Getting the Most Out of Styled Stock Photos

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Not too long ago I shared some of my favorite styled photo resources.  As with most things, you can find a wide price range of options to buy from.  My most favorite resource tends to be on the pricey side so I often find myself waiting for a sale or for a freebie in a newsletter.  When I do purchase a photo, I like to know that I am getting my money’s worth, not only in aesthetics but in usefulness as well.  Today I am sharing with you how I get the most out of my styled stock photos.

Choosing Photos To Buy

The first thing I do when buying a photo is check the quality and usefulness.  Is the lighting good?  Is it realistic to a degree?  Does it contain elements that I like?  Do the colors coordinate with my brand and the look that I am going for?  Is the price right?  Can I justify spending X amount on that photo?  Can it be used in multiple ways?

There is one final crucial question.   Does the seller allow you, the buyer, the right to crop the photo, use overlays, and add fonts to their photo?  You will be able to find this information on the seller’s website and/or under each photo’s listing.

If the answer is yes to the above questions I purchase the photo.

The Photo’s Mine!  Now What?

This is where the fun begins and you can flex your creative muscles.  I’ll be using the photo below as an example.  I’ll be using Pic Monkey as well.  You can use any photo editing service though.

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Open the photo in Pic Monkey.

 

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Open the cropping tool.

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This next step is crucial.  Using the drop down menu choose “Original Proportions”.  Move the crop area around and find different items to include in the photo.

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Play around with it and remember to get creative.  Once you are happy with your choice, click on the green “Apply” button in the crop tool.  Save your photo.

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There you have it.  A different and unique view of the same photo.  I start over and crop each photo differently, saving each one as I go along.  You can add your own overlays as well to make the photo unique to you.  Notice the iPhone screens below.  Here are some of the edits I got from just one photo.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehereandnow.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehereandnow.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehereandnow.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehereandnow.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehereandnow.com

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehehereandow.com

Getting the Most Out of Your Styled Stock Photos www.lovethehehereandow.com

By purchasing one photo, I was able to create 9 other photos that I can use on my blog or use in other ways as I mentioned in this post.  I can easily justify spending a certain amount if I know that I can get multiple edits out of one photo.  The key is to think ahead before buying a photo.  Imagine the crops and edits you can do to get the most out of your styled stock photos.

Are you a fan of styled photography?  Would you edit your stock photos like this to get more bang for your buck?

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  • http://www.heykerriblog.com Kerri Fortune | Hey Kerri Blog

    Wow, when you look at how many *different* images you were able to get out of that one photograph – it makes total sense to purchase them. I can definitely see buckling down and actually purchasing some styled photographs in my future!

    • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

      I love them…certain designers are amazing. This allows you to definitely get more bang for your buck!

  • http://howtomakealife.com/ Sheryl @ How to Make a Life

    Such good suggestions!!

    • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

      Thanks! I like to get my money’s worth and this allows me to!

  • http://www.northernbellediaries.com/ Lisette

    Wow. I never thought to crop stock photography different ways. Very creative! Although, some stock shops say you can’t edit them (which I think cropping counts as editing) if you don’t have those restrictions, I say go for it!

    • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

      You’re correct! That’s why it’s so crucial to read each shop’s policies. That’s why I mentioned it in the post. Thankfully the ones I purchase from clearly state that cropping is ok as is using overlays and fonts. Any other other edits aren’t allowed. People have to read the fine print and respect the sellers’ terms. I love being able to crop away and get more use out of each photo. So useful and truly generous of the sellers.

  • http://www.yellowdoordiaries.com Morgan Lewis

    I love this – thank you!!

    • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

      You’re welcome!

  • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    Who knew I had one thing up on you? Never thought I’d see the day!

  • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    No worries at all…I linked to it. This picture cost $35 BUT for that amount I got 10 photos (including the original). You can’t beat $3.50/photo for a great quality photo! At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it (which really means that I now can justify additional purchases).

    • http://www.wearflowersinyourhair.com/ Nina B

      No I totally get it. I am just trying to figure out and think through some stuff AS a starting photographer. You know? But thanks to you, I just got my first free stock photo today!!

      • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

        I would love to create my own style photos. I even branded out and created photo boards for props this weekend and bought some photo background pieces. CRAZY. Of course it would be nice to be able to know how to use my DSLR camera too….

        • http://www.wearflowersinyourhair.com/ Nina B

          I’m doing a post of tips next week I think? My brain is mush at this time of night. And also I can let you know of the classes I took. It’s all online!

          • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

            Thank you! I’d appreciate it!

  • http://gina-alyse.com/ Gina Alyse

    Great post! Never estimate the power of cropping! :) I love it!

    • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

      Exactly! Cropping is an amazing tool.