Featured on Strait Times in 2013, Reed is a battle-tested digital marketing consultant who has years of experiences in lead generation, search engine optimisation and digital advertising. He enjoys culinary and occasionally prepares meals for friends and family.
August 7, 2021
Aesthetically appealing images are crux of a great website design.
While we highly recommended businesses to engage a professional photography firm, sometimes we need a few images for ad hoc usage and don’t wish to buy stock images.
The last thing you want to do is to use copyrighted images without permission. You might find yourself in legal suits and face heavy fines and even imprisonment.
Here are 3 websites that offer best commercially free images and videos, you won’t even need to attribute them.
Unsplash has to be our favorite go to for commercially free images.
Their images are a tad different from the usual stock images.
We absolutely adore using Unsplash images because there is usually a certain story crafted behind each image which is very useful for storytelling in our campaigns.
Pexels offers one of the largest collections of commercially free images and they do compile some images from other websites as well.
99% of the time, you can find what you need on Pexels.
You might be glad to know Pexels offers a great collection of commercially free videos as well.
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If we cant find the images we want, we would definitely head to Pixabay.
They have a bit of everything such as images, videos, illustrations, vectors, music and even sound effects.
We have to say, their sound effects are rather impressive.
Benefits of Original Photography
Well, while most business owners prefer commercially free images, we do recommend to limit its usage.
The biggest issue of commercially free images is that basically they can be used by anyone.
Imagine visiting your corporate website to find similar images seen on other websites. This may create the impression that the business is unable to afford to produce its own images and videos.
It is also extremely different to choose an commercially free image that best represent your business, leading to poor coleration between images and copywriting.
Which other websites do you use for commercially free images? Do share with us in the comment section below.