Where to Find Stupid Stock Photos?

Stupid stock photos may seem ridiculous to some people, but they have numerous commercial applications. In fact, those bizarre stock photos that make you look twice to see if they are real can make some of the best images for marketing, as they can actually help sell your brand. Their merit should not be overlooked as you seek to build visually appealing content that attracts the right customers and gives your brand some personality. Weird stock photos help you move away from the same old overused stock images to images that will really help you get noticed.

For example, this closeup of a dog yawning – with its owner smiling in the background – could be used in a campaign about proper oral care for pets. It adds a bit of intrigue and humour, without being overbearing.  And that's exactly why stupid stock photos are wonderful marketing assets.

Dog yawning with smiling woman in the background
Copyright 2020 Andreas Berheide / Photocase, all rights reserved.

When Should You Use Bizarre Stock Photos?

Stock photos add visual appeal to online content. In fact, statistics show that posts with images receive 650 times higher engagement than text-only posts. This reality can, however, trick you into mistakingly flooding your blog posts and webpages with a lot of irrelevant images. An image, like of a young man making a stupid face, should not be included just for the sake of scoring bonus points with website visitors. Instead, all images should be relevant to the content.

This means that you should think carefully about the bizarre stock photos that you want to include in your blog posts and website content. You can use stock photos featuring funny faces to add humor, emphasize a point, or transition into discussing other ideas within an article. Just remember that the bizarre stock photo chosen must be relevant.

For instance, the image on the left of a young woman with a fish can be used to highlight the importance of avoiding “fishy” people.

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Are Stupid Stock Photos Available for Commercial Use?

Attractive woman sitting on couch next to a fish
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By definition, “stock photos are professional photographs of common places, landmarks, nature, events or people that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes.” Some stock photography websites like Shutterstock offer limited free stock photographs for non-commercial use. The photographer still owns the rights to the photos, and users are encouraged to credit the photographers if free stock images are used.

The approach is different for stock photos that are going to be used for commercial purposes. A fee is attached to each package, which limits the amount of times the stupid stock photo can be used. Also keep in mind that the larger the image size, the more expensive it typically is. The same thing holds true for different image types. Photocase and Stockphotos.com are two websites that offer bizarre stock photos for commercial use.

Here is a stupid stock photo of a funny man that you could consider using for commercial use if you are in the fitness industry.

Skinny male body builder with unruly hair
Copyright 2020 Ingram Image / Stockphotos.com, all rights reserved.

Photocase: Your Source for Stupid Stock Photos

Dog yawning with smiling woman in the background

Photocase was founded in 2001 in Berlin, Germany and it still provides high-quality stock photos today. Photographers get 20 to 50 percent of the net sales price of their photos on the site. All royalty-free images are available for purchase through licenses ranging from $14 to $42. Additional costs are attached for removing the proof of copyright ($77), more than 500,000 of printed copies ($280) and use on merchandise for resale ($280). You will find further details in our Photocase Review. Our special voucher code with free credits also ensures you a great discount!

Here are just a few of the ridiculous stock photos that can be found on their website, and will make you take pause about what you're actually looking at.

For example, fishing in a belly-button.

2 people fishing in a belly button
Copyright 2020 jka / Photocase, all rights reserved.

And a goofy young man who wants to look like a tree.

Man transforming into a tree
Copyright 2020 Z2sam / Photocase, all rights reserved.

Or perhaps you are looking to make a major impact by having a hand crawl out of a… can.

Woman's hand coming out of a can
Copyright 2020 CL. / Photocase, all rights reserved.

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Stockphotos.com: Another Source for Stupid Stock Photos

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Stockphotos.com offers over 8 million royalty images and video clips at affordable prices. There are three annual subscriptions available, which are categorized based on the number of photos you can download. The largest annual subscription option costs $299 per year and includes 1,000 photos. Further details can be found in our Stockphotos.com review. With the exclusive Club Easy offer, you get the weirdest images at the lowest price. Guaranteed!

Here´s just one bizarre stock photo that can be found there…

And an artist who clearly wants her artwork to be on display, which is why it glows in the dark and her face is muted in dark colours.

Glowing flowers painted on a woman's face
Copyright 2020 Ingram Image / Stockphotos.com, all rights reserved.

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Ridiculous Stock Photos Transform Your Content

Stock photography can either make or break your content. If you use relevant and interesting ridiculous stock photos, your target audience is bound to pay more attention to what you have to say. Good content, with the right ridiculous stock photos, can make a huge difference to your brand’s online presence.

Amos Struck
Amos Struck

Amos Struck, a renowned expert with over two decades in the stock photography industry, is known for his profound expertise in both stock imagery and artificial intelligence (AI). He is the founder of StockPhotoSecrets.com and a driving force behind the innovative AI-driven platform, Stockphotos.com. His pioneering work in visual AI is marked by co-founding Ximilar AI. Amos also established the Microstock Expo Conference, a key event in the stock photography sector. As a regular speaker at major industry conferences like DMLA and a prominent member of CEPIC, he consistently contributes to the industry's growth and evolution through a blend of technological innovation and market insight.

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