Where find the best Images for your website, blog or design
Find the best Images for your website, blog or design:
One of the key ways of making your blog stand out is the choice of images you use. In an ideal world, these will be completely unique images that you create yourself. However, the world is not always ideal and it may be necessary to use stock images on your website. Stock images are great but finding images you can use freely is not always easy.
iStock is a premium image library offering royalty-free photos, as well as illustrations, vectors and even a growing collection of videos. You will need to buy a subscription, which gives you a certain amount of credits. You can then use those credits to purchase the images you need.
Getty Images is world renowned for offering both creative images and those suited more to news and editorial publications and websites (think celebrities and major events). Getty also offers video, 360 degree images and VR content. Expect to pay heavily for images of celebrities.
Featuring over 125 million royalty-free images, Shutterstock is one of the largest image libraries around today. As well as providing photos, Shutterstock also has a huge range of custom artwork, vector images, videos and even music. A basic pack of 5 images will cost around £30.
As with some of the other image libraries, Dreamstime requires a subscription in return for a certain number of credits. A popular or very large image may cost 20 credits, while a small image for web use may only cost 2 credits. They often have promotions offering very cheap subscription packages.
FREE IMAGE LIBRARIES
There are an increasing number of free image libraries online, offering Creative Commons (even CC0) images. The quality of the images available varies greatly but there are some gems around.
One of our favourite CC0 image libraries, Pexels is a real treasure trove of stock imagery. All photographs are pleasantly labeled, accessible and furthermore simple to find. The main limitation is that identifiable individuals may not show up in a terrible light or in a way that they may discover hostile, except if they give their assent.
Here you can duplicate, alter, disperse and utilize the pictures, notwithstanding for business purposes, all without requesting consent or offering credits to the craftsman. You can duplicate, change, appropriate and utilize the pictures, notwithstanding for business purposes, without requesting consent or offering credits to the craftsman.
All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons (CC0) and do not require attribution. No more hassle trying to figure out whether you can use photos for commercial use and whether you need to provide a credit or not.
Unsplash contains some very unusual and very unique images among the more ordinary photos it provides. The Collections section groups images together nicely, so you can quickly find lots of photos that relate to specific subjects. Image usage stats are also easily accessible on the site.