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The image of the week is based on a metaphor

 

This great image is protected by copyright unless you buy it starting from only 1,95$ from: http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/superhero-businessman/8567238

This great image is protected by copyright unless you buy it starting from only 1,95$ from: http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/superhero-businessman/8567238

I like to see photography as a form of art and evaluate it from this point of view. The image of the week is a proof that I am not the only one! It is called Superhero businessman and it belongs to stokkete. And now, I almost can hear the comments: what’s so artistic in this picture? would you put it on the wall in your living room?

But first of all, let’s see what art means! According to the dictionary, art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

In other words, is this image appealing? Is it beautiful? Is it of more than ordinary significance? I would say “yes”.

Of course, we have to keep in our minds that we are talking now about microstock photography. It has to be commercial. too. So, we have to add more questions in order to evaluate it: is it commercial? how could it be used?

But what I find really great at this image is the fact that made me realize we can use a figure of speech in order to create a great picture. In this case, the metaphor!

According to wikipedia, the metaphor describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole and simile. In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words “like” or “as”.

So, it’s exactly what we see in “Superhero businessman“: a nice appealing posture of a businessman, meant to express that a successful one should have the qualities of a superhero, in order to succeed. I would dare even more and say that under our daily clothes and appearance, we should all have the tough qualities of a superhero in order to succeed…

What’s so great about this picture?

  1. It’s catchy and appealing as indeed consists of an unusual posture of a businessman!
  2. It’s built on a metaphor, through the surprising  association of two different concepts: the formal business person and the fantastic characters with superpower!
  3. The topic is actual and needed, the business category being actually a favorite one in the search of our customers.
  4. The colors are cool, giving a sensation of “energy” and freshness.
  5. It has copy space, the dark gray background being excellent to add some red or white fonts on.
  6. The model is anonymous even if he is the main subject. So we could easily see ourselves in his own posture.
  7. It’s a great example of excellent photo editing!

How could we use it?

  • the advert for products as: energy drinks, vitamins, coffee
  • the image of a head-hunting agency or of an any article related to high level jobs
  • a motivational poster on the wall of a fitness center/health club
  • a billboard advert for business clothing brands
  • indoor/outdoor adverts for male fragrances
  • the cover image for: marketing and business books, magazines dedicated to men

 

 

 

 

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Image of the week: captivity in a deserted land

The image is available for sale by clicking on it or at the link below:
http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/camels-at-timanfaya-national-park-in-lanzarote-wait-for-tourists/8145758

Working as a reviewer for already a long time, I have seen “tons” of pictures of all kinds. One could say: what kind of picture could ever surprise you after seeing already “tons” of them?

As you might know, we have this post on the blog with “the image of the week”. The idea is to comment on the image we liked the most from what we reviewed during a week.

So this week was my turn. I don’t decide in advance to choose a photo from one category or another. I like to be surprised myself as indeed every week brings new pictures. I really saw great images this week and we’ll try to promote them on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

But from all the pictures one impressed me more than I expected. It’s called: Camels at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote wait for tourists. It’s uploaded by Jorg Hackemann. (more…)

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What kind of images..?

Many of our photographers and artists are wondering what kind of images we at YAY want, and what kind of images our customers buy. We can’t really point to any specific trends different from the stock industry generally – a variety of images sell at YAY. But we do have some customer requests, and I would also like to show you a few random 6-7 images sold at YAY today.

Our customers have requested more images of people being active in their community – such as school, church, volunteer work, family life, neighbors, outdoors activity, sports and hobbies. We’ve also been asked for different tourist destinations, – and for a a larger variety within objects, animals and people. It is also important that you keyword your images correctly – give the animals and places correct names, both english and latin – and you can also include local names.  And try to capture online trends: Images with people surfing the Internet – and visiting pages like Twitter, Facebook, The Pirate Bay and other popular sites. You can also take variation of these images, take them with young / old models, man / female, one person, two, couple, friends, group and so on. Other good photos would be images showing the consequences of the financial crisis – such as an empty fridge, house for sale, unemployment, people living on a budget etc.

Linda :)

A few of the images sold at YAY today:

Little yellow chick by lanalanglois
Little yellow chick by lanalanglois
Sé de Lisboa by Jule_Berlin
Sé de Lisboa by Jule_Berlin 
 
The first spring flowers close up by AlexKhrom
The first spring flowers close up by AlexKhrom
 
Number figures by Ivonnewierink
Number figures by Ivonnewierink
 
Black Sand by Kertesz
Black Sand by Kertez
 
Newborn Baby by travismanley
Newborn baby by travismanley
 
Happy young women by stepanov
Happy young women by stepanov
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