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Pictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money Pictures

Funny, interesting, thought provoking images of money, dollars, currency and moola.

Picture of man pulling dollars off of a money tree       Picture of Planets in space made of money         Picture of money flowing out of a faucet
             picture of asian woman standing on a pile of money       Picture of a woman buried in money      picture of different kinds of money
            stock photo of cash flow money      picture of flying money      picture of dollar bill being stretched by 5 human hands

Money coming out of faucets, being thrown in the air, squeezing through an hourglass, covering a planet, as jigsaw puzzles and serving as a flying carpet.

Creating pictures of different kinds of money

I’ve photographed a ton of money over the last thirty years.  I have photographed money coming out of faucets, being thrown in the air, squeezing through an hourglass, covering a planet, as jigsaw puzzles and serving as a flying carpet. I have Photoshoped money trees and coins exploding out of piggy banks.  I have made pictures of money being stretched, filling shopping carts and being raked into piles. I have pictures of money on trees, pictures of piles of money and pictures of stacks of money. I have pictures of money from around the world including, English pounds, Italian Lira, Japanese yen, German marks and, of course, Euros. Heck, I have even created an animated stock footage clip of “raining money”!

Producing stock photos of money

The first stock photo I ever created using Photoshop was a picture of money…flying through the sky on egret wings.  As a matter of fact, seventeen years after I created that stock photo it was used on the cover of Time magazine!  It took me two days and ton of work to create the flying dollars.  I was using Photoshop 1.0 on a Mac II computer.  Just rotating a 30megabyte file took 40 minutes!   I could do that image now in an hour at most.  Back then I had to have a color separator scan the files and that cost $80.00 per file.

I had photographed Snowy Egrets in the wetlands of Marin for brochure advertising a new housing development.  I photographed a hundred dollar bill and had that, and a stormy sky, scanned as well.  Back then I had no clue about clipping paths, if Photoshop even had clipping paths back then.  There was only one level of undo and no layers at all.  Selecting the dollar was done with the lasso tool and cleaning up the selection seemed to take forever.

A number of people told me that professional work could not be done with Photoshop, and even more told me I was getting into it too soon.  But here we are 18 years later; the image is still selling, and, as I pointed out, even ended up on the cover of Time!

Legally taking photos of money

When it comes to money be sure and check what the legalities are in your country.  Here in the U.S. the following regulations apply:

Authority: 18 UNITED STATES CODE; 504: Treasury Directive Number 15-56 FR 48539 (September 15,1993) 411.1 Color illustrations authorized.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 25 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, authority is hereby given for the printing, publishing or importation, or the making or importation of the necessary plates or items for such printing or publication, of color illustrations of U.S. currency provided that:

1. The illustration must be of a size less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half, in linear dimension, of each part of any matter so illustrated;

2. The illustration must be one sided; and

3. All negatives, plates, digitized storage medium, graphic files, magnetic medium, optical storage devices, and any other thing used in the making of the illustration that contain an image of the illustration or any part thereof shall be destroyed and or deleted or erased after their final use in accordance with this section.

Having said that, I never have paid attention to the rules…I have just shot what I wanted (hope I don’t write my next article from a cell).  Maybe these are rules that the people who reproduce the images have to worry about more.

Shooting money requires cash

When shooting dollars it is a good idea to phone ahead to the bank to make sure that have enough clean new bills.  More than once I have shown up at a major bank only to find that they didn’t have enough fresh bills for my photography needs.  Now I always phone ahead.  Banks have certain days on which there new bills are delivered.

It can take more money that one might think to capture great concept pictures of dollars.  To shoot a shopping cart full of money I first filled the cart with crumpled paper, and then spread a thin layer of one-dollar bills over and around the “filling”.  It took every one of my 2,500 one-dollar bills!  Even then there will still some small gaps that I had to fill with Photoshop.

Some day I am sure all of my stock photos of money will either stop selling or fall to a trickle.  That will be when the U.S. finally decides to come out with paper currency as colorful as the currencies of the rest of the world.  Oh well…