I had an amazing time at the Northern User Experience (NUX) conference in Manchester last week.
Around 600 UX'ers met at the Royal Northern College of Music for a day of talks and I was honoured to be asked to present my thoughts on user centred photography.
My annotated slides are now available on Slideshare.
’Photos as web content’ is a useful article covering some salient points with regards to photos and usability from Jakob Nielsen.
In the article Jakob discusses using real people vs stock, product photos , photo size and critically the importance of using photos that ‘carry information’.
That final point is so important and is what you can ensure by taking a more strategic approach to planning & evaluating your photos.
Once you understand what tasks people are trying to complete when they use your site you can provide them with photos that help them, it really doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that.