There are a vast number of stock images on the internet, but finding the precise stock image you need can be a daunting task despite the use of search engines. The Stock Image Directory is intended to help with this task by listing links to stock images arranged by topic - thus making it easier to find images belonging to specific categories.
However, in order for this directory to work, links to such stock images need to be added to it. Fortunately, since the directory is contained in a wiki, anyone can do this with only a minimum of technical knowledge - which will be detailed below.
This guide is written primarily with stock photographers in mind. By adding links to your own images to the directory, you will gain greater exposure for your work as more people will be able to find your images through the directory (and honestly, who hasn't been frustrated by how few people are able to find one's DeviantArt Gallery? By adding your own links to the wiki you can even the odds!).
However, users of stock photography should also consider adding links to useful stock images they have found. This will benefit other users of stock photography (who in turn might feel encouraged to add more links of their own) and serves as a nod of recognition for photographers whose images they have used. In the end, a wiki will only grow as fast as the enthusiasm of its users permit it - and by enthusiastically contributing to the wiki, others will hopefully be encouraged to do the same. Just treat the directory as a large, communal bookmarks list that can grow even without your own direct input.
Adding new links
If you want to add a new link to a stock image, you first need to go to the appropriate page in the directory. Click on the "edit" function at the bottom of the page. You will then be able to see and edit the wiki code and thus enter your own links.
Note: Unless you have registered to Wikidot.Com (see the link in the upper right corner of the page) and logged in under your user name, your edit will be registered as "Anonymous" in the page history. This won't matter if all you want to do is enter the information, but if you want name credit for working on the wiki you should probably register.
Go to the appropriate subcategory on the page (if any) and enter the link. A link consists of several elements:
[URL Name] by Creator - //Description//
- URL: The address where the image can be found.
- Name: The name of the stock image - exactly as the creator of the image has named it (if you are the actual creator, you may name it differently - though no one else should do so).
The URL and the Name must be entered in [square brackets] - this will ensure that they show up as a single link. Furthermore, the links within a given category must be listed alphabetically for ease of finding.
- Creator: Enter whatever user name the creator of the image used. The creator must be credited properly!
- Description: This part is optional and used if the name of the image isn't descriptive enough. If the Name of the image already gives you a good idea of what the stock image is about, you can skip this part. But if it isn't (for example, if the creator has simply numbered his images), you can write a keywords of what the image is all about. Enter the description in //double slashes//.
Now save the result - and you are done!
If you are not the creator of the stock image you have just linked, you might want to send a note to said creator. In general, most people like to know if they have been linked to from somewhere else - it shows them that others appreciate their work.
Important: In general, each link should lead to a single image - linking to an entire gallery is not allowed!
If there are a large number of links on a certain page and it becomes hard to distinguish between them, you might consider adding subcategories for that page. For example, if you want to add a large number of links to images of vehicles to the Technical Stock Images page, you can add a subcategory entitled "Vehicles". The code for such a category would look like this:
To distinguish the links to vehicles from the other links on the same page, you should also add a "Miscellaneous" subcategory to the page, i.e.:
Then you need to sort the links on the page into the appropriate categories.
If one layer of subcategories is not enough, you might add another. For example, you might add a "Motorcycles" subcategory to "Vehicles". This time, the code would look like this:
Place this code within the "Vehicles" subcategory, and again sort the links appropriately. You can add even more layers of subcategories to the page by adding additional "+" symbols - though you shouldn't overdo this. If three or more layers of subcategories exist, it probably makes more sense to split up part of the page into its own page.
Adding new pages
If one or more subcategories on a page become too large, you can split them off into new pages of their own. First create a link to the page you want to create on the old page. The code for this looks like this:
[[[Vehicle Stock Images]]]
Save the result and click on the link. Once you have done that, you will be able to edit and thus create the new page. Move all applicable links from the old page to the new one by cutting them out and pasting them. Save both the old and the new page.