Lots of website owners depend on stock photos, and while this is a common practice, it’s definitely not the best. Remember, stock images will cost you, so if the nature of your license requires you to purchase each individual image on its own, is it really worth it? Don’t get us wrong, an annual license is a more cost effective, but there are other ways to obtain high quality images for your site. Yes, its important to use images on any website because it adds interests and creates breathing room to the amount of text on the site, blog or post. But there are other ways to get interest than just using stock images, Welcome to The 10 Perfect Alternative Methods to Stock Photos. And please check out the video below to find the best stock photo websites for free!.
1. Do It Yourself and Take Photos
Because all smart phones today have superior camera built into them, anyone can immediately turn into an amateur photographer and start gather images for yourself, friends, family and even work. Taking a perfect photo for a perfect job might not always work, but anything related in the filed can be employed.
2. Create Infographic Designs
Instead of a photo, you can create and design a remarkable infographic for your website. A great infographic includes both illustrations and verbiage, in doing so they merge to express a message in a visually unforgettable and beneficial manner. Try designing one yourself it wont be easy but it can be done, and if that does not work contact a graphic designer and retain the copyright on the work.
3. Get Photos Without Copyright
Photo sharing sites like Flickr are always great to have and should always be consider to use as reference to your website. Just remember to search for images covered by an Attribution License so that you can give credit to the creator of the image and be sued or punish for any wrong doing.
4. Search For a Student Illustrator
You can effortlessly and inexpensively acquire original illustrations for your site if you’re on a budget. For example, you might want to advertise and search for a student graphic designers at your local college because they will be able to do high quality work for a minimal fee. Remember, any professional experience for a college student will always be a great opportunity for them. However, since you do need to pay the minimum wage, be aware of your legal commitments.
5. Acquire an Offshore Illustrator
If a students work does not satisfied you than acquire and search for high quality offshore contract worker, websites like Upwork.com is great site to use because depending on their location, they can tackle the project for a fraction of the expenses of a local contractor. So you don’t need to fly blindly, just simply research for an online contractor who has a high quality work and has great ratings/testimonials in past assignments, you wont regret it.
6. Use Free Photo Websites
The outstanding part of free stock photos sites is that they are all free for anyone. Sites like: freeimages.com, stockvault.net, unsplash.com, morguefile.com and freepixels.com are all great, however each site and images have limitation restrictions, so read the fine print/terms and conditions in depth.
7. Performing Without Photos
Look at other websites and consider having a Flat Design to your page. In other words, perhaps have your site have minimal imagery which than gives the strength of its simplistic, and have a straightforward design which ultimately uses block of colors and a subdivided layout. Naturally, you will still need some photos or icons to your site, but in this method this will at least reduce the number of photos being applied and will minimize your expenses.
8. Don’t Use Images, Use Videos
Videos links such as youtube and vimeo are a great source to gather continent information; in fact, because videos are upload to those sites you can select a number of videos without having any copyright issues. Another great reason why you want to incorporate videos is because if the video is smart, amusing, and informal than chances are your viewers will spend more time on your website. However, just be sure not to have to much videos on your webpage for they will take alot download speed.
9. Search for Free High Quality Stock Photos
Getty Images and Shutterstock.com are both well known and the premier providers of photography for online and print publishing, however you do need to pay for their images. But from time to time both have given permission and access to free high quality stock photos, for instance according to niemanlab.org Getty Images have released 35 million stock photos free to use. However the agreement is that the images can only be applied if you’re running a charity or a blog that has not yet been monetized, and can be used for non-commercial purposes only.
10. Do Your Own Drawings / Illustrations
If you can design something for your own than simply do it yourself and create a illustration for your website. It might be hard to do but it will get the message across and it will be personal. Nevertheless, if you don’t want the illustration to be too amateur looking, then try using Photoshop or any other similar program in order to make more professional looking so that it does not seem like it was create and printed at your school when you were 10 years old.
All in all, use all these methods into your website and you will thank yourself in the end. All in all, your website needs to look appealing and interesting in order to get the attention of your audience and random viewers, so be sure to use these methods and you will be sure to bring many insights and viewers on your site. Choose your photos carefully, make them enjoyable, appealing and above all, have fun with them. Only than will your website and brand will climb to the top. We just talk about the The 10 Perfect Alternative Methods to Stock Photos, now we want to hear from you guys. As always, comments and thoughts are always appreciate.
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