I came across this video the other day and I thought I would share it here for some inspiration.
Why I Hate Stock Photography For Web Design
This is not my video.
All rights belong to Michael Locke.
I am posting this video as inspiration for all photographers on DT. I think that Michael Locke has some valid points in this video.
Sure, I will agree the most purchased images on stock photography websites have been extremely overused (Top 10 images in 'business' have been downloaded nearly 6,000 times here on DT!) But keep searching and you will find great images with much fewer sales.
I understand his point of wanting images that have been used by no one else but for $100 i don't think that is going to be a choice for many people. Aside from that I think that stock photography is a no-brainer. For $100 could your friend take nearly 13 million (just on DT!) high quality photos for you to choose from? I doubt it haha. I guess it all comes down to how much the web designer/client is willing to spend to have one of a kind images on their site.
to pay 100 USD for custom photography sounds like a good idea, however : Imagine you live in Sweden and need a tropic countryside picture. There are not many friends to go to Mauritius for 100 USD and make custom pictures for you. On the contrary somebody who lives in LA would not travel hundreds of miles to make a custom pictures with snow peaks for you to earn 100 bucks... OK the custom pictures scope is sometimes limited. And 100bugs is not so much to make something really custom.... as for overuse you can avoid to download pictures with not so many downloads done so far.
I like the part about "or give a friend $100 and have them take some custom shots". Anyone would agree that custom photography creates a more unique, umm customized website. Quality may or may not be better than stock depending on the photographer hired. But obviously stock exists and is widely used because it is more cost effective than hiring a photographer. If the designer chooses the same photographs that everyone else is using then its up to the customer to be aware that they are handing them a overused design.
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