Imagination and Originality


posted on 1st of july, 2012

Imagination and Originality

As the stock industry over-saturates itself with the same types of images and concepts, it will be key to come up with new ideas in order to stand out and maximize portfolio potential. Using your imagination to produce original ideas is therefore an important part in your stock career.

Sure, it's easy to say "use your imagination and be original." But it's the difference between being a trendsetter or someone who's behind the curve and always playing catch-up.

First of all, I think the problem many people have is understanding what STOCK imagery is all about. You see STOCK images every day so you should have a grasp of what Buyers are looking for. Stock images are used in junk mail, online ads, and magazines and newspapers. If you are constantly exposed to stock images...

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Posted by Jdanne on July 17, 2012
Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

One of my relatively well selling photos is a cob corn [imgl] 16022750[/imgl]. There are 5,288 cob corn images in the database, so it's really neither unique nor any kind of a trendsetting image. I even didn't expect ANY sales BUT it sells better than most of my other 400 photos!

Might be this is the exception of the rule or the truth is somewhere between: It's excellent to have trendsetting photos with a lot of originality and imagination but it's also not wrong to have "standard" bread and butter photos, too.
Posted by Wisconsinart on July 16, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Wisconsinart. But I sort of have mixed feelings about you posting the image that copied you. Obviously I understand that you would not like that, but you mentioned you were guilty of doing it yourself. Did those contributors that you copied or imitated post your image side by side with theirs?

I would say I've copied concepts more than creating an actual duplicate. After all, shooting someone using a laptop isn't exactly new. The point is unique images generally sell better and you'll do better if you don't follow the herd. Everyone says the stock industry is over saturated but I don't believe that because there are way too many subjects/concepts not yet covered. I have pages and pages of new ideas written down but no time to shoot 'em.
Posted by Calyx22 on July 15, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Wisconsinart. But I sort of have mixed feelings about you posting the image that copied you. Obviously I understand that you would not like that, but you mentioned you were guilty of doing it yourself. Did those contributors that you copied or imitated post your image side by side with theirs?



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