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Concept background ?

Zarg404
Hi !

For some weeks, I am working on more conceptual pictures like those two:
   Hammer and hard hat      Hammer falling and beard man with hard hat   

I am wondering what should be if possible the best background to use ? White background ? contextual background ?

Thank you for your advices
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Edited: 08/28/2013, 06:44:46 AM
Astormfr
Personnaly I prefer the white. In addition a buyer will be able to edit easily the white one...
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Posted: 08/28/2013, 07:14:04 AM
Bogdanzagan
You have a problem with the hammer. The hammer does not fall, usually someone is holding it by the handle and the blur is only on the top edge, a circular blur, simulating a rotating movement.
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Posted: 08/28/2013, 07:17:12 AM
Melonstone
Well, a hammer could fall from above on a building site, for example, from workmen on scaffolding or similar, hopefully without anyone holding onto the handle!

The red/yellow background has more impact & goes with the concept of "danger" very well but, as mentioned above, designers often prefer white backgrounds......
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Posted: 08/28/2013, 10:02:58 AM
Suyerry
White background! Another image - Now put a brick in place of the Hammer! :)
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Posted: 08/28/2013, 11:37:15 AM
Akstp
I like both backgrounds. Concept to me is good: The falling hammer indicates construction site accident, but the man is wearing a bicycle helmet, which indicates wrong safety gear for construction.
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Posted: 08/28/2013, 17:01:46 PM
Parkinsonsniper

Originally posted by Akstp:
Quoted Message: I like both backgrounds. Concept to me is good: The falling hammer indicates construction site accident, but the man is wearing a bicycle helmet, which indicates wrong safety gear for construction.


+1 for the comment above.

Also, I prefer white background, too. it's very easy to create the radial background, but it is much harder to remove.
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Posted: 08/29/2013, 09:44:46 AM
Lenutaidi
Hi! In stock the vast majority prefer the white background for more sales.But is not a rule. And the exception proves the rule. Concept is more important than background color. And your concept is cool!Congratulations!:)
Edited: 08/29/2013, 11:26:19 AM
Ricardotoledo
White background gives more flexiblity to buyers in theirs jobs... and consequently more chances to sales for you...
:-)
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Posted: 08/30/2013, 13:41:52 PM
Lenutaidi
Ricardotoledo, is not a rule.Look carefully on site and you'll notice that their portfolio contributors hundreds of sales that have nothing to do with white background.That there are many buyers who prefer white that's another story.You can sell stock photography without to do on white background.More chances to sales for you are when you find niche and concept.Must try to see what look you sell, what is required.Cheers!
Edited: 08/30/2013, 15:06:25 PM
Ricardotoledo
Yes Lenutaidi! It is not a rule! You are right!
Cheers.
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Posted: 08/30/2013, 16:15:08 PM
Zarg404
Thank you for our advice. It is not a bicycle helmet but a professional helmet which could protect from falling hammer !
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Posted: 08/31/2013, 10:27:11 AM
Preslav
I also prefer the white background cuz its easy to edit :)
Posted: 09/03/2013, 08:29:43 AM
Zarg404
Thanks !

My new pictures are now with white background !
   White beard man cooked       White beard man diving   
Nikon
Posted: 09/05/2013, 02:34:58 AM
Parkinsonsniper

Originally posted by Zarg404:
Quoted Message: Thank you for our advice. It is not a bicycle helmet but a professional helmet which could protect from falling hammer !


That's a valid point. But, my personal suggestion is always using usual props in stock images. Maybe it's a very high quality helmet, but it doesn't make the viewer think of a "construction helmet" at first sight. Some objects have symbolic values. The old fashioned telephones are a good example of this. Noone use those phones anymore but we still use them as "contact us" icons.

Still, that helmet may be a good subject to another specific image with a title "high quality construction helmet".
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Posted: 09/05/2013, 03:03:52 AM
Heywoody
My 2c - lose the radial and go with a plain (uniform) red so you keep the danger vibe without losing the flexibility of the isolation AND / OR submit a png (with transparancy) as additional at the same time.
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Posted: 09/06/2013, 05:58:47 AM