Friday, September 26, 2008

Dress Up Your Presentations With Stock Photos

"B & W Study 2 " courtesy of bjearwicke

I'm sure that you've had to give a presentation or seen several and thought that it would be nice to dress it up a little? You've probably hear the expression that a picture was worth a thousand words, so why not add a picture to your presentation?

"sparkle " courtesy of clix

You can only get so far with bullets and different colored fonts. By adding a picture or two you can not only dress up you presentation but they can help you to maintain your audience's attention. You can use a funny or interesting photo as well as just getting a picture that is related to the point that you want to make. Using pictures can help you to get your point across without so many words and might be able to help you cut down on the number of slides used in general.

"Preening 5 " courtesy of bjearwicke

There are several stock photo sites on the internet. I've use Stock Exchange a lot. They have a lot of pictures available. You'll want to have a look at the license which is usually listed in the section called "Availability", usually found under the pictures. Some of the licenses would require you to get permission from the photographer before using the photo, so you'll want to make sure that you can use it for the purpose that you have in mind. If the license doesn't allow the photo to be used the way that you plan, then you should pick another photo or be sure to get the permission that you need before using it, you may even need to pay some type of license fee to legally be able to use the photo, so always check before using. Many of the photos at Stock Exchange are free, but you should be sure to credit the photographer and link to the photo that you used. Also as a form of courtesy, you should should mention how the photo was used and if your presentation or document is available online be sure to put a link there so that the photographer can see how there work is being used. Stock Exchange also has a line of stock photos that you can purchase as well.

"proud iguana " courtesy of coolza

So next time you need to make a presentation, why not add a photo? Are there any stock photo sites that you use or any other comments? Don’t be afraid to tell friends, associates, and anyone that you think might be able to use anything that is written here. If you like what you’ve read, why not subscribe via email or your RSS reader of choice. I’d also appreciate it if you shared any ideas for reaching more readers. Please share our posts on delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social bookmarking or networking site.

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