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What Photos Should I Take?

1. xymonau27 January 2010, 2:42 GMT +01:00

I think it would be helpful for experienced people to discuss the stock images that people look for most. If you need inspiration you can:

Look at the most downloaded images here and on paid stock sites.

You can check other image sites to see what images are requested.

Run through a list of businesses in your phone book, and look at or think about what images would suit them.

Look at your newspaper and magazines - in the library if you can't afford to buy them - and see the images used in advertisements in those, the layout, and what grabs your attention. Look for subtle backgrounds, and the colours that are used.

What appeals to you? What type of images grab your eye? What is your style? Some of us take clean, crisp bland images, which are perfect stock for the professionals. Others heavily edit or make complex graphics, using muted or gaudy colours. These are often suitable for illustrating the intangibles - emotions or concepts. But if you do it well, then you will feel more confident and your images will take on your "look".

2. crisderaud27 January 2010, 4:14 GMT +01:00

Well put Dez. I agree whole heartedly.

3. xymonau2 February 2010, 3:14 GMT +01:00

We now have a list of the most recent searches on the front page, in the bottom right hand corner. Look at this list. If there are zero or few images that relate to that search, get out there and get snapping! This is the best inspiration, as it is what people want. Searches will change over time, as different people join. There are always certain images that have a lot of downloads elsewhere. Anything to do with computers or technology, images of business people or workmen/women, medical and dental images, fashion, green fields with blue skies, or just plain blue skies with clouds.

4. mzacha2 February 2010, 11:55 GMT +01:00

Amazing functionality. That really helps!

5. krayker3 February 2010, 3:32 GMT +01:00

I agree @3 the new search tags being shown is very useful for the content creators. also, maybe the most useful images will be business/ objects/ humans.

6. scottsnyde18 February 2010, 19:37 GMT +01:00

The basis for my photos has always been more of what I look for when I'm designing advertisments myself. For example, if you look at my gallery, you see a lot of bridal images. Only one of the women in a wedding dress was actually a bride, the others were models. I have so many, because in my job, I have had to make a lot of ads for wedding catalogs. I also have a lot of couples because I make a lot of "engaged and newlywed retreat" ads and that sort of thing.

I have downloaded a lot of simple object images, and a couple of texture files in my time, but usually my image searches have been more to find an image that compliments an article. I like to try to find images that have a whole story in them.

That's a personal preference, but that's my perspective.

7. xymonau19 February 2010, 0:57 GMT +01:00

Yes, people are extremely useful subjects. I think you need to look at advertisements in magazines, etc, to see the type of images that are used. You can't fail with pretty girls. I can't get anyone to pose for me most times. And they aren't pretty girls when they do!

8. scottsnyde19 February 2010, 16:16 GMT +01:00

You got that guy, you know... your zombie.

Your right, that wasn't pretty.

I'm trying to branch out a little bit nowadays. I had a lot of pretty girl friends when I was single, and that's when I took most of those shots. Now I'm married, and have a lot less friends. (No fault of my wife, that's just how it goes when you get married.)

I don't know what direction I'm going to go exactly... my last uploads, I uploaded some of my original artwork. Stuff I made just for fun, like my folklorito dancers, and my rancher stimple.

I'm thinking I'll watch for the competitions and image requests to get more ideas.

9. xymonau20 February 2010, 10:03 GMT +01:00

Why don't you have a look at pay sites to see what they're doing?

10. xymonau24 February 2010, 6:17 GMT +01:00

job applicant
Australian money

These are some from today that had no images.

11. krayker24 February 2010, 16:00 GMT +01:00

good thread to identify and shoot images according to the needs of users. sometimes I think of shooting according to the subjects that are most required. On the other hand, the images that I shoot are mostly niche images - nature shots, and not many are available of that kind. Even the downloads are low - but I do get emails from users who thank me for the images since some of them are hard to get.

I guess, a stock site needs to have a 360 degree collection, some of them like people shots and business images and everyday objects will be in tremendous demand, the others are less sought after but nevertheless important !

12. xymonau25 February 2010, 4:58 GMT +01:00

old people
auto parts

These are some from today that had very few or no images.

13. xymonau25 February 2010, 5:01 GMT +01:00

old person
old man
old woman
spark plug
auto parts
golf ball

These are some from today that had very few or no images.

14. xymonau26 February 2010, 7:31 GMT +01:00


are today's empty searches.

15. xymonau28 February 2010, 6:38 GMT +01:00

leather bag
ice cream

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