The Best Sources for Free Stock Photos

The Best Sources for Free Stock Photos

A camera is a ‘save’ button for the mind’s eye. — Roger Kingston Images are an essential tool in bringing online content to life, whether it’s a blog or website. In this short video, from Digital Splash Media, the concept of the picture superiority effect is explained, making an overwhelming case for the value of images: Now we know the importance of adding images, we need to find the right ones. This, however, is a tougher challenge. Especially with many other businesses are trying to do the same thing. You want to find the right image to help your content stand out. So, here are some places you can visit to help you find the right image: 1. Take your own  — Sounds obvious, I know. But your own image will then be unique. No-one else would have taken the exact same photo and you won’t have to worry about asking for rights to use it (as long as it’s something you’re allowed to capture in the first place). 2. Unsplash.com — There are some really beautiful images here. The photo in this post, taken Felix Russell-Saw, was found on Unsplash. 3. Pixabay.com  — Over 1.4 million royalty stock photos and videos. 4. Pexels.com  —  If the first 3 options don’t work for you, then try this one too. 5. deathtothestockphoto.com  — Unlike Unsplash, Pixabay, and Pexels, this site gives you it’s photos in packs which you can download from the site or have emailed to you each month. 6. lifeofpix.com – Similar to Unsplash, with the added bonus of free videos too. 7. Google  —  If you have to, Google images is an option. BUT...
Featured Freelancer: Col Skinner, Digital Advertising Expert

Featured Freelancer: Col Skinner, Digital Advertising Expert

Of the 14 questions each Featured Freelancer has to answer, the most challenging appears to be “Why do your clients/customers select you over your competitors?” I suspect it’s because many don’t ask their clients enough to be able to quote them, or know ourselves. One advantage of working with a freelancer is, of course, that you know who you’re dealing with throughout the whole process, and really get a complete personal service. This week’s Featured Freelancer offers his opinion on why his clients choose him, as well as an insight into his whole journey as a freelancer for the last 4+ years. This is his story…   What is your name, where are you based, and what do you do? My name is Col Skinner and I am a Digital Advertising Expert based in Manchester. How long have you been freelancing and why did you decide to become a freelancer? I started in January 2014 so I am into my 5th year. I had been working in agency and client-side roles for around 6 years when I finally realised that I wasn’t happy being told how to work and getting handed clients who had been promised results that were impossible to obtain given their industry, budget or timescales. I realised it was time to control my working life and give working for myself a go. What support did you have from family and friends? Did anyone advise you against becoming freelance? I had a little money set aside from selling my side business to my business partner so that shut-up many of the naysayers worried about income. In general, my family and friends were very supportive as they...