Free Photography Resources to Keep Your Business One Snap Ahead
Posted on 4th May 2017 in Business
Written by James Marren
Da Vinci would probably grumble and ‘Mona’ little at the extent to which the camera phone has become such a big part of society. With so many smartphones in pockets these days with powerful photographic capabilities, it seems that everyone is, to a greater or lesser degree, a ‘photographer’. It’s hard to deny that we, as a society, are obsessed with photography and clearly feel compelled to document all aspects of our lives. Just go onto any dating website or the interests sections of your latest batch of applicant’s CVs and you’ll see the huge proportion of people who list photography as a skill or interest. This greater appreciation of high-quality images correlates with a greater expectation from your customer base towards the images you choose for your business communication. There’s no need to let this unsettle you, however, as we are on hand to provide you with some great online tools that will help you keep up to speed.
Rawpixel offers you a great selection of fully licensed free photos, vectors and PSD mockups. As they say, “Stock photos aren’t cool” and they’re determined to provide the solution. If you are looking for images with a contemporary and ‘real’ feel, then we recommend you check them out next time you’re looking for that ‘perfect’ image.
Getty Images and Shutterstock are other great resources with millions of high-quality images, many of which can be used for free and without any attribution. You can look through our blog at all the various posts and many of the images have come from there. They’re without a doubt one of the first places we’ll look for a particular image to help convey a message to you.
New Old Stock is another favourite of ours when we are looking for something with a little more age and history to it. They offer a great collection of vintage photos from the public archives, free of copyright restrictions. Even if you don’t need a photo for anything, you’ll enjoy taking a trip into the past. Nostalgia is particularly prominent in the culture right now, so in a way looking back is actually keeping you up to date.
Free editing software
We use Photoshop from the Adobe Creative Cloud package, which is the industry standard and worth the monthly outlay, in our opinion. However, if you don’t feel you need such a powerful tool and you’d rather help your bottom line by using some free software instead, here are a couple of recommendations as alternatives.
GIMP is a free, open-source image editing tool that is both powerful and up-to-date. You won’t get all the features of Photoshop, but you’ll have more than enough flexibility to carry out the vast majority of tasks you will need it for.
Pixlr Editor is another great option offering more than other free web browser photo editors. As well as the sets of filters most offer, it also includes layers, masks, clone stamps, selection tools, and everything else you’d expect from a top-notch image editor. Before committing to another monthly direct debt, it’s probably worth giving Pixlr a try to see if it will suffice.
Udemy offers a fantastic free course for any passionate photographer who wants to improve their post-processing skills with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. As they say on their website, “Bring your photos from “blah” to “WOW!” in just a few hours.”