Great Tips to Get Free Images on Your Newly Designed Website
By Top10 Staff
Your hard work paid off and your free website is up and running. You feel great, accomplished, but you still know that there’s one main element missing – images. By now, you’ve noticed that the pages look empty and lack visual interest— and it’s time to fix that. Professional photos usually aren’t cheap, but the good news is that there are alternatives. You can get free photos for your website that will breathe some new creative life into your site, making it more visually appealing and breaking up large blocks of text. If you’re not sure where to start, here are three places to get the best royalty-free photos for your site:
Use Royalty-Free Images
Many sites such as Morgue File, Unrestricted Stock, and Freerange Stock, offer stock images for free. These images have been contributed by photographers, and you don’t typically need to include the artist’s name when you use the picture on your own website. These sites are often a treasure trove for pictures of inanimate objects, including fruit and natural landscapes. And if you search well, they include great people images, as well. Word of caution though: while most royalty-free pictures on Morgue File and similar databases don’t require attribution, you should always check the copyright and attribution rules for a specific picture before you download it. Even if the image is free to use, the photographer might ask to be credited in the fine print of your site.
Search Creative Commons Websites
Sites that deal nearly exclusively in Creative Commons licensed photos are another great place to seek royalty-free photos. Free downloads of pictures from holiday lights to people eating sushi are easy to find on Flickr, Wikimedia, and other sites that categorize images by creative license. On Flickr, for instance, you can filter your search to include only Creative Common licenses that allow commercial use of the image. In most cases, pictures with a Creative Commons license do require attribution, especially if you modify the photo before you use it on your website. Still, adding a caption with the photographer’s name and link is more cost effective than paying for stock photos.
Enlist a Budding Photographer
Do you know an aspiring photographer? You may be able to get free photos from a photographer who is trying to build their portfolio. Offer to give a testimonial about their work and let them use the photos from your shoot in their personal portfolio. This is the best option for times when you need specific images of your business or products that you simply cannot find on a stock image website. If you don’t know any photographers, consider inquiring with a local art school or putting out a classified ad online.
Words of Wisdom
Tracking down just the right pictures for your website might take time, but the payoff is worth it, and your budget won’t take a hit when you use free stock photos. Royalty-free images that have high resolution can do wonders for the visual appeal of your website, and adding media will also benefit the SEO of your site. Most free templates and website builders make adding images easy, and let you create an appealing look and feel to your site. So why wait? Find the right template for your site and increase your success in attracting quality audiences to your product or service.
Want to know more about designing your site on a budget? Check out these tips for how to build a website for free.