Free photo library tips
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
With social media, blogs and customer newsletters, we all are frantically trying to find good quality and original photographs. If you are a small business owner, commissioning photo shoots is simply too expensive.
Thankfully, if you can't afford to invest in photography, there are many high-quality free photo libraries or ‘stock shots’ we can use for all our marketing requirements.
Here are my 3 favourite websites which make image sourcing painless and quick. All these websites are licensed under Creative Commons Zero. This means they provide users with the freedom to copy, modify, distribute, and use all of the photos without permissions or attribution.
Unsplash is a tried and tested site for many of us with up to 300 new images uploaded each day. It doesn’t contain cheesy cliche photography.
Pexels has over 5k photos which are carefully handpicked from a variety of free image sources to ensure that you're getting only the best of the best. It also has good search functionality.
Pixabay has over 50k images. It has very high-quality images. The search function allows you to filter down by media type, orientation, colour, and minimum dimensions.
My 3 top tips:
Ensure you select the right file size. If you're going to use on your website, you don’t want to slow down the loading speed of your site with large file sizes. Word Press gives some useful tips.
Select imagery which compliments your brand. Think about the colours, overall composition of the shot and brightness and try to remain consistent in your style.