Are One Dollar Photos The Best?

If you took time to check out books at Noble and Barnes, at the airport or at Walmart or even your teen’s high school textbooks, you will find few generic images. Generic Images mean general, non-specific images that could be used as ad backgrounds, general illustrations and layout fillers.

The truth of the matter is that editorial photo editors do not love having Micro-stock generic photos; if they had a job at an ad agency, they would use them. However, the work of an editor is to match targeted contents of the text in a book or margarine with relating images.

According to a research, it showed that customers who buy books or magazines on specific information they are interested in; they prefer going for those with illustrating images alongside the text.

Did you that, using generic $1 photos in layouts open the door to lots of problems: to both researchers and even editors. Well, a good example of such problems include, having the same micro stock photo, which might appear in many other magazines, newspapers, brochures and in the worst-case scenario in your competitor’s publication. People who do invest in publications, coffee table books, textbooks, magazines and others do rely on exclusivity. In other words, they do not expect to find the same photo being used anywhere else.

Many beginner photo editors do experience losses in their early stages of micro-stock photography, when they use inexpensive photo sources and use them months later or even the same month. There is a popular saying in the photo research arena that says, “If a photo costs a dollar, it could cost your job”. Remember, it is important for editors to provide relevant, distinctive and well-researched photos and text. This is how the business becomes easy to invest in.

False Warning

The imagined treat of competing for $1 pictures available online, decreases even more; by looking at what is happening when it comes to selling your editorial stock images.

The truth of the matter is that editorial stock photographers have learned to personally keyword their images with a targeted keyword/niche that guides photo researchers while on their website. A good example is iStockPhoto, which guarantees high buying traffic.

Moreover, photo buyers have discovered new ways they could use the internet to find the best, exclusive and exact photo for their publishing project. A majority of them do use text descriptions on popular search engines like Yahoo, Google and even MSN to locate what they are looking for. This method creates a good connection between the buyer and the photographer’s website, which makes the work of photographers easy and available.


The truth is that this system is in its early stages, but the way of the future. Because of this, it is the best time to take your camera together with your notepad and take photos while overseas, in your backyard and even of your local region. Anytime you take an image, write down a few works and keywords you could use to identify it. Remember, one-word keywords or descriptions such as airplane, weed, camel and others, are no longer used in many databases. The best way to go about the whole thing is by having at least four to five words describing your images.