I would always recommend you use your own unique photos and images on your website if feasible. Your own professionally produced photos or artwork adds weight to your branding and makes you stand out more. The quality of the images can affect how your visitors perceive you and your website.
If your budget doesn’t run to this then there are cheap (or free) sources of good quality photos (but it is highly likely they will be in use on lots of other websites).
Copyright issues mean you cannot use photos and artwork without permission, so do not assume you can use anything you find on google. Searching for “Free images” on google can be rather misleading.
- Royalty-Free does not mean free to use, it means you can use it as many times as you like after you have paid for it.
- Creative Commons often refers to some sort of ‘free’ to use under some restrictions.
Be careful to read the licence before you use. Commercial use is often restricted.
Where can I get images?
Here are a selection of sites where you will need to pay for the right to use:
- 123rf.com is a stock photo site with very reasonable prices.
- Photodune is a stock photo library with very reasonable prices.
- Shutterstock is a stock photo library based on a monthly subscription but does allow to to buy 5 or 25 images on a once off basis.
- GettyImages is a higher end library of quality images with higher price tags.
Here are some ‘Free’ (possibly with some restrictions) sources:
- Flickr has photos you can use free with attribution to the image owner.
- Pixabay free to use photo library.
- Wikimedia Commons a vast image library many free to use possibly with some restrictions.
- Unsplash small free to use photo library of large images.
What size image do I need?
Web pages are typically around 1200 px wide so generally you do not need any bigger than this unless you want to fill the screen on large monitors in which case you will want at least 1900 px wide and 1080 high. If you only want a small image something over 400 px may be enough.
Think about shape of the image: do you need a portrait image, landscape image or square image? Do you want to crop the image to suit your needs?
Image Quality: a photo for a website is much lower quality (72 or 96 dpi) than required for print (300 dpi) so if you just want an image for your website just get one good enough for that.
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If you need help with your website please feel free to give me a ring. Regards
Michael Spencer, Web Designer and WordPress Specialist.
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Epsilis Website Designers – Mundesley, Norwich, Norfolk and Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire