Totally agree. There is more to it once retina screens and faster internet become more ubiquitous. I think it will change the way we design, more towards a magazine and movie type feel. You are already seeing it with companies like Mailchimp and Squarespace. Think about the ads Facebook does for product launches, very movie-like.
There is room for big innovation. When you mentioned that you have thousands of photos and thousands of others do as well that's only a glimpse of where it will be a few years from now. I don't think another stock image site with nice images is the answer, I think it has something to do with search. I wrote about that in more detail a few weeks ago here: https://medium.com/what-they-forgot-to-tell-you/c0366a702264
Great Article. It's probably something us designers just realize over time but don't actually know how to express what's happening. My boss would benefit greatly from reading this article.
Thank you! I figured it's something which certainly pertains to us as designers, but as a photographer more than anything, I figured it'd be great to share it from that point of view, as well as from the marketing aspect.
I am glad to see more companies embracing more natural looking stock photography. I cringe everytime I see the stereotypical stock photography on a site. I understand why people use the old school stock photos, but I really feel those suck for storytelling, and it makes me think a little less of the designer that lean on them. For example, a page that says "Our Team" with a stock photo that leads to an About page where none of those people match up.