Nearly every website manager and online marketer has a go to stock image resource. Whether it’s for an online store, a blog, social media or a brochure website, there are times when you’ll need that perfect, professional image that you can only find in a stock image library.
Obviously, using your own images is the ideal solution, but more often than not this just isn’t possible and a nice high-resolution stock image with perfect lighting is just what is required.
However, there are stock images and then there are stock images. In fact, it’s a good idea to have a few different stock image destinations in mind, depending on the type of imagery you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at five that should be on your radar.
Unsplash may just be our favourite stock image resource, for a variety of reasons. While it might not cater so well to the majority of serviced-based brochure sites and retail online stores, if you’re looking for something artistic and well shot for a blog article, Unsplash may be the best place to find it.
The website has an impressive collection of images, ranging from natural shots and landscapes, animals, people and technology. The website is also very easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for, with more than 50 thousand images being added to regularly.
If you’re on a strict budget, Unsplash is going to be your friend. Images are completely free for you to use them as you please. In fact, the website was one of the pioneers in offering images to users completely free of charge and without permission. Unsplash is definitely worth a look.
BuckeyListly is THE resource for copyright-free travel images. More than 5000 gorgeous, high-resolution images from all over the world are available here and free for anybody to use for commercial or personal use. Whether you be after images of nature, wildlife, portraits or urban environments, BuckeyListly has you covered.
Obviously travel bloggers frequently utilised this resource, but there are many images here that can be used creatively on websites and social media too.
If you’re looking for realistic images of food to use on your website, social media, your blog or wherever else commercial, FoodiesFeed is the place to find it.
Here you can browse through thousands of free high-resolution images of the foods we all love! You’ll be surprised at the sheer variety of foods beautifully captured by professional photographers and made available here. If it’s a food you can think of chances are there’s a beautiful image of it on FoodiesFeed.
Thousands of food bloggers rely on this resource and if you find that you do need a nice image of a particular food, definitely keep this one in mind.
You’ll notice that many of these stock image websites are themed based, making them ideal for certain kinds of images. MMT Stock is a cute image bank that predominately offers photos centered around either office workspaces or nature, including plants, trees and the like.
The website’s creator, Jeffrey Betts, set out with these two subjects in mind and does not disappoint if that’s what you’re looking for.
There are all kinds of weird and wonderful images available here, all completely free for commercial use. There is certainly something here for your next social media post.
New Old Stock
New Old Stock hosts the largest collection of vintage stock photographs from public archives. This kind of photography obviously isn’t appropriate for all websites and blogs, but there is certainly a time and place where images from the old days can help you capture the right tone, whether they be used in mock up templates and landing pages, as social media posts or in your blog.
Even if you’re not necessarily after vintage images, we’d still highly recommend exploring New Old Stock as it’s very interesting indeed.
There are a large number of stock image websites and if you’re frequently online and marketing your online store, it’s wise to have a few handy. Website owners often spend big bucks purchasing royalty free images, just remember that chances are you can find the image you’re looking for completely free of charge!