Where to Find High Quality, Beautiful Images
One of the biggest obstacles to using all of the tips and information above is the simple fact that finding great images (especially ones that you are allowed to use) is difficult and time consuming.
The links below should provide a more exhaustive (but still focused) range for your search. And as much as I’d like to take credit for these little lists,
Photo blogs who publish high quality images that are not on stock photo websites are a great way to lend your site/content some uniqueness and originality. Just be sure to take note of their licensing/accreditation policies.
- New Old Stock
- Move East
- Life of Pix
- Kaboom Pics
- Designer Pics
- Iso Republic
- Startup Stock Photos
- Jay Mantri
- Je Shoots
Photo Search Engines
If on the other hand, you are willing to search through the often sea of bad images on royalty free stock photo websites in order to find the good stuff, then this list will give you plenty to sift through.
- Photo Morgue
- Flickr (not all are royalty free, but many)
- Pic Jumbo
- Wikimedia Commons
- Stock Photos for Free
- Free Images
Premium Photo Services
If you have some money in your budget for images, then the following sites/services can be a great tool for finding exactly what you need in a quick and legal fashion.
Hire a Professional
Finally, if you either don’t have the time/energy/desire to get this aspect of your website just right, it may be beneficial to simply hire a professional.
There are a lot of potential benefits to this approach. For one, professional will have their own resources for acquiring or creating images. Such as a camera or access to high quality graphics and images like the ones linked to above.
Additionally, they will most likely (if they’re any good) be trained in using and recognizing the tips and theories I mentioned earlier. Which will make implementation much easier and faster for them since they’re using skills and knowledge they’re well acquainted with.