Finding inspiration

posted on 6th of may, 2010

A few days ago, someone asked about where to get inspiration. To me, there are a lot of places. I've been a DT buyer for 4 years...I haven't bought a lot -- about 120 images, mostly of which are used in a medical-type newsletter. I've used these 2 recently:

Now that I'm trying to sell some of my stuff, I still need to think like a buyer. When I'm looking for images, I'm reading my articles and thinking: how can I best illustrate (blank). When you shoot, you need to think that way too: If I take a picture of this beautiful fountain, what would it be used for? A postcard? maybe... A calendar? Maybe...but how many of those could I really sell?

What I've found (and this is stricly my opinion) is that there are 2 types of images that really sell well... really simple ones and really complex, photoshopped-up ones. By simple, I mean...search the word, "paperclip" and you'll see that there are a lot of people that are buying pics of paper clips. I tried to figure out why and I've found a buyer that uses paperclips constantly...it's a great magazine, allyou (www.allyou.com). They actually put their photo credits along the side of the page. Unfortunately they don't buy from DT, but I've seen the kinds of things they buy -- simple stuff...milk cartons, paperclips, a fork with spaghetti on it. It's eveyday stuff. So, for inspiration, look around you...look to stuff you use every day. Somewhere, somebody is writing a blog or an article about pasta, or cooking, or cleaning, or car washing, or gardening, or throwing a party....life is your inspiration. At least it is for me....I just wish I had time to capture all that inspires me!

Comments (9)

Posted by Kikkerdirk on May 09, 2010
nice blog interesting information! thanks!
Posted by Justmeyo on May 07, 2010
Thanks for sharing us ,you got nice illustrations!
Posted by Rosedarc on May 06, 2010
I like your Mother's Day image. Simple and effective, it has a sell by date of course but it worked!
I agree that simple sells well but in some cases it is up against a lot of competition, so maybe it does not go past Level 1 or 2. If it becomes too expensive, the buyer buys just a similar picture in the database. The trick is to produce simple but unique concepts...
Posted by Mani33 on May 06, 2010
I only have to agree with you! Sometimes we think so far while the ideas are so near!
Posted by Adeliepenguin on May 06, 2010
Very simply put, and nicely done! Good luck with your sales.
Posted by Gheburaseye on May 06, 2010
It's not easy find inspiration! It's not enough thinking like a buyer. Personally I think the better way to create images is look at oneself earnings, because they can suggest how a buyer could want from everyone of us.
Posted by Hlehnerer on May 06, 2010
Excellent post!
Posted by Mariaam on May 06, 2010
Thanks for the tips!
Posted by Egomezta on May 06, 2010
Thanks for sharing this blog... Great to know.

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You could say that I have creative ADD. To make a living, I'm a graphic designer/writer/editor. I also have a photography hobby, enjoy scrapbooking (a lot like graphic design), illustration (learning to wield that illustrator pen tool), painting, and gardening. I joined DT years ago as a buyer -- it's only since January 2010 that I've decided to try to sell some of my own work.

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