My first experience as a buyer ;)

posted on 26th of january, 2010

Hi, Friends.
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.

Comments (13)

Posted by Joezachs on May 04, 2010
I think the buyer will take his / her time to ferret out the picture that is actually required. After all they are paying money for it, so "just any picture" will not do.
Posted by Bobsphotography on January 27, 2010
It is indeed nice to know that buyers do taking their time the find the perfect match.
Posted by Antoinettew on January 27, 2010
Thanks for this message and good luck with your choices.
Posted by Mani33 on January 27, 2010
It's a great feeling to find what you want to make the work easier! You should have seen my screen with 10s of windows open to check those images I needed :))
Good luck ;)
Posted by Melonstone on January 27, 2010
Interesting to hear about the "other side".
Posted by Frantab01 on January 27, 2010
thanks for sharing your views from a buyers perspective - very interesting - everytime i get a sale i feel very pleased that my pic was downloaded amongst the millions on the site - thanks again :)
Posted by Rosedarc on January 27, 2010
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.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on January 27, 2010
Thanks for sharing your insights from a buyers perspective, gives us all hope that buyers will search long and hard to find the perfect picture for their needs.
Posted by Dvargfoto on January 27, 2010
Interesting article.

Прикольный способ :)
Posted by Xiaofeng123 on January 26, 2010
Posted by Elimitchell on January 26, 2010
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. :)
Posted by Julia161 on January 26, 2010
Thank you =)
Posted by Justmeyo on January 26, 2010
I wish you luck with your project!

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