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Be a Stock Photography Model!

Everything E-Learning

We’ve written a lot about the importance of choosing the right images for your e-Learning projects and suggested some sources for economically priced stock photography. But what if you don’t want to spend hours searching for the perfect stock photo, or you just can’t find one that demonstrates your industry? Then it’s time to start taking your OWN stock photos! Lighting.

A Guide to Superior eLearning Graphics

Bottom-Line Performance

All too often you find unrelated stock photography , huge chunks of text in awkward places , and mismatched color schemes in eLearning courses. Sometimes learning designers get in the habit of conceptualizing “text and next” courses and then want to just slap a stock image on the screen. This is especially true for eLearning. You have to strike the right balance.

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The case for clip art and stock photography

Clive on Learning

When it comes to the sourcing of visual aids, you would not hesitate to have a photographer carry out a photo shoot (even if this involved hiring models, booking studios, elaborate location shots and endless Photoshop manipulation of the results); you'd have no qualms about asking a graphic designer to put together complex Flash animations or an illustrator to do, well, illustrations. That's when I turn to clip art and stock photography. And there's a lot of poor clip art and stock photography out there which is horribly cheesy and, worse still, over-used.

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Mashable's 90+ Online Photography Tools and Resources. offers stock photographs in high resolution digital. Stock Exchange offers high quality images taken around the world by amateur photographers. If you have an interest in photography, you can even submit your own pictures. TurboPhoto provides free stock images from 10 categories all of which are in the public domain. About 2000 photos. (8) The Photoshop tutorial blog. Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! Sorry.)

WAR: Articulate Storyline Losing Battle to Adobe Captivate


At first glance, I have to say that e-Learning Studio provides more bang for the buck (this package comes with Captivate, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign).  If you are a seasoned e-Learning pro, or you have a competant team, then this is basically a no-brainer - but that's not to say that Storyline doesn't have its own place in the mix.

3 Reasons you may not want to use Stock Images in your Presentations or Elearning

The Learning Generalist

have a love-hate relationship with stock images. In today's blogpost, I want to cover off some reasons why you may not want to use stock imagery in your presentations. Authenticity Stock images are beautiful. In fact real people don't even dress as perfectly as the actors on stock images. The bane of stock photography is that the visuals lack context.

Really…Were These the Best Images We Could Find?

eLearning Brothers

You could have them do multiple poses and then cut out the background in Photoshop. There are tons of stock photography sites online. JOIN THE CRUSADE…NO MORE CHEESY, ANIMATED CLIPART! How many times have you seen images like these? Images are an important part of online courses. The trick is that the images we use must enhance the instructional qualities of the content. The images must also look professional and give the learner confidence that the material is accurate. So what types of images could we use? Photos – Photographs are great because they are real.