The power of Stock Photography
As a graphic designer you are always on
the lookout for source material that you can work with. If you are
a photographer yourself, you are at an advantage because you own full
copyright to your work. I have used a lot of my own photography in
creating designs. One of the main advantages of having a digital
camera is that you can take 1000's of pictures without having to pay for
film developing; just upload your work to your computer and you have
quality (hopefully) source material you can work with.
If you are serious about graphic design and using Photoshop you're going to
want to have quality material you can work with. If you are an advanced
amateur or prolific photographer you may have enough material to work with
(especially if you can also create vector art from scratch).
But if you really want to open your options up, simply use the leverage of
other's professional work. How? Subscribe to a stock photography
service. Doing this will allow you to access 10,000's of top quality
photo's which you can legally be free to use in your design for personal or
commercial purpose! It is imperative that you have "clearance" to
use (photography) source material/work commercially (or otherwise).
The quality is so good on many of these images that I feel it almost puts my
photography skills to shame. Even if you are an advanced graphic designer
(heck, especially) or a beginner who is serious about design and will be
producing commercial work, you most certainly should invest in some quality
stock photography. It is a worthy investment. You can download and
burn the images to disk or hard drive and have your own collection to choose
What are the options out there? Absolutely the
best value has to be Photos.com The quality of their work is so topnotch
(and better than the others), you'll be itching to just keep downloading b/c you
can't ever get enough. We graphic designer's are a visual type of people.
You're going to fall in love with their value and quality. A one month
subscription is not enough, even with unlimited downloads. I highly
recommend a full year subscription to Photos.com. There are some sites
where you can buy a dozen or two images for the price of a full year
subscription to Photos.com! Notice the icon to the right.
In case you didn't know; stock photography and image rights is a thriving
industry and you can find yourself easily out of cash if
you don't make a good decision. There are sites that sell 1 photo for $249
which gives you the same rights as the 10,000's of images you can get with
Photos.com. You want the greatest value and that is definitely Photos.com.
It will take your graphic design to another level. Remember that
quality design is a synergy of the elements and the stronger the quality of your
source material, the easier it is going to be for you to create professional
design in much less time! As a designer it still excites me having the
portfolio of images I do from them and what I "see" that I can do with them in
Here are some examples of
designs that I have created with Photos.com source
- Article by Orion
Williams copyright 2004