Keeping a stock of good quality photos on file comes in very handy when it’s time to prepare for a presentation. Many speakers use visuals to avoid using too much text, and to prevent monotony. There are even times when an image alone is enough to put a message across. As you know, images can convey powerful meanings, and their emotional appeal can enhance audience learning and retention rates.
Here are three reasons why using stock photos can be beneficial for presenters:
#1: More options
Photographers, designers and artists from all over the world upload their work to online image repositories. So these platforms offer a wide selection of images, allowing you to choose the ones that best complements your key points.
#2: Good quality
Presentations with stretched, pixelated or distorted photos turn people off. They look unprofessional, and that puts your reputation and your company’s brand at risk. A stock photo platform provides pro-quality photos, usually in an enormous range of subjects and styles, and in several sizes. For digital presentations, small or medium sized images will do, but if you intend to use an image for other purposes (such as printing), opt for full resolution.
#3: Time saved
If you register with a good stock agency or keep a list of websites offering free stock photos, you don’t have to search site after site, look for usable images, check licenses and so on. You can spend more time for other profitable ways instead.
You’ve got the images you need, and it’s time to build your presentation. Now what?
Here are a few tips and reminders about using photos in your PowerPoint presentations:
- Don’t use photos merely as decorations. Each image should be relevant to the content.
- Take care in positioning each image. Random or careless placement can interfere with text and disrupt the slide’s visual flow – the path the viewer naturally follows in viewing it.
- If you’re using a photo as a background image, choose a text color that contrasts well; you want your text to stand out for easy reading (but without being jarring or ugly).
- You may want to add special effects, but only to improve impact and audience response.
Download stock photos on Slideshop
Each week we gather and upload new images on our stock photo page. Feel free to regularly check it for your future presentations.