Searching for the perfect stock photo for any of your projects can be a difficult and time-consuming process. The more you are aware of how to do a proper search for an image, the easier it is going to filter through several images available online.
As these days so many agencies are available, your search for free photos can be to find stock images from almost everywhere in the world whether it is the Taj Mahal from Agra or Eifel Tower from Paris or a landscape scene of the Sahara Desert.
Stock image collection of most stock agencies are now growing in leaps and bounds, hence finding a perfect match is turning out to be a big challenge to take on.
Saving some time and money is the biggest concern particularly if you are a small business owner. Here are a few tips that can help you to save both.
Use multiple keyword search words
If you use a short or more general keyword to search for your required photo, then you will end up getting a huge number of photos to select from which may waste your time a lot.
Choosing multiple keywords to describe your requirements will offer you more specific images so that you can easily select one.
Be specific while making your photo search
Again, while searching, be as specific as possible so that you may end up getting the results that you were exactly looking for. If possible, also include the location of the image to get a result that is location specific.
Use advanced search options
Most stock agencies may offer Advanced Search options, which can save lots of your time once you understand how to use them effectively.
If you know the purpose and position in the future of your image in the design, this can cut 33% or more of the results of any initial search.
Understand legal permission
Although you may be offered free photos, remember every photo may have a certain legal requirement for using them for commercial purposes. So, you must investigate that thoroughly before you implement it on your website.
Failing to do that may end up in serious legal hassles in the future that may put you into trouble.
Look for the emotion that you want to convey
Your image must reflect the emotion that your brand wants to convey to your audience. Your photo should match your story, and what you want to present on your website.
Identify a few emotions such as joy, happiness, confidence, and remorse—and then type those adjectives while searching your photos.
Avoid visually busy photos
If you want to add any graphics or text to your photos, then look for pics that have got enough negative space so that you can include these additions without making your overall composition too cramped. When we say “negative space”, we mean a blank space around the subject of the photos.
Surely these tips can help you to eliminate the number of search results. The more specific you are, you can discover faster exactly what you need.
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