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    Avoiding cliched stock photo images

    I found this from another discussion and wanted to bring it here;

    http://www.fortymedia.com/blog/resources/20/top-ten-stock-photography-cliches


    It sounds so obvious, but I think alot of designers usually end up going for these cliched stock images rather than trying to be more creative.

    Any other cliches that we should avoid?


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    "Guy at the airport/train station checking his PDA"

    He's busy. He's on the move. He's DYNAMIC. I get it already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    "Guy at the airport/train station checking his PDA"

    He's busy. He's on the move. He's DYNAMIC. I get it already!
    I thought it meant ... we don't have a real office so don't try and stop by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trampt
    I thought it meant ... we don't have a real office so don't try and stop by.
    That too

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    This is hilarious! Especially the "handful of manure", hah

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    I also see some other types of such cliche photos:


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    Hilarious - this exact picture is one that my company uses in presentations and marketing materials ALL the time!
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    LOL Varelse - Thinking Ain't Easy struck me as hi-larious for some reason.

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    Although they are "cliches", I think it's still a good idea to use some of those photos. For example if you use vgarcia's guy with PDA at an airport. If that guy looks great, fit and successful you create a role model that a visitor (a potential customer) will want to follow consciously or subconsciously. I think an image like that would be great for a site that sells PDA's or mobile phones or some sort of other mobile devices for business people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semko
    Although they are "cliches", I think it's still a good idea to use some of those photos. For example if you use vgarcia's guy with PDA at an airport. If that guy looks great, fit and successful you create a role model that a visitor (a potential customer) will want to follow consciously or subconsciously. I think an image like that would be great for a site that sells PDA's or mobile phones or some sort of other mobile devices for business people.
    Yeah but he's always on a consulting firm's site

    You're right, in the proper situation any of these stock photos will work. However, many of them are overused to the point of meaninglessness.

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    Two categories I find highly annoying:
    1) 'Kid played with the camera again' - i.e. out-of-focus macro-shots of whatever
    2) 'Retarded filler photo' - e.g. a lady looking at her goldfish on the 'New investor' page.

    By the way, while browsing for examples, I stubled onto the Network54 page, which looks like stock photo paradise. My favorite photograph is the guy at the Participate Now photograph checking out the girl.
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    Yeah I may agree there. When it's not targeted it is a simple waste of space that you could use for other, more productive (more converting) things. Besides everyone uses them those days, almost everywhere. It may have looked cool and professional a few years ago. Today it rather means somebody tries to be a big-business-wannabe.

    Targeted stockphotos are still useful though. When you connect a photo that creates positive feelings in a person with your product, you are a half way to selling your product.

    Imagine you have got a photo of a jogging person. It creates a subconscious feeling of health and fitness. Now you take the nike shoes you sell on your website and put them professionally into that photo with photoshop. As a result you associate your product with health and fitness. You maximize you sales. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    You're right, in the proper situation any of these stock photos will work. However, many of them are overused to the point of meaninglessness.
    And I think that is what makes them both cliched and useless. Good creative professionals are those who can see beyond the normal cliches.


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    Alright, but will an avarage customer "see" beyond those cliches, too?

    An avarage customer doesn't think about what he sees in you design. And his/her subconscious just "swallows" all the obvious "cliches" and creates a gut feeling in that person about your product/site. That gut feeling can either help you to sell your product or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semko
    Alright, but will an avarage customer "see" beyond those cliches, too?

    An avarage customer doesn't think about what he sees in you design. And his/her subconscious just "swallows" all the obvious "cliches" and creates a gut feeling in that person about your product/site. That gut feeling can either help you to sell your product or not.
    That's hard to say. I think if your images and webcopy is consistent and clear, then they'll get it.

    All the obvious cliches that are up there tend to blind the customer and they see right past it. But if are creative enough, then I think even a split second pause from the customer is a good reaction. make sense?


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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ankerstjerne
    Two categories I find highly annoying:
    1) 'Kid played with the camera again' - i.e. out-of-focus macro-shots of whatever
    2) 'Retarded filler photo' - e.g. a lady looking at her goldfish on the 'New investor' page.

    By the way, while browsing for examples, I stubled onto the Network54 page, which looks like stock photo paradise. My favorite photograph is the guy at the Participate Now photograph checking out the girl.
    Oh my god! the lady is so ugly that she scared me! (almost as much as when I look myself in the mirror in the mornings ). I guess I am too used to see beautiful models....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse
    I also see some other types of such cliche photos:


    Optician? Lawyer? Psychologist?
    Actually, I think this one looks more like "hm, I like that girl, I wonder if...."

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    Damn it, I just purchased the "handful of manure" awhile ago..

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyboy808
    Damn it, I just purchased the "handful of manure" awhile ago..
    Replace it with the minimalistic version:

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    I guess I am too used to see beautiful models....
    Man, I feel so sorry for you!
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    Hehe, I also see this girl everywhere, I've seen her on about 5 sites in the last month and that's scary coming from one person's viewing record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Python2004
    Hehe, I also see this girl everywhere, I've seen her on about 5 sites in the last month and that's scary coming from one person's viewing record.
    Is that the cPanel girl?

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