Stock photography is supposed to be serious business, right? Where you have bring well dressed businessmen in dark suit sporting spotless neckties, a finger hovering around in the air drawing an increasing bar graph? Or maybe pressing a button on a touch screen that strikes a deal? Or maybe shaking hands?
Not really! I decided to dedicate today to some research and searched some random words and looking into the most downloaded photo, I found strange things.
Yeah, business persons with a hand in the air and a tie do sell great. That's a fact, but the database is almost saturated with those types of photos. If you have followed the message boards, there has been an intellectual assault on the top stock contributor's works. I didn't participate, but I have been a silent reader...
Nice article! Great info for new contributors here on DT to think conceptually and to think outside of the box for their stock photography. (And, yes, being here only about a year and a half, I still feel like a new contributor and have a lot to learn! I bought my first camera a few weeks before joining DT and the forum here has really helped me get started.)
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The very mention of butterfly photography creates an image of vivid attractive subjects fluttering in a dream garden. That happens if you are a buyer or end user of butterfly photos. What if you are a contributor? You begin to imagine heat, sitting in the sun, uncomfortable, sweaty and dehydrated, frustrated without any shots for the past 4 hours.
But is that what really happens? No! If you know the way you can shoot hundreds of photos in an hour. I shot a total of 350 great photos (technically perfect and having good composition) in just a time of 5 hours spread over 3 days.
Honestly, I was not all full of sweat or frustration. I didn't wait for the butterflies to feel like posing for me. Nor did I harm or annoy them. It is pretty simple. Pick up your novel, get near a...
In the above thread there is a discussion on how to remove the text from the concerned image. Now what I was wondering about is, why do people put that thing there anyway? That was quite a nice customer (or a desperate customer) who bought that file. Even if you do have the best greeting card background in the whole website and the customer has no idea how to remove your "Your text here" guide, why would the file be bought? They'd go look for something else.
I have read some threads in the past about this issue, "Should I write your text here, etc stuff?" Answer is "usually don't". If you do feel seriously that you need text in there, then do it.
All our customers aren't web designers or experts in Photoshop. They can't...
Thanks for your input Cogent. We understand your argument, but what you seem not to be considering is that by adding "example texts" in areas not covered by the main subject matter - eg out of the composition -, you are artificially increasing the size of the whole image thus affecting its pricing - not to mention that most of the times designers won't be able to edit such texts, and probabilities they will use such images "as is" is generally low. So, it's all about including some visual added value, turning images more "catchy" when they should "speak" by it-selves. We call it concept, no need for extra "topping". :)
Also, please let us assume that when searching for a particular image, almost all designers already have a pretty good idea on how to use it, and believe me, most of them prefer to do their own home work with graphics and lettering. Naturally, illustrations are another story, still there are cases when such texts are absolutely redundant/irrelevant.
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