Jan
04

5 of the Best Cheap Stock Photo Tricks

organizing your stock photos

Have you ever wondered what people can do when they’re exposed to a library that has over 50 million stock photos? These subscriptions are often enough to cause people to download photos they don’t necessarily need – just to play around with them. Who hasn’t wanted to do that with Photoshop?

As a subscriber to a microstock agency, you’ll no doubt download a couple of photos that you won’t necessarily immediately use. What can you do with them? How do you use them to your advantage? Here are some of the best cheap stock photo tricks in the book. Go have fun.

1.    Organizing your photos.

organize your photos

When it comes to organizing your photos, there are a lot of ways you can do it. You can organize them by event, by date, by theme and so much more. But when it comes to organizing your photos on a computer – especially when you have a lot of them – no one does it better than the Japanese.

You see, in the United States, when we write a date, we write it with the month, the date and then the year. In Japan, they write it with the year, the month and then the date. We can take that same logic and apply it to computers. Here’s what you do.

First, begin by making a decision to place all of your photos in one folder. The first subfolder within that folder needs to be a year. In that folder should be all the photos that you took or downloaded in that year. You can break it down further by month. That way, all you need to do is click on your photo folder, click on the year, and click on the month and you’ll find your photo. Plus, it’s an excellent way to backtrack to find out when you downloaded a particular photo.

2.    Backing up your photos.

When it comes to your photo collection, you have to have a backup plan. Computers do die and hard drives do crash. Digital photo manipulation is an activity that requires more computer processing power than other business activities. In other words, you’re probably can have a computer that is more expensive than most. When it dies, do you want to take the risk of losing your photos along with it?

I wouldn’t bet on it. Your photos are your life. They are your livelihood. They are your bread and butter. Without your photos, you won’t have a job. If you haven’t backed up your photos, now is a great time to do so.

In the past, it was considered smart to back up your photos locally. In other words, you would go out and buy a hard drive to keep an extra copy of your photos. Nowadays, people don’t do that. In fact, I would recommend against it. Instead, use the cloud to your advantage and back them up online. When you do that, you’ll be able to share your photos, collaborate with other people, and access your photos from any one of your devices – including your phone or tablet.

3.    Noting photos that have been used in the past.

Here’s something that you can do. When your collection grows large enough, you probably won’t think twice to go to your favorite microstock agency and download the photo whenever you need it. You may store these photos on your computer, but how often do you go back to the photos you already have? When you go back, you take a mental note of what you already use. This can provide inspiration for future marketing campaigns, plus it will keep you from being repetitive.

4.    Purchasing royalty-free licenses with no expiration.

One of the beautiful thing about purchasing royalty-free license is that it doesn’t have an expiration date. In other words, when you buy the royalty-free license, there are no royalty fees. That’s the whole premise behind the name. The licenses are royalty-free. There are no royalties.

In fact, when you go to organize your photos in your folders, you may want to have two major groupings. The first one will be the photos that you purchase with a royalty-free license and a second one would be the photos you purchase with an extended license – if you take advantage of them. After that, then break it down by year and then by month. That way, you can go back and take advantage of photos that you’ve already purchased and re-download them without paying an extra royalty fee.

5.    Repurpose the images that have already been licensed.

Young Baby Boy Lying In Bed

Repurposing images is one of the reasons Photoshop exists. You can take a photo and edit it ever so slightly to repurpose it to meet your current campaign goals. If you don’t know Photoshop, a short online class may be in order. The ability to manipulate these photos to fit your current purpose can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the long run. For many of the most popular microstock agencies, these photos cost $10 apiece. 10 brand-new photos will cost you a $100. The other side of that coin is this – repurposing 10 of those images will save you $100.

Nov
24

Searching for a People Image Collection Just Got Easier

Cameraman at work

In photography, portraits rule supreme.  There is just about nothing more powerful and compelling than an image of another human being that is captured right, and displays some unique or powerful element of human emotion and experience.  Unfortunately for many business owners, images of people are also inherently harder to capture well, and many stock photography sites sell mostly corny and “out of touch” people images.  However, one site is doing things differently: PeopleImages.com

Real People Images, Real Connection

The quality of the work sold on PeopleImages.com is head and shoulders above a lot of what you will find out there, and of course the company does especially well in their speciality: images of people.  When you see a REAL image of another person, that has been captured by a professional artist with an artist’s eye and an understanding of both aesthetics and emotion, you can tell the difference.  Images don’t need to be captured candidly to be real, they just need to be authentic and capture something meaningful.

And when a people image is able to do that, there is really nothing quite like it.  Real images, with real authentic people captured by artists who know what they are doing, can create an invaluable connection in viewers.  Whether you are a business owner looking for the right shots of models to sell a product, or a website owner looking for something reflective and meaningful for your site’s imagery, the right image of a real person can create a connection that is irreplaceable.

“Real” vs. “Fake” People Images

Again, “real” people images don’t need to be captured in nature or captured entirely candidly.  Just like “fake” people images can be far from staged, but still not capture a level of emotional realness that a good artist can catch on camera.  PeopleImages.com only works with bonafide artists who know how to treat photography as a craft, and it shows.  All of their images of people are “real,” and say something interesting about humanity over all.  That doesn’t happen by accident: “real” images are harder to take and can be harder to sell.

But they also do something that fake, corny, staged, and inauthentic imagery can never do.  Real, authentic imagery tells a story, and creates a connection in viewers that can’t be reproduced.  That kind of connection can’t be faked, and it can’t be found in fake imagery.  If you need real people images that can really connect with those who view them, check out PeopleImages.com and see what the site has to offer.