In our last blog article we mentioned some of the reasons why good imagery can make such a big difference to your website and most people would agree that a good-looking site is no bad thing, but it can be hard to find those images you need.
So in this article we are going to give you some links to some of our favourite stock sites and places that may help you find the perfect image for your website or project.
We have included a few different sites and styles in our choices, some of the image sites are free and some of the sites require subscriptions or payment, but all of them provide great images that you can use on everything from backgrounds to main sliders or hero sections.
Probably our favourite photo site by far and as the website states, it is a site that provides beautiful, free photos. Gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
The thing we love about this site is that the photos are not your typical ‘stock’ images plus there is so many images to choose from.
Visit the website at https://unsplash.com/
Most of the images here are free with some paid images available. The editor’s choice section also gives you some great suggestions. Overall the images do have a more typical stock look but this can be useful for some websites or for when you just need a more generic image of something like an electrician or builder for example.
Visit the website at https://pixabay.com/
A paid for service with image prices ranging from about £7 for a single image to monthly subscription packages varying from £19.99 up to £119.99 a month depending on your requirements.
However, whilst it may cost more than other sites its best feature without doubt is that it’s part of Adobe and as such it works seamlessly with Photoshop, illustrator and inDesign. You can import watermarked images directly into your project for free, test them and then simply purchase the final image at the click of a button once you are ready. Enabling a very quick and easy work flow if you use the Adobe Suite.
It features a wide range of images styles from items or backgrounds to the more abstract imagery. It also has a very good search filters, enabling you to search by image orientation, style, colour and much more.
Visit the site at https://stock.adobe.com/uk/
A nice source of free photos for you to download. All nicely presented in categories to help you browse.
Visit the site at https://burst.shopify.com
New Old Stock
As the title implies it features vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions. Admittedly, you probably won’t use this one much but it is a great site when you need this type of image.
Visit the site at http://nos.twnsnd.co/
These are just some of our favourites to get you started and you can find hundreds more websites with just a quick search.