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Who buys stock photos?

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EnlightenedMedia
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012 10:23PM

In trying to synchronize my brain to the customer as a contributor, I am trying to understand the nature of who buys stock photos from iStockphoto.


When I see a nature shot that is both artistic and meaningful, for example, I think to myself "i could totally see this in a magazine or blog" however in getting those images rejected for composition primarily and technicality second, I get confused because I feel my understanding of what kinds of images are purchased as a majority and for what purpose is not accurate.


As I think about it I realize this is probably a large answer, but maybe if someone could point me to some websites that are good examples of the type of consistent customers that make up some sort of majority.


Thanks.
Whiteway
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 12:34AM
Have a look at the 'In Use' forum. Lots of examples, often with links.

Broadly, the answer is - anyone with a point to make or something to sell. Businesses, educators, bloggers... Often, the first port of call is a web or print designer.
sjlocke
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:21AM

Posted By Whiteway:
Broadly, the answer is - anyone with a point to make or something to sell. Businesses, educators, bloggers... Often, the first port of call is a web or print designer.


Right. There is stock everywhere around you. Pick popular images and Google image search them. Everyone buys stock images.

The OP has no images accepted yet, so the critique forum is probably where to head.

eta: I see the OP is already there : link and has been given good critique and education.

(Edited on 2012-11-08 03:23:50 by sjlocke)
JoeyFieldsCLOSED
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 5:15AM
I'm a buyer turned into contributor. When I was studying graphic design, I often bought iStock images to use for my uni assignments, creating magazine cover samples, brochures and stuff. Also, bought a lot of images when working as a web designer. With iStock, you can find quality photos that suit your website's genre, be it for business, sports, music, whatever.
EnlightenedMedia
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:14AM
Thanks whiteaway, will take a look at the in use forum.
EnlightenedMedia
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:15AM
Actually it is "iStock in Action", took me a few moments to find it.
justelaine
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 7:35PM
I buy a lot more photos and illos than I upload (actually haven't had the camera out since just before last Christmas) -- too many to post, sometimes 2 or 3 or 4 different pieces for the same project. I design books for the traditional and non-traditional publishing industry.
DavidCallan
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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:06AM
Most publishing companies here in England use stock libraries such as IS for print magazines, newsletters and online articles. I'm assuming it's the same in the US, Canada and Europe.
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