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COVER. EVERY. ANGLE.

It’s hard to know how to take that shot that will sell over and over again. We get a lot of similar images uploaded to us at Cutcaster. After reviewing one particularly large batch of similar images where it appeared as if the photographer just stepped back one foot for each shot while moving his camera slightly to the left, we almost had a photo reviewer jump out the window after she ran out of hair to pull out ;-)

Then, I stumbled across a great post at Photoshelter titled, ”How to make a photo editor fall in love with you” and a few things really stood out for me. Nice work PS.

One in particular was from Roberto De Luna, a Photo Editor at Time Out New York, who said, “A photographer that understands that I need verticals, horizontals, and SILO options stands a great chance of winning me over.”

This is the thought process that will help every photographer get into the mindset of his end user/buyer and something that needs to be thought about before you submit photos to a photo editor who has hired you or send to Cutcaster.

Cutcaster has always stressed the importance of editing images before submitting them to us so that the quality of the selection you upload is the highest possible. For example, if you are going to submit a series of images from the same shoot, it is best to submit a portrait, a landscape, a SILO option if appropriate and an obscure/conceptual angle from each subject area/shoot to reduce redundancy and vastly improve the user experience and visual quality of results when a buyer performs a search. Supplying too many similar images will be off-putting to clients and result in less sales because buyers won’t use our site to buy your images.

So it is wise to choose the images you upload carefully and not submit too many similars. Think, as you are shooting, what a buyer will need and be able to use. Plan it out beforehand and improvise as you are shooting. Try to shoot exactly what you planned out or was asked of you by a photo editor, and then shoot it from every angle possible. Up, down, from above, view from below, wide, close, inside and out, horizontal and vertical.  If you plan it out and can capture all that then your images will sell and show your buyers how hard you work.

What is a comp image and does Cutcaster offer them?

A ‘comp’ (short for complimentary) is a free, low-resolution, watermarked version of Cutcasters’ images. Buyers will generally download comps to evaluate an image’s suitability in a particular creative project or to evaluate varying page designs.

‘Comps’ may also be used by photo researchers or photo buyers who are doing research or purchasing images for a third party and need to seek this party’s approval of the image(s) prior to purchasing. Comp images may not be incorporated into any finished products.

To download a comp, you must first login to Cutcaster and then the download will be moved to your desktop.

Cutcaster now offers Free Photo Research

Let us turn your words into picture perfect photos that beat your expecations and save you money and time.

We know when you do something yourself you will do it right and it is hard to trust someone to do research for you, but why not leverage our free photo research and delegate it to us for a chance to show you what we can do.

Need an extra set of hands, eyes and team members to help you find the perfect image you are looking for. Pass it on and hand it over to Cutcaster.

We can easily integrate into any team environment or unique workflow that you have. Let’s have a brainstorm session and uncover eye-popping imagery for your brief.

To save you time, we offer a free picture research service at Cutcaster, in order to help you better locate images you might never have found yourself.

Cutcaster employs a team of highly trained photo and illustration researchers who know our collection better than anyone else. If we have it, they will find it for you.

Save hours in your day by letting us do some of the research for you. We will often turn research around in an hour or less and larger ones take us less than 24 hours. Please email creativedirector@cutcaster.com for more information.

Avoid getting “ISB” at Cutcaster

ISB. You may have never heard of it but you might already be suffering from its’ effects. What is it and can it be cured?

Well. Photo buyers and researchers have been known to collapse of boredom, exhaustion and image overload because of ISB. Just check out the poor chap below. Are you bored of the same old tired stock photos and illustrations that have outdated technology, no diversity, clothes from the 70′s and feel way too posed? Do you wish there was a great and new source of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, clipart or any kind of user generated images that was authentic, non-cheesy, editor-reviewed and had all the clearances you needed?

Don't get image search boredom when looking for stock photos, illustrations or vectors

You can avoid “Image Search Boredom,” by choosing to search for your stock photos and royalty free images at Cutcaster. Any of the files at Cutcaster can be used for advertising and promotional projects, including hard copy printed materials, product packaging, presentations, film and video presentations, commercials, mobile applications, catalogues, brochures, promotional greeting cards and promotional postcards, entertainment applications, such as books and book covers, magazines, newspapers, editorials, newsletters, and video, broadcast and theatrical presentations up to 500,000 copies, on-line, electronic, or mobile publications, including use on web pages, hard copy prints, posters and other reproductions for personal use or promotional purposes. Cutcaster photo and illustration marketplace can help you with any of your creative needs. Visit www.cutcaster.com to find the best content at the best prices ready to be downloaded and used immediately.