So are you convinced you might need some stock photography? If so, here are our favorite websites to source photography.
Read this article if you’re downloading pictures from Google Images to use in your communication!
If you need high-quality photography for free a great resource is visuals under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence.
Remember, you’re not allowed to use pictures you find online just because they’ve been shared here or there. Beware of Google Image! A visual is always the intellectual property of the person who created it, unless it is made available for use under a licence such as Creative Commons Zero. If you’re using it on your Facebook Business Page, or a professional Twitter or Instagram account it is commercial use and you could get sued for using someone’s property.
Pictures under CC0 are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
- The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.
- You can modify, copy and distribute the photos.
- All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So, attribution is not required.
Our top three sources are:
1/ Unsplash for cool, hipsters pictures; we love their inspiring landscapes. Inspirational posts are a great way to share what your brand stands for and bring value in your followers life.
2/ Pexels for places and people that look like real places and people. Remember people’s pictures, and faces in particular, draw more attention… And we know you don’t want to show your face all day everyday.
3/ SplitShire for artistic shots. They don’t have a huge choice but the quality is here. If you want to differenciate yourself from your competition your choice of visuals is key.
Some pictures on Flickr are under CC0 licence as well – learn more here on Flickr.
If you’re an Adobe softwares user you might want to look into Adobe Stock as well. They offer a good choice of stock photography at a reasonable price and integrates with your software.
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