Sample stock photography websites
Posted by Steve Riley on 10 May 2016 04:07 PM
Have a look at few image libraries and choose some images you like the look of. For any site, it is really help if you find something there that really chimes with the site's owners (rather than us not quite hitting the mark).
Some sample sites for you:
With any of these check the licensing to make sure you know what you're buying and to avoid an annual license fee that comes with some premium sites. There are lots more sources but beware it's an easy way to kill a couple of hours! It's a useful process though and a key thing to get right.
We'd like something that works well in a narrow landscape strip - think about the proportions of the strip it goes in when choosing images. When you come to buy you'll typically be offered different sizes (smaller=cheaper). For banner images and carousels we'd typically like something 2100 pixels wide, so it still works on super-wide screens. For smaller images used inside a CMS page the best size will depend on your particular design but will typically be less than 1000 pixels wide.
Resize larger images
If you do buy higher resolution images, eg to use in print, makes sure you resize them before uploading to the website. Large images are slow to load and use your bandwidth unnecessarily (potentially costing you money).