The other day, a client requested a very specific image: someone handing over a box with envelopes, paper files, a bunch of DVDs and some memory sticks. An image this specific cannot be found in stock image databases. And even if you could, the audience would not recognise these specific items on the photograph.

Your options:

  • Take your own picture and get it exactly right
  • A generic guy-with-box image blurred out in the background and use text to describe to the audience what's in it.
  • A collage of stock images of the individual items that are required on white backgrounds

Art: Balthasar van der Arst, Fruit still life with shells, 1620

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