For some reason, a few bloggers are anti-stock photography for blogs. But why?
Is it because it’s part of the package when it comes to blogging? Or is it because it’s lazy, unprofessional and you should make as much effort as other bloggers?
Well, the above opinions are pretty stuck up because some bloggers find using stock images a better option.
IT SAVES MONEY
Using styled stock images means that a blogger doesn’t need to buy:
- A decent camera,
- Light rings.
Some bloggers will say that you don’t need those things to take blog photos in the first place. But what is the point in taking really crappy images when you could have HQ pretty ones?
IT’S NOT AS LAZY AS IT SEEMS
There are a ton of blog posts online where the image does not coordinate to the post in any shape or form. However, they are taken by the person who has written them. To me, that’s pointless as the images should correlate to the post as much as possible. But there are photos out there that supply the purpose and show the message of your content. And that can take a bit of time to find. And then we edit them to personalise them slightly. It’s not just a save and upload task. Finding images that work well with the post and editing them still takes time.
WE DON’T ALL HAVE THE SAME RESOURCES
There are some things that help when taking quality blog photos and they consist of:
- A decent camera,
- Natural light,
But for those who don’t have the money for the latest Nikon, the prettiest perfume bottles and makeup or those who have limited natural light and finish work at 6 pm, stock images are the best option.
Many bloggers work full time, come home when the sun is going down and are paying rent. We can’t all just buy a Canon Mark III and take photos of Chanel makeup and flowers.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONTENT
Unless you’re a photography blogger or you are running a campaign that requires more than three of your own photos, it’s not a necessity. Blogging should be about expression, sharing thoughts and opinions as well as being creative with what resources you can get your hands on.
We aren’t all talented in photography. Not all of us can work a camera or even arrange the images. That’s why we put the effort into the writing and concern ourselves about the imagery later.
I think it is a lot of hard work to take your own photos all the time. And with practice and some saving, we can grow and improve our photography. But we shouldn’t be snobby about it. If someone wants to write and then use stock images, let them. Don’t let it change your opinion on the content they are providing. It’s not a content on who does the most work.
Image via KaboomPics