Stock Images That Make Me Vomit
Well they don’t really make me vomit but like the ever fading use of clipart they do have some inherent issues. Whilst I do often use stock images in my both my own and client presentations we must be aware of the downside of using stock images. We must also be aware of what images can be used or changed to make your presentation slides stand out from the crowd.
Whilst most times the audience will not often directly know why the image does not look authentic but in their mind they will know that it is. Avoid cheesy images with fake expressions. There is no other way to describe images like the one below. Cheesy images just look…cheesy.
I am not the first to come down hard on the hand shake photo. The point is that you just do not get any cheesier or fake than this. How often do you think that two businessmen would find themselves in front of a globe to shake on a deal? Oh, and miraculously a photographer happens to be there to capture this momentous occasion. You just do not get any more fake or cheesy than this. The handshake/globe image is one to avoid at all costs.
Of course this post is not to have you turn away from stock images altogether. Image sites such as Istockphoto, Shutterstock, 123rf and many others have a great range of images for you to use. It can be tempting to use the first good image you have found under a simple search however bear in mind that many others are doing the same.
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Richard is a professional MC, presentation designer and coach and founder of Impact Presentations.
He is happily married with 3 children and currently lives on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia.
Loves trekking, camping, coffee and generally hanging out with friends and trying new experiences.
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