O.K., I've got a few images on Dreamstime, but I buy a lot more as editor/designer of one of our magazines in the indoor comfort market. I've been running into a recurring problem in that whenever I look for pertinent images that include people, all too often they're looking at the camera and smiling!
I'm using these images editorially and that's useless to me. I need and want images of people actually doing things, not standing around looking like they're in a Macy's ad. I realize the smile is important in ads, but it seems to me the overwhelming majority of people images include those smiles, when all I'd rather have is someone looking at a computer screen, or wiping a table or whatever—withoutout that ubiquitous grin. If we all went around smiling like that for everyday activities, they'd lock us up. That said, how about at leas occasionally taking a lesson from the movie industry. DON'T LOOK AT THE CAMERA!
Now, let me clarify this. Yes, those happy people have their place, but when I need people who illustrate sales, or customers, I really need a photo of a person selling (say, for example, home heating equipment) to the customer—not looking at me and...well, you get the idea.
O.K. Rant over.
I agree with this, I buy for corporate work and am always looking for more natural images and not obviously 'posed' images. Your tip about not looking at the camera is bang on the mark - only good for adverts!
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