I thought I’d take some time out today to share some absolutely stunning images from free stock websites pexels.com and unsplash.com (the only 2 websites worth considering for beautiful free stock images)
Seeing as these incredibly talented photographers saw fit to share their work for anyone to use, on the premise that they get coverage – the least I can do is to promote them with a blog post. Some of the photography on display here is, in my humble opinion, stunning – I believe people should be paid for the work but there is a place for free stock sites – especially when it provides you a platform to connect with potential new customers. For example if you add one truly amazing photo which someone wants to use on their campaign, to get a consistent style of photography for the rest of their campaigns in the future they’d need to employ you (or try to replicate your style). Out of the 2 sites, I definitely prefer Unsplash as it insists on linking back to the photographers.
However with the above being said, I still use paid for stock websites such as Adobe and Shutterstock – but for the ultimate in on-brand style and originality nothing beats hiring a professional photographer – you really cannot cut corners where that’s concerned. There has been huge debates going on over how poorly photographers are compensated for their work on the big stock sites, perhaps it was that feeling of being used that has led to the rise of free stock sites – personally, I think free stock sites devalue the industry, but that doesn’t prevent me from appreciating the work that’s on them.
Anyway, without further ado – here are the photos…
Blue Butterflies. Photo from Pexels
Endless constellations. Photo from Pexels
Beautiful boardwalk bridge. Photo from Pexels