Making Stock Work

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog, Image Editing, Photography

Though I’d love to photograph all the images for our clients, sometimes it’s more timely and cost effective to use stock. Of course, there can be a fair amount of time involved finding images that work for a situation and then they may need adjusting to fit the need.

In this first image we needed to find an image that looked out over a nondescript international city landscape (nondescript being the salient point here). We found an image with an office worker looking out over a city. The color, composition, and overall feel were pretty good.



We changed lots of areas in the city scape to render it more generic. We also cleaned up the observer looking out the window by removing his messenger bag and tucking in his shirt.



In this next image we needed to represent museums/antiquity/sculpture. We found this vase, but it was blending with the background too much.



By isolating the vase from the background we were able to control and adjust the image to fit our needs.



Finally, this image of children playing was a good fit for the client’s needs. The image is fine in and of itself but was not working with the other images around it. We needed to change the overall color.



We found a background that could work for a replacement of the setting sun.



With some adjusting to the foreground and the horizon, and playing with the original glow that spilled onto the girls we were able to merge the 2 images to give us what we needed.





  1. Terasa Marshall
    February 4, 2014

    From someone that is not artistic, I am amazed at the things that are able to done to photographs. The changes made to these pictures are amazing. I always enjoy reading your blogs. Your work is beautiful!

  2. Marc Teatum
    February 4, 2014

    Al & Faith,
    As always, the work that you produce/create is amazing! Craftsmanship in the truest form.
    Marc T.