For those who are doing video work, professional work or say the serious “Professional Amateur Work” (where I fit in) there are so many ways of going about it. You can shoot footage yourself, buy a Camera, do the home studio or even use your latest smartphone just the way I like doing it.
Beyond all this comes situations where ‘Stock Footage’ comes into play. When you use Stock Footage you must be careful at the start in that the last thing you want to do it use a common ‘cheesy’ image you see everywhere.
This is a very simple mistake that many fall into in that even for myself driving around Sydney, I see my favourite part Asian Model on anything from billboards, to Dentists, to Financial Services businesses.
However if you go into your stock image & video archive the right way, you can skip the ‘mainstream’ imagery and find some incredibly beautiful imagery and footage to suit your application. I was actually reviewing some videos for a website for one of my large clients and they are actually really good!
Very inexpensive, royalty free and again if you find the ‘less popular’ ones you can come up with some great footage and imagery.
You can find some great libraries on Google with my favourites being Fotolia, Adobe Stock Images, iStock by Getty Images and of course Getty Images.
My advice and thinking? Consider carefully the application you are using and work out the type of imagery you are after and browse the libraries. Make sure you aren’t picking something too much in the mainstream and keep searching till you know you have found what you want. Works a treat, looks wonderful and I love it!
The libraries are highly recommended and I love their work.
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