How I Make My Blog's Stock Photo Library & Why You Should Have One

by - Friday, December 14, 2018

I've been curating a stock photo library for a few months now, ever since I realized that it was probably a good idea to have one. I know there are several sites like Tumblr, Unsplash, and We Heart It where you can use the images for practically free, but for me, it just feels super uncreative and it made me feel bad that I'm not as creative as these photographers, so I stopped. Having my own stock photo library has changed my blogging photos in a lot of ways and there are several reasons why you should have one.

You can use them when you aren't able to photograph
You can use your own stock photo library when you aren't able to photograph. Is the weather too dreary to take a photo? Do you get out of work at 5 pm during the winter to find that it's dark? Stock photo libraries are perfect for those of us who don't have time to take a new blog photo every time we write a post.

It challenges your creativity
I find that having to take my own stock photos challenges my own creativity. For example, I have to make my makeup stock photos look different in some way, and I can find a way to photograph the clothes in my closet. It even challenges me to see things in a different light.

You don't need to pay a fee
Some stock photo sites may appear free, but then you get bamboozled by a window that says you have to pay $50 for licensing fees. Taking your own stock photos solves that issue there and then.

Now that you've had three reasons to create your own stock photo library, here's how you can make your own.

Experiment
I usually experiment with different flatlay options when it comes to creating stock photos. I also experiment with lighting, as I've recently bought a phone ringlight to take when it's too dark to take regular photography with my phone.

Take loads of photos
Every time I have an opportunity to take a lot of photos (such as in botanical gardens or at home in my free time) I try to take a lot of photos that can easily serve as stock photos.

Think outside the box
Most people think that stock photos have to be planned and pretty, but not all of them have to. That pretty crate of pomegranates at the grocery store can serve as a stock photo, or that cute store window at the mall can serve as a stock photo. Even that rainy day can serve some serious stock photo opportunities.

Do you have your own stock photo library?

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