Product: Custom Photos
When getting photos to use in my blogs I tend to use the companies logo, if that applies, and take my own photos and edit them for the other pictures I need. When I was just starting out in the blogging world I would sometimes search Google for images I needed and use some of those, this is a HUGE no-no. The images you find on internet image searches are copyrighted. You can get into trouble even if you use them and link back to the source, which I see some people doing.
I like taking my own photos and posting them because it gives the post a personal touch and makes you seem more like a real person. Although this can be very time consuming and sometimes you don’t have the capability to take a photo that you need.
This is where Snapwire comes in. They connect people with photographers who take photos and submit them based on what you are looking for.
I received a credit to try out their service so I set up a ‘Photo Request‘. It was very easy to make a request and they walk you right through it. First you pick a title for your request. You then choose how soon you need the photos. How the photos will be used (e.g. blog, company, or personal). Lastly how much you will pay per photo.
You can then give a short description if you would like to and any creative direction of maybe what you want or don’t want, themes, or colors.
I am starting to write more about blogging tips & tricks so it is handy to have photos of computers and laptops. So I simply titled my request “Laptops”. I had 64 total photos submitted in the three days that my request was open. After it’s over you can purchase as many photos as you would like and the winning photographers get paid.
I really enjoyed the whole process and the thought of buying photos from real people.