Photospin’s Stock Photography Article Base

photospin-logoStock photo agencies are not in the writing industry. They deal in imagery, not the written word. But what if you want to learn about tips and tricks in the stock photography industry? Photospin has you covered. Not only were they voted the cheapest stock photo agency, but they have a spin-off website called Photospin Labs.

Photospin Labs is the article website, believe it or not. They don’t have a whole lot of articles to choose from, but they do have unique articles that you won’t find anywhere else. Their articles are catered to the design industry, the marketing industry and any other industry that might be a customer of stock photos. Photospin Labs does lose a few points for the frequency of their updates. They do not update their website very often. However, I have to give them credit. Photospin Labs is doing what no other stock photo agency is doing – maintaining an article site relevant to the industry.

They have tips. They have tricks. Their articles will tell you how to do things, like how to use the rainbow gradient tool in Photoshop. Another one that can readily be found is how to mock up forms within Photoshop. Photoshop is a vast and expensive program. There’s an excellent reason as to why Photoshop is the industry standard. If you want to learn how to do something in Photoshop, you may as well come here.


Photospin Labs isn’t the only place where you can find articles from Photospin. Photospin (read their review from this link) themselves has their own article library with 47 articles. Each one tends to cater to Photospin, telling you why you should choose Photospin over anybody else. While it may be a little biased, they do review other photo agencies and tell you how to best make use of the stock photos on their site. An example might be their article entitled Food Pics. It’s a rather short article that tells you how to create amazing photos using food. A lot of these articles are for both designers and photographers. They tell you about copyright law, what it means to have a royalty-free image, and easy tips for taking better pictures.

As they say, if you have the tools you can do the trade. This applies to photography – if you have the tools for photography you can be a photographer. How about the best way to get a high acceptance rate among stock photo agencies? Or what about tips on how to get your image noticed? Find them all here at Photospin.

Cropping Cheap Stock Photos

designerOne of your jobs as a designer, marketer or any other creative professional that subscribes to a stock photo service as being discussed in with the intention of manipulating the photo in Photoshop is to try and strive for a finished product that is so polished that no one can tell that the photo was manipulated. This applies in two ways: extended photos and cropped photos. We’re going to talk about the latter.

Cropping a photo means take out the part of the photo that you want and discards the rest. Photo cropping is one of the first and primary skills anyone will learn in any Photoshop course. Good cropping skills go hand-in-hand with the type a skill it takes to choose a good photo.

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Sometimes cropping is good, sometimes it’s not. One of the easiest ways to check out a poorly cropped photo is when a photo that was taken on a solid background is placed on a gradient background. There tends to be this “rift edge” to the photo as an instant tell for poor Photoshop skills.

Another instance is when you take out a specific element of a picture to use just that. If you want a man in a business suit, then you need to choose a photo of a man in a business suit. If you find a group setting and take a single person out, people can usually tell. It is your job as a designer to ensure that your message gets through to the viewers. Poor Photoshop skills don’t convey the message. Their eyes drawn to your poor Photoshop skills. If you want a man in a business suit in a group meeting setting, then choose a photo of a man in a business suit in a group meeting setting.

Another common mistake of cropping photos is leaving irrelevant elements of the photo in the finished product. If you want a man in a business suit, choose a photo of a man in a business suit. If your photo happens to have two people in it, your best bet is to choose a different photo. If you poorly crop out the other person, it will take away from the message or purpose of the photo. If you leave the unnecessary person in the finished product, it will take away from the message just as strongly as if he was poorly cropped out.

It is your job as a designer to make sure that clients don’t ask you to make mistakes on their behalf. You’re the expert, and they expect feedback from you. Use your judgment to make sure that the finished product is something you’re proud of. Clients don’t hire designers to make mistakes. Their vision does not have mistakes in it.