Find High Quality Photos For Your Website

Making your website visually interesting is an important part of maintaining a professional image and creating a good user-experience. One of the best ways to do this if by adding photos to your website. But the question is, what kind of photos can you use and where can you find them? 

It’s best to use images that showcase your company and your brand. This may mean taking pictures of your office space, but you may also be able to find stock photos that fit. However, when you using stock photos it is important to make sure they are high-resolution and free for commercial use.   

There are several online resources where these kinds of photos are free for download.  Although many of the photos on these sites are available for commercial use, it is still important to be aware of how you use those images. You cannot redistribute or sell any of the pictures from these websites. And you cannot use photos with identifiable brands for commercial purposes, because this can be misleading and can create brand confusion. 

Here are a few other dos and don’ts to keep in mind when looking for good stock photos to add interest to your website.  

Do: 

  • Take your time. Don’t just use the first nice photo you see, search around and find the right photo for your brand.  
  • Make sure the images you use are high resolution, it will look better on your website. 
  • Always write alternative text for your images.  
  • Make sure you read the licensing information on the website before you start downloading images.  

Don’t: 

  • Use too many photos. Pictures help make your site more appealing, but a little can go a long way. Just because you can use a lot of stock photos, doesn’t mean you should. Again, find images that are relevant to you and your brand.  
  • Use cliché photos. Avoid images that are overly common or look staged and awkward. 

Below is a list of a few of our favorite stock image websites. Just be sure you understand the rights before you put pictures you don’t own on your website.  

Stock Image Resources:

Pixabay: This is a resource that the GovUnity marketing team uses often. Most of the photos on Pixabay are high-resolution, free for commercial use with no attribution necessary, and are allowed to be modified.  

Pexels: Pexels offers photos and videos that free for commercial use without attribution and may be modified.  

Unsplash: Unsplash offers a selection of photos that may be downloaded for free and used for commercial purposes. 

Burst (by Shopify): The photos on Burst are taken by Shopify’s photographers and are royalty-free. The pictures on this site are free for commercial use with no attribution required.  

StockSnap: StockSnap acquires photos using a creative Commons license. This means that the images can be download, used commercially, and altered.  

Barnimages: Photographs publish photos on this site that can then be downloaded and used for commercial purposes. But, the original publishers still hold the copyright for those images. 

Life of Pix:  This site offers free photos with no copyright restrictions for commercial uses. New images are posted on the site every week.  

 

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