Communicate Visually With Stock Images Using My List
Stock images are a great way to communicate visually and improve the quality of a design related project. They can even be used and manipulated to create your own custom image using elements of other stock images. Sometimes a professional high-quality stock image comes with a high cost. However, if your design project is expected to yield monetary returns, the high-cost may be irrelevant because the expected return will justify the spend. If you don’t have a budget for stock, don’t worry! With a little effort, good quality stock can sometimes be scored for free. The list below is my go-to list for acquiring stock images used in website projects for clients of HALE.GROUP. I’ve listed both free and paid services. For fast low budget projects I often try to find something from a free resource but for high-end business sites I usually end up resorting to paid services with best professional quality usually found on Getty Images. Getty is known to be the most expensive stock image resource so I don’t usually even tread there unless I’m working on a project with substantial budget or agreement in place about the cost of the images. I hope others will find this list useful. If while reading this, you have a suggestion to add, please reach out in the form below.
Free Stock Image Resources
Paid Stock Image Resources
Notes: In my opinion, Getty is the most well known and reputable resource for professional quality stock images. It’s also one of the most expensive resources so I generally only go there when working on projects with budgets at a certain threshold and/or an agreement in place for reimbursement of selected approved images.
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I'm a professional photographer and website solutions consultant living in beautiful Tamarindo, Costa Rica for over a decade. It is my joy and pleasure to serve others using my creative and technical skills in the digital industry.
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