock Photo © Depositphotos | molka