22 October, 2013

Lesser Known Free Stock Photo Websites for Web Designers

Great images play an important role for any business when it comes to online branding. Photos are certainly more appealing than plain text and therefore convey the feeling more strongly you want your perspective clients to tell. A business website has very few moments to impress a visitor, and if a website is able to hold the attention of the visitors, only then you either going to make a sale or earn a new client. Well written content about your company or services is also important to have but images determine the first impression of the visitors and are a major force to attract more and more audience.

Never use Generic Images like Below in a Business Website

Happy Employees - Generic Business Image
Generic Images - Business People Meeting

The success of any business in the online world is highly dependent on the first experience because this is where they have a chance to distinguish themselves from others. A small business website should have a refreshing look and feel so that it can attract more and more customers. Unrealistic and generic images found on various stock photo sites cannot provide that look and will definitely hamper brand reputation. That is the reason why startup and small business should avoid kind of fake stock photos. People want to work and deal with real businesses, so it is always better to publishing original photos of you, your place, products and clients. Photo providers like Shutterstock and iStockPhoto do offer a huge collection of images, but photos that look good are not free and those images they offer for free are all generic ones. So what is the solution? Thankfully, there are many resources out there to find royalty-free, Creative Commons-licensed and free to use images.

Here are some of the top sites where you can easily find non generic and real images for free or without giving a link or credit to someone.

Websites that don’t require you to have an account and login

The Morguefile     http://www.morguefile.com

Pixabay    http://pixabay.com

Ooomf    https://ooomf.com

Unsplash    http://unsplash.com

Free Stock Photos http://www.freestockphotos.biz

Free Stock Sites where you need to be a member

The Stock Exchange     http://www.sxc.hu

Stock Photos for Free       http://www.stockphotosforfree.com

Free Range Stock      http://freerangestock.com

Flickr is another great resource to look for quality free photos although majority of the images are copyright-protected but still there are plenty of them uploaded under Creative Commons licenses that can be used for commercial purpose. To find such images, open the advanced search options and selects the “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” and the “Find content to use commercially” check-box.



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