Photographer Stimulus Package

If the U.S. economic stimulus legislation works according to plan, there will be demands for images that illustrate enormous expenditures on the country’s infrastructure over the next 18 months and for years to come. In addition to building roads and bridges, the bill also provides for funds for alternative energy.

Bridge under construction

Piers of building bridge

Many outside the U.S. blame America for the worldwide depression and perhaps rightly so as it started here. If the U.S. plan does work to get the economy working again, many countries will perhaps emulate the U.S. plan. Some countries already have stimulus plans with infrastructure funding.

It follows that images that illustrate these top-spending items will be in demand for articles, websites and blogs. After the major bridge collapse in Minneapolis TK and the subsequent inspections throughout the country, awareness was created about the poor condition of the countries bridges.

Night highways

Road Laying Machine

When the building starts, get out there and document the process. If you have access to a project close to your home base, a series of images taken from the same vantage point as the project progresses could be very interesting.

Obtaining model releases from bridge and highway construction employees will be difficult. I offer the same advice as always: ask around until you find a connection to one of the contractors and then offer to trade images for fuller access to the project and to the workers. Otherwise focus on the project itself, minimizing the people in your images.

There will also be a large number of projects dealing with solar and other alternative energy projects from insulating lower income houses to massive manufacturing and construction projects involving solar, wind and other alternative energy projects. All offer possibilities for illustrations and photographs.

Wind power plant

Solar Panel Installation

Ellen Boughn
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I have written a about microstock photography released in 2010. I was the Director of Content at Dreamstime for two years ending in Feb, 2009. You can order my book from amazon via my website at

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As you are planning to photograph infrastructure, please don't forget about the water and wastewater industry. As an in-house designer, I have a hard time locating such images for my projects. - Rachel S.


thank you for your article, as a newbie, i am constantly looking for imagery to promote, even if i don't get out much. i will be very aware as progress comes along - even here in australia!


Great article. You have really sparked ideas for microstock based on economic trends and relevance to current issues. Thank you.


Another article that fires my imagination! Thank you!