Almost a year ago, before starting Haystaak, I was going through my hard drives trying to find photos I could attach to a blog post. I realized I had a lot of photos sitting in the dark 0’s and 1’s, doing nothing but taking up space and wondered if other people were searching for photos to use with their own blogs. For me, this search was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I had multiple drives and I’m not your most organized when it comes to much, let alone file storage.
This is how Haystaak came to be; however, I didn’t have the brilliant idea to give them away for free. I thought: I should start a photo dollar store for people that need to use photos for blogs and such. Friends on Facebook thought it was a great idea. But no, no it wasn’t exactly. I learned you can’t just put up photos for sale and watch the sales come in. In a bit of a grind, I thought I should start to give away some every week. Naturally, people began downloading.
Next, I had to see if my website would show up in search results. This was when I learned about a website known as Unsplash and, instead of trying to figure out a way to compete, I actually decided to go work for them for 9 months. During this time, Haystaak sat dormant but still got some monthly traffic. Now, I no longer work for Unsplash and I’m building Haystaak for myself and my photography.
Haystaak is dedicated to helping people with a need for more creative imagery and operates under the guiding belief that we are created to create. We provide free high-resolution photos over a small network of mini-sites.
For more details and a guided Tour of Haystaak.com, check out this video:
What’s the connection to FilterGrade?
Since March, I’ve been using FilterGrade Photoshop Actions almost exclusively. Post-processing of images is something I enjoy just as much as the shooting. Sharing and being transparent about my photo-editing, Mike and I thought it would be rad to connect and collaborate on some things for 2016.
I like the idea of collaboration – it pushes you. It’s a richer experience…
— Frank Gehry
FilterGrade + Haystaak Collaboration
We are in the works of planning out some different ways to work together that we hope will benefit you with your photography:
- Tutorials and articles about photography.
- Tutorials and filters about photo editing and how to use filters in Photoshop.
- Video tutorials on Youtube.
- Freebies and exclusive content.
- Exclusive photo collections down the line.
If you want to get some more information on Haystaak, here are some great jump off points:
- Get one of our VIP photo collections for free by subscribing to our newsletter.
- Follow us on social to be notified of new photos: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
- Check out our free high-resolution images and get creative. Use #haystaak when sharing your creations.
If you have any ideas or topics you’d like to see us work on or any questions about Haystaak, please feel free to connect or leave a comment below!