Monday, June 11, 2018

Server Room Hacker Stock Photo

A hoodie is combined with clouds and servers in a stock photo about hackers and cyber crime.

It seems like every time we turn around hackers have struck again. Russians, North Koreans, The Chinese…and disaffected youth everywhere are using the Internet to attack networks and servers everywhere. If there was ever a stock photography subject matter ripe for the picking…it is cyber security issues.

Access To A Server Room
I managed to get impromptu access to a small server room…so tight I had to press my back into the wall and really scrunch up with my 24-105 lens zoomed all the way out on a Canon 5D MKIV and grab a couple of shots. The background was plywood and cables…not particularly photogenic! I used the pen tool in Photoshop to strip out the servers. I then duplicated the servers and then extended them to create a larger looking line of hardware. I duplicated that set of servers and flipped them and managed to get the look of a much larger server room.

Cloud Computing, Networking And Big Data
I dropped in some cloud images behind the servers, then added a layer mask to the server layer and “painted” out the bottoms of the servers to make it appear as if they were emerging from a cloudscape. By having the servers in clouds we bring in the concept of cloud computing…which be default brings in the concepts of networking, connections, the Internet and big data.

Hoodies, Hackers And Cyber Criminals
Next I went to my archives and found an image I photographed of a hoodie (shot of myself using my self-timer). The hoodie makes a perfect symbol of crime…in this case of hackers and cyber criminals. I stripped out the hoodie using the pen tool to create a clipping path and turned that into selection. I then pasted the hoodie into the image and added a bit of blue-green color to add interest. I created a layer mask of the hoodie and painted away my face from the garment.

Binary Numbers And Digital Communications
Finally, I added a couple of layers of binary numbers, ones and zeros, made with the type tool and given perspective with the transform tool. The binary numbers also add to the story line of digital communications, streaming information and, of course, big data.

I decided to put this hacker stock photo image with Getty as an RF (royalty free) image figuring with RF there is a bigger audience and these days there is a bountiful need for images dealing with hackers and cyber crime…a need that I think is only to grow as time goes on.

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