Unexpectidely the day came when I began to need pictures for site designs. Now I know a little bit of how people choose pictures. At least how I do this. Here is my first impression of the process. 1. I convert some of my income into credits.
2. I have in my mind a draft design and a picture which is missing. 3. I put the keywords in search and see what appears. If appears something different from what I expect I try different keyword combination.
4. Here a part of my photographers illusions begin to disappear, because:
- yes, the way icons look is important, but I upload a comp image to check the details and try if an image matches my design.
- yes, photographer's creativity and uniqueness of an image are cool things, but I'm searching for something exact, done in a certain style, so I can admire other wonderful pictures and probably save their numbers for future, but if they don't match my today's idea, I don't buy. - yes, keywords are important, but - good news: if I don't see a relevant image immediately, I search as long as I need. even if it's 40 or 50 pages. Later I promise to post here which pictures I buy and where they can be found (when sites are finished and published), but for now I have only my resume: the choice of picture is easy. IT MUST JUST MATCH. Nothing more.
I've also wondered why buyers would select my particular images amongst hundreds or thousands others sometimes - as you said, they look for what they need! Thanks for sharing your experience with this project of yours and good luck with it.
That's pretty funny what you said about searching through pages and pages of search results. I got an image downloaded the other day that in the search results (for the keywords that it was downloaded with) was on page 20, or something like that (and I browse with 80 images per page!). That means the buyer must have looked through a few hundred (or thousand) images to find the one that worked for him.
Thanks for the article. It's interesting for us photographers hearing the other side of the story. :)
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