Anyone who’s ever written anything online is familiar with stock images. It is through sites like Shutterstock, Pixabay and Pexels that authors can source images for their articles without having to part with a lot of money.
Considering that it is largely free, the vast array of photographs and illustrations are quite impressive.
It’s not a bad deal either. In fact, Business Insider recently featured a stock photographer who earns £ 6,000 from a single image.
However, even with the resources available, some stories are difficult to illustrate. For those of us who write about science and technology, the concepts we describe can sometimes be a bit abstract. For example, if you are looking for a photo to illustrate a psychological disorder or a virtual currency like Bitcoin.
In these cases, it helps when some photographers and designers are inventive and create abstract photos from their imaginations, or take ideas from popular culture.
Business Insider spoke to two stock image contributors, Andrew Ostrovsky and Sam Whitton, who have portfolios on Shutterstock, to find out what inspires their designs and where their work often ends up being used.