An important part of every design is imagery. Especially now when bandwidth is not an issue and screens are bigger with higher resolutions than ever before, and there are responsive websites with amazing animated sliders and so on. Writing the text is just one part of the process; you need to illustrate it, and that illustration will determine the article’s popularity.
People are, for the most part, visual creatures. They notice pictures and images and once those catch their attention, they are drawn to the content. Images are everywhere, and they are there to engage and entice. That is what people will see when they take a look at their Facebook timeline; that is what they will notice as soon as they open the page. Now, we usually take the photos, or buy them of one of many popular stock photo sites (iStockPhoto, Fotolia, Shutterstock to name a few), but there are also free alternatives, and here are a few you should check out.
- Stock.Xchng — http://www.sxc.hu – The most popular free stock photo site with over 400 000 photos.
- FlickR — http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/ – Be careful to search only within Creative Commons-licensed content.
- StockVault — http://www.stockvault.net – Over 40,000 great photos…
- Free Digital Photos — http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
- Free Range Stock — http://freerangestock.com
- Open Photo Project — http://openphoto.net – Almost 15,000 photos…
- Image Base — http://www.imagebase.net
- Morgue File — http://www.morguefile.com
- Deviant Art Stock — http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/stockart/
- Wikimedia Commons — http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Here are a few stock imagery search engines that will help you find that perfect photograph!