Have you ever heard of stock photos? If not, you may have felt something like this in the past:
I don’t always have photos to use on my social media, website, email… I can’t afford a photographer and I suck at taking photos myself.
If you have recognized yourself here, you may not have heard about stock photos.
Stock photos are the answer
Stock photos are found on various websites. They are provided by photographers (often for free) to use for commercial or personal purposes. The artists will often ask for credit, but you are not really legally bound to give it. It would be nice, though. There are a bunch of stock photo resources out there. So if you’re not familiar with them, keep on reading and find the ones that perfectly fit your needs.
Stockvault may not be the biggest resource out there. However, you will find some very interesting collections there. You will find different textures, illustrations, black and white photos, portraits and much more.
Picjumbo may not be the biggest resource in terms of categories. However, the categories it does include are packed-full of beautiful photos. The themes here include business, architecture, food, objects and more.
Pexels is a great place for artistic photography. It contains both photo and video resources. The artists there get validated through a leaderboard, which shows the top artists with most content viewed. It also hosts monthly challenges for all the contributors.
Foodies Feed is a bit different than other stock photo websites. This website features food photos only. And a lot of it! So, if you’re a restaurant, a catering business, a food blogger or anyone in the food industry, this one is for you!
The special thing about Foca Stock is that it features templates. These templates can be used for different banners and social media posts, and they can be edited within Foca. With their own editor.
Burst is another photo resource with some really cool collections. Here you can find things like video call backgrounds, female photographers, sign language and many other categories.