Stock photos are great. Use them on your website, in printed promotional materials and on signage. With a Google search for stock images bringing up hundreds of possibilities, all you need is time to sift through and find the best ones.
Before you can take and use a stock image though, there are some rules and regulations that you need to know about. Today we're explaining some of the common terminology relating to stock images, plus sharing our favourite free stock image sites with you.
Stock images are photos or graphics which are available for use by others. They come in two general categories: free to use, and pay to use. So yes, some stock images won't cost you a cent, while others you will pay a fee to use.
The benefits of stock images include that they can save you money and time, they're easy to find and readily available. You can use stock images for almost any purpose, including commercial, personal and editorial, including:
However, the ways in which you can use stock imagery will depend on the licensing agreement it has.
There are plenty of tricks for new players when it comes to the use of stock images. What is key though, is understanding the licensing terminology allocated to each image:
By free, we're talking at no cost to you. What you will find though, is each of these sites have their own licensing terms you will need to identify and then follow. Here is our list of favourite websites which offer free stock images:
Remember when using stock images, follow the licensing terms to be certain you won't have any copyright problems to worry about. Take a read of Website World's article on using images correctly on a website to ensure they look fabulous!
Posted: Monday 20 May 2019