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We’ve all seen the stock photography rage that has been going on since the genius Shay Cochrane had this brilliant idea to provide stock photography to businesses without the cost of a custom session. Her idea was incredible and it wasn’t long before there were tons of other stock photographers out there offering their own style of photography into the mix.
When I first started this business, I literally used the last $10 we had to purchase the domain name so I know what it’s like to start a business on a very tight budget. I know that having great photography is incredibly important for any business but not everyone is able to drop a lot of money on a bunch of different options right from the start. But what if I told you that you could just purchase ONE image and make it go super far? Today I’m going to show you how!
We are going to take this image above from Shay’s SCStockshop and see just how many uses we can get out of it!
I just spent about 10 minutes doing different crops and came up with 24 different ways to crop this one single image. I’m certain I could have gotten even more crops out of this if I had just spent a bit more time on it. Friends, this is over 3 weeks of Instagram posts if you were to post once a day.
Here are some tips to get the most our of one image:
Turn the image in different directions
Don’t be afraid to turn and rotate the image to get different crops out of it. You can see from my examples above that some of these are simply turned a different direction and it gives the image a whole new feel.
Paint white over anything you’d like to remove from the image
Shay has given permission to crop your images and paint out anything you’d like hidden in the image. In my example below, after I turned the image the keyboard doesn’t necessarily work in that direction so I used my color picker tool and a paint brush to cover it up.
Zoom in & out
Zoom in for really close details. This is especially great for seeing the details in the flowers.
Also, zoom out to get a larger chunk of what you’d like to focus on.
White space is a great thing
Don’t be afraid of white unused space. This is great for adding quotes or text over it for sale announcements, encouraging quotes, or anything you’d like to share!