Another Stock Photo Warning.

Be careful when using stock photographs. Very careful!

My wife plays the saxophone and has been doing a lot of research in order to find the right kind of reeds. Apparently, sax players go through an awful lot of them because they are made from natural materials and vary greatly in quality.

While looking for advice on how to choose a reed, she found a potentially useful page courtesy of eBay.

eBay - how to buy saxophone reeds

The advice on the page seemed sound enough (puns are always intended), but there was one glaring error with the photograph that Chris Sullivan of Manchester spotted.

Chris Sullivan


If you look closely, you can see that the reed is on top, near the player’s upper lip. It’s supposed to be on the bottom. The mouthpiece is clearly upside down!

Does this make all the advice null and void? Probably not. The information there is not very advanced and can actually be found in many other places online. It does, however, undermine the authenticity of the author and make me doubt if they even play the saxophone.

It also makes me wonder what the photographer was thinking when they took the picture. Ok, so the chap ‘playing’ doesn’t know how, but would it have taken that much research to just find out how to put the thing in your mouth?

The photograph is not likely to be used for anything serious, such as any music shop advertising, or a catalogue of musical spares, but it is good for a laugh.

When you’re choosing photographs for inclusion on your website and in print materials, make sure you’re using ones that don’t include glaring errors. Check technical details and ensure your audience won’t have doubts about your expertise.

Structured Data, Review
Title: Another Stock Photo Warning.
Reviewed by Nick Burman
Rating: 5.0
Summary: Pay attention to details when using stock photographs.
Description: Stock photos with errors are too common. Watch for the technical details.

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