Searching for the right image can be tough. Here’s a few strategies to help…
Images are a very important part of visual design but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of planning and executing a custom photo shoot.
Don’t worry there is always stock photography… or is there?
Searching for the perfect stock image can take anywhere from 10 minutes to two days depending on what you are looking for.
These searches are hugely time consuming and often frustrating. You have to have a good sense of humour when sifting through the massive amount of quirky, laugh-worthy images on stock image sites.
Why would anyone use these images? Who did they have in mind when they did these photoshoots?
Ironically, I’ve had to purchase the images below to demonstrate the absurd nature of some of stock images for sale on sites like istock and Shutterstock. Here are just a few of the most ridiculous stock photos the Akendi Visual Design team has come across:
Aggressive Businessman With a Pitch Fork
Puppy and Kitty’s Big Adventure
Cupid Strikes Again
Science is Hard
Stock photo searching is a grueling task, but don’t worry, you can find the perfect image, it is out there. Here are a couple of tricks to get the image you need:
What are your experiences searching for stock photos? Feel free to share with us by posting in the comments below…
Jessica Murray is a Visual Designer at Akendi, a firm dedicated to creating intentional experiences through end-to-end experience design. To learn more about Akendi or user experience design, visit www.akendi.com.
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