Making a splash

5 great resources for quality photography and video

Photography is everywhere these days. Given the advent of the smartphone and them starting to have decent cameras now (subjective I know… No hate from the photographic community please), everybody and their mothers consider themselves budding photographers. So with all this visual noise, how can you make sure the photos you use in your projects, websites, posters, designs etc are good quality and not the standard stock images we’ve all come to love and loathe? The answer, let somebody else do all the work for you by carefully curating great photos from great photographers! 

So, to help even more with the process, you’ll find here a carefully compiled, small list of places that offer commercially free images and videos. There are lots out there, with these just being some that I turn to if the need arises. They all do similar jobs, so peruse away and see which takes your fancy.

Unsplash

Arguably the most famous of these sites, Unsplash has a great collection of photos that they regularly update. All commercially free to do whatever you want with. Couldn’t recommend enough and my first port of call.

Pexels

Another great resource of hand picked photography, uploaded by people from every walk of life. Completely free to use again, so another great stop when on the hut for good imagery.

Little Visuals

Whilst not at the same scale as the above, the images on Little Visuals are all beautiful shots that can fit a plethora of applications. The site is not currently being updated unfortunately, but that doesn’t stop the images themselves being well worth a noisy.

Mazwai

If you’re in need of a little movement, then Mazwai is a good place to go, with some really nice videos that you can filter through. You’ll need to credit the author on most of the videos if you use them on commercial projects, but that’s a small price to pay (and not even a price).

Coverr

Though, if you’re after royalty free videos that you can use however you want, then Coverr is the place to go. They have a great, growing collection of videos that you can view in the header of their website (a test drive of sorts) before downloading and doing whatever you want with. 


Hopefully the above list can help you if you’re in a pinch as to where to source any delightful photos and or videos. As always, if you have any questions about any of the above, you know where we are.

ResourcesDan Spencer