TNB131107 — DIY or Paid Stock Photography?

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: DIY or Paid Stock Photography?

You’re working on a project and you realize you need a photo. Do you take it yourself or do you buy it? Here are some guidelines I’d follow to see which is the better choice.

1. Who is more likely to have the photo you want? If it’s a local photo or a photo of people you know, then by all means do it yourself. If it’s a photo from somewhere distant, buying it will be much cheaper.

2. Consider if you can do it. Do you have the equipment, the time, and the expertise?

3. Consider the cost. If you buy it, there’s the money, but also the fact that you might have to settle for something that isn’t quite right. If you DIY, your time, maybe the quality, and maybe the money are possible costs.

Sites I looked at:
http://istockphoto.com
http://shutterstock.com
http://dreamstime.com
http://thinkstockphotos.com

Next time, free stock photo sites.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.