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Roalty free pictures on websites

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by NEUSWEDE, Dec 27, 2004.


    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,147

    What are your feelings on this? What I mean is how do you guys feel about putting picture bought from a site that anyone can get and putting them on your own website like photos of gardens and houses or using them in flyers. I have seen a few people on here who have got photos from istockphoto.com. I thought about doing it and decided not to just because I feel like people will think it is my work when in fact it isn't. Just curious
  2. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 589

    I would guess that there are going to be people on here who will disagree with me, but...

    I recommend using purchased pictures in your brochures and web sites. I say this b/c most people are not capable of taking the high enough quality pictures to match what you can buy.

    However, I would not recommend using purchased pictures to represent your own work as in the case of a "Look at our work" page or something like that. Doing such would be very misleading.
  3. CVNL

    CVNL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Hire a professional photographer... Well worth the money.. If you have no work that looks good enough for a pic, maybe you better re-evaluate your business..
  4. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 916

    This is not always true. My business maintains over 100 residential and commercial accounts, and we have completed several hundred landscape and hardscape installs. I have pictures of alot of jobs we have completed, and I show these to potential customers, but for a brochure I would prefer to use a professional picture. Especially with it being winter here it would be impossible to have a professional photographer take pictures of my work.
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I have purchased pics off of istock.com for my flyer and have no regrets. Like CNYScapes said, it's winter here and I have no pics.....and it wouldn't matter anyway, I am not a professional photographer. Now, for a website....I think it would be ok also if you were putting them on there in a manner that was not leading the consumer to think they are pics of your work, especially landscapes. If you are going to order from iStock, I would suggest you do it now. At the beginning of 2005 the cost of credits are going to go up 50%. You can purchase your credits now and you will have 1 year to use them.

    Does anyone else know of good sites to get lawn pics?
  6. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,265

    corbis.com is the same as the site that you guys are talking about.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Yes, but on iStock I spent $10 for about 6 pictures....instead $90 for one!
  8. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,265

    well, you guys wanted another site....did not say that money is of issue. :cool:
  9. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    iStock was the first site I had bought pictures from. I couldn't believe the prices of some of those other sites. I think the first one I went to after iStock wanted something like $300 for a each picture.....WHOOOO!!!

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