My first experience as a buyer ;) - Dreamstime

Hi, Friends.

Unexpectidely the day came when I began to need pictures for site designs. Now I know a little bit of how people choose pictures. At least how I do this. Here is my first impression of the process.

1. I convert some of my income into credits.

2. I have in my mind a draft design and a picture which is missing.

3. I put the keywords in search and see what appears. If appears something different from what I expect I try different keyword combination.

4. Here a part of my photographers illusions begin to disappear, because:

- yes, the way icons look is important, but I upload a comp image to check the details and try if an image matches my design.

- yes, photographer's creativity and uniqueness of an image are cool things, but I'm searching for something exact, done in a certain style, so I can admire other wonderful pictures and probably save their numbers for future, but if they don't match my today's idea, I don't buy.

- yes, keywords are important, but - good news: if I don't see a relevant image immediately, I search as long as I need. even if it's 40 or 50 pages.

Later I promise to post here which pictures I buy and where they can be found (when sites are finished and published), but for now I have only my resume: the choice of picture is easy. IT MUST JUST MATCH. Nothing more.

Photo credits: Julia161.

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May 04, 2010


I think the buyer will take his / her time to ferret out the picture that is actually required. After all they are paying money for it, so "just any picture" will not do.

January 27, 2010


It is indeed nice to know that buyers do taking their time the find the perfect match.

January 27, 2010


Thanks for this message and good luck with your choices.

January 27, 2010


It's a great feeling to find what you want to make the work easier! You should have seen my screen with 10s of windows open to check those images I needed :))
Good luck ;)

January 27, 2010


Interesting to hear about the "other side".

January 27, 2010


thanks for sharing your views from a buyers perspective - very interesting - everytime i get a sale i feel very pleased that my pic was downloaded amongst the millions on the site - thanks again :)

January 27, 2010


I've also wondered why buyers would select my particular images amongst hundreds or thousands others sometimes - as you said, they look for what they need! Thanks for sharing your experience with this project of yours and good luck with it.

January 27, 2010


Thanks for sharing your insights from a buyers perspective, gives us all hope that buyers will search long and hard to find the perfect picture for their needs.

January 27, 2010


Interesting article.

Прикольный способ :)

January 26, 2010



January 26, 2010


That's pretty funny what you said about searching through pages and pages of search results. I got an image downloaded the other day that in the search results (for the keywords that it was downloaded with) was on page 20, or something like that (and I browse with 80 images per page!). That means the buyer must have looked through a few hundred (or thousand) images to find the one that worked for him.

Thanks for the article. It's interesting for us photographers hearing the other side of the story. :)

January 26, 2010


Thank you =)

January 26, 2010


I wish you luck with your project!

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