Graphic of Polaroid with title Stock Images: Get the most out of your stock photos with these three tips!

Whether you are using stock photos for social media, your blog posts or your website, knowing these tips to get the most out of your search will help make your content more original. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when searching through stock photos: 

Pay Attention to Trends In Stock Photos 

Trends are constantly changing, whether it’s fashion, social media, or even the phone we use, these trends can sometimes be easily identifiable in photos. When using stock photos, you want to be careful that the image doesn’t showcase an out of date trend, unless of course that’s what you would like to show. It’s critical to review the date of the stock photo and ensure it doesn’t look dated. A stock photo that was taken in 2010 will likely look very different from an image that was taken in 2020. For more trendy stock photo, we like to use Unsplash.com. This is a free stock image website that provides 2021 quality images.

Not All Images Need To Have Faces

Landscapes, everyday objects and images that don’t show the model’s face are great substitutes for when you aren’t able to take your own professional brand photography. We love and recommend using stock photos for social media stories. For example, if you want to share some responses from a question you asked on social media, you can use stock images of the answer topic for the background. This is a really easy way to get great visuals! 

Get Very Specific With Your Search 

Getting extremely specific with your search on websites such as 123rf.com or Adobe Stock help you get the images you need and want, and limits the time spent sifting through images that aren’t reflecting your vision. When getting specific, try describing the people you would like to see, or the action that they will be doing. Another great reason to get specific is that you are more likely to find unique images, which will allow you and your content to stand out! 


The next time you need content and are looking to use Stock Images, try these tips! If you need help stepping up your social media game, book a discovery call with us!

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