What Buyers Look For When Purchasing Images With People

posted on 21st of august, 2016

There is a multitude of needs for people images so there is no single right answer when it comes to submitting images with people. Simple things like the model looking at the camera or away can grab a sale or prevent one. Therefore, the best way to handle this topic is to discuss some of the main points involved.

First of all, buyers generally look for images that communicate a specific concept. The focus may be business, healthcare, science, education, parenting, what have you, but contributors who are starting out in microstock generally just photograph portraits. There is very little market for portraits of someone else's girlfriend or baby. Those whose wheels are turning just a bit will have the subject look sad or jump in the air with a big smile. Yes, these images do sell but they are easy to...

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Posted by Lenutaidi on September 22, 2016
Usual, great blog! Thank you MASTER! @Gmargittai : Yes indeed, amazing contributor but if you look with little attention to status, you will see that the year in which began to be contributor here on DT is 2005. While it matters a lot for the number of sales. And of course the photos with people have a much larger number of sales. Best regard!
Posted by Aprilpcarlson on September 19, 2016
Thanks for the advise!
Posted by Gmargittai on September 14, 2016
We have here at DT an amazing contributor that can best illustrate the concepts described. I would recommend everybody to study her portfolio

Lisa F. Young

Look her up and learn.

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What Buyers Look For In Background Images

posted on 30th of august, 2016

There is a great need for background images in the microstock industry, however, their uses can vary greatly so there is no real rule of thumb for producing background images. Instead, it can be helpful in understanding what buyers may be looking for.


First of all, let's talk about how background images may be used. A web site may use a background image as a masthead, meaning the image will be wide and narrow. The entire web page may have a background. In these cases a repeating image may be used. A repeating image is one where if you had several copies of the same image, the pattern will continue seamlessly when two or more images are put together side-by-side. A web page can be set up to automatically repeat the image. Then there are the traditional size images in either...

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Posted by Debratos on June 18, 2017
Thanks for all the great information.
Posted by Dprogers on October 01, 2016
Nice article
Posted by Jdanne on September 03, 2016
Thanks for sharing!

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This article has been read 3720 times. 7 readers have found this article useful.

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