If there’s one thing that always stays consistent in social media and marketing it’s that quality visuals are key to people remembering and sharing your content.
And up until the last few years, nearly every image created (for marketing or otherwise) was protected by copyright-giving the original author the exclusive right to use their content.
Then came stock photography and all of the amazing websites that began to curate images and designs. Now, marketers have unlimited, royalty-free image options for all of their marketing assets. Neat!
Unsplash - Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos The Stocks - Royalty free photos from top sites all under one roof WOCinTECH - High-quality stock photos of women of color in tech. All free to use. Stocksy United - Stocksy is home to a curated collection of royalty-free stock photography FreePik - Graphic design resources for everyone Pexels - Best free stock photos in one place Gratisography - Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your projects Startup Stock Photos - Free “Tech” stock photos all in one place Pixabay - A site with hundreds of thousands of photos free to use for any purpose Little Visuals - Sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days Giphy (Bonus) - The one-stop-shop for all of the world’s best .GIFs for free
You Can Do It
One of the most challenging aspects of imagery is quickly being able to pull quality images for your assets. Spend five minutes each day this week going through and downloading several of your favorite stock photos from these websites. Then, add them to a folder on your desktop or Dropbox and save them for a rainy day!