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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 11, 2017, 09:58:34 PM »
The payment includes administrative shit plus royalties to the original photographers. Someone who created the stock photos benefits if you buy them.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by Richardk on December 11, 2017, 07:45:48 PM »
Thanks for the tip. I guess since the site wants you to buy stuff, they make it easy to narrow down your choices.

Tangent alert! This reminds me of searching for apps for my phone. Yes, my old flip phone finally died and I upgraded to a "smart phone". I think that means you have to be smart to use it, not the phone. Short of it is, how do you find a "quality" app? Some are obvious but others are junk with high ratings.

Thanks again. I'll pass it on and see what happens.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« Last post by Richardk on December 11, 2017, 07:37:54 PM »
It might be the video technology. The MPEG. The same data loss that makes some scenes with uniform background colors blocky.

So you're suggesting it might be the video feed?

Hmm, so it still comes down to the TV or just the feed? I'm trying to remember if different TV's with the same program, had the same problem? I don't think so. If that's the case, then not all TV's unpack the data the same way, which sounds like nonsense. But maybe you're paying for post processing of the video before it's displayed? Just to clarify, the TV's are not all the same.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 11, 2017, 07:33:19 PM »
Ok, that's clearer. She or you probably really want some staged stock photos of business group events.

The sites CanStockPhoto and Fotalia are really good for the money. Fotalia is the better one and CanStockPhoto is really better for drawn web illustrations.

The sites I mentioned (Death to the stock photo) are more ponderous artsy images and won't be "fun".

At the very low end you fund an account with like $10 to $30 on one of these sites and that provides you with some credits to download images. Lower resolution images are fewer credits, and thematically and artistically "better" images require spending more credits.

I would recommend one of those two sites just to save time. You can zero in quickly on good stock photos on a stock site whereas you may spend hours dicking with Google image search and find that the best images are copyrighted.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by Richardk on December 11, 2017, 07:26:47 PM »
Gorn! Of course I'm a web designer, just not a very good one! Ha-ha. (I know what I want but can't get there without training wheels. More of a back-end guy.)

How the web has grown. I'm thinking there's about a dozen sites at best with decent stuff, so this is easy but maybe not so? Gosh, do I miss working for a big company with an in-house art department? Need something? They will take care of it plus it added a consistent look and feel. Guess those days are long gone.

Short story is my sister got tasked with doing the flyer and whatever else they need for their ribbon cutting (expanding their service area). She was frustrated with the prices she was seeing for garbage stock photos and asked me for help.

I Googled a bit but thought we're all like minded, so why not ask and just cut to the chase? Also I'm not sure what is out there since if you search for 'ribbon cutting' you get a lot of "other people". I suggested she take her own photos if she can't find anything since she doesn't have an art department to hit up.

Personally I think she's overthinking this by wanting to do a good job. Show some scissors, a ribbon, the info you need and you're done. Hmm, maybe I'll show her several good examples of other people's ribbon cutting flyers, though I'm sure she already has something in mind.

Also looking at ribbon cutting photos, where do they get a pair of ridiculously oversized scissors? Not exactly something you find at Hobby-Lobby.

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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by Richardk on December 11, 2017, 06:57:44 PM »
Agree! Very nice.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 11, 2017, 06:33:36 PM »
Google these sites for completely free, no-strings high quality stock photos:

Unsplash

Death to the stock photo

These photos are more artsy than business-conceptual.

Also, on Google image search, you can limit image searches by Creative Commons license types. In other words you can limit found images to those marked available for non commercial use.
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Discussions - Public / Re: r u Sending Xmas Cards this year?
« Last post by The Gorn on December 11, 2017, 05:09:22 PM »
Sending one of those popup cards would be a very alpha move. Yes, you'd have to like the person a lot. They would really impress.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 11, 2017, 05:06:36 PM »
Rather than do a core dump of my valuable wide ranging knowledge on the subject, why don't you explain what your specific end purpose is for the photos? Be real specific, not just "web site".

Some sites are better than others for particular needs. And what people think of as stock photographs varies widely. Since you aren't in the web designer club you'll need to splain what you are looking for.

I'm not being snarky. I could spend an hour writing up what I know.
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Discussions - Public / Stock photo sites
« Last post by Richardk on December 11, 2017, 03:28:23 PM »
Does anyone have a favorite stock photo site? Something that is cheap, if not free with quality pictures?
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