As Joe and I work on so many websites and projects together, we’re always on the lookout for high-quality stock imagery – sites like Pinterest, apps like Instagram, and Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm all massively promote the use of amazing and creative photos, and the web has just seen an explosion of images in recent times. It’s definitely filtered down to websites, and we’ve found that clients are becoming increasingly picky when it comes to their online photos.
We quickly learned that you can’t cut corners when it comes to website imagery of any kind; there’s just no substititute for proper professional photos taken with high-end equipment and the best lighting, composition and post-processing. This is especially true as we tend to work with small businesses who want to use their website imagery for print purposes spanning everything from promotional booklets to magazine advertisements. They need high-quality, high-resolution photography that can easily be adapted to suit all their needs. At the end of the day, it’s essential for us (and them) to have a photo resource on hand that ticks every box.
This is where ImageSource.com comes in.
One of the most common problems we found with other royalty free image websites was that they seem to make life as difficult as possible for the average buyer. The information you need is hidden away or non-existent, there’s no easy way to search for different filetypes, the photo previews are tiny, the prices are hidden, usage rights aren’t shown….I could go on and on about how frustrating it is. Refreshingly, we found that Image Source told us absolutely everything we needed to know about an image straight on the website.
Simply navigate to a particular image, and all the details are listed underneath (prices are to the right hand side). A novelty!
The biggest advantage for us is that because they sell RF images that are fully released in low volumes, you don’t end up seeing their photos everywhere – they remain pretty exclusive. This is ideal if you’re working with clients or publications that want to stand out. They have a huge range of people-based images, and they’re all very natural looking – an essential, if, like us, you don’t have a whole fleet of models and a photography studio on hand. All images are fully model and property released for better security and to give you more control. You can even find stock video footage to complement your royalty free photos for the complete package – what’s not to like?
Another important benefit is that Image Source doesn’t just focus on one particular market. They specialise in Asian, European and American content, so if you have customers that have a wider global audience or focus on a particular area (for example, if you’re working on a website for an Italian restaurant, they have some stunning pictures of Italy), then you can find exactly what you need.
ImageSource.com is our go-to place for royalty free photos now, and you should definitely pay them a visit if your priority is high-quality professionally directed and edited photos. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think!