5 Ways to Repurpose Old Snapshots into New Stock Photos

Stack old photos on table. Mock-up blank paper. Postcard rumpled and dirty vintage

Getting out to take new images for your stock portfolio may be a little difficult these days. From rolling lock downs to incoming colder weather – we may all be indoors a little more than we want right now. Why not use this time to see if you can breath new life into some of your old work to create stunning new stock images. Here are some tips to get you started

Touch up

Sometimes all an old image needs is a little touch up to bring it back to life. This can be anything from simple steps to shuzz up old snapshots , to restoring vintage images, or colorizing old B&W pics.

Abstract double exposure of woman and beauty of nature at the su

Double exposure

Superimposing one image onto another is a trick as old as film cameras. Fortunately in the digital world it is a very straightforward task to accomplish. Experiment using a combination of masking and blend modes to combine two unrelated pictures into one dynamic image.

Composite fantasy background - Little girl sitting on floating island, throwing paper airplanes


Maybe you have a fantasy scene you’ve always wanted to create, or maybe flipping through some of your old images will give you inspiration, but learning how to effectively combine images into a composite scene is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. And fortunately, there are many, many online resources to help you learn and perfect the technique.

Food Fight


One of the benefits of working in the digital world is that we are not limited by using only one form of creative expression. Try you hand at combining old photos with creative illustrations, painting, 3D or animation effects for a stunning new image.

Split screen, sepia black and white and color, beautiful thoughtful young Chinese Asian woman


I love then and now photos. Being able to see how things used to be compared to how they are now juxtaposed into one image. So if you happen to have vintage photos and current ones of people, place or things – or can create the illusion by applying a sepia effect on a current image - combine them 1/2 and 1/2 using a graduated mask for a drop-dead effect.

So instead of moping around complaining that we can’t get out and shoot right now – try your hand at these techniques to repurposed your old snapshots into stunning new stock photos.

  • Karenfoleyphotography
  • New Cumberland, United States
I'm a freelance photographer, videographer and writer with a passion for travel. Please contact me (by leaving a message on any of my photos) to discuss image, video or article requirements I could help with.

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November 19, 2020

Your first photo example really caught me - brilliant take on the concept.  Thanks!


November 12, 2020

Very inspiring blog with lots of interesting ideas!


November 11, 2020

THank you Karen... very creative and inspiring....   I do love going through my old photos and even my parents and grandparents photos... the edges are worn... Very interesting through the years, photography prints.   


November 10, 2020

Creative, and interesting!


November 10, 2020

Brilliant article Karen, I much appreciate a bit of a kick up the butt to get me going lol.  Thank you for your inspiration, especially to an olden like me.  It's not the end of the world being in lockdown, I'm going to make the best of it.Best wishesPam