Let’s talk about images and your website.
Why? Because posts with images perform better according to from Jeff Bullas.
Plus – it just looks better. It feels like you care enough to take the time to select and add visual elements that make the piece you’re working on better.
Looking for images for my posts and design projects is one of my least favorite things to do.
But that’s because I’m so picky about what I use. I’m not going to discuss how much time I’ve wasted looking for just the right image at various times.
I encourage you to include images in every post. Images should fit the context of what your post is about and should be high-quality.
If you’ve got your own photography and it’s high quality, then that’s the best place to start.
But if you’re like most of us, you need a little help in the photography department, so here are five quick options with great images that are free.
Unsplash is one of my go-to resources and I use it all the time. These images have a very artistic feel to them, and are not your standard contrived images you see elsewhere. No account is required. There are some really high-quality shots here, and of those on this list, it’s by far my personal favorite.
Lots of images here to choose from that are public domain. Registration for a free account is required to download full size images. Their images are all checked for quality to make sure they’re quality images.
I use Pexels a lot in finding nice images for mockups in custom design work I do. They’ve got a great selection of professional shots that give me the look and feel I’m so picky about when choosing images to use in a project.
Death to the Stock Photo
Want currated stock images delivered straight to your inbox, for free? Then Death to the Stock Photo is for you. Each month they send a pack of hand-selected stock photos for free. They’ve got a unique approach where each month is based on a theme.
You can upgrade to a premium subscription for $15 per month and get access to all their archives of photos.
I’ve used images from Flickr in the past. If you’re looking for something nostalgic, the Library of Congress has a library there with tons of great, historical shots.
When you’re using Flickr, m sure to search for the creative commons photos so you have permission to use them. You can do this by starting your search at http://flickr.com/search/advanced and scroll to the bottom to choose to only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.