stock photo


plural stock photos
: a photographic image of a generic subject (such as a person, object, or location) that is kept for later use
Prevailing wisdom among dealers is that online shoppers prefer real photos of new vehicles in inventory over stock photos from the manufacturer and others.David Barkholz
[Suzanne] Rodriguez has more than a decade of experience in digital advertising and professional photography. Stock photos often can be found on the websites of small businesses, but custom photos provide a more accurate characterization of the firm, she said.Kevin Oklobzija
When the National Enquirer needed a close-up photo of a snail for one of its … stories, it didn't send a phalanx of photographers out into the garden with cameras in hand. Instead, it called on a small stock photo service in Chatham that specializes in pictures of animals and nature …Michael Farrell

Examples of stock photo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through its partnership with the NBA, which started in 2001, the stock photo company has the exclusive commercial rights. Eric Jackson,, 26 June 2024 Email newsletter | Facebook page Our rating: False The image is an edited version of a stock photo captured in Italy in 2012. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 24 May 2024 There is no public profile for Amelia Washington outside of the news site, and a reverse image search of the photo used with her bio suggests a stock photo was used. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 5 June 2024 The majority of the profile images appeared to be stock photos, and the job titles were all facetious. Caroline Haskins, WIRED, 25 Mar. 2024 Adobe, the owner of Photoshop, has positioned itself as a leader in reining in AI content, but its own stock photo website was recently full of fake images of the war in Gaza. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 This is the stock photo from KLOV/VAPS and was one of the few images of the pneumatic machine available during my initial research. Vincent Pureza, Ars Technica, 30 Mar. 2023 For example, the stock photo site Shutterstock has a partnership to provide training data for OpenAI. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 The account’s profile picture appears to be a stock photo used across a number of international business websites — and the handful of tweets from Shepherd’s account are all directed at critics. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stock photo was in 1912

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“Stock photo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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