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There are some **really good** photography subscription sites out there, and not very expensive. Can't provide links, but I have three I frequent, Google for stock photography and you will know the names when you see them, they are the same sources that have been providing photos since before the digital revolution.
Ive looked through those websites, and yes, they are defintiely worth it... but you see, I do alot of face to face with clients, and Id like to have a catalog in hand that I could show them, and they coulld point to something and say "this one!" ... what i really want is a collection... stock photo sites are great, but their CDs cost like $800! come on! and its usually print resolution... I need just web resolution,
isnt there anywhere the "DEFINITIVE WEB GRAPHICS & IMAGES COLLECTION"? anyone?!
The right way to do it (which most of us can't afford) is to bite the bullet and buy the CD's. But even with CD's, you're still sitting at the computer looking at files - what's wrong with setting up an apointment, turning on the timer, and walking through the site with the customer? They are more apt to pick something quickly if they are being charged for their time.
Ive certainly searched, scoured might be a better word... but it seems that there is only the $20 CHEESE graphics collection down at walmart, and the $800 CD of 20 poses of the same executive cutie looking all ambitious and stuff... I thought there had to be an inbetween I was missing, but it sounds like what youre saying rocknbill is that you just go through the stock photo sites with your clients, with the clock on... any other ideas? websites i mightve missed?
In my understanding and experience, the "pros" either create these graphics themselves, hire someone to do it, or pay the big dollars for the high quality photo collections. There should be an understanding and appreciation for the time effort and cost that goes into creating top-quality graphics.
There are many sources out there that help lower the costs, but if we are focussing on "professionals" and not so much easy, or cheap, then I definitely believe it is important to hire a designer or photographer, and most importantly, pay fairly for what high-quality work costs.
(I'm not opposed to cost-effective imagery at all! just giving my view on what a "professional" does)
For stock photos, there are some sources that won't break the bank. www.bigstockphoto.com has a lot of good stuff for reasonable prices, and www.clipart.com is also pretty affordable and has a lot of different formats (JPG, photo objects, EPS files).
Has anyone heard of such a thing... I mean those templates, they all look so SIMILAR! Or do you think they just collected them off the net?